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Manufacturing Operative

Date: Sep 22, 2022

Location: Portsmouth, GB

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

About GKN


Join us and help make things fly every day!”


A Truly Global Business 
Every day, around the world, we help aircrafts fly further, faster and greener. We’re the world’s leading tier one aerospace supplier of systems and components. With over 15,000 employees across 38 manufacturing sites in 13 countries serving over 90% of the world’s aircraft and engine manufacturers with sales of £2.8bn. It’s great to know you’re making a difference to the future of aviation! Whatever part you play you’ll be helping us deliver operational excellence to our customers.  Sitting within our Defence Airframes business line at our Portsmouth manufacturing plant you’ll do just that. Established in 1990, Portsmouth is one of our newer locations with a workforce of circa 200 employees. 

Job Summary

Due to continued growth in our programmes we have created a number of exciting training opportunities for Operators to join us to work in one of our 3 active factories. There will be full training in all areas of the role. 


You’ll report into one of our Team Leaders, who will provide you with development and training across a wide range of manufacturing processes within our production area. You’ll be able to follow fixed effective actions and diagrams as they play a key part in our product delivery utilising the following skills:
•    Reading diagrams, then mark out and cut the material in accordance to the diagram instruction
•    Joining and coat a variety of rubber materials using glues 
•    Operating Sewing Machines 
•    Following quality processes; stamp your work when complete 
•    Carrying out a variety of other assembly duties as requested
•    Always look for new ideas and ways of working, to improve existing processes and share with your team/manager

How You'll Contribute

To help us make a difference, you’ll bring your passion and talent for what you do along with any of the following skills, experience and attributes:
•    A passion for working within the Aerospace industry
•    An interest in manufacturing 
•    Thorough and able to pay attention to detail
•    The ability to work with hand tools or paint brushes
•    Willingness to work with chemicals, glue and solvents
•    An interest in completing DIY projects
•    Dexterity skills
•    A good understanding of Health and Safety 
•    Great communication skills
•    Be able to work as part of a team


If you have worked as a Manufacturing Operator, Machine Operator, Labourer, Handyman, Apprentice Operative, Warehouse Operative, Factory Operative, Junior Operative, Production Operative, Painter, Painter & Decorator, Craftsperson, in a related Apprenticeship or just have a passion for Construction then this job could be for you!

What We'll Offer

Once you’re on board you’ll get the following perks and benefits:
•    £20,730.73 per annum
•    Industry Leading Pension Scheme = we’ll match your contributions up to 8% on a 1 : 1.5 basis
•    Life Assurance 8 x salary
•    25 days holiday + bank holidays
•    Income protection
•    Shopping discounts
•    Cycle To Work Scheme
•    Employee Assistance Programme
•    A collaborative, dynamic working environment 


Please note the working hours for this role are 7.30am till 4.15pm Monday to Friday with every second Friday a non-working day ‘Free Friday’.


As well as a competitive package we’ll offer you a world of opportunity. We want to see your career fly!  We’ll support your career progression by providing you with learning and development opportunities.  That’s the beauty of being part of a global business, once you’re on board you never know where you career journey may take you! 

Why Join Us

A Great Place to work needs a Great Way of Working
Everyone is welcome to apply to GKN.  Through our commitment to diversity, inclusion and belonging and by living our five powerful principles we’ve created a culture where everyone feels welcome to contribute.  It’s a culture that won us ‘The Best Workplace Culture Award’ last year.  By embracing and celebrating what makes us unique we encourage everyone to bring their full self to work. We’re also committed to providing an accessible recruitment process, so if you require reasonable adjustments at any stage during our recruitment process please get in touch and let us know.