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Operator - Non-Certified

Date: Jun 22, 2022

Location: Portsmouth, GB

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

The Sky is not the limit; watch your career with us take off!


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 41 manufacturing sites in 13 countries serving over 90% of the world’s aircraft and engine manufacturers with sales of £2.8bn.


Together as “one GKN” we’re moving our business and industry forward developing technologies that rapidly decarbonise aircraft, and innovating to help build a new generation of planes that produce zero emissions.  We’re putting sustainability at the heart of what we do; driving our objective to becoming a net zero greenhouse gas emissions business before 2050!


Making a Difference

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, it’s one of our newer locations with a workforce of circa 200 employees. Our Portsmouth site is a leading technology provider for the aerospace, marine and military markets. We supply an extensive range of specialist fuel tanks and flotation systems, as well as engineering expertise and support for fixed and rotary wing aircrafts, land vehicles, missiles, UAVs, torpedoes and marine vessels.  Our customer base includes Airbus, BAE Systems, Bell, Boeing, General Automics, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd, Jaguar Land Rover, Rolls Royce, Sikorsky, Saab, MOD.

Job Summary

Continued growth in our programmes have created a number of exciting training opportunities for Non-Certified Operators to join us to work along the assembly lines in one of our 3 active factories. Reporting into one of our Team Leaders, will provide you with development and training across a wide range of manufacturing processes within our production area. The ideal applicant will be able to follow fixed effective actions & diagrams as they play a key part in our product delivery utilising the following skills:


  • Read diagrams, then mark out and cut the material in accordance to the diagram instruction
  • Join and coat a variety of rubber materials using glues 
  • Operating Sewing Machines 
  • Follow quality processes; stamp your work when complete 
  • Carry 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

What We’ll Offer


Once you’re on board you’ll get the following perks and benefits:


  • Full training in ALL areas of the role; no previous experience is therefore required.
  • 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
  • 9 day working shift pattern; 5 days week 1, 4 days week 2
  • Income protection
  • Shopping discounts
  • Cycle To Work Scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • A collaborative, dynamic working environment


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!



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.



Be proud to part of one GKN… click on the link below to apply



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