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Principal Manufacturing Engineer - Product & Planning

Date: Jan 14, 2022

Location: Portsmouth, GB

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

About Us

GKN Aerospace is the world’s leading multi-technology tier 1 aerospace supplier. With 50 manufacturing locations in 15 countries, we serve over 90% of the world’s aircraft and engine manufacturers. We design and manufacture innovative smart aerospace systems and components. Our technologies are used in aircraft ranging from the most used single aisle aircraft and the largest passenger planes in the world to business jets and the world’s advanced 5th generation fighter aircraft.

About the opportunity

GKN Aerospace is a global engineering business. Every time you travel by air almost anywhere in the world, it is likely that GKN is helping you on your way. We design, manufacture and service systems and components for original equipment manufacturers around the world. We are continuously evolving, pioneering new technologies and reinventing existing ones, stretching ourselves to be better in everything we do.

We are looking for people who want to make a difference, talented members with the skills and passions to become the best of the future in what they do.

Job Summary

** 12 month Fixed Term Contract with possiblity of extension **

Provide technical expertise at a site and program level for operational and development Programs to enable and deliver zero defect projects utilizing engineering and problem solving skills. Accountable for delivering robust, capable manufacturing process technology as it applies to materials, tooling, part fabrication and assembly.

Job Responsibilities

  • General Requirements:
    • Exemplifying a safety-first mind-set and ensuring compliance with the GKN Aerospace Health, Safety and Environmental policies and standards.
    • Technical expertise at a site and programme level in governance and deployment of manufacturing development and integration for production within GKN Aerospace. 
    • Provides technical expertise to rapidly solve issues pertaining to vendor schedule and/or quality.
    • Breaks down technical problems, risk, opportunities, in the correct order to create products and add value to GKN Aerospace through creating Zero Defects
    • Leads positive, team relationships with internal and external customers, as well as co-workers
    • Continuously improve production processes by implementing Lean initiatives.
  • Product ME
    • Provide site and programme level technical oversight for the development of manufacturing process solutions to complex problems through:
      • Site and programme technical lead for the implementation of production planning, from original concept through to production. Design these processes to a high level of process capability through utilizing the GKN standard Zero Defect Manufacturing (ZDM) tool suite.
      • Support the definition of, and implement, global process for product development, first article development, configuration changes, build process definition and implementation.

Job Qualifications

     Technical expertise in Manufacturing Engineering, with a professional qualification / background (university degree) in engineering (Aerospace, Mechanical, Electrical, Chemical). Additionally:
o    A recognised authority in the field and source of information for others
o    Capable of taking a strategic view
o    Operates with minimal supervision in a complex environment, demonstrates detailed knowledge in aerospace programs
o    Makes presentations at a senior level internally and externally demonstrating ability to clearly communicate to audience
o    Identifies, anticipates technical problems and customers’ requirements offering solutions and applying them
o    Identifies opportunities to drive the business forward
o    Ability to interpret data, events and looks for appropriate solutions
o    Understands and uses information in a systematic way demonstrating independent expert technical judgement
     Participates in activities within a global technical community and has an understanding of the interface with broader business functions within GKN.
o    Fully competent Technical Community Member, understands relationships between other discipline's and what influences them
o    Applies knowledge and skills to a range of activities, acts as a source of technical expertise to others
o    Understands the formal and informal structures of the organisation and our major customers
o    Strong commercial awareness.
o    Recognises the issues within the organisation arising from general communications 
o    Input to strategic and other issues which affect the business internally and externally
o    Co-ordinates teams to meet challenging technical and customer needs
o    Leading others to work co-operatively, championing knowledge management
o    Recognises the impact that other people have on the achievement of objectives and explains complex concepts to a variety of audiences and ensures meaning is understood
o    Creates formal networks with key decision makers internally, externally and is able to influence at the highest level
o    Ability to influence in appropriate technological advancements
o    Identifies new skills required of people in the changing business environment and works to identify suitable development opportunities to meet them
o    Able to provide integrated long-term development and support
o    Will be a key technical contributor internally to GKN Aerospace
o    Promotes CPD and actively engages themselves in the process
o    Develops new ideas and identifies exploitation routes

Diversity Inclusion and Belonging (DIB)

As a global engineering company, innovation is what differentiates us from our competitors and is central to our success.

A balance of cultures, ethnicities and genders help bring new ideas and creativity to GKN. We need people of different backgrounds, with different skills and perspectives to spark originality, imagination and creativeness in our teams around the world.

GKN is an equal opportunity employer.

We treat all our employees and applicants fairly and are committed to ensuring that there is no discrimination or harassment against any employee or qualified applicant on the grounds of age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, nationality, sex, or veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.


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