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Site Supply Chain Manager

Date: Sep 10, 2021

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

The purpose of this role is to lead a team of SCM professionals, deliver operational performance using SCM standard business processes and strategy. The scope includes Planning & Scheduling (IBP, MPS, SFS), Logistics (Freight, Warehousing, Inbound/Outbound, etc.), and associated performance metrics (Delivery, MSA, Logistics costs, DIO, etc.) The role is accountable for the deployment and continuous improvement of Supply Chain Management standard processes. As a member of the site leadership team, the site SCM is the “conductor” for planning and logistics, ensures adherence to management process and alignment.

Job Responsibilities

Role modelling a culture that is aligned to the GKN Aerospace “Great Place to Work” value drivers and Culture Principles
Responsible for providing a safe working environment for SCM employees and for all employees in the logistic areas (receiving, warehousing, material handling and shipping)
Accountable for the management of the SCM team (leadership, target setting, performance review, talent management, organizational planning, recruiting/on-boarding, training and development…)
Execute the Global Supply Chain Management Strategy
Deploy, manage, monitor and improve planning processes (IBP, MPS) within the site
Responsible for the site Operations Supply Planning activities (IBP)
Facilitate the site Operations Supply Review (IBP).
Orchestrate the connections between Programme teams and Site team in relation to Daily execution, weekly MPS process and Monthly IBP process (including Integrated Reconciliation at the lowest possible level)
If the site organisation does not include a Planning Leader, responsible for the detailed execution of IBP and orchestration of the MPS processes (that includes management of Master Schedulers and Shop-floor Schedulers) 
Responsible for the execution of:
Plan Operations (SIOP Ops plan moving to IBP Supply Plan)
Create Materials Plans (MPS, MRP)
Create and manage master production schedule (MPS)
Plan distribution requirements (Outbound logistics as required)
Establish distribution planning constraints (Outbound logistics as required)
Review distribution planning policies (Outbound logistics as required)
Schedule production (MPS and Shop Floor Scheduling)
Manage logistics and warehousing (all activities: receiving, internal movements, warehousing, shipping)
All of the above having a direct impact on the site Delivery and Financial performance.Responsible for the site inventory strategy and performance (DIO).
Depending on the size of the site, if the site organisation does not include an SCN Process & Tools role, responsible for uniformity, accuracy, stewardship, semantic consistency, and accountability of the organization’s official master data in the local ERP and systems
Ensures master data integrity in key systems as well as maintains the processes to support the data quality
Responsible for data management, governance, and master data quality in conjunction with other functional data owners to ensure functional master data integrity across the operation of financial systems is consistent and meets stated business rules and requirements.
Identifies areas for data quality improvements and helps to resolve data quality problems through the appropriate choice of error detection and correction, process control and improvement, or process design strategies.
Provides assistance in resolving data quality problems through the appropriate choice of error detection and correction, process control and improvement, or process design strategies collaborating with subject matter experts (SMEs) and data stewards.
Responsible for the deployment and execution of GKNA standards (people, process, tools) and continuous improvement activities
Responsible for the monitoring, review, analysis of SCM metrics
Accountable for logistics activities (freight, warehousing, internal movements, inbound/outbound logistics…etc…) and the associated costs.
Accountable for the total cost of the SCM function (headcount, budgets…)

Job Qualifications


  • An SCM professional with leadership capabilities and an excellent understanding of operational delivery for all SCM disciplines at site level.
  • Supply Chain Management education preferably, with professional curriculum and certification (e.g. APICS CPIM or equivalent)
  • Typically 5 years’ experience, ideally on both planning and logistics operations
  • Ability to manage and influence beyond scope to ensure end to end consistency of SCM activities at site level (key connection to programmes for the demand management elements, to operations for capacity management and production planning, to procurement for external supply requirements and logistics).
  • Expert in the operational execution of the following disciplines: Scheduling and Execution, Master Data Management, Internal Flows and Warehousing, SIOP/MPS/MRP, Inventory Management, Performance Monitoring.
  • Good business acumen and understanding of operational interactions related to the flow of information (customers to suppliers), the management of internal and external resources (people and manufacturing capabilities)
  • Good understanding of the site ERP
  • A team player able to influence without direct line reports
  • Member of the site leadership team

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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