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Date: Aug 8, 2019

Location: Portsmouth, GB

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

Job Summary

GKN Aerospace is one of the UK’s most successful and innovative engineering companies, operating across the world and involved in all major aircraft programmes today. We are a global leader in design and manufacture of aircraft cockpit transparencies for both civil and military application and a strong presence in impact resistant windows for locomotive and automotive markets.
The Supervisor is responsible for managing the performance of people and processes in a designated production area of a transparency manufacturing plant and facilitating all production and information flows.

  • Manage employee relations working within GKN procedures and ensure effective interface between management team and employees
  • Support Value Stream Manager in all business aspects
  • Maintain flexibility in line with business needs
Job Responsibilities

Environment Health & Safety

  • Ensure compliance to Company Policies and initiatives within the business area – reporting all incidents, accidents and near misses as per the company’s procedure and implement identified corrective actions.
  • Provide regular coaching and training to support adherence to EH&S.


  • Accountable for the quality of products and equipment on site.
  • Accountable for ensuring all direct reports are trained competently.
  • Identify food and bad quality practices within the value stream and escalate appropriately.
  • Analyse quality data trends and facilitate improvements.


  • Responsible for producing local Capacity and Production plans
  • Meet customer demand through driving the workforce to deliver on time products using motivational techniques.
  • Escalation or resolution of potential shortages (materials, consumables etc.) with recovery plans to mitigate impact to delivery schedule adherence (DSA)
  • Responsible for lead times.


  • Accountable for minimising all costs, including aged WIP, scrap, labour and consumables.


  • Value stream mapping.
  • Understand and deliver CI objectives to improve scrap rate and promote 5S throughout department.
  • Application of lean tools.
  • Lead on production related improvements utilising MEQ support.


  • Responsible for management and leadership of the team including coaching and development, time and attendance management , engagement, disciplinary and grievance matters and other employee issues.
  • Identify talent and support with training and succession planning.


  • Act as key communicator for the shift, cascading information effectively and providing appropriate feedback.
  • Actively resolve issues raised using standard model of GKN leadership behaviour, where appropriate.
  • Continuously coach and develop team members to ensure that team targets are achieved: enhancing a people – focussed environment.
  • Lead and sponsor improvement activities, aligned with future state continuous improvement plans.
  • Ownership and accountability of training matrix.

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