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Configuration Manager - Garden Grove

Date: Jul 4, 2019

Location: Garden Grove, CA, US

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

About Us


GKN Aerospace is the world’s leading multi-technology tier 1 aerospace supplier. With 55 manufacturing locations in 14 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 key responsibilities of the Configuration Manager will be to establish world-class Configuration Management capability within the site by working with the leads in Engineering, Technology, Quality, and Programs to support CM functions throughout product lifecycle and enterprise.  The successful Configuration Manager will establish world-class CM practices and implement them into all aspects of the product from RFP/RFQ through Design, Testing, Manufacture and Support. This position offers an opportunity to build and lead this crucial capability, from the ground up.

Job Responsibilities

What You'll Do:

• Execute the CM Plan throughout all phases of the product lifecycle.
• Communicate CM processes/responsibilities/tasks to users at all levels of the organization.
• Work with the administrator of the PDLM system to build/improve CM-related processes in system workflows.
• Oversee Change Management process, impact assessment, disposition and implementation.
• Act as chair of CCB(s).
• Maintain accurate data on status of product configuration information and communicate this information as needed.
• Implement meaningful process measurements, reporting results and driving continuous improvement in CM.
• Provide accurate data and plans for audits of products, manufacturing, and quality-related processes.
• Manage all actions resulting from CM activities including CCBs and audits and see them through to resolution.
• Conduct periodic reviews of all system process specifications for adherence to the overall company business objectives and current CM and technology advancements.
• Work with a team to develop site-specific CM training collateral.



Required Qualifications:

• Bachelor of Science in Engineering or a related aerospace discipline.
• 3+ years of experience Significant Configuration Manager experience such as establishing Configuration Management Capability in a design and manufacturing environment
• U.S. Person per ITAR regulations to comply with export compliance and site SSA requirements



Additional Qualifications:

• Configuration Management Certification from a recognized training/certification organization
• Aerospace experience preferred
• History working with leading Aerospace and high-technology companies
• Ability to conduct training for multiple skill levels
• Experience with enterprise PDLM systems
• Ability to oversee end-to-end lifecycle process and manage multiple product lines simultaneously
• Superior written and oral communication skills as well as excellent intrapersonal skills
• Ability to work independently and within a team


Diversity and Inclusion


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.

Nearest Major Market: Orange County
Nearest Secondary Market: Los Angeles