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Engineer - Data & Configuration Management

Posted 6 Jan 2024
Work experience
3 to 5 years
Full-time / part-time
Job function
Degree level
Required language
English (Fluent)

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Fantastic challenges. Amazing opportunities.

GKN Aerospace is reimagining air travel: going further, faster and greener! Fuelled by great people whose expertise and creativity sets the standards in our industry, we’re inspired by the opportunities to innovate and break boundaries. We’re proud to play a part in protecting the world’s democracies. And we’re committed to putting sustainability at the centre of everything we do, opening up and protecting our planet. With over 15,000 employees across 38 manufacturing sites in 12 countries we serve over 90% of the world’s aircraft and engine manufacturers. There are no limits to where you can take your career.

Job Summary

Based at either our £32m state-of-the-art Global Technology Centre (GTC) in Filton, Bristol or our East Cowes facility on the Isle of Wight reporting into the Functional Centre of Competence Manager - Engineering - Data & Configuration Management, this exciting opportunity will see you responsible for developing, supporting and maintaining Configuration Management (CM) activities for a designated project or projects in accordance with GKN procedures and alignment to customer and regulatory body requirements; ensuring GKN Policies and procedures remain current with industry best practice.

In order to be successful in this role you must demonstrate a Safety First mindset with no allowance for error, so your meticulous attention to detail is therefore vital.

You need to be a self-motivated individual, coupled with being a confident communicator, as this role will see you interacting with a variety of key personnel across the business, delivering technical data to a wide audience.

This role would suit either a recent graduate or someone who has recently completed their HND Engineering Apprenticeship, or alternatively someone with a few years' experience within the industry and is looking to take their career to the next level.

Job Responsibilities

This role will see you provide support to both existing and future development programmes along with the configuration management (CM) requirements, including but not limited to:

  • Identifying technical problems and applying/integrating solutions.
  • Identifying improvements and support the creation of work instructions, procedures, technical manuals, and guidelines
  • Supporting the creation of technical solutions against customer requirements; input to bids and proposals within assigned programmes/projects.
  • Acting as the configuration management support to the CM function on nominated programmes.
  • Facilitating and maintaining Change Control Boards (CCB’s)
  • Processing Engineering Coordination Memo (“ECM’s”)
  • Creating and maintaining the CM plan(s) within the assigned programmes
  • Management of the product data in the GKN PLM system.
  • Supporting or generating test specifications/plans and/or alternate means of compliance (analysis/similarity) as required to demonstrate design solution complies with certification requirements.
  • Supporting technical and customer reviews, including formal gate reviews; the creation and preparation of technical data and presentations of product design.
  • Supporting the release of engineering design data and customer release data.

What You'll Need

To help us make a difference, you’ll bring your passion and talent for what you do along with the following skills, experience, qualifications and attributes:


  • Hold a relevant technical qualification such as Bachelor, Masters or equivalent, or a relevant level of experience to perform the engineering tasks.
  • Meticulous attention to detail.
  • Demonstrate a good level of technical problem solving skills
  • Demonstrate an understanding and awareness of the importance of safety within the industry.
  • Ability to act under own initiative in relation to the assigned tasks within defined functional procedures / governance
  • Ability to describe technical information of a technical task to a wide audience within the engineering business
  • Ability to hold technical discussions with customers and suppliers as required
  • Have a basic knowledge and understanding of the Aerospace industry


  • 3+ years of relevant experience gained within an engineering discipline, ideally within an aerospace environment and in multi-disciplinary engineering project teams.
  • Knowledge of CM principles
  • Experience with a PLM tool (preferably WindchIll)

What We'll Offer:

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

  • Competitive salary
  • Hybrid working – giving you the opportunity to balance home and office working
  • Industry Leading Pension Scheme = we’ll match your contributions up to 8% on a 1 : 1.5 basis
  • As a member of the Pension Scheme, Death in Service cover (Life Assurance) of 8x salary
  • Group Income Protection (as part of the Pension Scheme)
  • 25 days holiday + bank holidays
  • Shopping Discounts
  • Cycle To Work Scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Dedicated Wellbeing Champions, qualified in Mental Health First Aid
  • 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!

We’ll offer you fantastic challenges and amazing opportunities. This is your chance to be part of an organisation that has proven itself to be at the cutting edge of our industry; and is committed to pushing the boundaries even further. And with some of the best training on offer in the industry, who knows how far you can go?

A Great Place to work needs a Great Way of Working

Everyone is welcome to apply to GKN. We believe that we can only achieve our ambitions through a coming together of diverse minds who enjoy collaborating in an inspirational environment. 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’. 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.

We are the place where human dreams, plus human endeavour, shape the future of aerospace innovation and technology.

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.

1,000 employees