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Senior Manufacturing Engineer

Posted 24 May 2024
Work experience
0 to 7 years
Full-time / part-time
Job function
Degree level
Required language
English (Fluent)

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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 41 manufacturing sites in 13 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

Due to an exciting period of growth, we are now seeking an experienced, senior-level Industrial Manufacturing Engineer to join our thriving team here on the Isle of Wight!

Based at our East Cowes site, and reporting into the Head of Facilities, Maintenance & Industrialisation, we are looking for a Senior Manufacturing Engineer to join our Industrial Engineering team based out of our East Cowes site on the Isle of Wight. The Manufacturing Engineer will work across both our Civil and Defence business lines with ad-hoc travel required nationally to visit our other GKN Sites and suppliers.

The Senior Manufacturing Engineer will provide Manufacturing Engineering capability to operational and development Programs to enable and deliver zero defect projects utilizing engineering and problem solving skills. The successful incumbent will also be accountable for delivering robust, capable manufacturing process technology as it applies to materials, tooling, part fabrication and assembly.

Job Responsibilities

Typical responsibilities will include:

  • Exemplifying a safety-first mind-set and ensuring compliance with the GKN Aerospace Health, Safety and Environmental policies and standards.
  • Creating technical solutions to problems within GKN Aerospace.
  • Providing technical input for manufacturing process development and integration for production.
  • Utilize root cause analysis, preventative and corrective action to reduce/eliminate non-conformances.
  • Maintain positive, team relationships with internal customers and co-workers
  • Continuously improve production processes by implementing Lean initiatives.

Industrial Engineering

  • Actively participate in industrial engineering of manufacturing development and integration for production through:
  • The design of industrial layout solutions, from original concept through to production. Design these processes implementing lean tools and methods in accordance with the GKN standard lean tool suite.
  • Obtain new product quotes and manufacturing system change proposals

Job Qualifications

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


  • Technical experience in Manufacturing Engineering, with a professional qualification (university degree) and/or background in engineering (Aerospace, Mechanical, Electrical, Chemical)
  • Demonstrable experience of communicating to audiences of different levels through presentations and other forums


  • Demonstrable experience of working within a global technical community with an understanding of the interface with broader business functions
  • Awareness of quality system models such as ISO9000, AS9100, or D1-9000
  • Awareness of lean principles and six sigma methodology
  • Project / Program Management Experience
  • Familiarity with AS9145 APQP process or equivalent
  • Ability to conduct a root cause analysis

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. The Manufacturing Engineer will have strong communication skills with a desire to develop and grow within the business

What's in it for you?

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

  • Industry Leading Pension Scheme = we’ll match your contributions up to 8% on a 1 : 1.5 basis
  • Life Assurance 8 x salary
  • 190 hours holiday + bank holidays
  • Income protection
  • Shopping discounts
  • Cycle To Work Scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • 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’ last year. 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