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Global Management Traineeship

Posted 22 May 2024
Work experience
1 to 3 years
Full-time / part-time
Job function
Degree level
Required language
Dutch (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 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.

About GKN Aerospace

GKN Aerospace is a global engineering manufacturing company and for decades, we have inspired and industrialized the aerospace industry by combining engineering excellence and technology leadership. Our aerostructures, engine systems and special products are the driving force behind over 100,000 flights daily, elevating performance and reliability to unprecedented levels.

As the trusted choice of major aircraft and engine manufacturers worldwide, we continuously push the boundaries of possibility by providing advanced technologies. Collaborating closely with leading universities, knowledge institutes, suppliers and customers, we pioneer groundbreaking technologies that upgrade aircraft efficiency. From reducing aircraft cost, weight and emissions, our innovations shape the future of innovation.

In this journey, we are looking for brilliant young professionals who are passionate about making a meaningful impact, who possess the skills and drive to excel in their fields.

Would you rise together with us?

About the Global Management Traineeship

Our Global Management Traineeship gives a unique introduction to get to know GKN Aerospace. Over 27 months, you will rotate among five diverse departments, tailoring your experience to your own interests and aspirations. By joining a global team, you will immerse yourself in various cultures and collaborate with a spectrum of talents. Whether you envision a career of an innovative engineer or of an executive leader, GKN Aerospace gives you the opportunity to choose a global engineering network with wide-ranging possibilities.

Throughout the programme, we support your growth, blending technical expertise with personal development. Guided by experienced mentors, you will tackle real projects, solve challenges, and witness tangible results. Our commitment extends beyond professional milestones - we are dedicated to fostering your holistic development by matching your capabilities and aspirations to our strategic and operational needs, ensuring a thriving business for us and fulfilling career for you.

By joining the team of the GKN Aerospace Global Management Trainees, you will be involved in an onboarding and structured development programme and you will have the opportunity to support and be supported by your peers, building on your global GKN Aerospace network.

What does the programme entail? Here is a synopsis:

  • Global Onboarding: over the initial 2 weeks, you'll be warmly welcome to the programme, introduced to GKN Aerospace and our industry, and given fundamental training to start your journey with us.
  • Domestic Placements: for the next 15 months, you'll dive into your chosen projects. Here you have the chance to follow different routes. Alongside, you'll participate in 2 development weeks, focusing on both your personal and team growth.
  • International Placement: you'll spend 6 months gaining international exposure at a different GKN Aerospace site in another country. During this time, you'll engage in the 3rd development week, aimed at nurturing your leadership skills.
  • Domestic Placement: returning to the Netherlands, you will dedicate the final 6 months of the program to your last project.

Throughout the programme, you'll engage in monthly training sessions, discuss with inspirational leaders within the business, attend GKN events, join espresso sessions, and participate in peer learning groups. In addition, you will have the chance to engage in extracurricular activities beyond your primary responsibilities. Whether it is supporting local community initiatives, or participating in our young people strategy, you will be empowered with time and encouragement to contribute to make a meaningful impact on what matters most.

What you'll bring

  • A completed Master's degree from a University of Technology or a Master's degree in a subject related to our business.
  • Proven managerial and international experience gained through your academic pursuits and extracurricular activities.
  • Your ability to demonstrate a genuine affinity for the Aerospace industry is crucial.
  • You possess up to 1 year of relevant working experience.
  • You have a passion for advancing your career and personal growth consistently.
  • You exhibit openness to diverse cultures and communicate in English on an advanced level. Proficiency in Dutch is advantageous.
  • As your assignments will span across GKN Aerospace locations in the Netherlands and at least one international location, you should be open to working on a co-location basis across various sites.

What we'll offer you

  • A 27-month international development programme commencing in September 2024.
  • Diverse and enriching placements spanning various programs, locations, and roles, offering both fulfillment and challenge.
  • Opportunity to operate at the cutting edge of engineering, technology and innovation.
  • Potential for international assignments, subject to government regulations.
  • Extensive exposure to different facets of the business, including management styles, global markets, innovative products, diverse stakeholders and valued customers.
  • A well-structured development journey featuring multiple international development weeks.
  • Assigned coach and buddy for continuous support throughout your program.
  • Competitive salary package.
  • Empowerment to shape your career path and seize opportunities.
  • Act as an ambassador for the organization at various global air shows and corporate functions.
  • Participation in future career events.

How to apply

Excited to begin this journey? If so, please apply by submitting your CV and a cover letter by the 31st of May 2024. Should you have any inquiries, do not hesitate to reach out to Marina Monogyiou, our Talent Acquisition Specialist at

Our selection process involves a screening call, followed by 2-3 rounds of interviews with the program's council, and, finally, an assessment day hosted at our partner's location.

We eagerly anticipate the opportunity to connect with 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