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Manufacturing Engineer - Product & Planning

Posted 11 Jun 2024
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3 to 5 years
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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 16,000 employees across 33 manufacturing sites in 12 countries we serve over 90% of the world’s aircraft and engine manufacturers and achieved sales of £3.35 bn.in 2023. There are no limits to where you can take your career.

Job Summary

A Truly Global Business
Every day, around the world, we help aircrafts fly further, faster and greener. We’re the world’s leading tier one aerospace supplier of systems and components. With over 16,000 employees across 33 manufacturing sites in 12 countries serving over 90% of the world’s aircraft and engine manufacturers with sales of £3.35bn. Together as “one GKN” we’re moving our business and industry forward developing technologies that rapidly decarbonise aircraft, and innovating to help build a new generation of planes that produce zero emissions. We’re putting sustainability at the heart of what we do; driving our objective to becoming a net zero greenhouse gas emissions business before 2050!

Job Summary

Making a Difference
It’s great to know you’re making a difference to the future of aviation! Whatever part you play you’ll be helping us deliver operational excellence to our customers. We have a new and exciting opportunity for a Manufacturing Engineer - Product & Planning to be based at our Cowes Site on a 12 month Fixed Term Contract

As the new Manufacturing Engineer - Product & Planning you will be Providing manufacturing engineering capability to operational and development programmes to enable and deliver zero defects projects utilising engineering and problem solving skills.
The successful candidate will be accountable for delivering robust, capable manufacturing processes technology as it applied to materials, tooling, part fabrication and assembly.

How You'll Contribute

  • Exemplifying a safety-first mind-set and ensuring compliance with the GKN Aerospace Health, Safety and Environmental policies and standards.
  • Responsible for the development of technical solutions to complex problems within GKN Aerospace, our customers and suppliers.
  • Deliver technical support of 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 and external customers, as well as co-workers.
  • Continuously improve production processes by implementing Lean initiatives.
  • Responsible for the development of manufacturing process solutions to complex problems through:
  • Accountable for the implementation of production planning, from original concept through to production. Design these processes to a high level of process capability through utilizing the GKN standard Zero Defect Manufacturing (ZDM) tool suite.
  • Accountable for product development, first article development, configuration changes, build process definition and implementation.

What You'll Bring

Essential:

  • Technical expertise in Manufacturing Engineering, with a professional qualification (university degree) or an ONC and background in engineering (Aerospace, Mechanical, Electrical, Chemical).
  • Fully competent in own field of work, developing skills in other areas.
  • Increasingly able to provide Technical input at all levels of work.
  • Capable of being a technical representative, representing the business at a customer/supplier meeting.
  • Identifies and anticipates technical problems and offers solutions.
  • Drives to complete the job on time and continually searches for better ways of doing things.
  • Understands situations by analysing them logically and uses information in a systematic way identifying appropriate course of action for resolution.
  • Ability to apply complex and non-routine analysis.
  • Acts without supervision in own area whilst able to supervise others.
  • Applies knowledge and skills to a range of activities.
  • Understands the formal and informal structure if the business.
  • Able to show commercial awareness at a local level.
  • Able to explain concepts to a variety of audiences and ensures meaning is understood.
  • Creates and builds formal networks with key decision makers internally and externally.
  • Carries out continuing professional development (CPD) necessary to ensure competence in areas identified and at the future professional level intended.
  • Able to develop new ideas,
  • Working knowledge of quality system models such as ISO9000, AS9100, or D1-9000.
  • Fluent in English language, both written and spoken.
  • Able to demonstrate the ability to work, and deliver, under own initiative.
  • Prepared to work on the complete range of GKN Aerospace programmes, both civil and military.
  • Able to travel as required.
  • Understanding of APQP AS9145 principles.

Alongside the essential criteria above, you will also be able to demonstrate the following experience:

  • Minimum experience: ONC and 3 year background in engineering (Aerospace, Mechanical, Electrical, Chemical), Recognised Technical Apprenticeship, or Degree or HNC/HND + 3 years’ experience.
  • Knowledge of processing methods and products of GKN.
  • Experience of continuous improvement and lean management.
  • Good interpersonal team working skills with the ability to influence stakeholders.
  • Proven ability to work and to deliver under own initiative.
  • Ability to manage and to coordinate internal/external customer requirements.
  • Achieving delivery to time cost and quality.
  • PC literate – MS office programs.
  • Self-motivated, resourceful, strong minded and committed.
  • Innovative toward all aspects of the job.
  • Flexible and capable of working in a complex environment.
  • Good reporting and communication skills on project status and progress.
  • Capable of interfacing professionally with customers and suppliers.
  • For internal candidates, the foundation of the ME Academy must be completed and training initiated to become a zero defect practitioner and 6σ Green Belt.
  • External candidates to demonstrate equivalent capability in problem solving and process control

What We'll Offer

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

  • Competitive salary dependent on experience
  • Industry Leading Pension Scheme = we’ll match your contributions up to 8% on a 1 : 1.5 basis
  • Life Assurance 8 x salary
  • 25 days holiday + bank holidays
  • Flexible working hours
  • Income protection
  • Shopping discounts
  • Cycle To Work Scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Virtual GP Clinic for you and immediate family
  • 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!

Why Join Us

A Great Place to work needs a Great Way of Working
Everyone is welcome to apply to GKN. 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’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.

Engineering
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1,000 employees