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Head of Product Engineering - UK Full-time Job

1 year ago Engineering London   134 views
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About Us

GKN Aerospace is the world’s leading multi-technology tier 1 aerospace supplier. 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.

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 Head of Product Engineering UK part of the BL is responsible to perform in accordance with the professional standards of operation of the global Product Engineering group functions and its overall capability requirements in terms of people, methods and toolsets. As a regional role, will be accountable to support the engineering performance of the Design engineering community post LG3 BL classified programs governing responsibilities on behalf of the VP E&T and Design & Technology Director.
Job Responsibilities

Overall responsibility for the process of creating and verifying the quality of engineering deliverables and documentation created by Product Engineering group functional teams.

Requirement to facilitate onsite customer support for the duration of specific phases of programs whilst leading and managing teams

The management and provision of capability (skilled resources) in accordance with validated Pgm/Chief Engineer demand and as deployed by through the Business Operations Management team.

Proactively seek new technology opportunities with early customer engagement to drive requirements enabling technology development and program insertion opportunities.

Develop and maintain approval capability including processes as per the QMS/DOA requirements i.e., checkers, approvers, authorisers, Compliance Verification Engineers (CVE) as appropriate to the Defense business line.

Maintenance and development of Product Engineering methods, processes, tools including awareness and implementation of industry best practices.

Provide both technical and process guidance to the Program teams and demonstrate a proactive approach to continuous improvement and LEAN Enterprise within the function.

Proactively support Engineering Business Operations Management team to manage work package off-load activities where appropriate.

When required, represent the Product Engineering (UK) Function at Preliminary Design Reviews (PDR), Critical Design Reviews (CDR), Design Visual Inspections and Technical Review Boards (TRB’s).

Take functional responsibility for all Product Engineering issues related to existing, future or legacy platforms including establishing and maintaining of Design Organisation Approvals (or similar) via the airworthiness authorities and/or customer base.

Requirements and practice of Product Engineering (UK) data management including control and management of Product Engineering data.

Support managing the Product Engineering functional budge.

Location of role can be set at any location within GKN UK.


Bachelors in Engineering or similar functional discipline

10 years of experience in the field of Engineering

3 years in a management position

Preferred Qualifications

GKN Experience

Ability to obtain secure access program clearance

Experience in the execution of large-scale non-recurring projects.

Knowledge of business regarding engineering, manufacturing, finance, etc. as used in the aircraft industry

UK Defence platform, technology and product knowledge

Previously held technical authority / approved signatory status

Experience of configuration control and project management.

Prior experience of building and leading teams.

Experience in the (technical) management of complex organizations.

Led change across their business unit

Experience of EASA/FAA design office requirements

Lean, Six-sigma or similar continuous improvement system qualifications (eg. Black-belt) Experience

Able to travel regularly to support IPT, customer and/or supplier meetings, primarily within US regions and some international travel as required

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.

Company Description
GKN Aerospace