Manufacturing Engineer (Tooling) – GKN Aerospace – Hoogeveen

GKN Aerospace

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 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.

Job Summary

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. Sitting across our three business lines; Civil, Defence and Engines at our East Cowes manufacturing plants you’ll do just that. Established in 1901, one of our older production sites with a workforce of circa 800 employees. Our East Cowes plants, Isle of Wight are where we design, manufacture, test and repair high performance structures and systems. We have two facilities on the Island; Falcon Yard, Ferry Road and Osborne Site, Saunders Way. Both locations employ the company’s distinct competencies in major assemblies and composite structures for the global aerospace market. Our customer base includes Airbus, Astronics, BAE Systems, Boeing, Bombardier Aerospace, Cessna, Cobham, Honeywell, Leonardo, Lockheed Martin, Rolls Royce and Triumph.

Due to an exciting period of growth, we are now seeking experienced Tooling Engineers to join our thriving team on the Isle of Wight.

Based at our East Cowes site and reporting into the Manufacturing Engineer Manager, the successful candidate will join our team of between 6-10 Manufacturing Engineers and will need to be flexible for very limited ad-hoc travel, nationally and internationally. 

For these opportunities we will provide relocation support, within the UK, to the Isle of Wight, for successful applicants. 

Job Responsibilities

• The development of tooling solutions (mould tools; 5 axis fixtures; assembly jigs; shop aids) to complex problems through the implementation of tooling, from original concept through to production.
• Designing tooling for high degree of process capability using Catia V5 utilizing the GKN standard Zero Defect Manufacturing (ZDM) tool suite to demonstrate as such.
• Accountable for tool fabrication quotes, tooling input for new product quotes, tooling configuration changes that involve cost estimation, schedule coordination & implementation
• Exemplifying a safety-first mind-set and ensuring compliance with the GKN Aerospace Health, Safety and Environmental policies and standards.
• Utilizing root cause analysis, preventative and corrective action to reduce/eliminate non-conformances.
• Continuously improve production processes by implementing Lean initiatives

How You’ll Contribute

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:

• A HNC qualification within an Engineering related subject or equivalent 
• Demonstrable experience of CAD Software (ideally Catia V5)
• Experience in Tool Design within the Manufacturing industry 
• Experience of addressing issues within the supply chain; internal and external

• Working knowledge of quality system models such as ISO9000, AS9100, or D1-9000
• Background in Aerospace industry 
• Familiarity with AS9145 APQP process or equivalent
• Understanding and use of an ERP system
• Experience of interpreting aged drawings
• Green Belt Certified

This position requires UK National Security Vetting (UKNSV) Security clearance (SC) due to the nature and responsibilities of the work carried out. In order for us to obtain an SC you usually need to have been resident in the UK for a minimum of 5 years to current date (but we do assess each case individually).

What We’ll Offer

As well as an opportunity to work on some truly exciting projects, and develop a rewarding career with one of the World’s leading aerospace engineering companies, 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
• 190 hours holiday + bank holidays
• Income protection
• Shopping discounts
• Cycle To Work Scheme
• Employee Assistance Programme
• UK Relocation support available (if applicable)
• A collaborative, dynamic working environment 

Join us and keep the world moving … click on the link below to apply



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. ​

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