Senior Engineer/Specialist (Power Electronics) – GKN Aerospace – Hoogeveen

GKN Aerospace

About GKN Aerospace

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 15,000 employees across 41 manufacturing sites in 13 countries serving over 90% of the world’s aircraft and engine manufacturers with sales of £2.8bn. 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! 

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.

Job Summary

GKN Aerospace is the world’s leading multi-technology tier 1 aerospace supplier. 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. GKN’s new Global Technology Centre (GTC) in Filton, Bristol is a £32m state of the art technology research and development facility which will act as a hub for world-class innovative technology for the next generation of fuel-efficient aircraft. We are looking for a Senior Engineer with a background in power electronics and motor control to develop electrical drive hardware which will help shape the future of flight. You will be involved in the full development cycle of high-power, high-performance electrical drives for future aircraft propulsion. You will have the opportunity to contribute from requirements and specification, through to development and test definition, helping to prove and evolve novel technologies in a demanding, ground-breaking application.

You will be an integral member of a team that is embarking on a significant and challenging technology development project, which is a major stepping-stone towards achieving greener aviation thus helping protect our environment for future generations.

Job Responsibilities

  • Work in conjunction with academic research partners, identify and investigate in detail the technical challenges which must be overcome to meet the project objectives
  • Transfer and translate research findings into practical design rules and sizing tools for power electronic converters
  • Develop analysis and simulation capabilities enabling GKN Aerospace to scale-up the solutions developed early in the project and bring them to a high Technology Readiness Level (TRL)
  • Identify and pursue opportunities for technical innovation and intellectual property (IP) development
  • Work with the systems architects, thermal engineers and simulation software engineers to ensure a holistic approach to developing the system requirements is followed
  • Derive technical requirements and specifications, then plan and execute their verification and validation
  • Define, develop and deliver electronic hardware and software to control power conversion in safety-critical, high-performance applications
  • Participate in in-depth analysis of test data and contribute to technical reports and presentations
  • 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:


  • Strong experience in electrical and electronic engineering, with a focus on power electronics for high power motor control
  • Experience of power device technologies and their characteristics, and awareness of converter topologies applicable to motor drive applications
  • Experience in designing high frequency analogue and digital circuitry from simulation to breadboard prototyping
  • Experience in simulation, modelling and data analysis using modern engineering toolsets (e.g. MATLAB/Simulink, SPICE, Siemens Simcenter, COMSOL etc.)
  • Desirable:

  • Experience in developing motor control software in embedded system or FPGA environment would be a desirable.
  • Experience in designing and testing power electronics hardware at any level from system down to PCB/device would be extremely valuable.
  • Experience in vehicle electrification (particularly if this comes from within the aerospace industry)
  • Experience with aerospace standards including ARP4754, ARP4761, DO254, DO-178, DO-297 and DO160 
  • 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. To be successful in this role you must be capable of dealing with technical ambiguity and rapidly evolving requirements. You will also be able to work effectively at all stages of the development process, from early conceptual studies through to detailed design. 

    What We’ll Offer

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

  • Competitive Salary on experience
  • Opportunity to earn up to 15% bonus 
  • Hybrid working – giving you the opportunity to balance home and office working
  • Industry Leading Pension Scheme = we’ll match your contributions up to 8% on a 1 : 1.5 basis
  • Life Assurance 8 x salary
  • 185 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! 

    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.

    Hybrid Work Approach
    We understand our employees thrive by working differently, what works for one may not work for another, offering different ways of working is core to us creating a great employee experience. We’re pleased to provide a hybrid working approach enabling you to balance your time between working remotely and working in our offices. We’re also keen for our employees to achieve a work life balance so we’re happy to discuss flexible working options with you should the role be able to accommodate it. 

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