GKN Aerospace Head of Manufacturing Engineering in Dallas, Texas

Position Description

We need people of different backgrounds, with different skills and perspectives to spark originality, imagination and creativeness in our teams around the world.GKN Aerospace is an equal opportunity employer.Qualified applicants will be considered without regard to age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, nationality, sex, or veteran status.

Head of Manufacturing Engineering

LocationDallas, TX

Job Code44

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GKN is a global engineering business. We design, manufacture and service systems and components for most of the world’s leading aircraft, vehicle and machinery manufacturers. GKN operates three divisions: GKN Aerospace, GKN Driveline and GKN Powder Metallurgy employing 56,000 people in more than 30 countries. GKN Aerostructures North America headquartered in Dallas, TX is a leader in the manufacturing of advanced composites, complex metal structures, and aero-structure assembly for aircraft including: military fighters and transport, commercial, and general aviation. We employ more than 2,800 people at 12 locations.


To lead regional deployed manufacturing engineering team to deliver zero defect programs across the North American Region. Build a multi-disciplined, process control focused, regional manufacturing engineering team that eliminate defects through deployment of GKN Aerospace global manufacturing engineering tool suite. Act as regional functional leader for manufacturing engineering; deploying GKN Aerospace global manufacturing engineering strategy in conjunction with counterparts from the other regions.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop and execute the strategy enabling the deployed regional manufactuing engineering team to deliver zero defect projects in the operating businesses.

  • Plans, organizes and controls all activities of the deployed regional manufacturing engineering team delivering business level results.

  • Integrates GKN Aerospace global manufacturing engineering initiatives into the North American manufacturing engineering strategy.

  • Build a culture of process control mindset in the manufacturing engineering teams across the operating businesses in the region.

  • Develop technical solutions to complex problems through root cause analysis, preventative and corrective action to eliminate non-conformances.

  • Develop and deliver manufacturing engineering training strategy for the region to ensure complete alignment and understanding of the GKN Aerospace global engineering tool suite. Provide coaching support to collegues in the operating businesses.

  • Delivers measurable, metrics driven results for the projects to which they and their team are assigned.

  • Maintain positive, team relationships with internal and external customers, as well as co-workers

  • Leads and champions Lean initiatives in the manufacturing engineeeing function

  • Performs other duties, tasks and responsibilities as assigned

Required Qualifications:

  • B.S. degree in mechanical, industrial, chemical or aerospace engineering or related engineering discipline.

  • 10+ years of experience in manufacturing environment, with 5+ years in aerospace manufacturing. With preference for at least 2 years’ experience in composites or assembly manufacturing.

  • Minimum of 5 years’ management, incorporating both technical expertise and team leadership and including: management of multi-discipline technical teams (i.e. manufacturing engineering); direct management of a production support organization; and leading technical teams to solve problems in a manufacturing setting.

  • U.S. Person per ITAR regulations to comply with export compliance and site SSA requirements

Additional Qualifications:

  • Aerostructures (metallics and/or composites) or assembly manufacturing experience preferred.

  • Must be a self-starter and have proven abilities with project planning and management. In addition, must have demonstrated effective leadership of individuals and groups.

  • Excellent written, verbal and presentation communication skills

  • Relentless and results driven performer with a Continuous Improvement mind-set;

  • A dynamic individual with a high level of energy, a proactive self-starter who is confident and able to work independently;

  • Superior interpersonal skills, delivers information clearly and factually. Capable of adjusting to situation or audience;

  • Team worker with aptitude for mentoring and coaching;

  • Demonstrates personal leadership skills; high performance behaviors, self-initiative, excellent work ethic, exercises good judgment, influencing, negotiation and collaboration

* Expect up to 75% travel in this role depending upon location and business needs *

GKN Aerospace is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will be considered without regard to age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, nationality, sex, or veteran status.