Manufacturing Engineering Manager

About Us

GKN Aerospace is the world’s leading multi-technology tier 1 aerospace supplier. With 38 manufacturing locations in 12 countries, we serve over 90% of the world”s aircraft and engine manufacturers. We design and manufacture innovative smart aerospace systems and components. Every time you travel by air almost anywhere in the world, it is likely that GKN is helping you on your way.

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.

Will you be our new Manufacturing Engineering Manager?

As a Manufacturing Engineering Manager within GKN Fokker Landing Gear you will be responsible for leading a multi-disciplined Manufacturing Engineering team that eliminates defects through deployment of GKN Aerospace Zero Defect Manufacturing (ZDM) tool suite. They will deploy engineering resources to Production & Development Programs and ensure compliance of these deployed teams to the established functional processes. They will deliver robust, capable manufacturing process technology as it applies to both materials, tooling, part fabrication and assembly.


Fokker Landing Gear is currently in transition and will integrate in our production location in Papendrecht by the end of 2023. We grow fast and are in need of some strong leadership to coach teams and provide structure. To get fully informed you’ll also be asked to work in Helmond for some days a week as our production is still on going here.

Job summary

  • Exemplifying a safety-first mind-set and ensuring compliance with the GKN Aerospace Health, Safety and Environmental policies and standards.
  • Develop technical solutions to complex problems. Delivery of a manufacturing system that fulfils all stakeholder requirements including; Safety, Quality, Producibility & Business case
  • Lead engineering teams to deliver measurable, metrics driven results in line with Operational and Program goals.
  • Deliver class leading engineering solutions to solutions to complex problems
  • Develop, deploy and maintain functional engineering standards.
  • Develop and deliver manufacturing engineering training strategy for the business. Lead capability & career development of the engineering team.
  • Build a culture of process control, Zero Defect Manufacturing (ZDM) mind-set in the manufacturing engineering team.
  • Responsible for the implementation of tooling and or production planning, from original concept through to production. Design these processes with a high degree of process capability utilizing the GKN standard ZDM tool suite to demonstrate as such.
  • Accountable for product development, new product quotes, tool fabrication quotes, first article development, configuration changes that involve cost estimation, schedule coordination, build process definition, and implementation
  • Maintain positive, team relationships with internal and external customers, as well as co-workers
  • Continuously improve production processes by implementing Lean initiatives.

 To be successful you will bring

  • Technical expertise in Manufacturing Engineering, with a professional qualification / background (bachelor/university degree) in engineering (Aerospace, Mechanical, Electrical, Chemical).
  • Knowledge and experience in a high-quality metalworking environment and/or a high-quality production environment.
  • Experience of managing New Product / Process introduction (industrialisation) & existing production process improvements.
  • Ability to influence people, build trust and establish effective working relationships within a global organization.
  • Working knowledge of LEAN processes and practices.
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in Manufacturing Engineering.
  • Working knowledge of quality system models such as ISO9000, AS9100, or D1-9000.
  • Fluent in English language, both written and spoken.

What do we offer

We offer an innovative and international environment in which we work in a High Tech organization with a rich history in the field of aircraft construction. Our organization exudes a passion for technology and our employees are rightly proud of what they develop and build. Within GKN Aerospace, you get every opportunity to build your career and personal development.

Plus, you get a fantastic range of benefits, including:

  • Salary according to the CLA Metalektro: junior / medior / senior. Medior scale = N (min 5.973 / max 7.690,-)
  • 29 free days and 13 ADV days
  • Travel allowance
  • Profit related benefits


For further information, please get in touch with Michiel Daamen via 06-29422744

Dienstverband: Vast
Uren: Full-Time
Opleidingsniveau: HBO/WO
Carriereniveau: Senior
Trefwoorden: Manufacturing Engineering, Aerospace, Mechanical, Management, LEAN