Chief Manufacturing Engineer

El Cajon, California, United States (USA), GKN Aerospace [GKN-CME3]

Field(s) of expertise
Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
Job type

About this job

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.

Responsible for the manufacturing definition and ME related activities with the value streams and throughout the program lifecycle.  Represents ME at program/technical reviews and at meetings with customers/suppliers.  Ensures the manufacturing definition meets stakeholder requirements.  Ensures adherence to ME processes/standards.  Drives concurrent engineering and participates in design reviews to meet business case targets including manufacturability.  Sets requirements for the technology department and is a member of the Technology Readiness Assessment.


  • Leads targeted teams of engineers supporting the value streams and the global manufacturing development. Responsible for manufacturing system definition that fulfills design requirements, producibility and business case.
  • Ensures that major projects are properly planned, executed and closed out in accordance with agreements.
  • Determines/develops process changes needed to meet quality/manufacturing efficiency goals. Identifies/requests methods/technology development.
  • Performs/leads root cause and failure analysis as required. Applies Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA).
  • Maintains a clean work environment (including assigned storage and cleaning duties) in full compliance with company standards, customer and government regulations.
  • Assists in the development and maintenance of a business culture, which supports the Company’s overall business objectives and goals, by providing leadership in issues that involve “cost, quality, process, schedule and people”.
  • Ensures the company’s commitment to maintain a safe workplace and to protect the environment through the establishment and support of Company policy and adherence to various government regulations.
  • Performs other duties, tasks and responsibilities as assigned.


  • Required Qualifications:
    • Requires a 4-year degree in aerospace, manufacturing/mechanical engineering, chemical engineering or equivalent combination of education and experience.
    • U.S. Citizen per ITAR regulations to comply with export compliance and site SSA requirements
    • Requires 15 years manufacturing engineering and/or quality engineering experience, preferably in an aerospace environment.
    • Demonstrated experience in Process Control Mapping and Variable control, Industrialization TRL 7-9 Gate Process, problem solving tools, Production Platform & Design Standards for Core Products application, Lean and CI qualifications and experience
  • Preferred Qualifications:
    • Experience in an Aerospace MRO Environment preferred.
    • Experience with EB Weld, TIG Weld, Thermal Spray, Shot Peening, Automation and CNC machining processes preferred.
  • Physical
    • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely
    • Must display good interpersonal, leadership, organizational, and verbal/written skills.

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