ILS Engineering Teamlead – NH90

Papendrecht, The Netherlands, GKN Aerospace [GKN-ILSET-NH90]

Field(s) of expertise
Aerospace Engineering
Job type

About this job

About Us:

GKN Aerospace is the world’s leading multi-technology tier 1 aerospace supplier. With 50 manufacturing locations in 15 countries, we serve over 90% of the world’s aircraft and engine manufacturers. We design and manufacture innovative smart aerospace systems and components. 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.

About the opportunity:

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.


As member of the NH90 Program Office you will be part of one of the largest and most successful military helicopter development programs, which spreads around the globe, serving 15 countries, supporting 400 operational helicopters and holding a firm order book. The joint venture NATO Helicopter Industries (NHI), consisting of Fokker, Airbus Helicopters and Leonardo Helicopters, develops, builds and supports the NH90 helicopter. This helicopter is the most modern and versatile helicopter in its class, and is being built in 3 Final Assembly Lines. Fokker designs and builds components for the NH90 helicopter (amongst others tail, intermediate gearbox, cabin sliding doors, landing gear and the sponsons). In addition, Fokker provides Support to the fleet of NH90’s in service by supplying spare parts, maintenance instructions and service engineering on these components, and provides dedicated national support to both the Netherlands and Belgium armed forces. In the role of ILS Engineering Team Lead you are responsible for the management of the Team of ILS engineers who co-ordinate and develop the Fokker contribution to ILS disciplines (RAMT, Training, AGE, LSA, Material Support, Technical Publications, and who provide all Technical Support to NH90 operators).

The ILS Engineering Team Lead tasks and responsibilities are:

  • hierarchical and functional management of the ILS team members
  • to manage and coordinate the ILS activities (resource management, scheduling)
  • to resolve the problem areas between ILS activities and other (engineering) activities
  • to provide cost estimates for the ILS contribution to Fokker commercial proposals
  • to implement the ILS policies required to achieve the results

The ILS Engineering Team Lead reports hierarchically to the Integration Engineering Manager, and functionally to the Director Product Support.



Your skills and competences:

We are looking for a team player, who is able to find constructive solutions both within the NH90 Program Team and the international NHI consortium. An aerospace technical engineering background and experience in Aircraft support is desired. As member of the NH90 Program Office, you are aware of the different processes and roles/responsibilities that come with Fokker’s position as an OEM partner.


The ILS Engineering Team Lead shall:

  • hold a Bachelor’s / Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering, or equivalent.
  • have experience in managing a team of professional specialists (>13 FTE).
  • have knowledge of and experience in ILS processes.
  • have project management skills at level IPMA-C or equivalent.
  • be fluent in Technical English, both in verbal and written communication.


  • Cooperative
  • Accurate and structured
  • Strong process orientation
  • Ability to connect to and coach people
  • be able to function in a team as well as individually
  • be an accurate worker, with attention to details

In short: you have a managers profile who understands the processes that are being executed in your team.


Fokker Aerostructures is recognized around the world as a first-class specialist in the design, development and manufacturing of advanced lightweight aircraft structures and systems for the aviation, aerospace and defense industries, including tail, wing and fuselage sections and landing gear. We hold a leading position as a provider of intelligent, innovative solutions to top companies including Airbus, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Dassault and Gulfstream using state-of-the-art technologies and durable materials. We have a highly trained workforce of around 1,800 professionals located in the Netherlands (Papendrecht, Hoogeveen and Helmond), Romania and the USA. Fokker Aerostructures is a business unit of Fokker Technologies.

Creates conceptual deliverables that comply with requirements stipulated by Customer, Airworthiness Authorities and internal standards

Diversity and Inclusion:

As a global engineering company, innovation is what differentiates us from our competitors and is central to our success.

A balance of cultures, ethnicities and genders help bring new ideas and creativity to GKN. We need people of different backgrounds, with different skills and perspectives to spark originality, imagination and creativeness in our teams around the world.

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