Lean Manufacturing Specialist

Papendrecht, The Netherlands, GKN Aerospace [GKN-LMS]

Field(s) of expertise
Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Project and Service Management
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.

About the opportunity:

The Lean Manufacturing Specialist will implement 5S, SMED, Flow and visual management on in our new surface treatment value stream, which is chromate free and REACH compliant. A hands-on type of person can help the team industrialize this new line to meet the output and quality requirements. The role will report directly to the Industrialisation Manager and the activities are foreseen from now until Q3 this year.


  • Lean implementation of handling and transportation of products in surface treatment value stream from bond preparation, through surface treatment, through primer application, until lug removal.
  • Implement 5S, SMED, Flow and visual management on shop floor.
  • Analyse and improve handling ways.
  • Manage execution of improvement actions.


Required qualifications:

  • Experience in implementation of Lean Manufacturing in low volume high complexity industrial environment.
  • Minimum of 3 years’ hands-on experience.
  • An understanding of Lean Thinking and Lean Leadership.
  • Fluency in Dutch and English.
  • The demonstrated ability to influence Team Leader and operator level, as well as the enabling functions.
  • Ability to lead, coach and mentor team members. Effective communicator, building effective teams.
  • Aerospace supply chain experience.
  • Surface treatment experience.
  • A passion for the Aerospace industry.

What we offer:

Besides an innovative and international work environment that offers you a good work-life balance, we offer you opportunities to learn and grow, a competitive salary, pension plan, 40 days off and travel allowance (from 10 km single journey) as well.

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.

GKN is an equal opportunity employer.

We treat all our employees and applicants fairly and are committed to ensuring that there is no discrimination or harassment against any employee or qualified applicant on the grounds of age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, nationality, sex, or veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

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