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Value Stream Quality Engineer

United States
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About The Opportunity

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 better in everything we do.

This position is responsible for managing all aspects of the quality engineering function, including ensuring quality control and engineering methods comply with applicable regulations and meet GKN Aerospace Newington, LLC standards.


Who you'll work with
The Value Stream Quality Engineer reports directly to the Chief Manufacturing Engineer and works regularly with the Value Stream team (Manufacturing Engineers, Quality Engineers, Inspectors and others).


What you’ll 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.

  • Independently work through various issues with first article inspection reports for multiple customers.
  • Prepare Inspection Method Sheets and First Article Packages including SPC plans.
  • Facilitate PPAP for NPI: process mapping, FMEA, control plans, audits, capability reviews, etc.
  • Communicate directly with customers to resolve Quality issues**
  • In depth understanding of customer specifications and working knowledge of quality investigation tools.
  • Lead investigations for internal manufacturing issues
  • Support and propose continuous improvement activities
  • Assess corrective actions and quality data to identify trends.
  • Create and provide trainings for procedures, business, and manufacturing processes
  • Utilize SP Data to drive process improvements
  • Maintain and improve a quality management system to remain in compliance with customer standards, ISO9001, ISO14001, and AS9100. Includes maintenance of the OMS system.
  • Lead internal audits and ensure corrective actions are addressed appropriately**
  • Ensure customer findings are addressed by all cross functional groups
  • Perform internal and product audits according to customer and GKN internal requirements (workstation, FOD, etc.)
  • Facilitate customer and third party audits at the Newington site
  • Lead the site’s quarterly Corrective Action/Preventative Action (CAPA) meetingsParticipate in contract reviews and kick-off meetings and provide guidance for fulfilling customer-specific requirements
  • Oversee M&TE calibration process along with calibration (i.e. DPRV, eye exams, etc.)
  • Qualifies inspection personnel 


About you

Required Experience

  • 5+ years’ experience in a quality function in a manufacturing environment required.
  • U.S. Person per ITAR regulations.

Additional Experience

  • Aerospace experience is highly preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related technical field preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply a deep understanding of customer requirements in an effort to support new product qualification
  • Relevant experience with managing root cause and corrective action events.
  • Ability to manage projects to completion and function in a team environment.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Organizational and teaming skills.
  • Knowledge of SAP preferred.
  • Strong computer skills (MSWord, Excel)
  • GKN experience preferred.
About Us

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. We are continuously evolving, pioneering new technologies and reinventing existing ones, stretching ourselves to better in everything we do. GKN operates three divisions: GKN Aerospace, GKN Driveline and GKN Powder Metallurgy employing 56,000 people in more than 30 countries.

GKN Aerospace is the world’s leading multi-technology tier 1 aerospace supplier. With 55 manufacturing locations in 14 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.

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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