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Chief Engineer Manufacturing Systems (Industrial Architect)

Full time


Skilled in Industrial Engineering combined with Manufacturing knowledge? Don’t look further and take some time to read this vacancy, it’s a role at one of the worlds leading aerospace suppliers, GKN-Fokker.


As the Chief Engineer Manufacturing Systems (Industrial Architect) within GKN Civil Business Line, you will play a pivotal role in shaping the future of our aerospace manufacturing systems.

Your primary responsibility will be to design and create optimal manufacturing systems based on our current and emergent technologies for both New Product Introduction and existing incumbent product lines to enhance efficiency and productivity.

This role will have a direct impact on our ability to maintain a competitive edge in the aerospace industry and enable the foundations for the next generation of flight structures manufacturing.



• Education: Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, or a related field. Advanced degrees and certifications are a plus.

• Experience: A minimum of 5-7 years of experience in aerospace manufacturing, process engineering, or industrial architecture, with a proven track record of successful project execution.

• Technical Proficiency: Strong understanding of manufacturing system design technologies, aerospace manufacturing & operational management philosophy.

• Project Management: Demonstrated ability to manage complex projects, including budgeting, timeline management, and risk assessment.

• Analytical Skills: Excellent analytical and problem-solving abilities, with the capacity to analyse complex data sets and make data-driven decisions.

• Communication: Effective communication skills to collaborate with cross-functional teams and present architectural concepts and project updates to stakeholders.

• Adaptability: Ability to adapt to rapidly changing manufacturing technologies and industry trends.


• Certifications: Relevant certifications in industrial architecture, Lean Six Sigma, or project management.

• Software Proficiency: Familiarity with simulation software, ERP systems, and data analytics tools.

• Research and Development Experience: Experience in research and development of innovative manufacturing processes and systems.

• Leadership Skills: Demonstrated leadership experience in guiding teams and leading transformative initiatives.

• Regulatory Knowledge: Understanding of aerospace industry regulations and compliance standards.

• Experience deploying APQP & PPAP

• Understanding of part 21sub part G and EN/AS9100 requirements

• Knowledge of HSE requirements such as PUWER and COSHH


We offer a role within an innovative and international environment of a High-Tech organization, that has a rich history in the field of aircraft manufacturing. Our organization demonstrates passion for technology and our employees are rightly proud of what they design and build.
At GKN Aerospace you get every opportunity to build on your career and personal development and for this position the package includes:

• An excellent salary between € 6100 – € 7800 (depending on knowledge and experience);

• Full time contract (40 hours);

• 8% holiday allowance;

• Plenty of holidays;

• Commuting/Business Travel Allowance;

• Pension plan;

• Personal growth opportunities.

A pleasant and informal working environment, in which we work together to achieve the best result for our customers in a pleasant atmosphere. Next to a competitive package, we will offer you a world of opportunities: we want to see your career fly!

We will support your career progression by providing you with learning and development opportunities. That’s the beauty of being part of a global business, once you’re on board you never know where you career journey may take you!


GKN Aerospace is reimagining air travel: going further, faster and greener! Fuelled by great people whose expertise and creativity sets the standards in our industry, we’re inspired by the opportunities to innovate and break boundaries.

We’re proud to play a part in protecting the world’s democracies. And we’re committed to putting sustainability at the centre of everything we do, opening up and protecting our planet. With over 15,000 employees across 41 manufacturing sites in 13 countries we serve over 90% of the world’s aircraft and engine manufacturers. There are no limits to where you can take your career.


WFS PRO takes care of the hiring process of this position. If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Niels Kloostra via [email protected]. If you want to apply, please use the apply button!

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