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Functional Team Lead, Analysis - Remote, US

Company: GKN Aerospace Services
Location: Garden Grove
Posted on: June 6, 2021

Job Description:

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.

Job Summary

The Functional Team Lead is responsible to lead a team (or teams) of an engineering function in order to deliver the assigned engineering project or functional objectives on schedule, within budget, and to the defined technical requirements. A Functional Team Lead may also be used in a project specific role to guide/direct programme functional team(s) where a programme has more than one team (typically working on separate work packages) of a specific function in order to ensure consistent approaches and methods for the function are used across the programme. A Functional Team Lead is a permanent role within the standard organisational structure and manages a team of engineers functionally and operationally. The role is accountable for the performance of the team(s) under their control and specifically to deliver all programme engineering design objectives on schedule, within budget, and to the defined technical requirements. They also oversee and monitor functional activities within the programme/team; independently review deliverables and assist Engineering Team Leaders and Chief Engineers to manage programme technical risk. They are also expected to provide specialized technical knowledge and expertise in support of the programme. A Functional Team Lead reports hierarchically and functionally to the respective Head of Function and operationally to either Programme Chief Engineer (if leading guiding/directing multiple functional teams) or to the Engineering Team Leader.

Job Responsibilities

  • Lead functional team(s) to deliver the assigned tasks to achieve the programme/project objectives through planning, work tasking, and execution of required engineering activities.
  • Provide technical functional oversight for engineering design solutions, ensuring compliance with all relevant customer, regulatory, and airworthiness requirements, within agreed program, schedule, and manufacturing constraints.
  • Develop and implement methods plans, toolsets and solutions that are appropriate and compliant to achieve the design and programme/project objectives.
  • Provide functional review of generated bids and proposals within assigned programmes/projects.
  • Assess, manage, and mitigate overall technical risk within assigned programmes.
  • Review test specifications/plans and/or alternate means of compliance as required to demonstrate design solution complies with certification requirements.
  • Create engineering designs and verify design compliance to defined requirements including dimensions, materials, parts, process notes, assemblies.
  • Generate, sign, check, or approve all assigned project deliverables, documents, and reports as required within limits of signature authorizations.
  • Provide an independent check for release of technical documentation as required.
  • Implement training and capability strategies to manage training, mentoring, and development of engineers within assigned programmes/projects including technical signatories.
  • Support technical and customer discussions and reviews, including formal gate reviews, the creation and preparation of technical data and presentations.
  • Process and verify concessions and remedial activity and provide technical support by implementing solutions to address non-conforming products and designs, as required.
  • Implement a lean continuous improvement culture and strategy within the programme/project team(s).
  • Establish and implement knowledge management strategies for the programme/project team(s).

Job Responsibilites (Cont...)

  • Support the development and maintenance of functional work instructions, procedures, technical manuals, and guidelines.
  • Manage the overall performance, engagement, and capability development of the programme/project team through the management of performance development plans, training, mentoring, and other initiatives.
  • Provide key performance indicators for programme activities to drive continuous improvement and provide updates / reports, and standard measures to the senior management team, as required.
  • Create a positive workplace environment within the programme through regular meetings, engagement & coaching.
  • Must possess a high level of engineering functional knowledge (typically Technical Excellence Framework level 4 or higher in an appropriate Area of Expertise) and awareness of other disciplines in order to successfully manage/guide the project/programme technical team.
  • Must possess an awareness of business expertise especially in the Aerospace industry and in the product area the project/programme is responsible for (eg. Aerostructures, EWIS, Transparencies etc.).
  • Must possess a high level of leadership ability as the role is accountable for the competing parameters of technical quality (Safety/Airworthiness) as well as project schedule and cost adherence for the technical activities.
  • Must possess a high level of problem solving skills to successfully manage the technical direction of the projects.
  • The role requires a high level of interpersonal skills - see below for details of skills and personal attributes required.

Requirements

  • Bachelor Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering or equivalent working and thinking Level gained through experience.
  • 10+ years of relevant experience gained within an engineering discipline, ideally within an aerospace environment and in multi-disciplinary engineering project teams (Design/CM, EWIS, Analysis, M&P, Manufacturing/ Industrialization).
  • U.S. persons with ability to obtain a Department of Defense Security Clearance.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Have a strong technical background and knowledge within the functional discipline.
  • Able to hold (internal) technical approval authority within the function.
  • Experience in dealing with related functions (Operations/Production, Sales/Customer Relationship Management, Supplier Management and Development).
  • Able to manage complex technical work statements; ability to rationalise, assess and evaluate information that may not always be clear or mature.
  • Possess project management, planning and organising skills based on recognised project management methods.
  • Solid approach/understanding to the delivery and tracking of engineering tasks.
  • Able to define challenging objectives and achieve them.
  • Relationship building at various engineering levels.
  • Able to work with other functions as required to achieve engineering objectives.
  • Has excellent judgement in considering when escalation is appropriate.
  • Strong minded, convincing and committed, focussed on delivery, must be able to work under pressure and to tight deadlines.
  • Ability to clearly present data, reports and presentations to facilitate the decision making process at all levels of the business.
  • Proficient in hand calculations and rough sizing techniques.
  • Proficient in Nastran & Patran along with non-linear analysis tools such as LS-Dyna.
  • Completed Project Management Training / Courses.
  • Accountable for budgets.
  • Implemented change within their business area.
  • Having worked in multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary teams in an international setting.
  • Ability to mentor and coach Engineers in the Delivery of their specific Task and supporting their professional Growth.
  • Established links with external (engineering) bodies such as Technical Institutes, Universities, ASD, SAE, RAS, EASA, or similar technical bodies.

Diversity Inclusion and Belonging (DIB)

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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Keywords: GKN Aerospace Services, Garden Grove , Functional Team Lead, Analysis - Remote, US, Other , Garden Grove, California

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