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GKN Aerospace President of GKN St. Louis, LLC in St Louis, Missouri

President of GKN St. Louis, LLC

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Date:Oct 16, 2020

Location:St Louis, MO, US

Company:GKN Aerospace Careers

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 President and Site Director of GKN St. Louis LLC provides strategic vision and implementation leadership to the production, engineering, supply chain, manufacturing, quality assurance and facilities functions of the 1000+ employee operation. This role reports directly to the SSA Board of Directors, with dotted line reporting to the GKN North America East COO. Direct reports to this position include Vice Presidents or Directors in Finance, Operations, Programs, Engineering & Total Quality, Supply Chain, Procurement, Safety, IT, Lean, and HR.

This role is accountable for achieving the People, Safety, Quality, Delivery, Cash and Cost targets through the disciplined and rigorous deployment of the Lean Operating Model and is accountable for attaining Operational Excellence in the St. Louis Performance Centre, managing an operation with annual sales volume exceeding $300 Million.

This role is accountable for creating ‘A Great Place to Work’ through developing first class leaders and driving a culture of continuous improvement, safe working and open dialogue.

The St. Louis site operates under a Special Security Agreement or “SSA” with the Department of Defense. The President serves as a member of the SSA Board of both inside and outside Directors to ensure mitigation of any Foreign Ownership Control and Influence (FOCI), as well as to ensure the protection of classified and/or export controlled information.

Job Responsibilities

  • Provide general management and leadership of the business to achieve

  • Site’s plans and objectives

  • In all areas of responsibility involving direct and indirect contracting with the US government, this position is responsible to provide full compliance with the “Company Policy Statement on Contracting with the United States Government’, including ensuring

  • Subordinate staff are aware of the Company Policy and their individual responsibility and accountability for their own actions complying with this polic

  • Role modelling a culture throughout their site that is aligned to the GKN Aerospace “Great Place to Work” value drivers and Culture Principles

  • Exemplifying a safety-first mind set and ensuring that the GKN Aerospace Health, Safety and Environmental policies and standards are applied and that their Performance Centre is a model of a world class healthy and safe working environment

  • Developing first-class leaders who are readily able to progress to the next level of leadership, when required, and who embody the GKNA culture principles

  • Leading and developing the Performance Centre Leadership team in the delivery of People, Safety, Quality, Delivery, Cash and Cost (PSQDCC) targets, meeting customer and stakeholder commitments

  • Driving the disciplined and rigorous deployment of the Lean Operating Model (LOM) across their site, with active involvement in problem solving and the management system

  • Holding the Plant functional leadership and the Regional Business Process Owners (RBPOs) accountable for deploying the Global standards and meeting their targets within the plant

  • Ensuring the disciplined execution of Daily Management through the conscientious adherence to Leader Standard Work

  • Promoting the development of relationship and partnership with union leaders

  • Complying with all legal and regulatory requirements and ensuring that staff are aware of the policies and their individual responsibilities and accountabilities:

  • The company’s Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action policies

  • Compliance and Ethics Policy in all areas of responsibility involving direct and indirect contracting with the United States Government

  • Export Control regulations

  • Airworthiness regulators i.e. CAA, EASA, FAA (Accountable Manager, where required)

Required Qualifications:

  • BSc degree, preferably in an Engineering or Science discipline

  • Must be able to secure DOD Secret Clearance

  • 5+ years of experience serving in a President or Vice President capacity as an organizational leader

  • 10+ years of experience in site leadership; aerospace experience preferred

  • Proven metric driven performance management mindset

  • Demonstrated expertise in implementing IPT or Value Stream model/structure and associated cultural transformation

  • 5+ years working with a Lean Operating Model / Production System Lean or Six Sigma

    Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience leading a unionized workforce

  • Second or advanced degree in Business preferred

  • The demonstrated ability to influence across functional lines within company and within supplier organizations

  • Ability to lead, coach and mentor highly skilled and experienced direct reports

  • A track record of Leadership and direction through effective communications, building effective teams

  • A passion for the Aerospace industry

  • Strong knowledge of government contracting process and proprietary contracts development preferred

  • Aerospace supply chain experience preferred

  • Large site management > 500 preferred

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.