GKN Production Manager in Papendrecht, Netherlands

Production Manager

GKN Employees Only

Country: Netherlands

Work Location: Papendrecht

State: Not Specified

Advertising End Date: Not Specified

Job Type: Regular

About The Opportunity

In this role you are responsible for the results of one of the production units of our site in Papendrecht. You supervise a team of +/- 6 team leaders and you lead a multidisciplinary team (midfield including Quality lead, Technical Lead and Logistical Lead) operationally. We are looking for a people-oriented manager who is open to change and has an eye for continuous improvement.

Key Responsibilities

You are responsible for:

  • Implementing the Safety, Health and Environment Operations policy within the unit.

  • Translating strategic policy together with the multidisciplinary team in annual plans, people, budgets and investments as well as controlling and monitoring the budget within the unit.

  • Achieving the unit results on safety, quality, delivery reliability, costs and employee morality.

  • Delivering input to the strategic roadmap (X-matrix) for the unit.

  • Stimulating and supervising ‘operational excellence’ within the multidisciplinary teams on midfield level and the different multidisciplinary teams on job floor level.

  • Coordinating analyses and corrective measurements concerning problems with potential impact on our clients or the business case, together with program management.

  • Stimulating and leading continuous improvement and change.

  • Organizing and leading frequent meetings with your direct reports in order to coach them, to solve problems and to monitor progress.

Your skills and competences are:

To succeed in this role, you have finished a Bachelor/Master education, preferably related to engineering (e.g. mechanical engineering, aerospace or TPM). Our ideal candidate has at least 3 years work experience in a managerial position and proven experience in improving processes within an operations environment. Other important characteristics are:

  • Excellent knowledge of production processes and logistics, continuous improvement (e.g. Lean, 6 Sigma) and aerospace legislation.

  • Fluent in Dutch and English, written and spoken.

  • You have a customer-orientated attitude and can communicate effectively in different organizational levels.

  • You are decisive and result orientated (QLTC) and are able to solve complex issues.

  • You are a coach for your team and you can adapt to all different situations in order to achieve results.

In return, we offer you:

We offer an attractive package including a salary in line with industry standards, an annual profit related payment and 42 days of leave.


Please contact Frank Warner (Site Director Papendrecht) on (+31)(0)6-10268710 or Claudia Kock (HR Business Partner) on 06-12620272 for more information about this vacancy.

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.

Fokker Technologies, founded by aviation pioneer Anthony Fokker in 1919, was acquired by GKN Aerospace in 2015.

Fokker’s outstanding people and technologies are now fully integrated into the GKN Aerospace business. The result is a stronger GKN Aerospace business with enhanced market leadership positions, increased exposure to key growth platforms, a more comprehensive global manufacturing footprint and stronger technological offerings. Fokker’s industry-leading capabilities in aerostructures, electrical wiring systems, landing gear and services now sit within GKN Aerospace’s market-leading capabilities.

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.