This role profile is based on the generic Head of Product Engineering Role description developed in Sept 2020 and adapted only to cover specific Netherlands Defense Office requirements.
In text below Head of Product Engineering should be read as Director Netherlands Defense Engineering (Design) and Product Engineering function as Netherlands Defense Engineering Design Office.
The Netherlands Defense Engineering Deign Office shall include all Netherlands based design engineering activities including, but not limited to;
Missiles / Canisters, NH90 / Rotorcraft core engineering and Landing Gear & Arresting Hook systems.
The Head of Product Engineering is responsible for the professional standards of operation of the Product Engineering function and its overall capability development and management in terms of people, methods and toolsets.
Product Engineering includes engineering functional activities typically used to develop and manage the design and verification of a product including integration of that product within the overall operational platform and to perform sustaining activities (change management and customer- and manufacturing- support) after LCG7.
The role is responsible for fulfilling functional Product Engineering responsibilities as apportioned in the various Design Office Manuals / Design Office Interface Documents / Design Office procedures including;
i) Provision of functional management to all Product Engineering functional staff and (ii) managing any Centres of Competence for Product Engineering to enable the continuous development of the discipline and (iii) ensuring the Product Integrity of the developed products.
As a working manager, the Head of Product Engineering will also provide occasional direct support to programs, sites and business projects, whilst executing the leadership and management responsibilities of the position.
Overall responsibility for the process of creating and verifying the quality of engineering deliverables and documentation created by Product Engineering teams during proposal-, development- and sustaining phases.
The management and provision of capability (skilled resources) and capacity in accordance with validated Program Management demand either deployed directly or by the Business Management team.
Identification (in corporation with Product Group and Technology) and delivery of professional development and training for all engineering expertise with the Product Engineering function in line with strategic capability needs of the Business Line.
Develop and maintain approval capability and capacity including processes as per the QMS / DOA requirements i.e., checkers, approvers, authorisers, Compliance Verification Engineers (CVE) as appropriate and integration in the BMS / QMS of the appropriate manufacturing organisation.
Development and maintenance of Product Engineering methods, processes, tools including awareness and implementation of industry best practices.
Provide both technical and process guidance to the Program teams and accountable for Technical Authority roles within the different engineering programs teams, with the focus on requirements, Means of Compliance (MoC) and MoC evidence.
Responsible for the engineering data (technical, process, roles and responsibilities) supporting engineering program proposals to customers and the discussions on the proposal with the customer.
Demonstrate a proactive approach to continuous improvement and LEAN Enterprise within the function.
Proactively support Engineering Business Operations Management team to manage functional engineering activities at different sites (customers, sites and work package off-load activities to approved external suppliers) according to budgetary constraints and required flexibility of the Business Line.
Perform Design Reviews of data before reviews are performed with the customer and responsible for the engineering input data of Life Cycle Gate Reviews.
When required, represent the Product Engineering Function at the customer at Preliminary Design Reviews (PDR), Critical Design Reviews (CDR), Design Visual Inspections and Technical Review Boards (TRB’s) inter alia.
Take functional responsibility for all Product Engineering issues related to existing, future or legacy platforms including establishing and maintaining Design Organisation Approvals (or similar) via the airworthiness authorities and / or customer.
Support the GKN operations (manufacturing) organisation for Built to Print (BtP) programs as requested.
Monitor and maintain personal and company performance objectives.
Address performance issues of Product Engineering functional staff in a timely manner and encourage excellent performance in all aspects of the job.
Develop and maintain requirements, practices and tools of Product Engineering data management including control and management of Product Engineering data.
Develop in corporation with the Business Line (Product Groups and Technology) the strategy of Product Development of future business.
Participation in the review board of relevant TRL reviews.
Define and manage the Product Engineering functional budget.
Minimum 10 years experience in the field of Aerospace Engineering with at least 3 years in a management position.
Degree or equivalent in Aerospace Engineering or similar functional discipline.
Experience in the execution of large-scale non-recurring projects.
Knowledge and experience in relevant product design, verification and certification (including relevant CS 25 / FAR25 subparts or defence equivalents).
Knowledge of business processes with regard to engineering, manufacturing, finance, etc. as used in the aerospace industry.
Previously held technical authority / approval signatory status.
Excellent Project Management skills.
Experience of configuration control and project management.
Prior experience of building and leading teams.
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
Good verbal and written command of English.
Well-developed interpersonal skills and ability to influence without authority.
High energy level required, disciplined, natural authority, team player.
What we offer
An innovative and international environment in which we work in a High Tech organization with a rich history in the field of aircraft construction.
Within GKN Fokker Hoogeveen you get every opportunity to build your career and personal development.
This vacancy will close on April 4th.