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Tooling Engineering Manager

Date: Nov 11, 2019

Job Responsibilities


  • Plan, organize and control all activities engaged in the design, fabrication and maintenance of tooling and tooling processes standards, tooling work instructions and all other related functions required for tooling in support of the fabrication and assembly of aerospace components.  This includes significant interface with subcontract tool design and fabrication suppliers.
  • Establish methods for defining, planning and documenting tooling processes. Develop procedures for the specification and requisition of material, parts and equipment required for the manufacture of Tooling.
  • Maintain liaison with Operations departments and guide the investigation, analysis and solution of problems and prime importance to the unit goals and objectives in all phases of manufacturing process. Analyze and resolve complex problems in the fabrication and procurement of hardware and tooling.
  • Develop a wide variety of reports and analyses of costs, schedules, design changes, and manufacturing methods, processes and tooling.
  • Maintain liaison with Product Engineering and/or the customer to influence design decisions and tradeoffs to foster maximum producibility.
  • Direct the activities of all manufacturing supervisors assigned, technicians and collective bargaining unit personnel. Ensure performance criteria for individuals is established and understood.
  • Lead and champion the Lean Manufacturing initiatives of the business unit.  
  • Ensure appropriate communications and interaction throughout the organization in order that technical issues are addressed in a timely and complete manner.
  • Develop, maintain and implement tooling Quality Procedures and Policies that ensure compliance with customer and regulatory requirements.
  • Lead and champion the Quality Improvement initiatives of the business unit.  
  • Ensure GKN property management system is appropriately documented and compliant to the FAR/DFAR and customer requirements and that all direct reports understand and follow the procedures and processes related to their areas of responsibility.
  • Champion annual physical tool inventories.
  • Ensure appropriate resources are assigned to support all customer and third party audits of property accountability.
  • Cooperate in the establishment of organizational arrangements, human resource policies and management development plans that will create a high quality product team and ensure harmonious workplace relations to enable the Site to meet its current and future objectives.
  • Comply with government regulations and the company’s Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action policies.
  • Regularly assess and provide feedback regarding performance to employees.
  • Maintain a safe workplace.
  • Pursue personal development of skills and knowledge necessary for effective performance.
  • Perform other duties, tasks and responsibilities as assigned.


Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in mechanical, industrial or manufacturing engineering or equivalent directly applicable tooling & tooling engineering experience.
  • 7 years of experience in manufacturing environment, with an emphasis in tooling applications
  • U.S. Person per ITAR regulations to comply with export compliance and site SSA requirements


Preferred Qualifications


  • MBA or Bachelor’s degree in business administration
  • Experience with Government Property Accountability (FAR Part 45).
  • Excellent written, verbal and collaboration skills
  • Demonstrated leadership and management experience 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.



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