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Engineering

We are currently recruiting engineers to work on programmes such as the A380, A350 XWB and A400M, to conduct research and technology, and to focus on future programmes.

But we’re looking for more than just technical know-how. We want people with an international mindset, excellent project management skills and the ability to think ‘lean’. Engineers who can challenge conventional wisdom and push boundaries.

Find out below which field would best suit you...

Supply Chain

With the increasing challenges that Airbus and the global aerospace market are facing – where 70% is sourced externally – Supply Chain Management is critical. The Airbus Procurement organisation – including supply chain and purchasing activities – plans, negotiates and procures all materials and suppliers used in the manufacture of aircraft. It is key to the fact that Airbus can now produce an aircraft made of 7 million parts in just six hours. 

Main responsibilities and tasks:

  • Identification and qualification of suppliers
  • Supplier performance management audits
  • Material ordering and logistics across Airbus locations
  • Negotiation and management of cost reduction and contracts 

Examples of positions

  • Supply Chain Field Engineer
  • Supply Chain Quality Managers
  • Buyers 

Your profile:
A Degree in supply chain or other relevant technical discipline (e.g. manufacturing engineering, engineering or quality) is preferred. 

If you are applying for a Field Engineer role, you must have experience in Lean and 6-Sigma methodologies and knowledge of supply chain issues. Quality Managers need experience in the management of supply chain, supplier relationships and engineering teams. Buyers need to demonstrate excellent negotiation skills.

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Systems & Electronics

What's involved:

  • Use technical instructions supplied by the design office
  • Produce prototypes and assembly drawings of the line project
  • Carry out checks and tests
  • Guide and supervise industrial illustrators
  • Perform calculations, drawing dimensions and digital mock-ups

Your profile:

You have knowledge of mechanical structural principles, systems installations, technical standards and strength of material. You should also have experience with IT tools such as office automation and 3D CAD. Your background is in general engineering with a specialisation in mechanical, thermal or hydraulics.

Configuration Management

This is about understanding every aspect of a product and how it is developed. No new product developments can begin until Configuration Management has documented and approved the plan. It is a key driver to ensure quality throughout the lifecycle of a product and impacts all Airbus activities from manufacturing to project management.

Main responsibilities and tasks:

  • Product Identification: Breakdown aircraft into ‘manageable’ physical and data items
  • Change Management: Monitor changes made to product in development cycle 
  • Conformity & Attestation: Ensure that the specifications and the physical product are consistent, identify and justify possible deviations, and attest

Examples of positions:

  • Configuration Manager
  • Change Leader
  • A/C Conformity Manager
  • Product Identification – CM Process Architect

Your profile:
A Degree in engineering or other relevant technical discipline is preferred but not essential if you have practical experience. You have excellent communication and influencing skills, self motivation and the ability to act autonomously. You are able to develop workable solutions to complex technical issues.

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Lean

The implementation of Lean principles is a core, strategic objective within Airbus, and all Lean business activities are now co-ordinated at a global level by the Lean Centre of Competence. The team plans and delivers operational efficiencies into every aspect of Airbus from engineering and assembly, to HR and Finance.

Examples of positions:

  • Lean Expert
  • Lean Sigma Specialist
  • Lean Trainer

Your profile:

A Degree in a technical or engineering discipline is preferable. However, practical experience of Lean principles is more important. We are looking for individuals who have the passion to be Lean 'champions', so a demonstrable track record of directly contributing to the implementation of Lean principles is key.

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Composites Design and Stress

The application of composites in the design and manufacture of aircraft wings has evolved dramatically over recent years and they are also now increasingly used in fuselage design. In parallel, the role of our composite team has evolved greatly. Traditionally a design role, it now focuses on the management and integration of multi-disciplinary engineering projects.

Main responsibilities and tasks:

  • Design drawings and definition of design principles
  • Development of analysis tools and integration of stress analysis methods
  • Composite testing
  • Co-ordination of materials design research projects
  • Management of external work packages

Examples of positions

  • Composite Designer
  • Composite Stress Engineer
  • Task Team/Project Leader
  • Architects/Integrators (to focus on system integration)
  • External Work Package Leader

Your profile:

You have a Degree in aeronautical, mechanical or materials engineering and a background in an engineering or manufacturing organisation. You also have working knowledge of: design principles and stress tools, methods and techniques; composite static strength calculation; and static analysis of damaged composite structures. Experience in the aerospace sector would be advantageous but is not essential.

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Flight Physics

Flight physics encompasses non-specific design activities that deliver data used for the detailed design of aircraft components and systems. The main areas in flight physics within Airbus in the UK are aerodynamics, loads and aeroelastics, and mass properties.

Main responsibilities and tasks:

Aerodynamics

  • Design wing shape
  • Assist in development of aircraft configuration
  • Generate aerodynamic data for use by other disciplines
  • Analyse data from wind tunnel and flight tests
  • Develop new modelling capabilities and support ongoing aerodynamic research

Loads and aeroelastics

  • Develop, validate and apply mathematical models that represent the response of aircraft in flight and on the ground
  • Ensure any new aircraft design is free from oscillatory or divergent aeroelastic behaviour

Mass properties

  • Develop, validate and deploy mass prediction tools to forecast component and overall aircraft weight
  • Ensure optimum mass is achieved for each component based on a balance between design limitations, manufacturing capabilities, cost and time

Your profile:

Your background will include an accredited Degree/Masters/PhD or equivalent in aeronautical or aerospace engineering, aerodynamics, mechanical engineering or engineering with maths/physics.

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Structural & General

Main responsibilities and tasks:

  • Produce the best architectural solution for specifications
  • Ensure our aircraft offer maximum safety with minimum maintenance
  • Be involved in all processes from initial data and specifications to configuration work for manufacture and assembly

Your profile:

This role requires expertise in stress and fatigue analysis, structural technology and strength of materials, as well as knowledge of CAD/CAM. Your background is in aeronautical or general engineering, with a specialisation in metallic or composite structures or design. A further qualification (Masters or equivalent) in a technology subject would be ideal.

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