I am an engineering by chance. I was going to be a teacher, as I had no references in my family of women studying engineering. However, I loved mathematics and science and my teacher encouraged me to be an engineer. As a woman in the aerospace industry, I want to promote women in STEM."

“Experience is the one thing you cannot get for nothing” – Belen says as her preferred motto in her life. “This has always been my approach in personal and professional life and defines my personality.” Belen’s constant leitmotiv in her career path has been to never give up and always keep doing things following her passion, dedication and being faithful to her core values. With this in mind, her determination led her to a successful career at Airbus, celebrating over 20 years of experience. Today she is VP Technology & Development Director at Airbus Defence and Space in Madrid, leading the development of the future technologies to ensure the business competitiveness and growth for Airbus Defence and Space.

As an Industrial Engineer from Universidad Carlos III, Belen has developed her career at Airbus which she joined in 2000 in the Software team for the development of an innovative system that would allow the aircraft to carry out special missions, beyond logistic ones.

“I am an engineering by chance. I was going to be a teacher, as I had no references in my family of women studying engineering. However, I loved mathematics and science and my teacher encouraged me to be an engineer” – she says, “As a woman in the aerospace industry, I want to change this vision by promoting women in STEM and encourage young students to pursue her studies in science and become engineers.”

Belen, VP Technology & Development Director at Airbus Defence and Space, Madrid

Throughout her career as a Systems Engineer and Project Manager for several initiatives, Belen had the opportunity to learn and understand how to improve team efficiency and creating strong synergies to achieve set goals. “Airbus has given me the opportunity to lead highly qualified professionals, to build high performance teams and to educate and support young people in building their expertise. My teams are based on open and trusting communication, common objectives, ready to improve as one team every day, able to analyze problems from a global perspective, proposing solutions to make an impact, considering the opinion of all stakeholders, striving for a consensus and win-win solution.” – she says proudly looking at her team.

In her role, Belen has the opportunity to meet innovative startups, work with Universities and collaborate closely with the customers. This multifaceted set of duties give her the chance to get to know great people and build a broad network in order to build an exceptional technological future. “I am proud and honored to build the technology portfolio that will define the future of Airbus. I believe trust and open dialogue are key in the relations within my teams and customers, so I enjoy building the ecosystem inside and outside Airbus and the cut edge technologies that will pioneer the aerospace sector.”

Belen, who is very committed to Inclusion and Diversity, is the Balance for Business Ambassador in Spain, Program Manager for Spanish Airbus Women Network, as well as the Inclusion and Diversity Business Champion for the Engineer team in Airbus Defence and Space. “Diversity is a gift” – she says. “As Airbus leader, I love to work with diverse teams that allows imagination and brings new different ideas to help in the solution of any problem we may face. I specially love interaction with young students, their curiosity and energy are always fresh air and inspiring for me, it encourages me to perform even better in my job so I inspire young people to start a similar path!”

In her private life, Belen is a dedicated mother of 3 children and enjoys every minute she has with them. You will certainly find her at Pilates studios, which she loves to practice. “It nurtures my body and soul!”

Belen's career path at Airbus


 

VP - Technology & Development Director / Inclusion & Diversity Ambassador
Airbus Defence and Space, Madrid
 

HO Technology & Development
Airbus Defence and Space, Madrid
 

Women Network - Projects Leader
Airbus Defence and Space, Madrid
 

BalanceforBusiness Ambassador Spain
Airbus Defence and Space, Madrid
 

Chief of Airworthiness

Airbus Defence and Space, Madrid
 

HO Integration Benches and Laboratories for Aircraft Systems
Airbus Defence and Space, Madrid
 

HO General Disciplines Support to Systems Engineering
Airbus Defence and Space, Madrid
 

Engineering Office Responsible
Airbus Defence and Space, Madrid
 

HO Mission Planning Systems
Airbus Defence and Space, Madrid
 

Systems Engineer
Airbus Defence and Space, Madrid

 


 

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