As a portfolio integrator, in a highly complex environment, with three different customers, multiple partners and a long list of internal stakeholders, I am planning as much as I am coordinating and communicating: cooperation is in my DNA.

“I originally came to Munich to finish my studies, then I stayed for love”, Benjamin says. After his studies at Munich’s Technische Universität, he didn’t only find love but also landed his first job in engineering consulting.

As a generalist engineer with a strong interest in aeronautics, he then switched to Airbus 14 years ago. He describes his current position as Portfolio Integration and Development Manager for FCAS, the Future Combat Air System, as his dream job.

“FCAS is a project that is unique in its complexity. I am making sure that across Germany, Spain and France we have all technological assets, talent and skills that are needed for the project’s success – and a broad skill set and interdisciplinary talent are more important than ever before. As a portfolio integrator, in a highly complex environment, with three different customers, multiple partners and a long list of internal stakeholders, I am planning as much as I am coordinating and communicating: cooperation is in my DNA.” 

Benjamin makes sure that Airbus Defence and Space has the right capabilities and resources to realize one of the most ambitious European military programmes of our time: FCAS. What makes FCAS the project of a lifetime for Benjamin is its visionary opportunity to federate nations that is in line with Benjamin’s identification as a European: “As a Frenchman working in Germany and married to an Italian, I see myself as a European citizen. As such I am proud to work for a truly European project.”

Benjamin sees the System of Systems approach as a true game changer. “Imagine a system where all flying assets, manned and unmanned, are interconnected within a cloud, with all data available to any platform in real time: this provides true decision and battlefield superiority.” To make it work, many technological challenges have to be overcome. “Fighters and UAVs fly into hostile territory – and there are plenty of ways to disrupt them. The first challenge is to remain undetected, which rely on modern stealth technologies. The second, even bigger challenge is to develop a robust, resilient and secure communications system that reliably operates.” This is where diverse skills from aircraft design up to IT architecture and cyber security come in. 

For someone coming from the automotive or tech industry, a project that spans decades might be unusual. In aeronautics – and especially for military platforms – it’s not uncommon. Benjamin underlines that FCAS offers the unique opportunity to develop groundbreaking technologies and define a whole new generation, from fighter aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles to cloud systems. The scope of the project also means that there are plenty of opportunities to develop oneself – within the project, but also in other departments of Airbus. 

Portrait Benjamin, Portfolio Integration & Development, Future Combat Air System at Airbus Defence and Space

 

 


Benjamin's career path at Airbus
 

Senior Manager, Future Combat Air System, Portfolio Integration & Development

Airbus Defence and Space, Germany
 

Senior Manager Industrial Cooperations, KAM Space Systems, CIS, UAS

Airbus Defence and Space, Germany
 

Senior Manager Industrial Cooperations, Head of Key Space Campaigns Coordination

Airbus Defence and Space, Germany
 

Manager Industrial Participation

Airbus Defence and Space, Germany

 


 

 

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