Airbus Final Assembly Line
  • 17-Nov-2021 to 15-Dec-2021 (CST)
  • Mobile, AL, USA
  • Market Competitive Salary
  • Salary
  • Full Time

This position offers the following benefits: Medical insurance, Prescription insurance, Healthcare Advocacy, Employee Assistance Program, Health Savings Account, Paid Vacation, Paid Personal/Sick Time, Paid Holidays, Bonus(es). After one year of service, can elect to participate in 401(k). These are our current benefit offerings for the 2021 plan year and are subject to change without notice.

Airbus is an international pioneer in the aerospace industry. We are a leader in designing, manufacturing and delivering aerospace products, services and solutions to customers on a global scale. We aim for a better-connected, safer and more prosperous world.

A commercial aircraft manufacturer, with Space and Defense as well as Helicopters Divisions, Airbus is the largest aeronautics and space company in Europe and a worldwide leader.

Airbus has built on its strong European heritage to become truly international - with roughly 180 locations and 12,000 direct suppliers globally. The company has aircraft and helicopter final assembly lines across Asia, Europe and the Americas, and has achieved a more than six fold order book increase since 2000.

AIRBUS requires that all employees, temporary workers, and contractors of Airbus will be fully vaccinated by January 4, 2022 or prior to employment. This position requires proof of vaccination or, if not vaccinated, an approved accommodation for medical or religious reasons per the Airbus process upon hire.

Position Summary:

This Director of Industrial Engineering is responsible for managing all aspects of industrial engineering for the FAL A320 Mobile. This position has to continuously evaluate the current build plan with the operations team to ensure the most efficient process is being used and that it is in accordance with the Airbus Operating System (AOS). As part of the A320 Leadership Team, the Director of Industrial Engineering must develop and deploy processes to increase production efficiency and improve Aircraft assembly processes. This position must also work closely with the A320 VSM senior management to prepare all operational milestones (rate change) and define business strategy in order to achieve company goals.

The Director of Industrial Engineering is the focal point between the European Project Team and the Mobile FAL for all new Product Evolution Projects (PEP), ensuring the FAL is ready for the addition. All new areas are reviewed to ensure correct tooling, work orders and material are available when production is scheduled to start. Once production starts the Industrial Engineering team validates the overall production schedule is on time and if not that the correct problems are either resolved or escalated to leadership quickly.

Primary Responsibilities:

  1. Industrial Engineering:
    • As the Director of Industrial Engineering, you will represent the A320 Final Assembly Line in all Industrial projects at a corporate level (executive).
    • In collaboration with the Airbus site Leaders, define short and long term strategies/planning which will improve the production capacity (processes, resources and tools).
    • Responsible for launching appropriate actions and taking critical decisions to optimize the aircraft assembly process.
    • Supports A320 Operation to achieve delivery targets by providing a high level of expertise (Kpi, data analysis, simulation)
    • Manages all Process Performance Engineers (PPE) building and continuously updates the sequence of the total build.
    • Champions for Standard Line Balancing Brick in AOS FAL is progressing in a positive direction.
    • Manages calculations of all work packages ensuring the correct Standard Time Values (STV) are used.
    • Responsible for managing the Industrial Engineering department's cost center.
    • Serves as the local focal point for PEP projects and ensures correct introduction of first builds.
    • Manages Aircraft MOD Processes in collaboration with the central department.
    • Serves as the focal point for the AVL2 tool in Mobile.
    • Must be able to lead the Project Managers on issues that arise that cause downtime or blockages to the production line.
  • Manages Improvement Project and New Aircraft Version Implementation.
  1. Industrial/ Digital Tooling:
  • Manages the team that is responsible for developing and testing all new industrial tooling before it is introduced to the production floor.
  • Supports all introduction training when any new item is released to operations.
  • Leads the Industrial Engineering team as the focal point between the Digitization team in Europe and FAL Mobile.
  • Be an active team member of the Airbus North America R&T Network and the Airbus EU Techno brick Network

Additional Responsibilities:

Other duties as assigned:

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualified Experience / Skills / Training:


  • Required - A Bachelor's Degree or equivalent in Industrial Engineering or similar discipline
  • Preferred - Master's Degree in Industrial Engineering or similar discipline


  • Required - Minimum 10 years of experience (Industrial Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering or operations management), preferably in the aerospace industry.
  • Required - Minimum of 5 years in a Management position


  • Preferred - PMP Certification or Six Sigma Black Belt

Knowledge, Skills, Demonstrated Capabilities:

  • Experience in Leading a team of direct reports
  • Ability to take strategic decisions in a complex environment
  • Ability to work as a team player in a rapidly evolving and dynamic environment
  • Ability to take the lead as issues arise to help secure the commitments to our external customers
  • Experiences in managing complex project
  • Project or Program Management
  • Knowledge of financial management and budget setting
  • Ability to work in an intercultural teams
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze situations and provide solutions
  • Knowledge of and ability to use and apply LEAN concept
  • Excellent customer service, interpersonal, and organizational skills
  • Analytical thinker, highly detailed and task-oriented
  • Ability to effectively deal with problems requiring solutions in a timely manner
  • Ability to work under pressure to meet tight deadlines

Communication Skills (Spoken, Written, Influencing, Proficiency in Other Languages):

  • Must have good communication and people skills
  • Good stakeholder Management
  • Proficiency in English is required; however, a second language (French or German) would be an advantage

Technical Systems Proficiency:

  • Industrial Planning Tools
  • Expert Level Microsoft Office

Travel Required:

  • Less than 20 % Domestic and International


  • Able to work in the US without a current or future need for visa sponsorship


  • None

Decision Making, Complexity:

  • The HO Industrial Engineering is in charge of defining and selecting Aircraft Building Sequences (SLB) according to the Rate and aircraft Type. This strategic decision has a strong impact on all functions (operations, Quality, ME, Logistic) by setting up the standard in terms of resources and competences needed to achieve production rate. Every production Rate step will be analysed, defined and driven by the Industrial Engineering organization.
  • This position will be in charge of prioritizing , selecting, and launching complex industrial projects to optimize the FAL production process. Decisions made will directly have an impact on the FAL RC and NRC.
  • As part of the "FAL ME" leadership Team, this position will play a key role in the "FAL Technical support decision board".

Organizational information:

Direct Reports: Exempt: 12

Non-exempt: N/A

Job Dimensions, Contributions to Success:

  • As the focal point for A320 Industrialisation, the HO IE will represent the FAL Mobile during transnational improvement projects. In relation with the top management in Europe, this position will be part of the Airbus Technology Network. The objective is to optimize Airbus processes ( Quality, Time, cost) in order to secure deliveries to our customers
  • This position is also responsible to develop and manage year budget of $3-6 M (CAPEX)
  • The capacity of the FAL to ramp up is directly linked to the performance of the Industrial Engineering's organization and ability to deliver the right production process to the Operation. This is directly linked to the overall successful achievement to the key KPI's that show success of the Mobile FAL.

Physical Requirements:

  • Vision: able to read text on paper and computer screens. Able to see and recognize individuals. Ability to observe
  • Hearing: Able to conduct conversation at normal tones. Ability to hear instructions, carry on phone conversations. Able to hear signals and alarms.
  • Speaking: Able to speak and be understood; able to relay instructions/directions and carry on telephone conversations.
  • Equipment Operation (personal computer, telephone, copies, fax machine, and related office equipment and using electronic identification card to enter building floors and internal doors): able to operate a personal computer and related equipment (printer, copier, fax, etc.) and to operate electronic doors and other on-site security devices. Able to use electronic identification card to enter building, separate floors and internal doors.
  • Carrying: able to carry up to 10lbs/4.5kg for up to 200 feet. Able to carry office supplies and small pieces of equipment.
  • Lifting: Able to lift items from where they are stored and replace them.
  • Pushing / Pulling: Able to push/pull small pieces of office furniture; arrange conference rooms; otherwise facilitate day-to-day business.
  • Sitting: Able to sit for extended periods of time at a computer; in meetings; at conferences with minimal breaks.
  • Squatting / Kneeling: Able to squat/kneel to retrieve or place items on low storage shelves and to pick up dropped items.
  • Standing: Able to stand for extended periods of time in meetings; conducting tours and similar activities.
  • Travel: Able to travel via car and plane both domestically and internationally, if needed.
  • Walking (include routine walking such as to a shared printer to retrieve documents): able to walk through office and production areas to seek out individuals or conduct tours including sometimes on uneven surfaces including the flightline.

As a leader in our field, Airbus in America provides relocation assistance for qualified positions and a comprehensive compensation and benefits package.

Airbus in America provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetics, pregnancy, marital status, veteran status or other legally protected status. In addition to federal law requirements, Airbus in America complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, demotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, benefits and training.

Airbus in America expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetics, pregnancy, marital status, veteran status or other legally protected status. Improper interference with the ability of Airbus' employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.

As a matter of policy, Airbus does not sponsor visas for US positions unless specified. Only applicants with current work authorization will be considered.

Airbus does not offer tenured or guaranteed employment. Either the company or the employee can terminate the employment relationship at any time, with or without cause, with or without notice.

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