Airbus Final Assembly Line
  • 13-Jan-2022 to 27-Jan-2022 (CST)
  • Mobile, AL, USA
  • Market Competitive Salary
  • Salary
  • Full Time

This position offers the following benefits: Medical insurance, Dental insurance, Vision insurance, Prescription insurance, Healthcare Advocacy, Employee Assistance Program, Flexible Spending Accounts, Health Savings Accounts, Basic & Voluntary Life and Accidental Death & Dismemberment insurance, Short and Long-term Disability insurance, 401(k), Paid Vacation, Paid Personal/Sick Time, Paid Holidays, Tuition Assistance, Bonus(es). 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:

Responsible for directly managing a team of Quality Managers with varying scope to demonstrate and react towards the compliance of FAL-USA Site operations to Regulatory requirements with the Aviation Authorities and to our Airline Customers.

The Head of Quality Assurance Department is responsible to secure management of the core Airbus QMS within the FAL-USA securing all processes and qualification of personnel to meet the requirements.

The Head of Quality Assurance is actively working on the site level to ensure that Quality Site Services are secured and being delivered through the team and process. As well as managing the Documentation and process ecosystem for this activity.

In addition securing the network back to Europe to promote and imbed common ways of working across the Airbus FAL's and harmonization of the Quality Assurance Teams as close as possible.

Utilizing a team and the tools and process' of the Airbus QMS the system an operation of the FAL-USA is to be monitored for continued compliance and where gaps are identified it is the responsible in the role to initiate action and provide visibility to Management and the required network.

Primary Responsibilities:

Maintaining the Airbus QMS and the POA Footprint of the FAL-USA and ensuring continued compliance: 20%

  • Secure the publishing and the maintaining of the FAL-USA Management System Manual covering all FAL-USA activities incl. back-office and USA Operations which support the Production Organization Approval (POA) to be granted by EASA.
  • Ensure the management of the approval audit-plan agreed with Authorities and POA-holder to achieve the extension of the POA to FAL-USA.
  • Ensure the Internal Audit Plan is implemented and reviewed in line with Airbus Central Quality targets and requirements including an operational surveillance system embedded in the operating system.
  • Maintain a Compliance review providing visibility to all Management and Functions responsible for the continued surveillance of the POA Footprint.
  • Actively manage the risk to the Production Approvals for the site; specifically on the A320 Final Assembly Line.

Manage specific process(s) locally which are owned by the Quality Department: 20%

  • Implement and maintain the staff qualification-process and system including the demands and requirements of the Production System.
  • Deploy, oversee and review the non-conformance (NC) management process.
  • Ensure the effectiveness and efficiency of the Quality controlling system for industrial processes including their Qualification.
  • ICT Functional LDA Roles are managed and secured within the local Quality team.
  • Manage Logistics and Transport Quality roles as delegated by Central Functions.

Implement, manage and maintain the Quality Performance Management System: 20%

  • Define and deploy a set of key-performance-indicators (KPI) and the related reporting system.
  • Ensure the efficiency of the survey- and audit-system (QM-System, Process-, Product) and the related corrective action management.
  • Ensure and maintain the efficiency of KPI in line with Program and FAL-internal requirements.
  • Ensure harmonization with Central Quality and Single Aisle Back-Office Quality Departments for KPI Reporting and Improvement Projects

Manage and Lead a Team of cross competence Quality Professionals in a Single Aisle Quality Network: 20%

  • Through direct reports manage and lead a team, including its development, to ensure execution of the above accountabilities and responsibilities.
  • Integrate flexibility into the team and ensure that the team maintains its output and standards when fluctuations occur.
  • Work across the FAL's to share and engage in best practice ways of working.
  • Work within the Single Aisle Quality Departments to ensure the ways of working and managing issues is secured.
  • Ensure Lean methodologies and principles are part of the daily way of working and mindsets.

Ensure Site compliance by ensuring harmony and alignment between programs: 10%

  • Working to align and make the process of the QMS applicable to the site, where this is possible.
  • Deploy and maintain the working documents which allow the site to operate as a multi-program site.
  • Represent Airbus Quality in front of the Authorities from a Program level and ensure updates on Quality issues are provided.
  • Drive improvements, via focused data and feedback, through the business to improve Customer Satisfaction.

Additional Responsibilities:

Other duties as assigned: 10%

  • Improvement Projects identified through the FAL locally or via Central or Program Quality.
  • Quality system improvement initiatives and organization drives to improve.
  • Setting of Quality and Departmental Targets, yearly and daily.
  • Acting, and being seen to act, in accordance with Airbus Quality standards and leadership mindset.
  • Produce reports showing trends and data of the QMS and its output to the business.
  • Work as part of the Quality Leadership Team to set key projects and directives for the FAL and Aisle Quality Network which improve on the Business Defined Scorecards.
  • Participate in the definition and live the Quality Ways of Working in FAL-USA.
  • Be involved in crisis management meetings and in some cases lead them.
  • Be prepared to travel to Europe and other sites as required.

Qualified Experience / Skills / Training:


  • Preferred: Degree in Aeronautical/Industrial Engineering or equivalent experience in Production (Aerospace or other) Quality Departments.


  • Required: Minimum 5 years' experience in Aerospace and/or equivalent environment; however, quality experience is preferred
  • Required: Minimum of 2 years of leadership experience, preferably in a management capacity; however, project and process leadership may also be considered.

Knowledge, Skills, Demonstrated Capabilities:

  • Proven Leader of effective teams which generate results.
  • Strong and effective Practical Problem Solving skills (demonstrable).
  • Understanding of the Kaizen approach to Manufacturing.
  • Knowledge about non-conformance management and Root Cause Analysis methods within Airbus.
  • Good knowledge and understanding of the Airbus Quality Management System and its process.
  • Knowledge of the Production process and build cycle.
  • Knowledge of rules for aircraft design and manufacturing
  • Familiar with the American aviation market, its Airlines and Airline Representatives
  • Ability to quickly understand technical documents.
  • Strong presentation skills.
  • Strong IT Skills in the main Software Programs (Excel, Access, Word, Outlook, Power-point)
  • Strong communication skills through all levels of the organization and Functions.
  • Strong international communication skills.
  • Strong and effective Practical Problem Solving skills (demonstrable).

Travel Required:

  • 5% Domestic and International


  • Authorized to Work in the US


  • None

Decision Making, Complexity:

  • Person will have decision making power within the guidelines and procedures linked to the listed responsibilities defined above.
  • Person will have decision making power formally delegated to him/her from the Head of Quality.
  • Person will have decision making power within the defined scope of SME (Subject Matter Expert) for which they can and may be nominated.     

Job Dimensions, Contributions to Success:

  • Person has direct influence on the reduction Cost of Non-Quality affecting the financial position of Airbus.
  • Improvement of Customer satisfaction through improving the Quality of the Product/Process.
  • Through engagement and behaviors drive people/teams to improve on current ways of working and standards to achieve excellence in manufacture/operations.
  • Compliance of the Airbus QMS and its impact on the regulatory approvals which are given to Airbus by the Aviation Authorities.

Nature of Contacts:

Involved communication on a regular basis with internal and external parties

Physical Requirements:

Vision: adequate to enter and read material on computer screens. Able to identify individuals to initiate greetings, the giving of directions and other business interactions

Hearing: able to hear sufficiently to engage in conversation in office settings. Able to hear safety alerts and warning signals.

Speaking: able to engage in conversations in person and via electronic means and deliver information to groups of varying size with or without amplification.

Equipment Operation: Able to operate a wide range of personal and office electronic equipment. Working on jigs at the fuselage at a height of 15 feet. Able to work on hydraulic lifts sometimes at a height of up to 40 feet.

Carrying: able to occasionally carry up to 55lbs/25kg while engaging in training, addressing production issues or as part of continuous improvement projects.

Lifting: able to occasionally lift up to 55lbs/25kg.

Pushing/Pulling: able to push/pull items in office areas.

Sitting: able to sit for extended periods of time at computer and in meetings.

Squatting/Kneeling: able to occasionally squat or kneel to retrieve or replace items shelved on bottom shelves.

Standing: able to stand for extended periods of time.

Travel: able to travel overseas and domestically sometimes for extended periods of time.

Walking: able to walk through office and production areas, around flight line and airstrips and sometimes on uneven indoor and/or outdoor surfaces.

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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