Airbus Final Assembly Line
  • 09-Nov-2022 to 31-Mar-2023 (CST)
  • Mobile, AL, USA
  • Market Competitive
  • Full Time

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.

Position Summary:

  • Setup, manage and sustain the CAD Centre of Competence for the Mobile Manufacturing site. The principal mission of the CAD CoC for Mobile will be to support the growth of the Customer Delivery Organization during the next five years of ramp up. As such, the CAD CoC is dedicated to supporting the three main actors of the CAD process that are:
  • FCM (FAL Customer Manager) community (including Lead FCM and FCM)
  • DTM (Delivery Transaction Manager)
  • AQCM (Aircraft Quality Customer Manager)

through 3 axis as follows:

  • Resources: competence and knowledge management
  • Ways of Working (WoW): process adherence and feedback
  • Community management
  • Ensure that, during ramp up of site, coherence CAD experience in Mobile with that across all Airbus programs and sites is maintained.
  • Ensure a lean and efficient Acceptance & Delivery process, supporting the business users

Primary Responsibilities:


The CAD CoC activities related to the roles definition, competence and knowledge management are:

  • Continuous relevance of the job descriptions
  • using the Airbus catalog key competencies
  • aligning with the relevant academies in charge of the job profiles
  • ensuring alignment of competences vs job description
  • Define and agree with HO function and with HR department the grading of the positions
  • Define the competence strategy
  • defining required competences with the operational management of the functions
  • running competence assessment exercise
  • analyzing the competence gap
  • Define the associated learning path
  • using the current Airbus training catalog
  • managing the development of new trainings
  • adapting the content of current trainings
  • Define the induction / on-boarding programs
  • providing general guidance
  • Act as an internal Business Support (Academy) as complement to existing training courses
  • Ensure the knowledge management (KM)
  • providing support to the operations to deploy existing Airbus KM solutions
  • defining customized KM solutions if needed

Way of Working

The CAD CoC activities related to the WoW are:

  • Define and document the ways of working in complement of existing procedures in line with operational needs, based on process governance inputs
  • Ensure application and convergence of the ways of working cross-sites and cross-programmes, accompanying the change management of projects
  • Provide local support to operational businesses
  • ensuring the understanding / knowledge of the process and associated WoW
  • providing awareness / training
  • acting as coach
  • may act as LFCM, FCM, DTM or AQCM to support the operational business if requested for a given Aircraft Delivery
  • Drive the process improvement based on feedbacks and observations from the field (covering all Airbus delivery sites and plants cross-programmes)
  • Participate to update the official documentation
  • Participate in other processes interfacing with FU.PD.04 (FCO, GAM, SELL...)


The CAD CoC activities related to the community management are:

  • Animate CAD community through all adapted Airbus communication means (Hub communities, G-Site...)
  • Foster the expertise and best practice sharing
  • organizing events
  • using all Airbus communication means
  • Provide support to operational business
  • developing and maintaining solutions to facilitate access to information linked to process, methods and tools
  • Promote CAD process & customer focused approach and provide visibility company wide
  • using all Airbus communication means
  • supporting all initiatives linked to customers in plants & FAL
  • Support the recruitment
  • organizing job events
  • promoting the functions

Qualified Experience / Skills / Training:


  • Bachelor's degree in engineering, business or equivalent


  • Minimum 7 to 10 years in leadership role in aviation

Knowledge, Skills, Demonstrated Capabilities:

  • Welcoming and informing (3 - Advanced Level): Ability to ensure a smooth on-boarding process or contact-making in order to facilitate integration. Knowledge of the company, its main processes and workflows, organization (especially matrix ~) and its different functions, key culture & values.
  • Customer expectations & needs (3 - Advanced Level): Ability to understand customer's expectations. Ability to improve the customer relationship by actively listening and clarifying their needs, requirements and concerns. Ability to provide precise information to respond to customer needs and requirements and articulate a winning value proposition to ensure a successful and sustainable relationship.
  • Customer knowledge (3 - Advanced Level): Know and understand the customer's culture and organization. Know the central subjects of interest to the customer and their organization.
  • Interact and Influence (3 - Advanced Level): Ability to adapt and use multiple forms of interaction styles to convince and/or persuade people/stakeholders to follow ideas and proposals. Ability to negotiate & influence using reasoned advocacy in order to gain buy-in as well as using facilitation techniques to manage situations of conflict. Ability to use flexible and adaptable working styles to build and develop effective cross-functional team work. Ability to work in a multicultural context and to interact with people of different cultural backgrounds in a constructive manner to achieve commonly accepted results. Ability to create a compelling storyline which can be followed through all along the project, strong focus on expectations management.
  • Safety Management System (2 - Autonomous): Understanding of what Safety Management System (SMS) is about for the company, the effects on the company activities mainly for the aviation approved organizations of the company, and on the company products and practices.
  • Financial impacts of decisions (2 - Autonomous): Understand the financial impacts of business decisions: capex, provisions, and investments.

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

  • Ability to communicate in English by applying the adequate vocabulary (formal, hierarchical, friendly, casual..) to various situations with different counterparts.
  • Ability to use effective communication techniques in order to deliver outstanding performance through (a) assessment of target audiences (b) clear objective set (c) tailored messages (d) selection of appropriate means, tools and channels. Knowledge / application of company rules / policies pertaining to the use of social media.

Technical Systems Proficiency:

  • A/C Fleet Management (3 - Advanced Level): Ability to identify, assess and respond to risk items from one A/C that could impact the other a/c of one customer fleet in production (and potentially other a/c of other fleets in FAL). Ensure that each topic is treated in due time to avoid reoccurrence and repercussion within the customer fleet (and potential other fleets). Knowledge of Final Assembly Line Risks Knowing how to identify (e.g. using SAP NC tools, ETLB, CDIS, etc..), to mitigate and initiate response actions for potential major risks in FAL, Delivery impacting adherence to FAL milestones and/or customer acceptance and/or satisfaction. Knowing how to guide the argumentation with the customer and to justify the Airbus decision to avoid interruption of the A/C manufacturing progress. Knowledge to capture, analyze and report project performance (including forecast), compare actual with the baseline (covering costs. resources, time, scope), predict project performance at completion, analyze gaps, and if necessary, evaluate possible alternatives / appropriate corrective actions. Know how to manage the interface to all relevant functions, e.g. Engineering, Finance, Sourcing, Sales and Marketing, ...
  • Aircraft Presentation coordination (3 - Advanced Level): Ability to use best and safe practices to drive the customer within the production area to present or support the presentation made by aircraft representative(s), if requested, on behalf of the customer. Support aircraft representative(s) during the presentation for customer management and support customers to raise quality issues if required.

Travel Required:

  • Up to 4 international and 4 domestic trips per year.

Decision Making, Complexity:

  • Support to Management & Decision making (3 - Advanced Level): Ability to apply various techniques to complement, sum up, analyze and challenge information, according to objectives. Ability to apply functional strategies and policies by being aware of the company's main processes, workflows, organization as well as key culture and values. Ability to prepare dossiers, seek right, accurate and consolidated information, check data consistency, prepare the decision with adequate synthesis, analysis and format while demonstrating a profound understanding of financial impacts. Ability to ensure data quality and consistency as well as the ability to identify and understand issues, problems, and opportunities by applying practical problem solving tools and approaches. Knowledge of G-Suite Standard products in order to perform administrative support tasks.
  • Drive strategic orientation (3 - Advanced Level): Ability to design and develop strategic visions by demonstrating a strong strategic business understanding. Ability to build compelling change visions in order to achieve the organizational short, mid and long-term objectives.
  • Stakeholder Management (3 - Advanced Level): Ability to establish sustainable stakeholder networks, including identification of relevant organizations and decision makers (Customer, Partner, cross-Div/BU, within BU...). Manage/fulfill expectations to develop a positive and long-term relationship, with regards to cross- interests and maintaining the overall benefit of the company. Knowledge of tools and techniques to identify key stakeholders and populations impacted by the project. Ability to map stakeholders according to their interest in the project and anticipate potential resistances to change; measuring and monitoring satisfaction and observed behavior towards the change. Set-up stakeholder management strategy (federate, negotiate, impose, and lead). Knowledge to monitor the strategy and to define, when necessary, possible alternatives/ appropriate corrective actions. Knowledge of tools and techniques to influence and develop mindsets within the organization. Ability to involve and empower stakeholders to take ownership and action in the transition process.
  • Project Management Fundamentals (3 - Advanced Level): Ability to apply the appropriate project management methods, processes and tools for managing project and process requirements and risks, monitoring and controlling of project progress, setting up and managing schedule, cost and resources. Ability to analyze project performance and to identify potential improvements.
  • Drive Improvement, Quality & Innovation (3 - Advanced Level): Ability to establish a working environment that encourages openness, trust and collaboration. Leads and sponsors activities to define, organize, control, improve, sustain and measure business performance and customer value. Challenges existing solutions with new perspectives, framing customer value in a way that helps people focus on what matters. Creates the right relationships and environment to make innovation succeed for both the company and its customers.

Organizational information:

Direct Reports:

  • Currently none, however positions may be added as the organization grows to meet the needs of the ramp up.

Job Dimensions, Contributions to Success:

  • 90+ aircraft deliveries per year to 6 different US-carriers and multiple leasing companies
  • AOP of $500k
  • Site-wide, direct influence on customer relations management and strategy definition
  • X-Site, collaborative influence on customer relations management and strategy definition

Nature of Contacts:

  • Involved communication on a daily basis with internal and external parties

Physical Requirements:

  • Standard office environment.

Equal Opportunity:

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 or genetics. 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, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

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

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