Airbus Final Assembly Line
  • 14-Nov-2022 to 28-Nov-2022 (CST)
  • Mobile, AL, USA
  • Market Competitive
  • Salary
  • 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 sixfold order book increase since 2000.

Position Summary: As the Mobile Manufacturing Site Industrial Architect, you will drive the definition and validation of the related industrial system, considering, within the perimeter, all product integration phases along the production flow, including Extended Enterprise work-sharing if applicable.

The role of the Industrial Architect is to deliver an optimized Industrial System concept compliant with requirements, the plan to verify and validate this concept, and the cascade of all the associated requirements for the detailed Industrial System definition. It is applicable to all new Aircraft Projects and Programmes, including derivatives and major modifications of an existing Aircraft Programme.

An 'Industrial System' refers to all important industrial features that need to be defined in the frame of a new Programme/derivative/step change, such as Industrial structure breakdown and interfaces, manufacturing and assembly flow description, industrial processes, technology selection, transportation and handling, major machines, jigs and tools for assembly lines, line design, all major assemblies and critical elementary parts, industrial performances (costs, cycle times, workload, rate, ramp-up...).

Primary Responsibilities: In this role, the Industrial Architect shall secure the consideration of industrial aspects in the Aircraft definition and manage the design of the Industrial System in synchronization with the Aircraft design, increasing maturity throughout early development. Inputs: Top Programme Objectives, or Change note, Change Request and Mod Decision, Allocated Requirements, Program Assumption Pack, Project Master Plan, Program V&V Strategy, Physical A/C V&V plan, TRL Gate Review Data Pack, A/C Trade Studies, Preliminary Space Allocation Model, Master Geometry, Project Make or Buy policy Outputs: Industrial V&V plan, Top Level Industrial Requirements, Industrial Influence and Feed-back for Technology Selection, Build Concept, Trade Studies, Industrial System Concept, Workload and industrial Means sizing, Industrial cost, and performances, Industrial Architecture Dossier.

A strong experience within the Final Assembly Line Industrial System, Project Management and Co-design will be appreciated.

  • Ensure route to Top Program Objectives for industrial scope for the Mobile Manufacturing Site in line with respective components      
  • Define and Validate the Top Level Industrial Requirements and create the Industrial Verification and Validation plan, as the baseline for setting the entire industrial system solution, identifying and scheduling the means of compliance to conduct the verification      
  • Perform technology selection mapping to develop the most cost-effective and efficient technologies to be included in the Build Concept or Industrial Trades, and pull its maturity and disseminate it accordingly    
  • Define Build Concept from Value Stream Analysis approach, in order to establish the baseline architecture of an integrated industrial system, including the industrial structure breakdown, the definition of main material flow, the interfaces between factories and the logistic concept, up to the extended enterprise level      
  • Define Conceptually the Industrial System, defining a first concept of the industrial means to be used for serial production, performing industrial trade-off studies and providing conceptual harmonized solutions      
  • Define, negotiate and integrate manufacturing requirements of his scope to ensure final A/C integration in FAL considering Structure, Systems, Major Equipment, Cabin, Painting or Ground Tests optimization in the product design, challenge and validate the product definition dossier to secure the FAL industrial targets, contribute to overall trades for aircraft and industrial performances, in close collaboration with Components, Equipment and/or Technologies      
  • Assess the industrial performances linked to the industrial concept of final A/C integration in FAL regarding workload sizing, quality objectives, lead-time assessment (Standard Line Balancing, cycle time and critical path identification) industrial costs RC (considering the main production operations) & NRC (considering the number of stations, main jigs, tools and machines, as well as the conceptual plant layout) 
  • Identify improvement opportunities, analyze the current situation and potential benefits, apply lean principles by selection of appropriate approaches, methods and tool, and lead or contribute to deliver business improvements      
  • Ensure close collaboration "push-pull" with the respective stakeholders, support with his/her expertise, and deploy any DDMS initiatives as per business needs and opportunities      
  • Be a key actor with a leadership role, interacting with Programmes, Plants & FALs, Engineering, Procurement, Quality, Finance organizations, capable to deliver a broad view on industrial Standard and Competition     
  • Additional Duties as assigned 

Qualified Experience / Skills / Training:


  • Required: Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering or a related technical field or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Preferred: Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering or a related technical field or an equivalent combination of education and experience.


  • Required: 5+ years of demonstrated experience managing large technical projects, demonstrated knowledge of industrial systems, demonstrated leadership
  • Preferred: Demonstrated experience in Co-Design, demonstrated experience in simulation for industrial applications

Knowledge, Skills, Demonstrated Capabilities:


  • Strong technical capabilities (analysis of system/machine function, root cause analysis of equipment failures, experience with electric/pneumatic/hydraulic/PLC systems).
  • Data analysis and presentation skills - ability to technically explain industrial issues.
  • Strong organization skills - able to oversee many ongoing topics. Able to train others in these areas.
  • Flexibility to quickly shift priorities based on the needs of the site.
  • Capable to support/lead MFTs
  • Capable of managing complex topics with many stakeholders.


  • Strong communication and leadership skills to facilitate decision making within the industrial setup.
  • Capable to independently make complex technical decisions related to assigned projects

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

  • English
  • French preferred
  • German preferred
  • Spanish preferred

Travel Required:

  • 20 % Domestic and International

Decision Making, Complexity:

  1. Use your knowledge and experience to provide an independent view
  2. Request support from internal Industrial Organizations and external organizations, to deliver an industrial architecture based on an End-to-End analysis, through a holistic approach
  3. Arbitrate and make decisions in order to deliver on quality, time and cost the FAL industrial system with the level of expected performances.
  4. In some cases, when considered as critical by Industrial Management, a specific mission letter for a project/task may be issued to communicate a dedicated assignment.

Organizational information:

In the frame of the new Operations organization, the former departments of Manufacturing Technologies and Industrial Strategy are gathering under one fully dedicated team to build the architecture of the future industrial system of our Company! The organization is made up of a number of complementary industrial disciplines to co-design the industrial systems solutions for our products and components, according to selected architectures and technologies, embedding the support to suppliers.

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.
  • Carrying: able to occasionally carry up to 30lbs/14kg while engaging in training, addressing production issues or as part of continuous improvement projects.
  • Lifting: able to occasionally lift up to 30lbs/14kg.
  • Pushing/Pulling: able to push/pull items in office areas.
  • Sitting: able to sit for extended periods of time at the 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. Working outside hangers in changing locations.
  • Walking: able to walk through office and production areas, around flight line and airstrips and sometimes on uneven indoor and/or outdoor surfaces.

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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