Airbus Final Assembly Line
  • 11-Jan-2019 (CST)
  • Mobile, AL, USA
  • 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:

During manufacture, completion and flight tests, because of human involvement or machine malfunction, errors will occur. Engineering Liaison is an engineering organization with the responsibility and authority to support Manufacturing while providing communication with the other engineering specialists groups.

Reporting directly to the A220 Mobile Head of Technical Functions, the jobholder will be managing a team of engineering professionals responding to non-conformance reports, and ensure that aircraft meets the safety, continuous aircraft airworthiness aspects, reliability, schedule and economical program requirements, in line with internal and external customer expectations.

In your role, you will:

  • Interact efficiently with other engineering and non-engineering groups; in addition to offering day-to-day MRB (Material Review Board) support;
  • Manage the Liaison engineering team performance and ensure deliverables are delivered on time, within budget to satisfy operations expectations;
  • Engage with engineering teams offsite to resolve key technical issues, and ensure cross functional teams are focused on timely resolution;
  • Initiate task forces/projects in order to resolve important or re-occurring technical issues with the help of engineering employees from other sites;
  • Support the delivery process by providing technical expertise to delivery teams and external customers;
  • Guide your team in participating in the corrective action system, by suggesting design changes;
  • Manage your team to ensure adequate coverage/support to production, in a work environment that may require coverage on second shift and on week-ends;
  • Support the team, during the FAL start-up phase, by evaluating qualification needs, and initiating appropriate training sessions (on site and in other FAL sites);
  • Identify gaps in performance and implement corrective actions to ensure achievement of objectives;
  • Establish, coordinate and promote exchange of information and collaboration between Mobile and other FAL sites;
  • Complete performance assessments, ensure team activities are executed, fostering development of team members, creating a forum for growth and development;
  • Ensure teambuilding and smooth start-up phase for Liaison related activities in Mobile with the aim to have a high degree of autonomy at FAL start;
  • Consolidate and manage the budget allocated to the liaison team, adapt resource needs in accordance with operational drivers and look for opportunities to increase efficiency in related activities;

As our ideal candidate:

  • You possess an Engineering degree, or equivalent relevant experience;
  • You have a minimum of 10 years of structures engineering related experience and support to production experience. Prior team leadership is an asset;
  • You are familiar with design, stress, materials and processes, systems installation and wiring, interiors components, flight test activities and configuration management principles;
  • You have strong project management skills, able to prioritize and align team members towards meeting priorities;
  • You are resourceful and able to find creative ways to achieve desired outcome, adapting to changing situation and emerging obstacles;
  • You are able to deploy continuous improvement initiatives;
  • You have good oral and writing skills in English; able to simplify complex issues and summarize risks, key actions and next steps. Knowledge of French is an asset;
  • You have demonstrated the ability to work in a team composed of individuals with various background and different culture;
  • You must also be a person with initiative, strong sense of responsibility and good engineering judgment;
  • You have good interpersonal skills, able to develop relationships with internal stakeholders and influence external stakeholders;
  • You are a good communicator and are able to listen, coach and guide employees;
  • You have an understanding of the principles of lean manufacturing;
  • You possess the skills to plan and organize to ensure the attainment of results;
  • You are an energetic person with excellent communication and interpersonal skills, a high sense of commitment, and a willingness to accept responsibilities while acting independently in a high-pressure partner/supplier team environment.

 Working Conditions/Physical Demands:

  • 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 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 20lbs/9kg which engaging in training, addressing production issues or as part of continuous improvement projects.
  • Lifting: able to occasionally lift up to 20lbs/9kg.
  • 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 delivering information.
  • 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.

 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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