Airbus careers 2022 in Portsmouth, England, United Kingdom – Chief Engineer for a MilSatCom programme for Commonwealth (m/f)

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Job Description

We are currently looking for a Chief Engineer here at Airbus Defence and Space to technically manage the delivery of Future Defence SatCom System for the Commonwealth in Asia-Pacific.

This position requires a security clearance from the relevant UK / Commonwealth authorities.

Tasks And Responsibilities

Working hand-in-hand on a daily basis with the Programme manager, the Chief Engineer is expected to:

  • Ensure the overall end-to-end technical consistency, compliance and E2E performance of the solution through the entire life-cycle (from contract signature to in-service operation),
  • Collect and understand customers’ requirements, programme’s requirements and applicable obligations,
  • Identify the right Centres of Competence – CoC(s) and Enablers to provide technical solutions, assets, knowledge or services that contribute to the overall solution,
  • In collaboration with the CoC(s) and PMO – Programme Management Office: Derive the respective concept of operation (CONOPS) and the product breakdown structure (PBS), Ensure that necessary links between PBS, Functional Breakdown Structure (FBS), Work Breakdown Structure (WBS), and Cost Breakdown Structure (CBS) are considered, Allocate the contract requirements and cascade the necessary detail technical requirements, key decisions and milestones for the technical solutions delivered by the CoC(s), Setup the relevant System Engineering disciplines and competences to support the entire life-cycle.
  • Define, evaluate and decide on trade-offs, e.g. technical trade-offs, costs, value, manufacturing, service and risks,
  • Ensure applicable regulations and standards, product compliance and safety, data protection and reliability requirements are considered and handled,
  • Conduct Engineering Technical Reviews against the required technical milestones at the system level and for the critical milestones of the sub-systems provided by CoC(s),
  • Manage and achieve accreditation / certification of the product, where necessary and appropriate, with the support of Enablers,
  • Tailor the processes, methods and tools at the appropriate level in collaboration with Engineering and Project Quality management,
  • Ensure the workload planning and related competency needs are in line with the CoC(s) capabilities,
  • Drive cost on non-quality in the lens of major non-conformances and quality escapes,
  • Manage the changes in terms of impact analysis, adequate decisions and cascade to CoC(s),
  • Mitigate risks and opportunities and manage risk impact and allocate to CoC(s).
  • Drive and monitor the OQOTOC achievement of the solution deliverables with his/her 1st line of reporting (Work Package Managers, System Architect, Test Director, …)

Necessary Skills

You are titular of a diploma of Engineer (or equivalent) and you at least add up a 15 years professional experience during which you acquired the following skills:

  • System Engineering practices along the project life cycle and associated method and tools (standards, traceability, architecture framework, model based approach, simulation, …),
  • Practical application of the both V-method and Agile frameworks (Certification is a plus),
  • Technical background in MilSatCom capabilities at the Spacecraft (multi bands of communications) and Ground Segment (Ground Stations, Control and Management Systems, Operational Centres) levels,
  • Practical application of Project management in the respect of Quality, Time and Cost principles,
  • Practical knowledges of UK public procurement contract,
  • Good ability of listening and analysis of the operational needs and requirements,
  • Balanced ability in making trade-offs and in taking strong and controversial positions,
  • Capability to work with multidisciplinary, multicultural and multi-sites teams,
  • Editorial qualities and interpersonal skills to negotiate,
  • Discretion, strong leadership, team spirit, rigour and quality of organisation, diplomacy and good level of communication are necessary for this position,
  • English native speaking is mandatory with a proven negotiation level.

This job requires an awareness of any potential compliance risks and a commitment to act with integrity, as the foundation for the Company’s success, reputation and sustainable growth.


AIRBUS Defence and Space Limited

Contract Type

Permanent Contract / CDI / Unbefristet / Contrato indefinido

Experience Level

Professional / Expérimenté(e) / Professionell / Profesional

Job Family

Chief Engineering & Architecture

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Company: Airbus

Vacancy Type: Full-time · Director

Job Location: Portsmouth, England, United Kingdom

Application Deadline: N/A

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