Vice President, Technical Expertise and Audit


Key information

R&D Technical Direction
Research, design and development
Professional, Engineer & Manager
Huntington beach, California, UNITED STATES
Regular Full time, Full-time
Bachelor's Degree
More than 8 years

Job description

The Vice President, Technical Expertise and Audit is responsible for driving functional excellence, master engineering reviews, and the technical audit and expert networks globally across Cabin. This position will report to the Executive Vice President, Engineering for Cabin, with dotted line (functional reporting) of BU staffs (BU TA focal, Technical, Domain Leaders, Expert Network).

Vice President, Technical Expertise and Audit provides professional and technical guidance across Cabin to ensure that effective engineering practices, processes and procedures are developed, implemented and adhered to for all divisions. Ensures the most effective use of the tools and facilities is achieved. Provides direction to management regarding all activities and policies related to the product line's design, engineering and production efforts.

Summary of Duties:

  • • Deploy and implement key topics of Technical Audit function for Safran
Cabin Company with active support from EVP Engineering, Cabin and
Company HR.
  • • Develop and implement master engineering reviews processes (aligned with
Safran Group processes) through Technical Audit focal and expert network.
  • • Manage Company expert management program with active support from
Company Human Resource department.
  • • Maintains and animates TA/Expert network to perform engineering reviews
in order to structure the expertise & leverage it across the Safran Cabin.
  • • Develops and implements standard design review process and reporting in
support of V & V process.
  • • Stimulate and steers in coordination with the EVP Engineering and technical
experts the consolidation and update of Safran Cabin design manual.
  • • Assists more generally BUs and EVP Engineering Engineer with regard the
right first time design and engineering best practices sharing and
  • • Continue leading development of certification by analysis process with OEMs
and regulatory agencies.
  • • Continues efforts on standard and regulatory developments with industry
and regulatory authorities.
  • • Manage critical and strategic competencies, define trainings and develop
Knowledge Management
  • • Ad hoc reports on design risks depending on the criticality of issues, and
support to mitigation action plan development (general orientations or
detailed planning depending on the situation).

Leadership Competencies:

  • - Personal Responsibility
  • - Direction Setting
  • - Strategic Leadership
  • - Organizational Management
  • - Inspirational Leadership
  • - Cost Consciousness
  • - Judgment
  • - Negotiation Skills
  • - Planning & Organization
  • - Recruitment & Staffing

Job requirements

Education: Bachelor's degree in engineering discipline.

Experience: 20 years of experience developing Cabin products and systems; 10
years formal leadership experience with proven track record of
effective team-building and talent development within a design and
build organization.

Masters Degree preferred

Multi-site experience preferred

ID: DOTH - 79977

Complementary description

Other Skills:

  • • Aviation/Aerospace background and aircraft interior industry experience
  • • Knowledge of industry standards, such as RTCA DO160, RTCA DO-254, & MIL-
  • • In depth knowledge and experience in Research & Technology process
  • • In depth knowledge of the Aerospace verification and validation process. Has
completed several development cycles of complex Products or Systems
  • • Proven ability to effectively interface with global aircraft interior customers
(i.e. Commercial Aircraft OEMs)
  • • Proven management skills including leadership of high-performing team,
employee development, and effective change management.
  • • Ability to work well independently and cross-functionally as part of an
established and growing team.
  • • Ability to build effective working relationships, persuade and influence, and
problem-solve complex issues.
  • • Strong communication, time-management, and problem-solving skills
  • • Excellent conceptual, technical, and financial skills
  • • Demonstrated experience as advanced user of productivity suites, Internet,
MRP systems, and related financial, planning and purchasing software.
  • • Strong communication, time-management, and problem-solving skills.
  • • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical
journals, financial reports, and legal documents.

Specificity of the job

Travel will be required

Company information

Safran Cabin

Safran is an international high-technology group, operating in the aircraft propulsion and equipment, space and defense markets. Safran has a global presence, with more than 92,000 employees and sales of 21 billion euros in 2018. Working alone or in partnership, Safran holds world or European leadership positions in its core markets. Safran undertakes Research & Development programs to meet fast-changing market requirements, with total R&D expenditures of around 1.5 billion euros in 2018.

Safran is ranked among the Top 100 Global Innovators by Thomson Reuters and is featured on the "Happy at work" rankings. The Group places fourth on the Universum ranking for the favorite companies of newly-qualified engineers in France.

Safran Cabin provides all elements of a seamlessly integrated Cabin Interior. From the overhead bins, lavatories and galleys to crew rests and cargo containers, either as independent world class products or as a fully integrated cabin. The company is headquartered in Huntington Beach in Southern California, USA and operates 30 sites in 11 countries. The over 13.000 employees across the globe serve virtually all the airlines, aircraft leasing companies and airframe manufacturers worldwide.

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