Configuration Engineer


Key information

R&D Technical Direction
Research, design and development
Professional, Engineer & Manager
Pitstone, England, UK
Regular Full time, Full-time

Job description

  • • Configuration Management is pivotal to Safran Electrical Power's (SEP) success in developing and delivering engineered products to customers with the high level of governance.
  • • To provide a high level of experience and knowledge on configuration within the Aerospace industry supporting all areas of the business through the Product Lifecycle Management (PLM).
  • • Determine the configuration management process and strategy in conjunction with Research, Technological Development and Innovation (RDTI), Operations and projects across the business and be responsible for supporting all users in implementation of it.

  • • The opportunity to bring new ideas and help evolve SEP's configuration management policy and procedures for the future.
  • • Responsible for ensuring configuration governance in accordance with product and site configuration management plans and processes across Safran Electrical and Power, Power Division site wide.
  • • Support the application of Configuration for the PLM and/or Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Project for SEP
  • • Responsible for the creation of multiple project Configuration Management Plans and the administration of associated Change Control Board meetings.
  • • No direct reports – liaise and support all engineers across the site.

  • • Manage Change Control Board (CCB) meetings, including setting of agendas and distribution of minutes.
  • • Maintenance and tracking of Development Problem Reports (PR) and Change Requests (CR) for products in development, manufacture and in-service.
  • • Co-ordinating with multiple functions to ensure change impacts are ready to be reviewed in conjunction with engineering investigations.
  • • Support the creation, administration and maintenance of Configuration toolset records, ensuring compliance with airworthiness standards.
  • • Support of external and internal audits including conducting Physical and Functional Configuration Audits (e.g. PCA / FCA).
  • • Support of peer reviewing of Design activities.
  • • Support to specialist teams to embed Configuration management processes in PLM and/or ALM
  • • Preparation of change management documentation for internal and external customer approval

  • • Adherence to Project Timelines and deliverables on time, on quality and in full.
  • • Continued reduction in the number of open ‘in progress' PR's & Cr's and overall end-to-end process time.
  • • Effectiveness of CCB (Change Control Board)
  • • Controlled Management of documents / Software / Hardware throughout the product Lifecycle
  • • Ensure that the 5 key aspects of Configuration are integrated and maintained across the business.

Complementary description

Key Relationships:

  • • Report functionally to the Configuration Working Team leader in the frame of the projects he/she is involved in daily.
  • • Lead Engineers, Technical Project & Programme Managers, Product Line Leaders, Industrialisation, Product Support, Supply Chain, Quality, Planning, Stress, Materials and Design engineers on a daily basis.
  • • Engineering Managers and Head of Engineering for Power occasionally.

Decision Making Authority:

  • • Oversee the decisions to progress PR's through the CCB process.
  • • Classification of CR's.
  • • Day to day decisions about how changes should be managed within the policy (categories of change etc.)

Job requirements

  • • ICM CM2 certified or an equivalent HND / Degree level qualification or relevant experience.
  • • Expert level knowledge and/or experience and understanding of product configuration management (CM). Aerospace or related industry desirable.
o Understanding of Change Management processes, problem reports and change requests.
o Understanding of Configuration and Aerospace standards desirable (i.e. Def-Stan 05-57).
  • • Strong understanding of PLM concepts and related software (i.e. Windchill). An understanding of ALM and related software (i.e. Integrity) would be desirable.
  • • A good understanding of both document and software configuration PLM processes and tools.
  • • Experience of managing configuration in an engineering organisation and be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of CM principles and processes
  • • Proven record of success in influencing successful CM decisions across a range of business stakeholders.
  • • Experience in the use of engineering documentation (such as Customer Requirements / Product Definition Document / Master Records Index / Drawings & Parts Lists / Critical part manufacturing control document).
  • • Fluent English; strong written and oral communication skills, ability to drive training on Process & Tools.
  • • A willing helpful attitude and a calm professional manner. Able to set priorities and actively lead activities to meet internal and external customer deliveries and expectations.
  • • Strong problem solving skills with the ability to diagnose issues and quickly identify root cause.

  • • Excellent communication skills with consideration and acceptance of cultural differences within an international environment.

Specificity of the job

As Required

Company information

Safran Electrical & Power

Safran is an international high-technology group, operating in the aviation (propulsion, equipment and interiors), defense and space markets. Its core purpose is to contribute to a safer, more sustainable world, where air transport is more environmentally friendly, comfortable and accessible. Safran has a global presence, with 79,000 employees and sales of 16.5 billion euros in 2020 and holds, alone or in partnership, world or regional leadership positions in its core markets. Safran undertakes research and development programs to maintain the environmental priorities of its R&T and Innovation roadmap.

Safran ranks first in Forbes's 2020 list of the World's Best Employers for its sector.

Safran Electrical & Power is one of the world's leaders in aircraft electrical systems. The company is a key player in the equipment electrification and in the electric and hybrid propulsion sector. It has 15,000 employees across 13 different countries.

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