Lead Engineer - Conversion


Key information

Electronics & Automation
Research, design and development
Professional, Engineer & Manager
Pitstone, England, UK
Regular Full time, Full-time

Job description

This role leads an engineering development project of a moderate size and level of complexity, responsible for technical and process compliance, recurring and non-recurring costs, adherence to agreed program and project milestones throughout the project life cycle

Leading a multidisciplinary team of less than 10 engineers (internal or subcontractors) across engineering disciplines as appropriate to the program to deliver customer expectations.

  • • Example of projects: Product development project, System design and verification work package.

Responsible for the technical definition of the System / Product :

  • • Ensure that the product is safe and fit for purpose.
  • • Ensure that all technical choices are supported by appropriate group (experts, peers, audit team, …)
  • • Ensure that the Product Life cycle documentation is produced and meets the process requirements

Project Management and reporting

  • • Organise and lead the project in collaboration with Technical Project Manager or Programme Management
  • • Provide accurate estimation of engineering tasks
  • • Manage risk
  • • Identify resourcing requirements and maintain the project plan in line with assigned resources
  • • Ensure project deliverables are delivered to the agreed timescale

Management of project spend less than £3m (small) in accordance with budget

  • • Management of sub-contracted work
 Manage definition of Statements Of Work (SoWs) for sub-contract work
 Track and support supplier progress
 Review and approve supplier deliverables
 Responsible for the approval of sub-contractor time-sheets within the project team
  • • Ensure projects are delivered to financial targets for Engineering Non-Recurring Costs (NRC) and Recurring Costs (RC) by design
 Manage labour costs
 Manage direct material costs

Process Accountability

  • • Ensure traceability and compliance with Airworthiness and customer (and/or internal) requirements
  • • Delivery of projects according to Safran Product Introduction Process (requirements capture and traceability, design validation and verification, design reviews etc.)
  • • Deliver definition of and adherence to project milestones, both external and internal
  • • Support for operations

Ensure project considers Design to Industrialisation and Design For Manufacture.

Interfacing with other functions (e.g. Operations, Business Development, Supply Chain, Programmes, Quality etc.)

Job requirements


  • • A Degree in a related discipline or equivalent experience / combined education
  • • An understanding of product development process including the interfaces between engineering disciplines, and between Engineering and other teams such as Test Equipment, Operations, Business Development, etc.
  • • Planning & risk mitigation ability
  • • Delegation & supervision ability
  • • Ability to work well under pressure
  • • Excellent customer facing skills
  • • An understanding of product design and development costs (Non-Recurring Costs)
  • • Must be able to Lead people both onsite and offsite (in an international setting)
  • • Competent with IT software tools – MS Office, MS Project etc.
  • • Comfortable with presenting to internal/external stakeholders
  • • Able to coach junior team members
  • • Must be organised and have excellent time & project management skills
  • • Must be self-motivated and able to work on own initiative


  • • An understanding of Airworthiness requirements & Certification process
  • • Experience of working with Engineering service suppliers, e.g. defining Statements of Work and approving deliverables.

  • • Evidence of written English at interview stage. This will be through providing certification of a formal English or technical qualification studied in the UK or overseas in English. If this cannot be provided you will be required to complete and pass an online SHL English comprehension test as part of the interview process.

Complementary description

Principal accountabilities:

  • • Accountable for technical quality of engineering across all engineering disciplines and covering the entire
product development process.
  • • Responsible for achieving performance, reliability and safety requirements and product cost requirements
Ensure tasks and timescales are realistic and bought into by his/her team and support the business
  • • Responsible for engineering resource expended on the project, meeting agreed budget levels
  • • Accountable for the technical risk management within the project and ensures the technical plan is updated
to mitigate risks as they arise
  • • Managing the efforts of a team of engineers across hardware, software, firmware, mechanical and functions as appropriate to the program to deliver customer expectations.
  • • Interfacing with other functions (EMC, environmental and functional test teams, for example.
  • • Interfacing with customer on technical performance and program compliance issues.
  • • Delivering on engineering milestones.
  • • Provision of status reporting and updates to both internal/external stakeholders
  • • Manage risk and associated mitigation activities
  • • Compiling and collating documentation.

Specificity of the job

If required.

Company information

Safran Electrical & Power

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 Electrical & Power is one of the world's leaders in aircraft electrical systems. The company is a key player in the equipment electrification of electric and hybrid propulsion sector. It has 12,400 employees across 12 different countries.

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