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Head of Early Engagement and Pre-Design

Company : Safran Seats Job field : Project management Location : Cwmbran , Wales , United Kingdom Contract type : Permanent Contract duration : Full-time

Job Description

Are you interested in working at the business end of Aerospace, where airline brand meets innovative passenger experience? Then your next opportunity could be with Safran Seats, an industry award winning, premium designer and manufacturer of First and Business Class seating and technology. Our passenger experience prides itself on innovation, customisation, quality and industrial design.

At Safran Seats, we are unique within aerospace, as we interface with both the world's biggest airlines and airframers alike, with the largest seats portfolio of all seats suppliers. One day you could be liaising with one of the world's largest airframers, and the next, some of the biggest airline brands around the world!

In the UK, Safran Seats specialises solely in the First Class and Business Class seating markets for wide body aircraft, with industrial and engineering teams in Cwmbran and Newport, Wales and Brackley, England.

The primary activity of this role is the overall operational leadership of the Engineering teams that are working on early engagement and product line or platform projects. The role therefore demands constant attention to the progress of each project and to ensure that solutions are in place quickly when issues or risks are identified.

You will identify when significant decisions need to be made across the whole project portfolio to protect all other projects, potentially with impacts elsewhere. As such, you will have the responsibility for the maintenance and reporting of the overall engineering capacity and demand forecast on a monthly basis.

Main Duties & Responsibilities;
Lead the engineering projects teams and support them to achieve the technical and programme objectives of the projects – on a right first time and on time delivery basis within the project budgets.

For Early Engagement & Pre-Design :
Ensures adherence to the project plans for engineering activities and leads the engineering teams to maintain schedule;
Manages the global link to R&T, the architects, airframers, and airlines, calling upon Systems Engineering and Technical Audit to drive positive outcomes;
Ensures the SSGB total Engineering capacity and demand forecast is maintained and reported on a monthly basis, starting with the Local Development Review process;
Clearly defines the roles and responsibilities for Engineering PMO (including Project Engineers) and ensures that all engineering project teams are working consistently.

You will work closely with the VP of Engineering, Heads of Departments, Project Chief Engineers, and Programmes to ensure ongoing management and control of the teams. The balance of skilled resources across the projects must be managed constantly and will be your responsibility. The role requires ongoing and frequent communication with multiple stakeholders, including regular review with Executives and Senior Executives.

Complementary Description

Our in-house design studio co-creates the most innovative experiences in the sky with our airline customers and partners. Our dedicated engineering, production and in-service support facilities are integral to delivering a high-end quality product that we keep flying throughout the life of programme. We are fully supported by a wide team of support functions, from HR to Finance, to Business Development and Planning and Logistics, our team is built to give Safran Seats an end-to-end capability in house in the UK.

We focus on:

Our people
These are our four People Fundamentals that underpin everything we do at Safran:
• We believe in and fostering the conditions for diversity and inclusion to thrive
• We develop our colleagues skills and build opportunities so you can shape our future
• We create a trustworthy work place to support you, as you dare to act and innovate
• We encourage collaboration and mutual support between you and your colleagues
So you'll be supported every step of the way!

Our people are at the heart of our success, as we work together to achieve our mission: contributing to a safer and more sustainable aviation. We are tackling the biggest challenges in aerospace, with a commitment to work to decarbonise the industry by 2050.

Global Mobility
As part of the Safran Group, across our businesses we are market leaders in aerospace, defence and space; there is always potential for future mobility in the UK and internationally.

Job Requirements

The role demands a high level of experience and competence in engineering management and delivery of engineering projects. As such the position holder is preferred to hold an Engineering degree and have a significant background in Engineering management within an Aerospace development environment.

The position holder will need to have knowledge and skills in:
R&T and Engineering Product Development
Technical Expertise to a signatory level in at least one Engineering discipline
Project Management,
Schedule development and management
Cost management
Human Resources management
Risk Management
Engineering processes
Aerospace product development
Cognisant of the current industry standards, including FAA, EASA & CAA regulations.
Strong leadership experience is necessary and required.

No candidate will meet every single desired qualification. If your experience looks a little different from what we've identified and you think you can bring value to the role, we'd love to hear from you!

Our employees are at the heart of our success, as we work together for our sustainable future. There are four People Fundamentals that underpin life at Safran:
• We believe in and promote diversity and inclusion as key values across our business
• We develop our colleagues skills and build opportunities so you can shape our future
• We create a trustworthy work place to support you, as you dare to act and innovate
• We encourage collaboration and mutual support for you and your colleagues

As a valued member of our team, these are just a few of the benefits you'll receive:
• 25 days holiday + UK Bank Holidays
• Benefits Programme, with a number of schemes such as cycle to work, technology savings, retail discounts and access to private healthcare
• Career Progressions opportunities such as company sponsorship and further training courses
• Family friendly policies including maternity, paternity, adoptive parents, shared parental leave, parental leave and flexible working
• Equality & Diversity initiatives with internal groups for workplace engagement and involvement
• STEM engagement with schools, colleges and universities and Charitable activities for all

Please apply and submit your CV today! We are recruiting for these new positions now, with a view to recruit as soon as possible. Once your CV has been reviewed, we will contact you with the next stages.

We want Safran Seats to be a workplace where everyone feels valued, can be themselves and know they can reach their full potential. We embrace and celebrate our differences through various initiatives and support colleagues through a number of staff networks.

We're committed to building a strong, diverse workforce and making Safran Seats an inclusive place to work.

Specificity of the job

UK and international travel may be required at times

Locate your future workplace

Kestrel House, Lakeside, Llantarnam NP44 3HQ


Wales United Kingdom

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