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Senior Configuration Engineer

R&D Technical Direction Pitstone Bucks , England , United Kingdom Permanent Full-time

Job Description

• 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 (ALM / PLM).
• Determine the configuration management process and strategy in conjunction with RDTI, Operations and projects across the business and be responsible for supporting all users in implementation of it.

• 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 ALM/PLM 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 Configuration audits (e.g. PCA / FCA).
• Support of peer reviewing of Design activities.
• Support to specialist teams to embed Configuration management processes in ALM/PLM
• Preparation of change management documentation for internal and customer approval

Complementary Description

• 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.

Job Requirements

• Expert level knowledge and/or experience and understanding of product configuration management in Aerospace or related industry.
o Understanding of Configuration and Aerospace standards (i.e. Def-Stan 05-57).
o Understanding of Change Management processes, problem reports and change requests.
• 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).
• Analytical and Investigative skills, well organized, process oriented and quick learner.
• Fluent English; strong written and oral communication skills, ability to drive training on Process & Tools.
• Strong problem solving skills with the ability to diagnose issues and quickly identify root cause.
• Ability to work in an international / multi-cultural environment.
• Teamwork, service and results oriented.
• Strong understanding of ALM/PLM concepts and related software (i.e. Integrity/Windchill).
• A good understanding of both document and software configuration ALM / PLM processes and tools

• 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.

Specificity of the job


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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 76,800 employees and sales of 15,3 billion euros in 2021 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 was ranked as the world's third best employer in its sector by Forbes magazine in 2021.

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 11,500 employees across thirteen different countries.

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