Lead Engineer

QuEST Global Engineering Limited
Leighton Buzzard
16 May 2018
22 May 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Job title: Lead Engineer

1.Job purpose

This role leads an engineering development project, 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 >10 (complex projects) or <10 (simpler projects) engineers (internal or subcontractors) across engineering disciplines as appropriate to the program to deliver customer expectations.

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

·Responsible for the technical definition of the System / Product :

oEnsure that the product is safe and fit for purpose.

oEnsure that the product design maturity is in line with TRL process.

oEnsure that all technical choices are supported by appropriate group (experts, peers, audit team, …)

oEnsure that the Product Life cycle documentation is produced and meets the process requirements

·Project Management and reporting

oOrganise and lead the project in collaboration with Technical Project Manager or Programme Management

oProvide accurate estimation of engineering tasks

oManage risk

oIdentify resourcing requirements and maintain the project plan in line with assigned resources

oEnsure project deliverables are delivered to the agreed timescale

·Management of project spend >£3m (large) or <£3m (small) in accordance with budget

oManagement 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

oEnsure 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

oEnsure traceability and compliance with Airworthiness and customer (and/or internal) requirements

oDelivery of projects according to Safran Product Introduction Process (requirements capture and traceability, design validation and verification, design reviews etc)

oDeliver definition of and adherence to project milestones, both external and internal.

oSupport for operations; permits/concessions/PRs/Corrective actions etc

·Ensure project considers Design to Industrialisation (D2I) and Design For Manufacture (DFM)

·Interfacing with other functions (e.g. Operations, Business Development, Supply Chain, Programmes, Quality etc.) in coordination with Technical Project Manager (if applicable)

1.Principal accountabilities

·Delivering project(s) to budget and schedule

·Delivery of products to Safran process which are fit for purpose and compliant with requirements

·Provision of status reporting and updates to both internal/external stakeholders

·Ensure Product / System configuration is managed and maintained (e.g. permits/concessions/PRs etc.)

·Manage risk and associated mitigation activities

·Compiling and collating documentation for Safety of Flight / Certification

2.Key performance measures

·Technical performance and compliance.

·Compliance to budget and schedule

·Successful audits with customers and regulatory bodies

·Monthly engineering plan execution ( e.g. achievement of monthly milestone targets)

·Delivery of inputs to monthly Safran engineering KPI processes

·Meeting Design to Cost and Design for Manufacture engineering targets

·Internal/external stakeholders satisfaction

3.Knowledge, skills and experience


·A Degree in a related discipline or equivalent experience / combined education

·Experience of the Verification & Validation (V&V) development cycle

·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 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

·Familiar with relevant engineering Software Tools

·Experience of working with Engineering service suppliers, e.g. defining Statements of Work and approving deliverables.

1.Key relationships

·Relationship with the internal / external Customers

·Relationship with all onsite / offsite Engineering Departmental Managers

·Relationship with Programme Manager/s & Technical Project Manager (TPM)

·Relationship with Product Line Leaders, Product Architects, Specialists & Peers

·Relationships with Business Development, Operations, Supply chain, Quality and Airworthiness & Technical audit

2.Decision Making Authority

·Technical decisions and direction

·Project Planning & risk mitigation to meet schedule and budget targets

·Understanding/application of Airworthiness requirements

·Delegation & supervision of direct/indirect staff within the Project team

·Support the selection of on-boarding candidates

This job was originally posted as www.totaljobs.com/job/81274082

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