Lead Engineer - Machines

Safran Group
Grove, UK
17 Oct 2019
22 Oct 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
General information


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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Main domain/Job field
Research, design and development - Mechanics
Job title
Lead Engineer - Machines
Employment type
Professional category
Professional, Engineer & Manager
Part time / Full time
Job description
Electricity is in the Air !At Safran Electrical & Power, our vision is to deliver smarter electrical solutions for a better flight.We are convinced tomorrow flights will be hybrid electric and even fully electrically powered. We will be flying VTol (Vertical Take off and landing), light jets and urban mobility solutions that will revolutionize the way we fly.If you want to dream big, to make a difference, to leave the routine and work on the future, we are looking for enthusiastic, visionary, and passionate geniuses to join our team.Job purpose: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.Dimensions:Leading a multidisciplinary team of more 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 the product design maturity is in line with TRL process.• 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 requirementsProject 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 timescaleManagement of project spend more than £3m 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 costsProcess 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; permits/concessions/PRs/Corrective actions etc.Ensure project considers Design to Industrialisation (D2I) and Design For Manufacture (DFM)
Additional description
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 / CertificationKey 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
Travel specifictity
As required
Candidate skills & requirements
Essential• 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 initiativeDesirable• 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.• 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 processJob location
Job location
Europe, UK, England, East of England
City (-ies)


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