Airbus Group SE
Grand Prairie, TX
Job Type
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Airbus is an international pioneer in the aerospace industry. We are a leader in designing, manufacturing and delivering aerospace products, services and solutions to customers on a global scale. We aim for a better-connected, safer and more prosperous world.

A commercial aircraft manufacturer, with Space and Defense as well as Helicopters Divisions, Airbus is the largest aeronautics and space company in Europe and a worldwide leader.

Airbus has built on its strong European heritage to become truly international with roughly 180 locationsand12,000 direct suppliers globally. The company has aircraft and helicopter final assembly lines across Asia, Europe, and the Americas, and has achieved a more than sixfold order book increase since 2000.

Position Summary:

Airbus Helicopters' Commercial Programs Department is responsible for the acquisition, completion, maintenance, repair, and delivery of aircraft to its North American and global customers. Our goal is: To create and sustain a reliable customer buying experience in order to drive customer loyalty.

The Sr. Project Manager is expected to make best-in-class efforts to establish, implement and monitor activities associated with aircraft completion, maintenance, and repair in accordance with Airbus Helicopters' Commercial Program Management Procedure. The Sr. Project Manager will coordinate all involved departments; establish, monitor and revise schedules and budgets; track and manage changes; support the writing of contracts and manage their execution; assess and manage risks.

Travel Required:

10-20% Domestic and International


US Person under ITAR definition (U.S. Citizen, green card holder or person covered under our existing ITAR license)

Decision Making, Complexity:

Ability to handle high-stress situations and still perform program management activities.
Fast learner and adapter.
Be a team player: Humility, Hunger for Success, Smartness.
Ability to gain respect through performance, not rank.
Willingness to get hands dirty.
Accountability. Ownership. Can-do attitude.
Ability to analyze complex business processes and solve problems.
Ability to gather and interpret relevant data and information.

Organizational information:

Reports to the Vice President, Commercial Programs

Job Dimensions, Contributions to Success:

The Sr. Project Manager will be the primary responsible party for contract execution all the way through delivery to the customer.

Nature of Contacts:

The principle support functions under the direction of the Sr. Project Manager are Engineering, Certification, Industry, Flight Testing, Quality, Procurement, and Contracts & Offers.

Involved, negotiation type Communication on a frequent basis with internal and external parties

Physical Requirements:

Onsite: Daily
Vision: able to see and read a computer screen and other electronic equipment with screens, able to read documents, reports and engineering drawings. Daily
Hearing: able to hear to participate in conversations in person and via teleconference or phone and to hear sounds on the production floor including safety warnings or alarms. Daily
Speaking: able to speak in conversations and meetings, deliver information and participate in communications. Daily
Equipment Operation (personal computer, telephone, copier, fax machine, and related office equipment and using electronic identification card to enter building floors and internal doors): able to operate most office and personal electronic equipment and some tools including production tools such as hydraulic lifts. Daily
Carrying: able to carry documents, tools, drawings, electronic equipment up to 30lbs/14kgs. Weekly
Lifting: able to lift documents, tools, drawings, electronic equipment up to 30lbs/14kgs. Weekly
Pushing / Pulling: able to push and pull small office furniture and some equipment and tools. Weekly
Sitting: able to sit for long periods of time in meetings, working on the computer. Daily
Squatting / Kneeling: able to squat or kneel to retrieve or replace items stored on low shelving. Weekly
Standing: able to stand for discussions in offices or on the production floor. Daily
Travel: able to travel independently and at short notice. 10-20%
Walking (include routine walking such as to a shared printer to retrieve documents): able to walk through office and production areas including uneven surfaces. Daily

Equal Opportunity:

As a leader in our field, Airbus in America provides relocation assistance for qualified positions and a comprehensive compensation and benefits package.

Airbus in America provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetics, pregnancy, marital status, veteran status or another legally protected status. In addition to federal law requirements, Airbus in America complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, demotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, benefits, and training.

Airbus in America expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetics, pregnancy, marital status, veteran status or another legally protected status. Improper interference with the ability of Airbus' employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.

As a matter of policy, Airbus does not sponsor visas for US positions unless specified. Only applicants with current work authorization will be considered.

Airbus does not offer tenured or guaranteed employment. Either the company or the employee can terminate the employment relationship at any time, with or without cause, with or without notice.


1. Description: Schedule

Develop project schedules in MS Project complete with predecessors, successors, planned and actual start- and finish dates, critical path analysis
Track project schedules on a weekly basis and update with actual start/finish dates
Make schedule adjustments based on changing project requirements
Keep project team, customer and leadership informed on changing project milestones
Track Schedule Performance Indicator (SPI)

2. Description: Budget

Develop project budgets with inputs from functional departments in MS Excel and MS Access Database
Verify inputs from functional departments using actuals from previous similar projects
Check overall validity of budget inputs
Adjust budget based on change orders (see contract management)
Track Cost Performance Indicator (CPI)

3. Description: Contract Management

Early involvement in the offer/proposal/sales phase
Support sales and offers teams with technical advice, e.g. configuration, compatibility, etc.
Full ownership of contract from early in the process all the way through completion
Real-time and accurate tracking of contractual changes, i.e. change order management reflected in schedule and budget adjustments
Interpretation of contractual requirements, and, as needed, feedback solicitation with internal counsel

4. Description: Customer Management

Guide customer through the aircraft acquisition and completion process
Focus on customer experience and manage-to-contract
Make the customer feel welcome. Listen to the customer. Understand the customer. Educate the customer. Inform the customer. Make the customer want to come back to Airbus.
Manage difficult and controversial situations with finesse.
Ensure customer satisfaction, in good times and in bad times.

5. Description: Stakeholder Management

Sr. Project Manager will work with various stakeholders to bring the project to completion on schedule, on budget and on quality.

In doing so, Sr. Project Manager will ensure that all project team members:

Understand the scope of their commitment
Feel committed to their budget and schedule inputs
Pull-on the same string to accomplish project goals
Feel engaged and dedicated
Can voice concerns
Are informed of project status and next steps ahead
Understand schedule (SPI) and budget (CPI) situation

Additional Responsibilities:

Other duties as assigned.


An understanding of the aerospace industry, basic aircraft design, mission equipment packages (law enforcement, emergency medical services, utility, etc.), and design and certification (FAA) processes.
Ability to break complex issues down into manageable work packages.

Experience Requirements

Required: Minimum of 6 years of experience in aerospace project management including aircraft completions, maintenance, and repair, or equivalent. Knowledgeable in FAA regulations. Financial experience for budgeting purposes. Technical experience to comprehend technical data packages.

Preferred: Project/Program Management Certification

Education Requirements

Required: Bachelor's degree in an Engineering or Program Management discipline, or equivalent experience.
Preferred: Master's degree is a plus.


Strong crisis management skills; and even stronger planning skills to prevent crises.
Strong ability to express him/herself verbally and in writing. Proper use of grammar and spelling throughout.
Technical Systems Proficiency:
Strong MS Project skills
Strong MS Excel skills
Strong MS PowerPoint skills
Strong MS Word skills
Strong MS Outlook skills
Strong Google search skills
Basic MS Access skills

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