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Systems Manager

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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 58,000 employees and sales of 16.5 billion euros in 2017. Working alone or in partnership, Safran holds world or European leadership positions in its core markets. Safran is listed on the Euronext Paris stock exchange, and is part of the CAC 40 and Euro Stoxx 50 indices.
In February 2018, Safran took control of Zodiac Aerospace, significantly expanding its aircraft equipment activities. Zodiac Aerospace has 32,500 employees and generated sales of 5.1 billion euros for its fiscal year ended August 31, 2017.

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 Landing Systems is the world leader in aircraft landing and braking systems. As a partner to 30 airframers working in the fields of commercial, regional, business and military transport, the company provides support to 27,000 aircraft completing more than 54,000 landings a day.  

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Main domain/Job field

Research, design and development - Architecture and systems engineering

Job title

Systems Manager

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Professional category

Professional, Engineer & Manager

Part time / Full time


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Job description

The Systems Manager- Gloucester is the functional manager for System engineering activities on the Gloucester site.

The Systems Manager will report directly to the VP Systems Integration & Test (based in Toronto).

Key responsibilities include:

• To ensure that all engineering documentation issued by the Systems department has been reviewed by an approved technical authority and meets both airworthiness and SAFRAN requirements.

• To staff and maintain a Systems engineering capability to support both new programme developments and in-service sustaining programme requirements. This includes maintaining the appropriate skills mix (GPEC) and signatory capability,

• To work closely with the on-site engineering managers (Design & Analysis, Test, Lab) and other Safran site System managers, to identify and manage the full spectrum of system activities (in-house and offload) to optimize the use of available skills and equipment.

• Participate in the ongoing development of systems engineering methods and processes. Ensuring that these are rolled out to the Systems Engineering team and the wider engineering community.

• Responsible for ensuring there is a responsive global System team that acts to meets the needs of Safran independent of site. Consequently, systems activity for IPTs not located in Gloucester will often be conducted on-site and the System Manager is the senior point of contact for these IPTs.

• To ensure all SAFRAN group and engineering initiatives, procedures, standards and design guides are properly applied over the life-cycle of the landing gear equipment.

• To ensure budgets for PCEO demands are established, validated and monitored in accordance with program requirements. As well, to ensure that the non-programme system budgets are identified, validated and monitored.

• To ensure that the agreed deliverables are provided on-time, on-quality and on-cost .

The Systems engineering department in Safran covers a range of sub-disciplines:
• Performance and Dynamics
• System Architecture and Integration
• Electrical
• Hydromechanical
• Avionics
• Safety and Reliability
• Validation and Verification process

Additional description

System engineering also covers a wide range of projects from new development and R&T through to support for an extensive fleet of in-service commercial and military aircraft To manage the System workload demands communication with the IPT's and other functions on an on-going basis, This helps to set out and agree the priorities and authorisation to proceed.

It is the responsibility of the System manager to ensure that the system deliverables and resources are efficiently managed . Regular reviews with the relevant systems team members/leaders is required to validate the task, associated resourcing and priorities. It follows therefore that the incumbent must have a good grasp of planning and the impact that it can have on the project both in terms of timing and commercially. To support the planning there is a Program Management office and a software package (EDRP).

It is a requirement that the Gloucester system team work closely with all the Safran systems teams to ensure that best practices are used and that work is distributed amongst the sites in the most efficient manner.

Safran is engaged in a structured continuous improvement process that covers topics such as Lean Sigma, DMAIC, Kaizen events, 8D and Lean transformations. Once again there is an expectation that the incumbent has familiarity with some of these techniques

Travel specifictity

Occasional travel required.

Candidate skills & requirements

The ideal candidate will have a proven track record in Systems Engineering roles over at least a 10 year period. The candidate should be qualified to a minimum of degree level in systems engineering or a related discipline and have Chartered Engineer status.

The candidate will have a broad understanding of all the Systems sub-disciplines listed above and should also possess the experience necessary to be eligible to receive technical signing authority in at least two of these sub-disciplines. As well, the System manager should have specific experience of the V&V process be familiar with all relevant Airworthiness regulations.

This is a team manager role and very much a hands-on position. The candidate must have managed a team before and be able to demonstrate leadership experience, problem solving and decision making skills and possess the ability to adapt to changing priorities and workload. Attention to people development and performance management is also key to this role. The candidate must have a well demonstrated ability for flexibility, independence and innovation.

Finally, the candidate must possess excellent communication skills, both written and oral. This is essential as the Systems manager must ensure that the communication channels are clearly established within the department and between the Gloucester system department and the other sites, functions and IPTs.

Job location

Job location

Europe, UK, England, South West

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