Airbus Helicopters, Inc
  • 11-Jan-2021 to 25-Jan-2021 (EST)
  • 10150 Aviation Safety
  • Grand Prairie, TX, USA
  • $145K-$165K + 12.5% annual bonus
  • Salary
  • Full Time

This position offers the following benefits: Medical insurance, Dental insurance, Vision insurance, Prescription insurance, Healthcare Advocacy, Employee Assistance Program, Flexible Spending Accounts, Health Savings Accounts, Basic & Voluntary Life and Accidental Death & Dismemberment insurance, Short and Long-term Disability insurance, Voluntary Accident insurance, Voluntary Critical Illness insurance, Identity Theft & Fraud Resolution insurance, Legal Plan insurance, 401(k), Travel Assistance, International SOS insurance, Paid Vacation, Paid Personal/Sick Time, Paid Holidays, Tuition Assistance, Bonus(es). These are our current benefit offerings for the 2021 plan year and are subject to change without notice.

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 locations and 12,000 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:

Director Aviation Safety for the North America Region.  Develop and manage aviation safety policies and procedures while maintaining compliance with all applicable regulations.  Maintain and promote a comprehensive Aviation Safety Management System.  Oversee, manage, and participate in accident investigations in North America, interfacing with regulatory authorities from the State of Design and State of Operation, and supporting Airbus accident investigators and AHI counsel in litigation activities involving Airbus aircraft.  Support Airbus outreach and education initiatives that promote aviation safety and education.

Primary Responsibilities:

1. Manage Airbus fleet safety activities 25%

  • Serve as the AHNA External Aviation Safety Officer (ASO) for the AH Aviation Safety Network.
  • Support AHNA customer and FAA/NTSB aviation safety initiatives that seek to reduce the fleet accident rate, develop action plans for customer specific safety improvement measures, and activities that reflect Airbus' leadership in Aviation Safety.
  • Oversee the aircraft AHI accident investigation team and coordinate with AH/AHD on product integrity issues discovered during the course of investigations or reported by customers.
  • Participate in accident investigations as technical advisor, when requested by the FAA, NTSB, or the Canadian TSB.  Support AHI internal and external Counsel in legal/litigation activities associated with aircraft accidents that occur in North America.
  • Serve as the AHI safety representative to Industry-Aviation-Authority safety committees and safety initiatives (i.e. International Helicopter Safety Team, GAMA Safety Committee, Vertical Flight Society, etc.).
  • Provide recommendations to Airbus Safety and Legal Affairs regarding proposed safety recommendations, aviation regulations, or legislation related to aircraft certification, training, operations, or aviation safety.
  • Provide AHNA management with current aviation safety trends, concepts, safety regulations, best practices, and industry safety statistics.
  • Support Airbus outreach and education initiatives that promote aviation safety and education, including activities such as AH Aviation Road Shows, digital/social media, and FAA/EASA/Customer safety seminars.

2. Manage internal / flight safety efforts 25%

  • Serve as the AHNA Internal ASO for the AH Aviation Safety Network.
  • Oversee the fleet safety function and coordinate with AH/AHD on fleet safety projects and initiatives.
  • Manage the deployment of an Aviation SMS in coordination with the AH Corporate Aviation SMS, in order to promote and improve aviation safety awareness and improve safety environment throughout AHNA that embodies a "just culture".
  • Conduct organization and human factors investigations in accordance with the AHNA SMS.
  • Develop controls, procedures, or programs designed to mitigate safety hazards or risks related to aviation safety.  Provide training to AHNA stakeholders in these measures and provide periodic drills and audits to maintain proficiency.
  • Contribute to identifying and mitigating the operational aviation safety risks associated with aircraft maintenance and repair, with certification, production, and alteration flight test activities, and with flight training.
  • Support Aviation Safety Council and Safety Committee meetings to increase employee engagement concerning safety.
  • Oversee the AHNA Continuing Airworthiness Board (CAB) to track and monitor potential unsafe conditions involving Airbus aircraft, in addition to STCs installed on Airbus aircraft.
  • Disseminate safety relevant material and "best practices" (from AH, the FAA, NTSB, etc.) to key stakeholders.
  • Oversee and ensure compliance with FAA and military regulatory and aviation safety aspects associated with the AHI-MS production and completion facilities.
  • Participate as a key stakeholder in the AHNA crisis management/response, developing emergency response plans, conducting emergency response drills, and deployment of the Significant Accident or Incident Procedure (SAIP).

3. Oversee the AHI Aircraft Rescue & Firefighting (ARFF) and emergency response capability 25%

  • Manage the AHI Grand Prairie ARFF staff and ensure compliance with NFPA codes, Airbus, and insurance requirements.  Ensure ARFF personnel are qualified to provide basic paramedic/emergency medical services to employees on the AHI campus.
  • Oversee the contract with the Golden Triangle Regional Airport Fire department to ensure compliance with NFPA, FAA, military, Airbus, and insurance requirements.

4. Manage staff for optimum performance 25%

  • Supervise and direct the activities of subordinate personnel, as well as train and ensure employee development in areas of fleet safety, flight safety and accident investigation.
  • Coordinate aviation safety activities with the AHI Quality Department and the Airbus AS&Q team.
  • Coordinate with the HRBP to conduct periodic performance evaluations and make recommendations for personnel actions.  Identify and promote top talent.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualified Experience / Skills / Training: 



  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Science or Aviation Safety, or equivalent experience


  • Master's Degree in Engineering, Science, of Aviation Safety



  • Minimum ten (10) years' progressive experience in aerospace manufacturing, program management, flight operations, accident investigation, or aviation safety with demonstrated ability to work across functional areas influencing behavior and culture.



  • Certification in Safety Management System (SMS)


  • FAA rotorcraft pilot certificate and/or A&P license

Knowledge, Skills, Demonstrated Capabilities:


  • Extensive working knowledge of applicable FAA, ICAO, NTSB regulations


  • NFPA, NAS and DCMA regulations.
  • Familiarity with helicopter design, systems, aerodynamics, and operations.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with senior executives and with senior management and technical representatives from regulatory/investigative agencies.

Communication Skills (Spoken, Written, Influencing, Proficiency in Other Languages):


  • English fluency, with strong verbal and written communication skills


  • Knowledge of French or German

Technical Systems Proficiency:

  • Microsoft Office Suite, SharePoint, Project Management Systems

Travel Required:

  • 30% Domestic and International


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


  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Government security clearance

Decision Making, Complexity:

  • Work independently to establish Safety priorities, deploy organizational structures and develop program offerings.  Provide feedback on effectiveness to the Executive Committee and CEO.  Work with colleagues in Europe and other Airbus entities to harmonize safety concepts across the Airbus Group.  Achieve world-class safety performance and create benchmark frameworks for other group's entities to follow. 

Organizational information:

  • Provide an overview of the organizational unit structure, including manager of position, direct reports to the position, and dotted line (indirect reports) to the position:

Direct Reports:

  • Exempt : 2
  • Non-exempt : 1

Job Dimensions, Contributions to Success:

  • Representation of company in positive manner in stressful environment. Able to supervise subordinates in projecting positive safety attitude towards customers and coworkers.

Nature of Contacts:

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

Physical Requirements:

  • Onsite: 70%
  • Vision: able to see and read computer screen and other electronic equipment with screens, able to read documents, reports and engineering drawings on daily basis.
  • Hearing: able to hear to participate in conversations in person and via teleconference or phone and to hear sounds on production floor including safety warnings or alarms on a daily basis.
  • Speaking:  able to speak in conversations and meetings, deliver information and participate in communications on a daily basis.
  • Equipment Operation (personal computer, telephone, copies, 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 basic tools.  Daily
  • Carrying: able to carry documents, tools, drawings, electronic equipment up to 30lbs/14kgs several times a week.
  • Lifting:  able to lift documents, tools, drawings, electronic equipment up to 30lbs/14kgs several times a week.
  • Pushing / Pulling:  able to push and pull small office furniture, aircraft systems and equipment several times a week.
  • Sitting:  able to sit for long periods of time in meetings, working on computer several times a week.
  • Squatting / Kneeling:  able to squat or kneel to retrieve or replace items stored on low shelving.
  • Standing: able to stand for discussions in offices or on production floor several times a week.
  • Travel:  able to travel independently and at short notice.
  • Walking (include routine walking such as to a shared printer to retrieve documents):  able to walk through office and production areas including uneven surfaces several times a week.
  • Personal Protective Equipment required:  Required PPE includes, but is not limited to, Safety Shoes, Safety Glasses, Hearing Protection, Respirators/Masks, and/or Protective Gloves as required by site and/or customer site

Equal Opportunity:

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, age, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, or other legally protected status

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

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

Airbus Helicopters, Inc. does not offer tenured or guaranteed employment. Employment with Airbus is at will, meaning either the company or the employee can terminate the employment relationship at any time, with or without cause, with or without notice.

NOTE:  Airbus Helicopters, Inc. reserves the right to revise or change job duties and responsibilities as the need arises.  This position description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.

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