Airbus Helicopters, Inc
  • 22-Sep-2021 to 29-Oct-2021 (EST)
  • 10215 VP Programs
  • Columbus, MS, USA
  • market competitive salary
  • 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.

AIRBUS requires that all employees, temporary workers, and contractors of Airbus will be fully vaccinated by December 8, 2021 or prior to employment.

Position Summary:

Airbus Helicopters' Commercial Programs Department is responsible for 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 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 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.

Primary Responsibilities:

1. Description: Stakeholder Management (35%)

Sr. Project Manager will work with various stakeholders to bring 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

2. Description: Customer Management (20%)

  • 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.

3. Description: Schedule (15%)

  • 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)

4. Description: Budget (15%)

  • 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)

5. Description: Contract Management (15%)

  • 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

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualified Experience / Skills / Training:



  • Bachelor's degree in an Engineering or Program Management discipline, or equivalent experience.


  • Master's degree is a plus.



  • Minimum of 3 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.


  • N/A



  • N/A


  • Project/Program Management Certification

Knowledge, Skills, Demonstrated Capabilities:


  • 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.
  • Strong crisis management skills; and even stronger planning skills to prevent crises.


  • N/A

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

  • 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

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)


  • None

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.
  • 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 Program Manager, who in turn reports to the Sr. Director, Commercial Programs

Job Dimensions, Contributions to Success:

The 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 direction of the Project Manager are: Engineering, Certification, Industry, Flight Testing, Quality, Procurement, and Contracts & Offers.

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

Physical Requirements:

  • Onsite: [Daily]
  • Vision: able to see and read 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 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, 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 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 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 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]
  • 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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