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Engineer - Design & Development

Crawley, West Sussex  Further Information
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Salary: Competitive salary plus excellent benefits 
Contract: Permanent 

Hours: 37.5 hours per week, Mon - Fri 09:00 - 17:30
Location: The Base - Crawley
Closing date: 28th June 2017

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In a nutshell

Provision of avionic technical and design expertise in support of the VAA Aircraft Fleet. Responsible for specification and implementation of fleet maintenance and modification policies, investigation of avionic defects and formulation of corrective actions to maintain maximum safety, system integrity and reliability at optimum cost. Provision of avionics operational and EASA Part 21 design support to VAA Hangar scheduled maintenance, line operation, AOG aircraft and heavy maintenance. Control and definition of aircraft modification status to meet future operational and mandatory requirements. VAA’sLead B787 e-Enabling Engineer, accountable for overall 787 e-Enabling System configuration, operation and reliability.

Day to day

Accountable for overall B787 e-Enabling system and aircraft software configuration management.

Accountable for the creation of aircraft e-Enabling LSAP (Loadable Software Airplane Part) AMIs (Aircraft Modifiable information) and for the e-Enabling LSAP configuration of B787 new aircraft

Liaison with internal and external stakeholders for B787 e-Enabling.

Responsible for B787 Maintenance laptop configuration and updates.

Accountable for B787 aircraft systems IP (internet protocol) data routing

Accountable for the overall 787 Electronic Logbook (ELB) functionality

Responsible for the continued compliance with relevant e-Enabling requirements set by the Aviation Authorities

Accountable for the PKI Trusted Agents and management of the certificates.

Duties include supporting the Flight Operations EFB (Electronic Flight Bag) Administration team for B787 aircraft.

Responsible for administration, operation and improvement of VAA’s datalink systems.

Duties include ACARS database and communication management of VAA’s fleet.

Accountable for Aircraft Condition Monitoring of VAA’s fleet.

Provision of immediate technical support and rectification action in response to operational problems, incidents and AOG situations, ensuring safety and airworthiness whilst minimising operational disruption and costs

Compiling and/or approving design and maintenance documentation under the organisations EASA Part 21, Subpart J and Part 145 approvals

Review of technical documents issued by aircraft manufacturers, equipment vendors and regulatory bodies, assessing implications and implementing the appropriate action to ensure continued compliance with regulatory requirements

Specifying and implementing fleet maintenance and modification policies to meet future operational requirements

Liaising with Engineering and Flight Safety departments to ensure ASR’s and MOR’s are investigated and acted upon in a timely manner in accordance with the company’s Safety Management System

Monitoring and investigating defects and formulating corrective actions to maintain safety, system integrity and reliability at optimum cost

Providing main point of contact for liaison between the airline, manufacturers, equipment vendors and regulatory bodies

Act as the avionic technical focal for the integration of new aircraft into the Virgin Atlantic fleet including the remote support of the courtesy software load at aircraft delivery.

Design and develop new processes and procedures for incorporating e-Enabled aircraft into the Virgin Atlantic fleet

Delivering project management of modification programmes sub-contracted or out-sourced to 3rd party design organisations

Representing the company on a technical basis, at industry working groups, meetings and conferences.

About you

We are looking for candidates who hold aviation related engineering degree/HND or have completed a recognised apprenticeship in Aircraft Engineering with knowledge and qualifications to the level of an EASA B2 Licence (or equivalent). Previous experience in an airline or OEM design/development engineering department is required.

You must be thorough, detailed and analytical in approach to work with an ability to provide innovative solutions to problems. Have strong demonstrable negotiation and interpersonal skills with excellent verbal and written communications skills. You’ll have the ability to work well on your own initiative or as part of a team, as required. You’ll need to be flexible, with the ability to adapt and respond to changing demands whilst working under pressure

You’ll be computer literate and have a working knowledge of aircraft e-Enablement and e-Enabling ground systems.

The perks

Our pioneering spirit and passion keeps our brand vibrantly alive. That's why we give our people the rewards that they deserve. We have a whole host of benefits in place to help you enjoy life to the full, as well as a world of travel opportunities including up to seven flights a year to a wide range of fabulous Virgin Atlantic global destinations. Beyond a whole world of travel opportunities, we also offer a competitive benefits package including pension and private medical schemes, life assurance, child care vouchers and excellent discounts across the Virgin Group of companies.

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