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Design & Development Engineer

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

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

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In a nutshell

This is a fantastic opportunity for a multi-disciplinary Engineer to join our Fleet Support team to assist with the Continued Airworthiness Management responsibilities across all our fleets. 

We are keen to hear from engineers with knowledge of aircraft systems, across a variety of disciplines including Mechanical, Avionic, Cabin, Propulsion, Landing Gear, Maintenance Programs and Structures. The Fleet Support team is a fast paced and varied environment, where the workload comprises day-to-day core tasks and a mix of medium and longer-term technical projects, across all major disciplines. Your technical support to each of the Fleet Technical Groups is crucial in ensuring optimum safety, operational performance and cost efficiency.

Your development will be supported in this role and there will be opportunities to broaden your technical competence. If you’re looking for a diverse and varied workload with an opportunity to develop your skills across all disciplines, this may be the role you’ve been looking for.

Day to day

Provide engineering technical support in Fleet Technical & Cabin as workload demands.

Compile maintenance documentation under the company’s EASA Part M Subpart G, and Part 145 approvals.

Compile design documentation and provide support to VAA’s part 21 design organisation

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

Assess and support fleet maintenance and modification policies.

Support Engineering projects. This may on occasions require you to take the lead and ensure the desired outcomes are achieved.

Assist in completing safety investigations and closing out ADs and other mandatory occurrence reports in accordance with the companies’ safety management system.

Investigate defects and formulate corrective actions to maintain safety, system integrity and reliability at optimum cost.

Support technical liaison between the airline, manufacturers, equipment vendors and regulatory bodies.

Collate, manipulate, analyse and present technical data / recommendations to support technical decision making.

Support the development of in-house processes and procedures.

About you

As an Design and Development Engineer, you will have a Degree/HND in an Engineering-related subject or a background as a licensed Aircraft Engineer. You will be able to demonstrate awareness of EASA regulations, Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) documentation and aircraft technical publications.

Ideally, you will have broad technical experience across a variety of aircraft systems, gained within an airline or OEM engineering department. Flexible and adaptable, you’ll be excellent at multi-tasking and prioritising.
With a collaborative approach, you’ll have excellent written and verbal communication skills together with the ability to problem solve. Previous Part M Continued Airworthiness Management experience and knowledge of Virgin Atlantics existing fleet of aircraft (Boeing 747, 787, A340) is highly desirable. If the above sounds like you, we would love to hear from you!

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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