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Salary: Competitive
Hours: Full Time
Location: London Heathrow
Contract: Permanent
Closing Date: 21st April 2021

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In a nutshell

This is a fantastic opportunity for a Senior Engineer – Programmes and Configuration, reporting to the Programmes and Reliability Manager, to join our Virgin Atlantic (VAA) Engineering department. This role is responsible for co-ordination, future development and growth of VAA’s scheduled maintenance programmes and the implementation and compliance of the company aircraft configuration standards and policies. You will work alongside our fleet subject matter expert Development and Reliability engineers to maintain your assigned fleet to the highest standards of performance. The Senior Programmes and Configuration Engineer also supports aspects of the delivery of an Integrated Maintenance & Reliability Programme in order to enhance safety, maximise reliability & optimise maintenance costs of the VAA Fleet as specified by EASA / CAA, Part M regulations.


Day to day

  • Ensure control and management of the updating and approval of the Aircraft Maintenance Schedule
  • Advise and support the compilation of the Approved Maintenance Programmes process, control, efficiency and cost effectiveness
  • Ensure creation of fully defined tasks for Modifications and maintenance programme tasks
  • Project manage the optimisation of the Maintenance Programmes Design, build, monitor and maintain Aircraft Configurations and provide expertise for the operation and development of the VAA fleets
  • Configuration control system Control and co-ordinate the Modification proposals process for embodiment to VAA Aircraft, from departmental assessment through approval, including the creation and revision of fully defined tasks, the updating of Allowable Configurations and modification control.
  • Define new aircraft, power plants and component configurations, maintain and update allowable configuration within defined rules
In addition to the above other duties include:
  • Ensure that required safety and compliance standards are met and maintained
  • Accountable for investigation and management of safety / compliance findings
  • Accountable for decisions on the cost effectiveness of AMP, reliability programme and modification programmes.
  • Actively review department business processes to ensure they are current
  • Identify, lead & implement continuous improvement processes and initiatives
  • Technical assessment, approval, and quality audit of incoming documentation
  • Assist with aircraft entry into service and returns
  • Work as part of a multi-task team, assist and support the requirements of Engineering to comply with all aspects of CAA regulations whilst ensuring fleet availability
  • Represent Virgin Atlantic Airways as a member of the Industry Steering Committee (ISC)


About you

You will have extensive experience in working in aircraft configuration, reliability, or maintenance programme management (or similar) ideally in an airline or maintenance repair organisation environment. You’ll be qualified to HNC/HND level (or equivalent) with a detailed understanding of maintenance programmes and their development. You will also have a good knowledge of Boeing/Airbus aircraft systems and their functionalities and CAA/EASA regulations.
Ideally, you’ll have detailed knowledge of technical aircraft and vendor documentation including maintenance manuals, illustrated parts catalogues and technical drawings. You will be highly confident and decisive in your decision making, highly motivated and you will be able to work unsupervised as part as a multi skilled team with the ability to lead and direct team members where appropriate.. A track record of delivering experienced in delivering complex projects and working to tight deadlines. You’ll be able to demonstrate strong leadership qualities and excellent communication skills. You will have excellent analytical skills, malicious attention to detail and a reputation for delivering high quality work in a dynamic and exciting environment. If the above sounds like you, we would love to hear from you!


Be yourself – Our differences make us stronger

Virgin Atlantic are committed equal opportunities employers and positively encourage applications from suitably qualified and eligible applicants regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, pregnancy and maternity. Diversity brings strength which is why we strive to provide an inclusive environment where individuality is celebrated, and we can ignite the potential of our forward-thinking mix of people.

Please be aware as part of our recruitment process we may look to use a variety of resourcing tools to help us understand your skills and experience in relation to the role you have applied for. These may include application questions, video interviews or online testing. Please feel free to contact us at recruitment@fly.virgin.com if there are any reasonable adjustments to our process that you would like us to consider, for example use of hearing loops, sign language interpreter etc. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if there are any issues preventing you from being at your best during your application or assessment process. Any issues raised after your assessment is completed or once a decision has been made will be too late for us to consider within our process.

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