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Graduate Project Manager

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£27,000, plus a welcome payment of £2,000
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Type of opportunity: 
Graduate scheme
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Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2018 it generated revenues of € 64 billion and employed a workforce of around 134,000. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners. Airbus is also a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, as well as one of the world's leading space companies. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide.

Our people work with passion and determination to make the world a more connected, safer and smarter place. Taking pride in our work, we draw on each other's expertise and experience to achieve excellence. Our diversity and teamwork culture propel us to accomplish the extraordinary - on the ground, in the sky and in space.

  • Start date: September 2020
  • Location: Farnborough
  • Application closing date: 10th November 2019

Our UK Graduate Programme provides exceptional graduates the opportunity to master managerial and technical skills. Over the two year period it combines rotational placements with focused training and the possibility of European assignments as well as further personal development and the chance to build your professional network.

From day one, you will be assigned to a particular department and will be guided through the various placement opportunities that exist within your function, the wider business and even with customers and suppliers. This, along with training provided works to ensure you are ready and experienced enough to take the next step of your career following the programme's conclusion.

Zephyr is the world's leading solar-electric stratospheric unmanned aerial vehicle. As part of the Zephyr team, you will be able to explore the unlimited opportunities of the future UAV technologies by supporting many different projects within the program. During your work period, you will be able to experience all aspects project management and observe the specifics of project organization.  Working in a positive and motivated team you will be able to explore your full potential in the area of project management.

Main activities of the role may include;

Supporting and following Zephyr’s senior project managers to develop an understanding of the project requirements to the point where you will be able to manage your own project or work package.  At this point you will then take responsibility for updating your own project plans and schedules, ensuring deliveries are on time, cost and quality, managing risk and issues and provide regular reports to all project stakeholders.

Depending on the type of project you will also be expected to take responsibility for engagement with the customer, as well as coordinating with supporting functions such as procurement, finance, commercial, logistics and export.


Successful candidates will be able to demonstrate the following;

  • Qualified to degree level in a Business or Engineering related degree with a strong focus on Project Management
  • Proficient in MS Project and MS Office inc. Excel, Word, and Power Point with recent practical experience
  • Good communication skills and a personable approach that will unify team members who are often working under pressure.
  • Ability to work autonomously once tasked with an activity
  • Knowledge and / or experience of delivering innovative, high technology systems operating in a harsh and remote environment
  • Knowledge and / or experience supporting the management of technology development projects including systems integration activities
  • Experience of working in engineering, ideally aerospace is advantageous but not essential.

Please ensure that a covering letter detailing motivations and suitability for this position is included in your application.

The successful candidate will be subject to UK National Security Clearance in order to undertake related work in accordance with business needs.

This role will be based in Farnborough and will receive the full Airbus Defence & Space Graduate programme benefit package including an annual Salary of £27,000, plus a welcome payment of £2,000.

Applications will be accepted from 16th September 2019 – 10th November 2019.


Please let us know if you need us to make any adjustments. Examples of this may include (but is not exclusive to) accessible facilities; additional time for written exercises; auxiliary aids; room layout; dietary requirements etc. If you wish to discuss this further please contact via email Any information disclosed will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Airbus is committed to achieving workforce diversity and creating an inclusive working environment. We welcome all applications irrespective of social and cultural background, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation or religious belief.

Please note, we love your interest in working for Airbus but we do ask that you make only one application. We encourage you to take time to decide which of our exciting opportunities is right for you and then submit an application that best represents you, your skills and experience in connection with the role you have selected.

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