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Zephyr Graduate Solutions Engineer

Salary notes: 
£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

The Airbus Zephyr is at the leading edge of technology, the first unmanned aircraft of its kind to fly in the stratosphere. It harnesses the sun’s rays, running exclusively on solar power, filling a capability gap complementary to satellites, UAVs and manned aircraft to provide persistent services.

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

You will be assigned to your home department and will be guided through the placement opportunities that exist within your function, the wider business and even with customers and suppliers. The experience you will gain throughout the Graduate Programme, along with the training provided, will ensure you are ready to take the next step of your career following the programme’s conclusion.

As a Zephyr Graduate Solutions Engineer, you will support the Solutions Architecture team with the delivery of very light-weight payloads for the Zephyr series of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) including specification, design, build/manufacture, and integration into the Zephyr platform.

Main activities of the role may include;

  • Translating customer User Requirements into technical solutions.
  • Providing guidance to payload suppliers on the optimal integration solution for a Zephyr platform.
  • Working with customers and suppliers to provide technical summaries on Zephyr platform and payload capabilities.
  • Contributing to the payload development strategy and roadmaps.
  • Ensuring the stakeholders understand payload requirements and capabilities.
  • Working with the other subsystems teams such as power and propulsion to ensure that the best overall solution for the Zephyr system is implemented.
  • Assisting with the delivery of the payload integration onto Zephyr to ensure mission success.
  • Ensuring that Zephyr Product Assurance (PA), design and verification standards are met.
  • Providing Sales and marketing support.
  • Collaborating with software developers and hardware engineers to identify/resolve anomalous behavior.


You can demonstrate the following;

  • A Degree or equivalent in an engineering/aerospace subject.
  • Familiarity with engineering methodologies for harsh environments.
  • Familiarity with verification and validation processes. (V Diagram)
  • Familiarity with the configuration control tools and code configuration strategies.
  • Technical awareness and ability/familiarity of some of the following payload types:
  • RF communications.
  • Optical and IF surveillance.
  • ESM and Sigint.
  • Data communications.

Your role will involve some travel for business so you will be asked to travel accordingly.

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

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

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


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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