Project Engineer - Aftermarket

Zodiak Aerospace Gainesville , FL 32601

Posted 7 months ago

Safran is an international high-technology group, operating in the aircraft propulsion and equipment, space and defense markets. Safran has a global presence, with more than 58,000 employees and sales of 16.5 billion euros in 2017. Working alone or in partnership, Safran holds world or European leadership positions in its core markets. Safran is listed on the Euronext Paris stock exchange, and is part of the CAC 40 and Euro Stoxx 50 indices.

In February 2018, Safran took control of Zodiac Aerospace, significantly expanding its aircraft equipment activities. Together with Zodiac Aerospace, Safran has more than 91,000 employees and would have around EUR 21 billion in adjusted revenue (pro forma 2016).

Safran is ranked among the Top 100 Global Innovators by Thomson Reuters and is featured on the "Happy at work" rankings. The Group places fourth on the Universum ranking for the favorite companies of newly-qualified engineers in France.

Safran Seats is a world leader in aircraft passenger and crew seats. One million seats made by the company are now in service worldwide.

Occupational Summary:

Under moderate supervision, responsible to achieve the cost budget, schedule, scope of work, product definition, and weight target related to engineering for moderate to complex projects they oversee. The Project Engineer will work closely with their Design team, Certification, Program Management, Quality Assurance, Manufacturing, and Supply Chain to lead and coordinate projects within the definitions of the airframe manufacturer and airline specifications, regulatory requirements, ZSUS requirements.

Duties and Responsibilities (essential functions):

  • Create robust Engineering plans for aftermarket projects and in service issues.

  • Create and maintain Robust Requirements Plan Capture; Validate and Verify

  • Manage Engineering changes through the engineering functions to support project delivery.

  • Assess and manage technical risks to avoid adverse project impacts.

  • Support problem solving initiatives throughout the project.

  • Ensure the engineering budget is maintained.

  • Engages with internal resources to ensure fulfillment of the project. This will include acquiring commitments from functional leaders for the needed resource allocations.

  • Collaborate with other project engineers.

  • Monitor project performance while documenting and working with the team to solve any problems that arise, ensuring that the project remains on schedule and delivers high-quality product to the customer on-time and within budget.

  • Monitor and tracks project changes to ensure the non-recurring budgets are revised appropriately.

  • Coordinate project completion with the affected groups.

  • Provide mentorship of design engineers.

  • Performs the following supervisory functions:

  • Performance Reviews

  • Disciplinary Action up to and including Terminations

  • Vacation approval

  • Time Approval

  • Employee Development

  • Assurance of feasible work levels for employees

  • Employee Communication

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Qualification Requirements:

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Must have excellent drafting skills in CATIA V5 (or higher) and/or Pro/Engineer

  • Requires advanced knowledge of aircraft seat products.

  • Must be able to function as part of a design team.

  • Must be able to interact successfully with Engineering, tooling, and manufacturing.

  • Must have proven problem solving skills

  • Preferred knowledge in budget management

  • Preferred knowledge in Risk Management

  • Have understanding of Scope Management

  • Proficient with MS Office

  • Able to multi-task and manage numerous projects

  • Must possess good planning and prioritizing skills.

  • Preferred knowledge in earned Value Management

  • Preferred knowledge in Lean Principles

  • Cognizant of the current standards of the aircraft industry and warrant specifications including FAA and CAA/JAA rules applicable to the product.

  • Proven expertise in leading multiple projects.

  • Experience developing and maintaining project plans, resource models, risk logs, issue logs, status reports, and other project-related assets.

  • Strong leadership and relationship management skills including negotiation, conflict management, and managing multiple objectives.

  • Strong sense of accountability and ownership; understanding the project engineer role as it pertains to the project team and working with moderate supervision.

  • Effective team player.

Education and Experience:

  • Must have a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Material Science, Aeronautical, Aerospace, Mechanical, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Manufacturing, Industrial, Electrical, or Systems Engineering or 12 years equivalent related experience in lieu of degree.

  • Plus requires minimum of 5 years of experience in engineering related field, at least 2 of those years must be experience managing projects.

  • Experience leading a team is preferred.


Acts in accordance with company values and related competencies.

  • Communication


Must have the ability to generate written communication and to operate required office equipment. Ability to read and review written communication. Speech and hearing abilities that allow individual to communicate clearly and distinctly in English.

  • Reasoning Ability:

Ability to solve problems and think strategically.

Physical Demands:

This position requires extended periods of sitting while working with computers and viewing computer monitors and other office equipment. Finger dexterity needed in using misc. office equipment such as telephone, computer and copy machine, etc. Bending, stooping, reaching, and lifting up to approximately twenty pounds are required during tasks related to the job.


  • More than one month of total traveling per year; international and domestic

Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Statement

It is the policy of Safran to provide equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of their race, color, religion, sex, sexual preference, gender identity, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability, military or veteran status, citizenship status, genetics, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, and local laws. We are strongly committed to this policy and believe in the concept and spirit of the law.

If you are applying for a job in the United States and need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please email our Human Resources Department at and let us know the nature of your request and contact information. Please note that only those inquiries concerning a request for reasonable accommodation will be responded to from this e-mail address.

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Project Engineer - Aftermarket

Zodiak Aerospace