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AIT Manager Optical

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AIT Manager Optical

From01-10-2018 LocationLeiden HoursFull-time EducationHBO/WO
Wanted: Seasoned AIT Manager Optical, to manage the Assembly, Integration & Testing (AIT) of optical instruments for space!

At Airbus Defence and Space Netherlands we work at the frontiers of technology in one of the most challenging and rapidly changing industries in the world: space. Our products and services - including solar arrays, launcher structures, instruments, systems & services, and mechanical thermal products - are among the best in the world. They enable missions that are of great importance for our everyday life on Earth, such as satellite navigation, communications, climate research and the monitoring of air quality.

At our state-of-the-art facilities in Leiden, over 250 dedicated professionals work on the design, development, assembly, testing and delivery of space products and services. We do that by thinking creatively in terms of solutions and by working with like-minded business partners. Intensive collaboration in our international community is the key to our success, also within the Airbus family that we are proudly part of.

AIT Manager Optical

Job description

As AIT Manager Optical you will be responsible for the assembly and test procedures of optical instruments for space missions. Within the project framework you are tasked with the ‘on time’ and ‘on budget’ execution of AIT activities and all aspects that come with that, such as quality monitoring. For project operations, you will report to the Project Manager; for technical aspects to the System Engineer.

You will be involved from the very start of a project, including consultations with (international) clients and scientists. As AIT Manager you will judge the design and test requirements on manufacturability and feasibility. To make sure the design can be manufactured and tested properly, you will consult the designers and drafters. You will translate this into an AIT plan, which includes the selection of the (external) test facilities, the required Ground Support Equipment (GSE) and test setups. In the purchasing process of both the flight hardware and the (O)GSE you will be involved as well. Further, you will prepare the AIT phase by making procedures and arranging people and facilities.

During the integration and test phase you will be responsible for the instrument and will manage the AIT team operationally. The AIT team usually has a staff of five to ten employees - depending on the phase of the project - and consists of a range of mechanical, electrical, software and test engineers, supplemented if necessary, with optical, calibration, cleanliness, thermal and alignment specialists. These engineers and specialists report hierarchically to a team leader. As Airbus Defence and Space Netherlands is a matrix organisation, specialists are hired by the projects.

What it takes

You have completed a technical higher or university education, supplemented with 5 years of relevant working experience with integration of optical instruments. With that you have obtained optical, mechanical, thermal and electrical knowledge, which enables you to understand specialists and estimate the (biggest) risks. You like to plan and organise things and to have interaction with different kinds of people. Besides, you have experience with the realisation of complex projects in a technical environment and with leading a project team. You can express yourself fluently in English and Dutch, both in speech and in writing.

You recognize yourself in the following profile:

  • Customer-, Results- & Quality oriented
  • Expertise / Analytical
  • Monitoring / Planning & organising
  • Collaborative / Communicative
  • Leading a team
  • Stress resistant

Our offer and your application

We offer a challenging job in a dynamic and international working environment, extensive opportunities for personal development and attractive working conditions. For further details, please contact Tom Pasteuning, Head of AIT & Secondment (+31(0)715245307).


To apply, please upload your application letter and CV via our online application form before the 22th of October 2018. The interviews will take place end of October / beginning of November. An assessment can be part of the selection process.

NB: agency calls are not appreciated.

Keywords: Manager Optical, Optical Instruments, High Tech, Technical, optical, Mechanical, Thermal, Electrical, Leader, Aerospace, Space


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