Fixed Wing Quality Manager/Lead (M/F)

  • Localisation : Bristol - UK - South West England
  • Position : Fixed Wing Quality Manager/Lead
  • Type of Contract : Fixed-term contract
  • Date of publication : 2017-10-12
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Job Description

This position is for a Quality Manager/Lead to join the rapidly growing Operations Function of our client. Building on the success of their delivery of support programmes for rotorcraft and C17, They now seek to expand this into the Fixed Wing (FW) domain as our client delivers new military and civil programmes in the UK. This is role is initially a 6 month contract role with a possibility to extend and has potential for transitioning into an ILHE Full Time role. The Operations Function encompasses staff conducting Chinook and fixed wing aircraft maintenance and modification activities, together with responsibility for Quality and EHS for the company and is a core growth area for our client as it expands its UK activities (currently the function comprises around 200 staff with plans to increase above 500 by the early part of the next decade). The role is based at Bristol and will include periodic travel to other sites in UK (eg, Lossiemouth, Boscombe Down). Our client\'s Aircraft Support Quality Management System (ACS QMS) is approved by the MAA and meets the requirements of DAOS, MAOS and CFAOS. The ACS QMS is also certified to ISO9001:2008, AS9100: C and AS9110:B. This role will be responsible for the definition and subsequent delivery of an EASA Pt145 exposition for fixed wing aircraft MRO activities, and MRP145/MAOS extending the current ACS QMS. The role will include supporting recruitment for and subsequent leadership of the Quality Team to deliver the Assure function for our Fixed Wing programmes. The Fixed Wing Quality Manager/Lead will be a member of the Operations management team and report on Quality issues to the FW Programme Manager. He/she will be Form 4 Holder for Quality for UK ACS and will also part of the broader QA team, enrolled to the QA Manager to ensure functional excellence. Once the team is established, the FW Quality Manager/Lead will then lead a team with staff dedicated to each of our client\'s FW programmes and will be responsible for ensuring appropriate resourcing and tasking of all programme Quality activities. The FW Quality Manager/Lead will be responsible for maintaining budget and managing all supporting quality activities in accordance with programme requirements

Specific duties include:

  • Management of the Fixed Wing element of the ACS Quality Management System and its related processes
  • Develop, maintain and execute an Internal Quality Audit Schedule for the Functions and programmes
  • Support the QA Manager in preparation for external quality audits and formulation of any resulting action plans.
  • Lead Auditor for internal audits for functions and programmes and agree any resulting corrective action plans and their effective completion.
  • Management of Programme Quality requirements as required.
  • Work with the QA Manager to drive continuous improvement from a quality perspective. This will include the lead in Process Management activities designed to target specific processes.
  • Review potential suppliers for inclusion on the ACS list of approved suppliers.
  • Provide training, coaching and mentoring on the Quality Management System and the tools used companywide.
  • Provide input on quality strategies, goals, objectives and related metrics to ensure alignment with Company vision/strategy.
  • Provide regular reports on agreed metrics / key performance indicators as they relate to programme performance, contract requirements and customer expectation. Support company efforts to ensure that deliverables comply with Customer, Company, Quality, Industry, Regulatory and Statutory requirements.
  • Experience and Qualifications Degree in engineering or equivalent relevant subject. Alternatively a combination of qualifications and work experience relevant to the position will be considered
  • Minimum 10 years in Aerospace / Defence background
  • Previous Fixed Wing modification and maintenance knowledge and experience


  • Previous experience of Quality management across several sites
  • Lead Auditor AS9100 /ISO9001
  • Project Management qualification and/or PRINCE II
  • Systems Engineering background / qualification / experience
  • Quality Management techniques
  • Lean/6 Sigma

Required profile

  • Start date :
  • Term : 6 months
  • Experience Required : 5 to 10 years
  • Salary : Negotiable
  • References : 134668VGN_1507819252
  • Activity area : Aerospace Engineering
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