Safran Senior Engineering Manager in CYPRESS, California

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 Cabin is the world’s leading supplier of cabin interiors for regional, narrow and wide-body, business and military aircraft.

The company's product range includes integrated cabin interiors, overhead bins, galleys, lavatories, crew rests and cargo containers.

The Senior Engineering Manager provides leadership for the design engineering group supporting current and future programs. Oversees the execution of engineering, personnel development and technical competence of the Engineering department. Responsible for the continuous growth, alignment, and leveraging of reporting managers, mentoring, setting metrics, measuring performance for the engineering team, and promoting a cross-functional team culture utilizing Lean and Six Sigma principles.

Summary of Duties:

  • Ensures budgets and schedules are met.

  • Monitors scheduling and department resources to meet/exceed business objectives and goals.

  • Plans and directs the work of the highly skilled design engineers to achieve product objectives.

  • Responsible for preparing certification cost estimates at the proposal phase and during the course of projects

  • Forecast, manage, and maintain actual vs. budgeted engineering costs.

  • Develop and maintain processes to ensure efficient completion of designs.

  • Prepares staffing plans, anticipates critical path issues and sets a strategy to meet program schedules and budgets.

  • Promote cost awareness through BOM management and manufacturing decision making.

  • Recruit, hire, train staff, evaluate employee performance, and recommend or initiate promotions, transfers, and disciplinary action.

  • Coaches, trains and mentors a team of Design Engineers to keep all team members working efficiently.

  • Develops analytical tools, databases and work flow procedures, as needed, for efficient design.

  • Works closely and constructively with other departments within the organization to gain consensus on the best strategy for each engineering design issue.

  • Communicates clearly with the engineering team and

  • Other duties may be assigned



Bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical or Mechanical Engineering is required. Master’s degree preferred.


Minimum 10 years industry experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Other Skills/Requirements:

  • Experience working with Aircraft OEM preferred.

  • Proven ability to read and interpret engineering drawings.

  • Experience coaching and managing a team of engineers including conducting annual performance reviews.

  • Excellent organization and communication skills to provide direction, performance management and oversight to direct reports plus manage as many contractors.

  • Business acumen to assist in establishing budgets, providing program health metrics to management, make recommendations for resourcing programs

  • Assistance in recruitment for new positions, participate in hiring/interviewing process

  • Ability to work well independently and cross-functionally.

  • Strong communication, time-management, and problem-solving skills.

  • Excellent technical, conceptual, and financial skills required.

  • Ability to motivate team efforts to accomplish goals.

  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.

  • Ability to develop, implement and monitor corrective action plans for improved business/certification cycle times.

  • Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

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