Airbus Americas
  • 19-Dec-2017 to 17-Jan-2018 (EST)
  • 001040 - IS Herndon/Ashburn
  • San Jose, CA, USA
  • Full Time

Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services.  In 2015, Airbus generated revenues of 64.5 billion and employed a workforce of around 136,600. 

Airbus is a shareholder of the missile systems provider MBDA, a major partner in the Eurofighter consortium and owns a 50% stake in ATR, the turboprop aircraft maker, and Airbus Safran Launchers, the Ariane launcher manufacturer. 

Airbus is a leading global manufacturer of Commercial Aircraft comprising highly successful families of aircraft ranging from 100 to over 600 seats.  In Defense and Space, Airbus is a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft as well as space systems, equipment and services.  In Helicopters, Airbus is the world's No. 1 civil and parapublic helicopter manufacturer offering the world's widest range of civil and military helicopters.


This position will facilitate technology sourcing by gathering and evaluating information in the field of science and technology against either a pull from defined scouting needs or providing a push from external opportunities.

The role involves the systematic search and facilitation of technology sourcing in the areas of interest to Chief Technology Office (CTO) missions. The scientific and technical disciplines covered will span a wide spectrum, from new materials and processes to innovative flying vehicles.  The sources of such information may also range from start-ups, SMEs to well established academic research labs.

 Specific responsibilities: 

  • Management of a clustered portfolio of scouting topics.
  • Ensure clear and robust definition of needs agreed with internal stakeholders.
  • Manage external scouting companies.
  • Identify partners with relevant capabilities with the support of subject experts.
  • Ensure network and strong relationships with key research institutions.
  • Prepare reports addressing scouting needs, and prepare technology trends reports.
  • Facilitate projects initiation, monitoring, and closure in coordination with internal customers and R&T Support.
  • Flexibility to travel as needed.


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  • An advanced degree in Engineering or Applied Sciences with background in Aerospace.
  • Strong knowledge of the US innovation ecosystem.
  • Strong experience in International Technology Scouting for highly engineered products in aerospace or adjacent industries such as auto, heavy machinery, offshore, nuclear etc.
  • Exposure to multiple technical disciplines of interest to aerospace would be a plus, among, for example : materials, coatings, propulsions, energy sources and storage,  manufacturing methods, software systems for design, manufacturing and assembly, embedded systems and software, communication, sensors, and data assimilation including Big data analytics / AI/ML etc.
  • A track record of having successfully identified and integrating into mainstream partners with new and innovative offerings.
  • A track record of creating and nurturing new business partnerships.
  • Knowledge of Airbus, its products, services, operations would be an advantage.
  • Knowledge of product life cycle from lab research to market launch, including ways of managing complex projects would be an asset.
  • Experience in dealing with Intellectual Property and sensitive information /data when dealing with partners.





  • Ability to work with minimal supervision in fuzzy environment.
  • Ability to work via influence, rather than authority.
  • Ability to develop trusting and open relationships with internal stakeholders and external partners.
  • Excellent team working skills.
  • Passion for new technologies as well as technical acumen to evaluate their relevance in a given context.


As a leader in our field, Airbus in America provides relocation assistance for qualified positions and a comprehensive compensation and benefits package.

Airbus in America provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetics, pregnancy, marital status, veteran status or other legally protected status. In addition to federal law requirements, Airbus in America complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, demotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, benefits and training.

Airbus in America expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetics, pregnancy, marital status, veteran status or other legally protected status. Improper interference with the ability of Airbus' employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.

As a matter of policy, Airbus does not sponsor visas for US positions unless specified. Only applicants with current work authorization will be considered.

Airbus does not offer tenured or guaranteed employment. Either the company or the employee can terminate the employment relationship at any time, with or without cause, with or without notice.

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