Graduate Opportunity

Plant Industrialisation & Business Management Graduates

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We are looking for graduates with commitment and enthusiasm who want to be part of a technologically advanced, innovative and global organisation. Airbus graduates have a fantastic chance to learn invaluable skills whilst developing personal and technical abilities.

Make it possible. Make it happen. Make it fly.

At Airbus Group, our people work with passion and determination to accomplish the extraordinary – on the ground, in the sky and in space.

You will begin your Airbus journey at our Broughton site (near Chester) which is home of Wing manufacture for all Airbus Commercial Aircraft. The Manufacturing Engineering Team is one of the largest and most diversely skilled departments at Broughton. The focused training and structured placements you will undertake will ensure you are fully equipped for your future career at Airbus.

Airbus in the UK's Plant Industrialisation & Business Management team is at the heart of major cost-reduction projects bringing savings of tens of millions of Euros to the company.

Your placements will be in up to nine different areas, including possibly opportunities to work overseas:

  • Operations, Technical and Support Functions: Placements in various functions, from future wing development, digital advancements, facilities management, manufacturing engineering, plant production support, quality teams and cultural change and innovation.
  • Lean Operations: Lean concepts, principles, tools and techniques used to guide lean implementation and raise the level of lean competence throughout the organisation, and to contribute to the on-going development of operational excellence through the Airbus Operating System.
  • Master Production Scheduling: SAP demand loading, capacity planning, monitoring and reporting of production build, shop floor resource calculations, sales and operations planning, tactical and recovery planning, and financial operating plan inputs.
  • Project Teams: Large cross-site change activities are set up to deliver solutions to major issues that affect the whole of the site. Local projects and improvement meetings bring improvement to the local business areas through the implementation of Lean methodologies, project and supply chain management and best practice sharing.

We offer a flexible programme, allowing you the opportunity to tailor your experience to suit the Manufacturing Engineering path you wish to take. You will be able to combine a number of rotational placements with specialist training in the UK, as well as have opportunities to work cross-functionally and transnationally. Airbus is also adopting a hybrid of working from home/on site approach, which will vary depending on your placements.

We embrace diversity and believe in building empowered teams of complementary personalities and skills. We are looking for highly motivated and talented individuals to influence the evolution of an established wing manufacturing facility.

On your first day, you will join your initial area after an engaging and relaxed induction and learn more about the opportunities ahead. Your Graduate network and Generation-Airbus colleagues will share experiences, offer support, create social bonds and form a real platform for development, fun and career progression. Guided by your Early Careers Manager and placement mentors, your various roles will give you the chance to add high value to a diverse, challenging, innovative and culturally evolving company.

During your graduate programme, you will receive constant opportunities to continue to learn and grow through planned training, and set yourself personal development goals with protected time in your placements to focus on "you".

Main activities of the role may include

  • Application of learning tools with the business and the associated, finance and project management using Lean methodologies.
  • Exposure to day to day operations and managing products.
  • Strategy development and leadership of projects to deliver more efficient and cost effective processes.
  • Programme and project management, problem solving tools and techniques.
  • Identifying, analysing and solving technical shop floor issues
  • Drive innovation and cultural change.
  • Run various STEM activities and engage with our Education Liaison team
  • Maintain and accelerate our push towards Industry 4.0

About you

Educated to degree level (2:1 or above) or equivalent, ideally within one the following disciplines;

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • General Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Project Management
  • Business Studies
  • Lean
  • Leadership
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Asset Management
  • Digital / Technology related

Desirable candidates will have previous experience in manufacturing, lean production, project management and/or product development environments.

Successful candidates will be able to demonstrate the following;

  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills.
  • Innovative mindset with creativity & strong analytical skills
  • Self-motivated and proactive in managing personal time, goals and objectives.
  • An ability to work independently and as part of a team with excellent networking skills.
  • Curiosity and willingness to develop yourself, others around you and the company


As a graduate with us, you’ll be a full-time employee and working on real projects and making a difference from day one. That’s why we make sure you’re properly rewarded for the work you do.

  • £29,000 salary
  • 33 days' annual leave including bank holidays
  • A selection of voluntary benefits such as Employee car leasing scheme, financial advice, employee discounts with nationwide stores, and more!
  • A competitive pension
  • Tax-effective share plans
  • Enhanced family friendly policies
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Flexible work arrangements
  • An independent, 24-hour, confidential counselling service

Please note, we love your interest in working for Airbus but we do ask that you make only one application.

We encourage you to take time to decide which of our exciting opportunities is right for you and then submit an application that best represents you, your skills and experience in connection with the role you have selected.

One application: Make It Possible, Make It Happen, Make It… Count!

Please ensure that a covering letter detailing motivations and suitability for this position is included in your application. 


Please let us know if you need us to make any adjustments. Examples of this may include (but is not exclusive to) accessible facilities; additional time for written exercises; auxiliary aids; room layout; dietary requirements etc. Any information disclosed will be treated in the strictest confidence.

This job requires an awareness of any potential compliance risks and a commitment to act with integrity, as the foundation for the Company’s success, reputation and sustainable growth.

By submitting your CV or application you are consenting to Airbus using and storing information about you for monitoring purposes relating to your application or future employment. This information will only be used by Airbus. Airbus is committed to achieving workforce diversity and creating an inclusive working environment. We welcome all applications irrespective of social and cultural background, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation or religious belief.

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Job ID Number: JR10081374
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Opportunity Overview

  • Ongoing
  • Multiple vacancies
  • £29,000 + benefits
  • 2:1 and above
  • Broughton, Chester
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Disciplines accepted...

  • Aerodynamics
  • Aeronautics
  • Aerospace
  • Avionics
  • Civil
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical
  • Electronic
  • Information Technology
  • Mechanical
  • Mechatronics
  • Project Management

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