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Innovation Management Placement (12 months)


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About us!

Are you interested in developing fascinating innovation projects on aerospace and defence topics? Do you like connecting with people from many different organisations and countries?

The innovation management team is composed of an International team of 12 people who are a mixture of business developers, technical experts and programme managers who are all passionate about developing new products and services, new business models and new ways of working.

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.

As part of this team your main mission and responsibilities will be to ensure that:

  • The business cases of innovation projects (in particular in incubation, acceleration and implementation phases) are strong and convincing. Supporting the teams we coach by challenging their business assumptions and looking at ideas for future revenue options.
  • The teams identify customer pain points, USPs, Value Propositions, Go-To-Market Plans, IP protection and generation of a stand-out pitch presentation.
  • Support teams as they develop their Minimal Viable Products and live demonstrations.
  • Understand the Innovation eco-system, providing a consistent picture of all innovation/start-ups challenges and events relevant for the Airbus Defence and Space organisation.
  • Identify, track and form relationships with start-ups of interest to Airbus Defence and Space and suggest ways that we can work better together.
  • Maximise Airbus opportunities from External Funding to support our Innovation topics.
  • Encourage an environment of Innovation within the everyday life of the Airbus community.
  • The innovation team internal communication is kept dynamic, current and engaging 
  • The innovation team has the required level support in terms of market and industry reports

What you will be doing: 

As a Support to the Innovation Management Team in UK, you will gain a great experience in innovation and will get a good overview of the entire product portfolio of the Company. The tasks will be varied and require you to use different skills (technical, project management, communication, etc.) in order to complete them successfully.  

You will be able to handle various missions for Airbus Defence and Space innovation, in order to:

  • Build a dynamic view of all projects and partnerships ongoing (including the update of the current database of innovation partners)
  • Enhance the innovation process for the creation of new partnerships in cooperation with the Procurement Team
  • Improve innovation communication
  • Prepare forthcoming innovation events
  • Attend relevant training to support your development.

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.

About You:

Please note our placements are open to Undergraduates only. Therefore it is mandatory for candidates to be an undergraduate for the whole duration of the placement.

Successful candidates will be able to demonstrate the following;

  • You have been studying for a relevant business, engineering or technical degree
  • A good knowledge of Defence and Space industries
  • A strong interest in innovation, creativity, curiosity, openness, team spirit
  • The ability to listen, understand and communicate information
  • The desire to work in a technical team environment
  • A strong interest in developing yourself
  • A negotiation level in English, other European languages such as French, German or Spanish will be an asset (but not essential)


  • £18,000 salary
  • 25 days' holiday plus bank holidays
  • Flexible working hours

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.                          

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Job ID Number: JR10079853
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