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Performance & Improvements Portsmouth Placement (12 Months)


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About us: 

The Performance & Improvements team are responsible for driving improvements activities so that we can deliver spacecraft quicker, cheaper and of the highest quality. The team get involved in small process improvements to driving R&D/T projects.

Airbus Internships

Do you want to gain valuable experience and take on responsibility from the start? Then apply for an internship at Airbus.

What will you be doing? 

During this placement, the activities you may undertake will include:

  • Support with HO Performance & Improvements and Key product Owners to define and deliver a credible 12 month improvement plan for the site.
  • Responsible for continually reviewing and reducing the “MAIT Cost Base” and “Ready for Bid Price” through improvement opportunities generated by MAIT and other business units. This is for all MAIT customers; Mechanical Platform (T-BD), Antennas, Mechanisms & ENS
  • Implement and mature the Operational Excellence System (OES) within MAIT working closely with the central P&I team.
  • Deliver Lean Improvement Projects on Quality, on Time and on Cost. (5S, Visual management, VSM, Flow Analysis, KPIs)
  • Drive specific problem solving/improvement activities.
  • Lead and support the streamlining of processes.
  • Report the status of the Improvements Projects and controlling of cost and schedule.
  • Responsible for standardisation of Lean MAIT Processes, documentation and working methods across Stevenage and/or Portsmouth.
  • Responsible for the promotion of Lean education and awareness in Stevenage ensuring a standardised approach with other sites where possible

About you! 

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. 

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;

  • Engineering Degree
  • Understanding in Practical Problem Solving (PPS), running Kaizen workshops, implementing visual management in production and office environment.
  • Experience in leading improvement projects
  • Confident communicator
  • Open minded, creative and proactive mind set

What’s in it for you? 

By joining our team as an intern you will: 

  • Have the opportunity to work and collaborate with teams across different countries in Europe and worldwide. 
  • Be making a difference through being involved in transformation and change projects for the company. 
  • Improve your chances of a future role within Airbus while also benefiting your studies. 
  • Get the opportunity to put your theoretical knowledge into practice while developing new skills.


Flexible working hours // Hybrid working // Half day Fridays! // 25 days' holiday plus bank holidays 

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Opportunity Overview

  • Deadline: Ongoing
  • Starting: August 2023
  • Multiple vacancies
  • Starting Salary: £20,590 + benefits
  • All grades
  • 12 months
  • Portsmouth
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Preferred Disciplines...

  • Aerodynamics
  • Aeronautics
  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Avionics
  • Manufacturing
  • Mechanical

Also Accepting...

  • Most Engineering disciplines

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