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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 organizations 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.

Airbus Internships

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

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 organization.
  • Identify, track and form relationships with start-ups of interest to Airbus Defence and Space and suggest ways that we can work better together.
  • Maximize 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 will you 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, 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;

  • You have been studying for a relevant Business, Engineering or technical degree.
  • Interest in Defence and Space industry.
  • 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 and other languages such as French, German or Spanish will be an asset(but not essential).

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
  • Stevenage (Hertfordshire)
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Preferred Disciplines...

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

Also Accepting...

  • All STEM disciplines

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