Airbus ramps up hiring for digital skills

Airbus is the latest aviation engineering company to launch a global hiring campaign.

With the aviation industry now on the rebound after being in the doldrums for the past few quarters, European aircraft maker Airbus has announced its intention to hire for digital roles for its headquarters in Toulouse, France. 

Over 250 jobs are up for grabs in this latest global recruitment drive, with a large number of positions requiring cloud computing, big data, cybersecurity, Internet of Things, as well as artificial intelligence skills.

Job vacancies can be found online via Submissions close on June 18, 2018. Airbus stated that “vacancies in France are for young graduates, baccalaureate +5 years level, with two or three years’ successful experience, as well as more experienced, talented professionals”.

The drive will culminate in a welcome event on the evening of June 20, in which shortlisted candidates will be invited. During the event, candidates with core competencies in these areas will be able to talk with the respective project heads.

“Besides the opportunity of working on and implementing major aeronautical and space projects, Airbus offers a stimulating, innovative and international working environment,” said Thierry Baril, Chief HR Officer for Airbus. “We will be delighted to meet as many candidates as possible at this evening and demonstrate that Airbus is a company at the cutting edge of innovation.”

In 2017, Airbus hired nearly 3,000 employees, adding that it is planning to hire another 4,000 globally this year. More than 500 positions are being offered this year in the digital sector, including 250 positions in France.

Airbus stated that these roles “address the best talents, who are prepared to invest themselves in unique, innovative projects, whether in the areas of commercial aircraft, helicopters or defense and space”.

Airbus is the latest aviation engineering company to launch a hiring campaign, after United Technologies in the US announced plans last month to hire 35,000 people and make investments of more than US$15 billion in research and development and capital expenditures from 2018 to 2022.

Closer to home, Malaysian airline Air Asia has also embarked on an aggressive recruitment drive for digital skills, as its Group Head of Global Talent Acquisition Ashish Ashdir shared at a LinkedIn panel discussion last month.

“These are not skills of tomorrow, these are skills of today, and we need to prioritise them,” said Ashdir.

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