Development Manager (d/f/m) for Optical Instruments

Munich, Germany, Airbus [10451122 CS EN EXT 2]

Field(s) of expertise
Project and Service Management
Job type

About this job

A vacancy for a Development Manager (d/f/m) for Optical Instruments has arisen within Airbus Defence and Space in Ottobrunn.

The successful applicant will join “Optical Instruments System Architecture & Development”.

Airbus Space Systems is the No. 1 space industrial player in Europe, thanks to our world-class teams and their strong engagement.

Our portfolio is truly inspiring: We help our partners go to Moon and Mars; around the world our satellites keep people connected and protected; our explorations to the far ends of our solar system help us to understand the origins of life.

The Airbus transnational Optical Instruments team develops and manufactures state-of-the-art spaceborne cameras, spectrometers, science payloads and lidars for scientific as well as operational applications.

Within this highly fascinating surrounding, we are looking for a Development Manager (d/f/m) for Optical Instruments.

What do we offer:

  • Challenging tasks with unique services and products
  • Pleasant working atmosphere in a professional and international work environment
  • Exciting development opportunities and perspectives
  • Extensive company training offers (eLearning and Classroom Trainings)
  • Flexible working hours
  • Compatibility of work and family life
  • Attractive remuneration
  • Company Pension Scheme
  • Good connections to public transport and local parking facilities
  • Catering facilities on site



  • Elaborate and maintain the Optical Instrument Project development plan
  • Ensure a pro-actively adaptation of the development activities, including re-arrangement of the development logic or activities, to maintain the Instrument on-time delivery in spite of development issues
  • Maintain the coherency between the suppliers contracts and the Instrument development plan and schedule
  • Maintain the Instrument Project schedule
  • Maintain the TRL (Technology Readiness Level) overview of the Instrument design, and ensures the coherency of the technology development plan (including at suppliers)

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.


  • You are educated to a Master’s degree in Physics, Mechanical, Electrical or Optical Engineering, or equivalent
  • You have already developed or managed Space projects or large and complex industrial projects
  • You have gained experienced in subcontractors management in technology and development programs
  • You have already shown your experience in Project Management
  • You have shown your intercultural competence as well as the ability to work in cross-functional teams
  • You do have a team-oriented way of working and good communication skills
  • You have a high degree of initiative, commitment and self-motivation
  • You have a customer-oriented and solution-oriented way of working
  • You have already shown your conflict management skills
  • Upon that, you stand out due to your analytical and interdisciplinary mindset
  • You know about product assurance principles and are aware of appropriate standards for space, ESA, ECSS, DSCC, MIL, etc.
  • You are familiar with Quality Systems ISO 9001
  • You are fluent in English and German

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