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Junior Commercial Project Engineer

United Kingdom, , LambournAirborne UK

Job description

Be part of a unique growth story!

Join us to help build the leading advanced composites automation and digital manufacturing company. Airborne is a technology leader in advanced composites, specialised in the industrialisation of engineering and manufacturing of durable fibre reinforced composites for Space, Aeronautics, Transport and Marine industries. Via Airborne’s unique combination of skills: our deep and wide composites, software engineering and mechatronics knowledge – we enable our customers to unlock their full potential in digital manufacturing growth and create a competitive advantage. We are agile, flexible and think like a start-up. This nimble approach is challenging for many incumbent companies—but it is at the heart of how we think to build winning positions by developing integrated, automated, and connected manufacturing solutions for the composite industry.

Together we are a dynamic group of 135 highly educated and enthusiastic employees, split between our headquarter in The Hague Ypenburg (NL) and our site in Lambourn (UK).

What is your new job?

As Airborne’s Junior Commercial Project Engineer, you will have the opportunity to develop your technical, commercial and managerial skills whilst also having the opportunity to network with senior management across multiple industries to help rapidly advance your career. The role combines business development, project management and engineering skills, and gives the opportunity to help shape the future of mobility by supporting businesses in developing their vehicles, whilst developing the pipeline of work for Airborne.

You are responsible for:

  • Building relationships and trust with customers to build pipeline of return work, including parts production and automation.
  • Supporting development of project scopes with internal and external stakeholders, and generate proposals.
  • Lead composites automation and digitalisation consultancy projects including:
    • Project planning and communication
    • Delegation to team to ensure successful outcomes.
    • Changes in scope and budget as needed throughout the project
  • Undertake technical activities (training and support will be provided) including:
    • Value Stream Mapping
    • Cost modelling
    • Matching gaps/opportunities with Airborne products
    • Proposing materials and processes to solve customer needs
    • Working with suppliers and partners to develop solution where Airborne doesn’t have suitable products.
    • Report writing and presenting conclusions
  • Act as voice of the customer on engineering projects leading on from consultancy.
  • Support consultancy team in administrative tasks include quote management and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems (Salesforce)
  • Support commercial team in developing pipeline within target markets (Aero, Defence, Automotive, Micromobility) through market research and analysis.
  • Create sales pipeline for consultancy, including creating leads, prospects, building opportunities and closing sales within remit defined by go to market plan.
  • Be involved in development of commercial strategy and go to market plans
  • Networking and thought leadership
    • Maintain and expand external network (know and be known)
    • Visit customers and trade shows (external visibility)
    • Undertake PR and marketing activities as required according to the marketing plan
    • Preparation of presentations for conferences and articles for industry magazines
    • Build LinkedIn network personally and for company by generating relevant and interesting content.

Scope & Relationships:

  • Reports to Business Development Manager Airborne UK
  • Close interaction with other teams across the Airborne group in the UK and the Netherlands
  • Interaction with General Manager AUK, Commercial Director and Senior engineers for technical guidance and development
  • Interaction with Management, other commercial team members, project stakeholders, clients at all levels, internal relationships, suppliers, external partners.

Job requirements


  • At least a Bachelors in Mechanical, Aerospace or Materials Engineering or other relevant degree / qualification

Work experience

  • No experience necessary. Role is aimed at early stage careers to support professional development. Graduate to 3 years’ experience in a related engineering, consultancy or business field.
  • Knowledge of composite materials, process and manufacturing engineering and/or automation a bonus
  • Experience in an industrial environment in a technical or commercial role desirable but not mandatory


  • Demonstrable communication skills and leadership of teams in complex scenarios
  • Comfortable in uncertain, rapidly developing and ambiguous situations and being able to process and utilise potentially conflicting information from multiple sources.
  • Interest in commercial activities, relationship building, networking and public speaking.
  • Ability to manage internal stakeholders at all levels to achieve objectives.


  • UK / EU driving license
  • Right to work in UK required.

What we offer

Working as a junior commercial project engineer at Airborne will give you the opportunity to rapidly develop your career and skills in engineering and business development, build your network and travel the world.

We offer you a rewarding job in an inspiring environment with like-minded and talented colleagues. You will become part of our agile and exciting company where innovation, quality and creativity are key to meet our company goals.

We will give you the opportunity for personal and professional growth, by additional training, on the job training and coaching. This additional training includes learning from experts within engineering fields including composite design, stressing, materials and process and automation engineering, project management training and mentoring from highly experienced sales and business development professionals, tailored to your career goals.
Furthermore, we offer:

  • Opportunities to travel and work internationally
  • Support in working towards Engineering Chartership
  • Retirement Pension Plan
  • Hybrid working conditions, with office commutable from major cities including:
o London
o Bristol
o Bath
o Southampton
  • Sociable work environment with regular company parties
  • Competitive salary and bonus scheme
  • 25 days annual leave
  • Generous benefits package including:

o Pension plan
o Private health insurance
o Pension plan
o 13 weeks paid sickness leave

o Income protection for sickness or injury at 75% of salary

o Death in service (3x salary)

Information & procedure

If you would like to apply, please send in your application via the Apply here button.

Third party applications are not appreciated.