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Team Lead Composite Materials and Processes

Netherlands, Zuid-Holland, The HagueAirborne Composites Automation

Job description

Be part of an 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 know-how – 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’s 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 passionate employees, split between our headquarter in The Hague Ypenburg (NL) and our site in Lambourn (UK).

What is your new job?

As the Team Lead Composite Materials and Processes at Airborne Composites Automation you are an expert in the field of composite materials and processes. You are able to transfer your expert knowledge to the whole business unit, and be the lead in the materials and processes team.

You are knowledgeable with current composite manufacturing processes and materials, and you keep up to date with the latest developments in the composites industry. You are able to use this knowledge for defining automated manufacturing processes of composite materials for our automated and digital solutions. You support business development management, projects, and business unit management with your expert insights.

You are able to take the technical lead in development and commercial projects, you can act as a lead engineer and a senior process engineer.

You are responsible for managing and developing the materials and processes team. You will coach, motivate, and give technical support to the team members make them better and more effective (process) engineers. It is estimated that the balance between engineering and managing is about 75% vs 25% respectively.

What are your responsibilities ?

Your daily tasks consist of:

Supporting business development, projects, and business unit management with expert insights on composite materials and processing

Contributing in projects as a (lead) engineer

Providing input for the resource planning

Managing and developing your team members

Keep yourself and your team up to date with the latest development in the composites industry

Ensure that the team follows the engineering procedures and harmonised ways of working

Reporting Lines and Interactions

You will be the line manager of the materials and processes team members, currently the team consists of 6 engineers. You will report to the Operations Manager of the business unit Airborne Composites Automation. You will work together with colleagues from the other engineering teams (Software, Mechanical and Automation), project managers, and business development.

Job requirements

Job Requirements

Education:   Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering or similar

Work experience:

  • Minimum of 5 years’ work experience in composite materials process engineering in an commercial production environment
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience in a leading role
  • Experience with having direct reports is an advantage


  • Broad composites manufacturing knowledge
  • Thermoplastic composites processing
  • Composite materials
  • Lean Six Sigma knowledge is an advantage
  • Industrial automation knowledge is an advantage
  • Proficient (technical) English
  • Good verbal and written communication


  • Teamwork - ownership – precision
  • Decision making, initiative, development of employees, organising, problem analysis.

What we offer

Working at Airborne International will give you the opportunity to develop your career by working on highly innovative projects.
We offer you a well rewarding job in an inspiring environment with like-minded and talented colleagues. You will become part of our inspiring 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 training, learning on the job and coaching.

Furthermore, we offer:

    • Good primary and secondary terms of employment
    • Generous annual leave of 32 days
    • Retirement Pension Plan
    • Ability to work from home and home-work allowance
    • An office that is easy to access by car and by public transport

A great opportunity to be part of an unique growth story!

Information & procedure

In case you would like to apply, please send in your application (motivation and resume) via the Apply here button.

Third party applications are not appreciated.