Life at Airbus Group What it’s like working here

Ever wondered what makes a career at Airbus Group unique? Aside from the work you’ll be doing, it’s our approach to people that sets us apart.

Pushing boundaries together

Airbus Group is a global pioneer in aeronautics, space and defence-related services. Regardless of which Division of Airbus Group you work in, you’ll be part of our unique culture.

Meet our people

Airbus Group Faces

At Airbus Group, we take pride in the diversity of our employees, valuing the special experience and expertise that people from different backgrounds bring to our business. We thrive on the mix of ideas, backgrounds and knowledge created by such a combination of influences. At the same time, we encourage employees to develop their individual talents and experiences and to be proud of their roots.

What it’s like to work here

Airbus Group is a high-performance environment. But performance isn’t just about what you achieve: it’s also about how you achieve it.

All Airbus Group employees live by a set of guiding principles that enable everyone to share common values and behaviours. But 'shared' does not mean that everyone should be exactly the same.

Instead, we encourage individuality. We embrace diversity. We want people to bring their own style and contribute to the richness of our organisation. 

Drawn from more than 130 different nationalities, Airbus Group employees have drive, dynamism and creativity, plus an ability to transcend geographical and professional boundaries to work together on cutting-edge projects.

Discover our employees' stories in this section.

Our locations

Because we are the most international aerospace and defence company in the world, your next job opportunity at the Airbus Group could be around the corner or halfway around the world.

Global presence

With a workforce of more than 138,600 employees spanning over 130 nationalities, Airbus Group has its headquarters in Toulouse, France, with our main development and manufacturing facilities in France, Germany, Spain and the UK. We also have operations in the US, China, India, the Middle East and Japan and Asia.

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Be part of the team

The diversity of our talent drives innovation at Airbus Group, while inclusion is how we make sure everyone is a full-fledged member of team.

Airbus Group is only the success it is today because we have embraced diversity and worked together across cultures to develop our innovative products. Our workforce already spans four generations with more than 130 nationalities and over 20 languages spoken. Historically our headquarters and main manufacturing sites are based in Europe, however we also operate on a global scale. We strive to mirror the diversity of our customers and suppliers and endeavour that 20 percent of our workforce will come from outside Europe by 2020. Maintaining an inclusive working environment is key to the success and sustainability of our company.

Group wide, our diversity and inclusion networks manage topics such as work life balance, career development, integration of disabled employees and furthering gender balance. We also work proactively alongside a number of organisations to support our initiatives and best practice in order to create an inclusive working environment.

We are particularly committed to advancing women in the workplace and developing female talent. We are determined to increase the number of women we recruit to 25% and the number in senior management positions to 20% by 2020.

On March 9th, Airbus Group launched Balance for Business, the Group’s brand new cross-divisional, cross-departmental and transnational network to foster gender balance. Involving, in total over 2,000 employees, the network aims to spur the recognition and development of women across the Group by attracting, developing and retaining skilled women.

Women shape the future of the aerospace industry

Abbie Hutty is an award-winning engineer and advocate for the industry in the UK. “When I was a teenager, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life," she says. "Being an engineer didn’t even occur to me. Then I saw the Airbus Mars Express mission on the news and thought: if engineers make things that go into space, that sounds like a pretty cool thing to do."

Today, Abbie is developing the structure of the ExoMars Rover Vehicle at the Airbus Defence and Space site in Stevenage, UK. This forms part of a joint European Space Agency-Roscosmos mission, with touchdown of the rover on the Red Planet scheduled for January 2019. “I’m working on a Mars mission myself – the very thing that inspired me to become an engineer.”

Abbie Hutty is an award-winning Mars Rover engineer and advocate for the aerospace industry in the UK.

GEDC Airbus Diversity Award 2014

Marita Cheng, 2014 GEDC Diversity Award's winner

Airbus, the leading aircraft manufacturer, and the Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC), the leading international organisation for engineering education, announced Marita Cheng as the recipient of the 2014 GEDC Airbus Diversity Award at the World Engineering Education Forum (WEEF) in Dubai on 3rd December 2014. She receives 10 000 USD to support and develop her work in this field.

Click here to find out more about the GEDC Airbus Diversity Award.

Never stop growing

A desire to learn and grow is a trait shared by all Airbus Group employees.

Dedicated to learning

Employees at the three Airbus Group Divisions are given plenty of opportunities to progress through specialist training, regular reviews and tailored career paths. For example, at Airbus, 2.2 million hours are spent each year on training and activities aimed at maximizing skills and knowledge, with programmes covering everything from IT to leadership, languages to intercultural awareness.

Competency management

Each Division in the Group has a set of core competencies that define the requirements of each Airbus Group position. We use a trans-national and cross-functional competence management system to ensure consistency across the organisation.

The core competencies are used to define the requirements of every Airbus Group position, helping managers when they need to recruit or plan someone’s next career moves. They also clarify what is expected of each employee from a competence point of view.