2007-10-15 - Airbus managementAirbus implements new organisation
Neue Struktur in Kraft gesetzt<br /> The Airbus top management team completed a series of large management briefing sessions at its major sites Toulouse, Hamburg, Filton and Gefafe and via world-wide video-conferences dedicated to present and explain the details of the fully integrated and trans-national "New Airbus" organization.
The new organization went live on 1st October and will be fully implemented before the end of the year. Airbus will now have only one single trans-national leader per function, who will be relying on all talents, wherever they are located. From now on and starting with the A350 programme, it will have truly integrated and harmonised processes, methods and tools throughout the company, based on best practice and expertise. The most significant step in this direction is the reduction of the former seven mostly national Centres of Excellence to only four totally trans-national entities. Furthermore, the new organisation is leaner and allows for the reduction of management layers. This will lead to fewer interfaces, clearer accountability and faster decision-making processes.
"The new leaner and more efficient organisation is a key contributor to the successful implementation of Power 8," said Fabrice Bregier, Airbus COO and in charge of the Power8 programme. Work on integrated platforms ensures a high level of collaborative work across all functions within Airbus involving from the start the relevant representatives of the same function from across the company as well as partners and suppliers. This concept is already in implementation for the A350, thus contributing to a more efficient and integrated way of working. Major changes are expected from the creation of a number of new transnational units in Engineering, Manufacturing and Programmes enhancing the company's ability to act as aircraft architect at design, industrialization and supply chain levels.