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Innovation and Technology Senior Manager 


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RUAG Space is part of RUAG International. The company focuses on the aerospace industry and employs around 6’000 employees. RUAG Space is the leading supplier of products for the space industry in Europe. Three product groups, six countries, one team: Electronics, Spacecraft and Launchers are part of our product portfolio. In addition to Switzerland - which is RUAG Space's headquarters - we are also represented in Sweden, Austria, Finland, Germany and the USA. We develop, produce and test subsystems and equipment for use in space. Experience, outstanding reliability, customer focus and a comprehensive, clearly structured product portfolio all make RUAG Space the partner of choice for manufacturers of satellites and launchers across the globe. We set trends and stand for innovation - embodied by numerous projects in the production of individual and sophisticated structures, mechanisms and launch vehicles.


Are you a trained innovator who wants to push the innovation beyond the limits in Space? Then we are looking for you. 

For the position of the Innovation and Technology Senior Manager we are seeking a person who boosts the innovation culture of RUAG Space and proactively defines measures to increase the innovation process in the company. You will ensure the innovation process by providing innovation training, supporting teams during innovation sessions, and pushing for innovations within the engineering process. You will scan the market for innovations, technologies and processes which can improve the competitiveness in the future and support the technical teams with the evaluation and introduction of new technologies. 


Your tasks within this interesting challenge are:


You drive the innovation culture in the company 

  • Define and prepares the innovation and ideation tools and trainings 
    • Align the innovation and ideation tools and methods internally and agrees the standards to be used 
    • Prepare and maintains the training material 
    • Introduce and train the tools to be used 
  • Lead innovation and ideation trainings 
  • Lead innovation incubation workshops 
  • Support teams during concept definition with innovation and ideation tools and methods 
  • Develop competences at the different sites which locally can support the teams with innovation tools and methods 
  • Prepare, lead and/or support internal technical reviews 
  • Review technical concepts and solutions with the support of experts, and provide feedback on technical maturity 
  • Upon request form internal customers, screen the market for new products, processes and technologies  
  • Provide information on new products, processes and technologies to the engineering directorates  
  • Support the engineering directorates with the evaluation of new products, processes and technologies 
  • Proactively communicate and align with the adjacent Engineering and Subsystem departments for best practice and synergies  


You bring the following skills with you:


Knowlege and experiences

  • Proven expertise and track record with innovation tools and methods in industrial applications 

  • Broad engineering background in Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering 

  • Broad understanding, competence and experience in Engineering processes, tools, interfaces, and methodologies  

  • Excellent communication and coaching skills 


Behavioral competencies

  • Solution driven, willing to make a difference, strong customer experience thinking  

  • Strong motivator with high energy level and persistence to overachieve goals 

  • Open-minded, strong communicator and networker, willingly involves others and shares information 

  • Logic and concise thinker, capable of finding simple solutions for complex problems without oversimplifying 

  • High stress resistance and perseverance, able to keep structured and prioritize in a complex environment 


How to apply?

Hope we sparked your interest in this exciting position! We look forward to receiving your online application as soon as possible. 

For questions regarding this position, please contact: Mathias Burkhalter, Director Innovation and Systems Management, mathias.burkhalter@ruag.com


Disclamer: RUAG International is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.



Zürich, ZH, CH

Job Experience Level:  Professionals
Job Category/Job Family:  Engineering

RUAG International is a Swiss technology group focusing on the aerospace industry. Based in Zurich (Switzerland) and with production sites in 14 countries, the company is divided into four divisions: Space, Aerostructures, MRO International and Ammotec. With its strategic focus on the Aerospace business unit, the company will consist of the two divisions Aerostructures and Space in the medium term. RUAG Space is Europe's leading supplier of products used in the aerospace industry. RUAG Aerostructures is a global first-tier supplier in aircraft structure construction. RUAG International employs around 6’000 people, two thirds of whom work abroad. 

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