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Manager, Aircraft Programs - Technical - Montreal - 20587

Location: DORVAL, QC, Canada
Posting Start Date: Jun 14, 2018
Posting End Date: Jun 28, 2018


Job Description


Are you passionate about reaching new heights, teamwork and making a meaningful contribution? Do you picture yourself as a valued member of an industry-leading organization? If you answered yes to these questions, Air Canada is seeking enthusiastic individuals to join the diverse and vibrant team working together to lead the growth and expansion of Canada’s flag carrier.

The Manager Aircraft Programs, Technical will support the Senior Aircraft Programs Manager, Technical with major fleet renewal programs including used aircraft introductions, returns and sales at Air Canada and its affiliates. Additionally, the successful candidate will be charged with the coordination of lessor technical inspections, audits, including aircraft lease reporting requirements and any other covenants to Aircraft Leases, from a technical perspective. The role is to manage and coordinate technical aspects of aircraft programs working with legal, maintenance, commercial and finance departments, as well as relevant third parties, to ensure timely accomplishment of project deliverables related to Aircraft Programs.

Program Management

  • Develop aircraft transition programs with program scope, determination of milestones, identification of critical paths and establishment of timelines for aircraft introductions, returns and sales programs 
  • Identify all contractual milestones and deliverables for existing aircraft
  • Develop financial forecast based on contractual obligations for exiting aircraft program budgets
  • Develop consultant resource requirements and establish a database of qualified resources to support aircraft introductions, returns and sales programs
  • Monitor consulting resources with the accomplishment project objectives within scheduled timelines
  • Manage the operating fleet modifications programs, working with OEM’s on modification lead times for service bulletins, kits and parts.
  • Oversee the execution of the overall integrated fleet renewal plan for Air Canada and its regional carriers.
  • Manage used aircraft deliveries and returns on time and within budget, lead inspection of aircraft at various stages of negotiation with lessors, negotiate with lessors’ technical representatives and resolve all issues which arise in the interpretation of the relevant aircraft lease documentation
  • Monitor and report on progress related to programs and achieving targets
  • Ensure integration and alignment of cross-functional teams
  • Ensure proactive escalation to remove obstacles and prevent adverse consequences such as significant delays or unexpected cost overruns

  • Review and lead discussions and negotiations with aircraft lessors on technical aspects of aircraft leases, including delivery and return conditions and all maintenance to be performed during the term of the lease; documents to be reviewed will include letters of intent and leases for aircraft being added to the fleet, lease extensions and amendments and sale lease/backs
  • Coordinate communications between Maintenance and Aircraft Programs for cost saving opportunities for major maintenance events related to airframe and engines based on lease agreement return conditions and end of lease financial adjustments
  • Oversee aircraft and engine evaluations and provide technical recommendations
  • Act as the subject matter expert for technical recommendations in relation to lease amendment conditions
  • Maintain lessor technical client relationships with lessors, MROs, OEMs and other key suppliers
  • Generate technical specifications documentation packages for existing aircraft
  • Lead and Coordinate aircraft and engine lease activities to meet commercial objectives
  • Act on behalf of the Manager when required and represent Aircraft Programs at internal and external meetings
  • Prepare and review digital packages for Commercial & Marketing aircraft campaigns to support aircraft sourcing activities 
  • Monitor technical covenants to the Aircraft Leases 
  • Point of contact for OEM Modification programs

Aircraft Reporting
  • Govern the provision of aircraft and engine reports to meet the Lessor requirements
  • Develop and Manage the annual aircraft Lessor audits and reporting process for on-going aircraft maintenance, modification, airworthiness changes and ad hoc data.
  • Manage the collation of current and projected aircraft maintenance status for aircraft lease extensions, review lease return conditions and validate that minimum return conditions and other obligations of the Lease under a technical nature continue to be met
  • Obtain and analyze current and projected aircraft maintenance status for aircraft lease extensions; review lease return conditions and propose revisions as appropriate for lease extensions; calculate end of lease return costs to meet minimum return conditions and end of lease maintenance adjustments
  • Set out with the regional carrier’s technical groups an established standard of reporting



  • Degree or Diploma in Project Management, Aviation Management or Technical Aircraft Management, and/or demonstrated with a minimum of ten (10) years’ experience in the airline or related industries 
  • Broad knowledge of aircraft, maintenance, record keeping and regulatory requirements 
  • Aircraft technical background
  • Strong technical background in aircraft systems, aircraft maintenance programs and operations
  • Strong Project Management skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and experience in coordinating internal stakeholders
  • Effective communicator with excellent written and oral presentation skills
  • Team player with demonstrated ability for achievement in a challenging, high paced environment
  • High degree of self-discipline, strong ability for self-directed accomplishment of project priorities
  • Ability to meet deadlines, work under pressure, and/or multiple work demands, and shift priorities as required
  • Well-developed knowledge of applicable safety, environmental and regulatory requirements policies and standards
  • Excellent analytical abilities and computer skills (Word, Excel and Outlook)
  • Strong understanding of lease arrangements
  • Self-starter with solid business acumen, able to work under minimal supervision
  • Willingness to travel occasionally

Based on equal qualifications, preference will be given to bilingual candidates. 

At Air Canada, we want to fly higher when it comes to employment equity. We, therefore, encourage applications from Aboriginal peoples, women, members of a visible minority and persons with a disability.

Air Canada thanks all candidates for their interest; however only those selected to continue in the process will be contacted.

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