EADS already counting its KC-X chickens?

Proposals for the KC-X contract are not due until July 8, contract award is not scheduled until October-November and the political fall-out no matter who wins hasn’t even begun to start.

But EADS North America may already be hiring production staff for the KC-45 tanker in anticipation of a contract award.

A job advertisement for an Air Vehicle Director posted on May 14 doesn’t specifically say it’s for KC-X. But the job description says it involves converting “a civil aircraft into a missionized military aircraft“. The job also will start at EADS NA’s headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, then shift permanently to Mobile, Alabama. If that’s not about KC-X, our friends at EADS have some very interesting explaining to do.

In case anybody wants to apply, here are the job duties:




·         Staff, lead and manage a robust Air Vehicle Team
·         Develop and deploy Air Vehicle management and engineering processes, procedures, techniques and tools to ensure comprehensive practices for the entire product life cycle
·         Advise senior management on progress, issues, and impediments to Air Vehicle development/production
·         Assist the Systems Engineering Integration and Test (SEIT) Team in the conduct of trade studies to define implementations and alternatives that account for all program variables
·         Anticipate program disruptive events and redeploy resources as necessary to minimize impact
·         Coordinate with other program organizations and ensure that the various organizations remain coordinated
·         Ensure that overall customer requirements are met within cost and schedule constraints

·         Establish, manage and coordinate a modification capability for the missionization production activities



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4 Responses to EADS already counting its KC-X chickens?

  1. Nicolas Cousineau 18 May, 2010 at 7:59 pm #

    Counting chicken before they hatch? Maybe… But I think they would be very late to wait for the selection to be made before having at least an idea of who is interested in the job, and who is interesting for the job…

  2. Andreas 19 May, 2010 at 10:53 am #

    It can take up to six month to have someone hired and in place, and that’s without security screenings. It is perfectly reasonable for EADS NA to look for someone now, they’d be stupid if they did not. unlike Boeing they presumably don’t have staff that can be re-assigned quickly.

    The last thing you want is to win a tender and then tell the agency that awarded it to you to call back in six months when you have a team to deal with it, thank you very much.

    When I led a winning tender team in a UK government contract, we had website addresses reserved, content written, staff standing by, everything to be able to start the next day.

  3. DonC 20 May, 2010 at 3:34 pm #

    I have similar comments as Andreas. It’s very common for aerospace/defense companies to advertise positions based on current pursuits or proposals. They typically include language like “Pending contract award or authority to proceed”.

  4. Cierra Moschetti 14 October, 2010 at 2:43 am #

    It outsourcing has grown tremendously in the past 10 years, first among large companies and now small to mid-size companies are jumping on board.

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