Airbus is seeking a candidate to lead its future projects initiative for commercial aircraft development.

Its centre of competence for aircraft architecture is looking to recruit an “inspirational” leader, to be based in Toulouse, for the future projects office.

“For the first time in 50 years, Airbus has no major ongoing aircraft development,” says the airframer. “But [it] is actively preparing for the next one.”

Airbus states that the role will involve defining top-level technical objectives and requirements to enable “robust launch of a new project”, and organising the activities necessary to meet aircraft design needs throughout the feasibility phase.

This feasibility phase – which covers the initial “maturity gate” points from MG1 to MG3 – follows the confirmation that there is a requirement for the aircraft in the market sector, and involves developing the basic architecture to meet this demand, including selection of possible technologies and exploration of industrial scenarios, ahead of the concept phase.

Airbus says the future projects leader would also monitor and analyse competing products and projects and support the airframer’s programmes and marketing sides.

“The company is concentrated on delivering an unprecedented number of aircraft through its current operational system,” adds Airbus.

“But it is also setting the foundation of a next chapter, with the ambition to provide the world with sustainable aviation.”

Airbus chief Guillaume Faury recently outlined the potential timing of a new single-aisle programme to FlightGlobal, stating that launch in the second half of the 2020s, for service entry in the 2030s, was feasible.