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Head of Flight Systems Production



Posted on Thursday, May 30, 2024
Destinus is a leading innovator in aerospace technology, dedicated to advancing the future of flight systems. We are currently seeking an experienced and dynamic individual to lead our new production team in Hengelo, focusing on the manufacturing of our novel turbojet flight vehicle.

Job Overview:

The Head of Flight Systems Production will be responsible for establishing and leading a production unit for the manufacturing of our novel turbojet flight vehicle. This includes overseeing the entire setup process from scratch, including team assembly, site selection, equipment procurement, and process development. The ideal candidate will have substantial experience in managing small to medium-scale production teams (up to 100 people), particularly in the field of unmanned aerial vehicles assembly, metal fabrication or machinery manufacturing.


  • Assemble and lead a production team of up to 100 employees.
  • Foster a collaborative and efficient work environment.
  • Provide mentorship and training to team members.
  • Select and lease suitable production facilities in Hengelo.
  • Manage resources, including labor, materials and equipment to maximise productivity..
  • Develop and implement lean and continuous improvement principles to enhance efficiency in production processes.
  • Manage day-to-day production operations to ensure timely and quality output.
  • Develop and monitor production schedules.
  • Oversee inventory levels to ensure availability of necessary components without overstoking.
  • Implement and oversee quality control procedures.
  • Create detailed technological process maps.
  • Optimize production workflows to enhance efficiency and reduce costs.
  • Ensure compliance with relevant regulations, including military, security, environmental and industry standards.
  • Implement and maintain safety protocols to protect employees and prevent accidents.
  • Plan and execute the setup of the production line within the stipulated time frame.
  • Coordinate with other departments (e.g., R&D, procurement) to ensure smooth operation.
  • Handle budget management and resource allocation.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Manufacturing, Industrial Management, or a related field. A Master’s degree is preferred.
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in production management, specifically in aeronautical assemblies, metal fabrication or machinery manufacturing.
  • Proven experience in setting up and managing production facilities from scratch.
  • Strong leadership skills with a track record of successfully managing teams of up to 100 people.
  • In-depth knowledge of production processes, quality control, and safety standards.
  • Excellent project management skills.
  • Strong problem-solving abilities and attention to detail.
  • Proficiency in relevant software tools (e.g., CAD, ERP systems).

Personal Attributes:

  • Self-motivated and goal-oriented.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines.Innovative mindset with a focus on continuous improvement


What We Offer:

  • Competitive salary and benefits package.
  • Opportunity to lead a pioneering project in flight system technology.
  • Collaborative and innovative work environment.
  • Professional development and growth opportunities.

Destinus is an equal opportunity employer: we value diversity in our companies and our teams. We do not discriminate based on age, race, religion, colour, country of origin, gender, sexual orientation, or disability status