Our group manages the documentation and processes required to execute the development of our remarkable aircraft programs through the 7 development phases, from Conceptual Definition through Testing, Certification and Entry-into-Service. We also give access to the BES to suppliers so they can access engineering specifications and standards in order to deliver parts to Bombardier.
In 2011, I was assigned to the C Series program as BES Program Integration Lead and working side-by-side with the Projects team I learned a lot! I was able to fully appreciate the technical challenges of the various work packages and see first-hand how the system’s phases and milestones were reached and processes were implemented. Once the C Series aircraft was delivered in 2016, I went back to support and lead initiatives within our group.
Currently we’re revamping BES to become a new Product Development System (PDS) which will encompass more than the engineering function. It’s going to be exciting to see how a new modern system provides future development programs with the information they need. Of course, the current system still needs to be maintained so I continue to be involved in many aspects, including access issues to the engineering material for our suppliers.
What I have learned…
1- Get involved with as many initiatives as you can handle
One of the things that I learned is that being in a team that covers a large scope has allowed me to be involved at different stages of product development. There’s always a new challenge and I was never bored. So, in that sense, I would say to get involved with as many initiatives as you can handle. It will provide you with exposure to various teams and different ways to use your skills.
2- Be flexible
It’s also important to be flexible and embrace change. This has helped me a lot in my career.
3- Be prepared to fail
No matter what, the reality is things do not always go as planned. Learning from those moments was important to me…it was a great time to reflect and realize things I didn’t know about myself. With failure, you gain experience and subsequently future success.
4- Work hard
I learned that working hard and providing a quality output every day is important…and it pays off in the end.
5- Take calculated risks
Hesitation is not always good. If you see an opportunity to execute a vision or an idea, don’t second guess yourself, think it through carefully and make an informed decision. I mean, everything in life contains an inherent level of risk. Be ready to defend your decision and deal with other points of view. I know it’s easier said than done but the ability to make decisions is very important.
6- Foster relationships with your colleagues
Finally, I learned that having a good relationship with your colleagues is key to achieve common goals. Listening to what people have to say and understanding their point of view is key to build a way forward.
I have to say that throughout the years, I’ve become more and more hooked on aviation! Our products are amazing. Just to see these aircraft fly after so much work was put into designing them and building them is an outcome of human ingenuity. I feel proud to be part of this legacy and providing the ability for people around the planet to go where they need to be. To see their loved ones, close a deal or simply to see the world…