Lead Certification Engineer

Job ID: 2542242

Fort Worth (USA)

As an international brand company with German roots, we at RECARO pursue the vision of improving the performance of people in motion like no other. In keeping with our tradition, Safety, Quality, and Ingenious Design are at the core of all that we do. This allows us to exceed the expectations of our customers every day and make performance something you can feel: Feel Performance.

In addition to RECARO Holding and RECARO Child Safety, our corporate group also includes RECARO Aircraft Seating headquartered in Schwäbisch Hall. We develop, produce, and market innovative seats for economy and business class, which meet the highest standards when it comes to comfort, lightweight construction, and design. As an internationally renowned brand, we are one of the world’s three largest suppliers of aircraft seats with our premium products. To enhance our team, we are looking to fill the following position at our site in Fort Worth at the earliest possible date:

Lead Certification Engineer


The Certification Team Lead is responsible for providing technically leading internal team members and co-ordinate with installers, customers, suppliers, FAA , EASA and designees to research, plan and execute large and small scale TSO/ETSO certification programs for RECARO seating products.


  • Lead a team of assigned Certification Engineers to develop and execute certification programs, while following company’s internal processes.
  • Advanced knowledge of applicable CFR and CS 21, 23 and 25 regulations.
  • Ability to work alone with Authorized designees, without supervision in developing cert basis and certification plans.
  • Interface with regulatory agencies (FAA/EASA/Other) for coordination and approvals.
  • Liaison with airlines, FAA/EASA and suppliers to ensure timely project completion.
  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date certification records.
  • Develop tools, as necessary, to track deliverables, testing, compliance findings, KPIs to assure on-time completion of the project.
  • Reduce risks on programs by providing Risk Management reviews and surfacing issues real-time and providing risk assessment impact.
  • Technically coordinate testing and adherence to schedule to support final certification.
  • Aid in developing standardization of certification procedures.
  • Liaison with industry working group for rule making.
  • Harmonize with Global Testing and Airworthiness teams to support International Certification Strategy.
  • Assist Manager in performance appraisal of assigned team.
  • Train / Mentor new engineers in compliance finding.
  • Approval of TSO/ETSO compliance documents.
  • Track and maintain workload for assigned team of certification engineers.
  • Support quoting and work scope for new business and forecast capacity needs.
  • Train and develop independent threshold for reporting Certification Engineers.


  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering is required preferably in Aerospace / Mechanical / other engineering with at least 8 years’ experience in aircraft interior products or a Master’s degree preferably in Aerospace / Mechanical / other engineering with at least 6 years’ experience in aircraft interior products.
  • The position requires an in depth understanding of FAA / EASA Part 21, Part 25 Certification procedures for commercial aircraft seats, including the (E)TSO (Technical Standard Order) process.
  • Strong Project Management skills related to certification with the ability to establish track and maintain schedules from multiple suppliers or on multiple projects.
  • Risk Management skills; ability to review current issues/program status and identify and manage project risks. Apply expertise in certification and testing in problem solving.
  • Exceptional organizational skills, self-motivation, a sense of urgency and sensitivity to deadlines, and detail-oriented style are required.
  • Ability to work within and lead teams, when required.
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills is required.
  • Have the ability to work with both domestic and international regulatory compliance offices and form good working relationships.
  • Keep up-to-date with Industry guidance and develop new means of compliance, when applicable.
  • Ability to work independently and track multiple projects is required.
  • Prior experience as a team lead or technical leadership is preferred.
  • Experience in CATIA V4 or V5 or a similar program is desired.
  • Experience in MS OFFICE products is a must.
  • Experience in using of matrix parts lists with high variant diversity in SAP is desired.

You will be a perfect fit for our team if you are enthusiastic about innovative products, enjoy setting ambitious goals, love taking on responsibility, are motivated by an environment of appreciative, trusting collaboration, and have a strong creative drive. In return, we promise to give you the freedom to develop your potential with individual development opportunities and will provide you with the necessary competencies to increase your personal responsibility so that you can face the future together with RECARO.

Our recruiting team looks forward to receiving your application. Your personal information will be kept confidential. We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit and business needs.