Digitalisation in the Aerospace sector

Digitalisation in the Aerospace sector

By Jerome Bull

Whilst data has been used as the basis for productivity gains across industry for decades, the advent of new digitalisation technologies is now being talked about as the basis for a 4th industrial revolution. This is particularly relevant to the aerospace sector where companies are increasingly using digitally-generated information to add value to customer propositions.

Wickland Westcott recently worked with two global original equipment manufacturers (OEMS) supplying aircraft systems and through-life-support to airlines worldwide. Both companies were seeking senior people to lead their technical services organisations, helping them harness the value of performance data generated in-service across their entire fleet and asset base. With the application of the right analytics to evaluate ‘big data’, OEMs are able to partner much more closely with customers to optimise the performance of critical systems, impacting on the airline’s daily operations and, ultimately, passenger experience. The data is used to inform not only long-term systems design and major overhaul decisions but, increasingly, to anticipate and pre-empt faults through more immediate line maintenance.

Our search focused on the identification of senior leaders working in maintenance environments for airline engineering services organisations and other commercial aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul companies (MROs). The core requirement was for candidates who could work hand-in-hand with high profile international airlines, translating digitally-generated data into operational requirements whilst leading geographically-dispersed teams in the delivery of best-in-class line maintenance support. Both assignments yielded successful appointments, enabling these companies to pursue their mission to build closer, more strategic relationships with their customers in a highly competitive market.

The Executive Search industry is increasingly alive to the value of offering coaching, assessment and development services alongside their traditional talent-finding capabilities. Wickland Westcott has been providing a fully integrated leadership service for nearly 40 years. In-house occupational psychologists work alongside market-focussed Search professionals to deliver exceptional client service and satisfaction. With extensive experience at ‘C Suite’ level, and half of our top 20 client list featuring in the FTSE 250/NYSE, Wickland Westcott has a clear picture of what makes for leadership success.

For more information on how to source the best leadership talent to grow your business, please contact Jerome Bull, Head of Industry Practice on 01625 508100 or email him at

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