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Jens Gralfs

“My broad technical expertise in the aviation sector, combined with a strategic mindset, make me a highly valued consultant for future topics. I can draw on many years of experience in leading large and international teams and I know exactly which decisions have to be made in order to implement visions.”


Qualification: Graduate Engineer (Mechanical Engineering)

Industries: Aerospace

For >30 years, Jens Gralfs has been keeping an eye on the future of aviation. During his career in leading positions at Airbus, he has been responsible for national and international research and development of new technologies for aircraft assembly and the industrial development of composites. He now brings his extensive experience to bear in consulting and assessment projects for aviation and new technologies.


  • 30 years of management experience in the international aircraft industry
  • Realisation and development of the industrial systems of several Airbus aircraft programmes
  • Leadership and development of large international teams
  • Development of a strategy for future and climate-neutral flying

Main areas of work

  • Strategy development
  • Research and development
  • Aircraft programme development and certification
  • Project management, gold certified
  • international team management

Professional background

  • VP Research and Technology, Member of the extended management board Airbus GmbH
  • Chief Industrial Architect for all research and development programmes
  • Head of Manufacturing Engineering for all 10 European Airbus assembly sites
  • Realisation of the A 350 assembly lines with an international team (600 employees)

In parallel

  • Expert for certification, flight tests and inspection of CS 23 aircraft

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