The 5% Club Case Study: Dan Rigby

This week’s case study focuses on Dan Rigby of EADS. Having joined as a graduate in 2011, Dan is now a project leader on the Airbus A320 program. Read on to learn more of Dan’s time as a graduate at one of The 5% Club’s founding members.

Dan Rigby EadsI joined the Airbus graduate scheme in 2011 after completing an engineering apprenticeship with the RAF, during which I worked on the Airbus Hawker program and completed a Business Studies Degree.

During my time as a lean graduate with a passion to improve and transform business processes, I had the privilege to work on various projects including the re-engineering of the A380 skin-to-rib process, the relocation of A350 wing equipping business and operational management of A320 during a production rate increase.

Over the course of the scheme I have witnessed the first flight of the A350, I have seen the introduction of Sharklet wing-tip and now the A320 NEO (New Engine Option).  I also had the opportunity for a meeting and guided tour at Number 10 Downing Street during a placement in EADS.

Today, with my graduate scheme behind me, I am a project leader and Executive Assistant to the head of the A320 program. I am responsible for delivering a fully integrated enablement solution ensuring that as a team we meet our cost, quality and delivery objectives through optimising processes and reducing all forms of waste.



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