Kai Schmidt


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Kai is an experienced HR Business Partner, who set up an HR Department including all processes and tools in an international environment for a second time.

He was born and raised right in the middle of Germany, in Muehlhausen. He started his career as an Officer cadet in the German Army ca. 20 years ago. He obtained his Master Degree in “Educational Science, Psychology and People Development” at the University of the German Armed Forces in Munich where he served as “Recruiting and Consulting Specialist” at the Central HR-office of the German Armed Forces in Cologne for 4 years.

In 2009, Kai joint EADS (today Airbus) as HR Manager Operations, responsible for recruiting, career development, training, legal issues and organizational changes for departments in the Defence Business.

After two years Kai became Head of Human Resources & Site Manager at SIGNALIS (German – French Airbus subsidiary for Vessel Tracking and Coastal Surveillance Systems) in Munich, Bremen and Paris. He built up the HR department from scratch and was responsible for all transnational HR topics. For this challenge he hired a graduated HR apprentice, after he made several good experiences with the German apprenticeship program.

After 3 years Kai was asked to serve as Executive Assistant to Head of Human Resources within Airbus Defence and Space in Ottobrunn, south of Munich. At this time Airbus was merging 3 Divisions (Defence, Space and Airbus Military).

Due to these previous engagements and experiences Kai was appointed HR Director Airbus OneWeb Satellites in May 2016. He started HR from scratch again. Today he is managing all key HR processes in France and US (Strategic Resource Planning – Recruitment – Induction / Talent Management and Succession Planning / Competence Management – People Development – Training / Payroll / Communication / Social Policies and Industrial Relations / Compensation and Benefits, etc.). He ensures that business operations are supported by HR as a fully integrated Business Partner and contributes with his team to company competitiveness by making OneWeb Satellites a global employer of choice as well as an innovative and engaging place to work.

The support for the German/Swiss apprenticeship program - called the Space Coast Consortium Apprenticeship & Workforce Initiative for the Space Coast aerospace, aviation, aircraft and defense companies – is a matter of heart for Kai. And for sure those programs are extremely important to our company to help increase awareness of manufacturing to local students who wish to learn more about future career choices in manufacturing and to gain practical hands-on skills at our company. It fits also perfectly into OneWeb’s mission: “Connecting every unconnected school in the world by 2022”.