UK CAA Airspace Classification – Team Principal

Salary: Up to £70k depending on experience

Contract type: Permanent

Location: Gatwick but flexible working arrangements will be considered

We are the UK’s aviation regulator and recognised as a world leader in its field. Our activities are diverse, enabling the aviation industry to meet the highest safety standards and we pride ourselves on our ability to adapt to the constantly evolving aviation environment.

UK airspace has evolved in response to increasing demand from users and in particular the significant increase in demand from the general public for commercial air transport albeit in a piecemeal way. The CAA has worked alongside stakeholders to establish an Airspace Modernisation Strategy (AMS) which sets out a new shared objective between the CAA and the Department for Transport (DfT) for modernising airspace to deliver quicker, quieter and cleaner journeys and more capacity for the benefit of those who use and are affected by UK airspace.

Representing the Safety and Airspace Regulation Group, we are seeking a Team Principal to join our Future Airspace Team (FAT) at this exciting time within the UK airspace change programme.

The Role

You will provide a pivotal role by leading a team of technical experts responsible for shaping aspects of the future of UK airspace and air traffic management operating environments. Ensuring both international requirements and the objectives of the Airspace Modernisation Strategy are met, the team will provide affected stakeholders with support and guidance relating to the review and amendment of airspace blocks (within the UK) identified as operating sub-optimally for all users.

Your role will be to lead and manage the team in delivery of these aims. You will therefore: 

  • Establish and implement strategies for the efficient operation, seamless coordination and positive outcomes of the CAA airspace classification strategy’s portfolio of activity aimed to reduce unnecessary controlled airspace and increase airspace access.
  • Be responsible for the team management for delivery of the end-to-end project in delivering the airspace classification programme.
  • Contract manage short-term localized airspace and data specialists where required.
  • Facilitate determined classification changes through the amendment process ensuring engagement with relevant airspace control authorities and other airspace user stakeholders.
  • Ensure airspace specialist support for the Airspace Infringement groups.
  • Support and at times, deputise for the Manager of the FAT, fulfilling the role of head of section as required.

About You

Ideally, you’ll have experience in air traffic management and specifically air traffic control operations in UK airspace in the en-route, terminal and aerodrome environment. You will have a sound understanding of aircraft operations in both Controlled and Uncontrolled airspace. You’ll have a good knowledge of the CAA and UK aviation (both Commercial and General) and be able to reconcile the various demands for UK airspace against the operational needs of air traffic management including the requirements of Instrument Flight Procedures (IFP).

You must have sound interpersonal and communication skills as you’ll be required to establish personal credibility with technical specialists and develop constructive relationships. Your effective communication skills both written and oral will enable you to engage with partners at all levels throughout the CAA and externally.

You’ll have an innovative approach and be able to develop novel solutions, based on your sound knowledge and detailed understanding of ATM and aviation law principles. You’ll also have high levels of commitment, reliability and flexibility, while being a great teammate. You’ll need good time management and strong leadership skills to effectively lead a busy team in a pressured environment, therefore previous line management experience is essential.

Given the impact of Covid-19, it’s likely that you will work remotely to begin with as we plan for a return to work within the government guidelines.

What Can We Offer You?

You’ll contribute to a significant change in airspace history as you’ll work to change the way aspects of UK airspace operates. Working widely, you’ll seek to utilise airspace in the best possible way, enabling aviation traffic from drones to light aircraft to operate safely and cooperatively. Through your expertise and support from the wider team you’ll help to deliver a new process to enable eventual full integration of all airspace users.

Over time your team is likely to expand, so you’ll create and mould a team based around the skills needed to deliver on our portfolio of work. This is an exciting and unique time to join the FAT and see your expertise have a real impact on the future of aviation!

Working With Us

We offer a range of fantastic benefits such as flexible working arrangements, free onsite gym at Gatwick, discounted gym membership for London, 28 days annual leave, additional 5 days leave purchase scheme, a competitive pension scheme and much more! Wherever possible, we offer flexible and variable working hours to help our people effectively manage all areas of their lives. We are an equal opportunity employer and actively encourage applications from candidates of all backgrounds.

As a member of the Disability Confident scheme, applicants who meet the minimum criteria for a role with us will be guaranteed an interview. We use fair and inclusive selection approaches to hire the best person for the job based on merit alone. If you require an adjustment for any reason, please let us know. 

Closing Date: Tuesday 13th October 2020 

Interview Date: Late October 2020

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