UK CAA – Innovation Services Specialist

Salary: Up to £50,000 per annum depending on experience

Contract type: Permanent

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.

The Future Flight Challenge (FFC) will enable the UK to build, use and export new, greener ways of flying through advances in electric and autonomous flight technology. The FFC programme is funded by £125 million from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund which is expected to be matched by up to £175 million from industry. To find out more click here

We are looking for someone to join our Innovation team to support the delivery of the CAA’s response to the FFC through your contribution of sophisticated knowledge, experience, advice and specialist expertise.

The Role

You’ll act as a case officer guiding and supporting innovators towards regulatory readiness, guiding innovators with the aim of sharing knowledge and helping to recommend future regulatory frameworks.

You will help have a say in the UK leading a new revolution in aviation by bringing together technologies in electrification, digitisation and autonomy to build new modes of air travel and capability.

Core Accountabilities will include:

  • Plan roadmaps in conjunction with innovators to achieve the objectives of the FFC
  • Provide expert advice and guidance on regulatory expectations to maintain safety, security and consumer protection
  • Facilitate discussions and drive resolutions between industry and regulatory teams in order to gain regulatory approval for the trial of innovative solutions
  • Facilitate tests in a Sandbox environment to build the evidence supporting regulatory approvals for trials
  • Contribute to crafting regulatory principles, standard scenarios and templates

About You

Expertise in an aviation specialism like airspace, airworthiness, air traffic management, artificial intelligence, new propulsion technologies, UAS, software development or flight operations would be desirable.

We want to hear from you if you have an interest in technology and innovation in areas such as airspace integration, urban air mobility, electrification and battery technologies and digitisation and automation.

Applying a risk-based and principles-led approach where there are currently no standards or regulations will be essential.

Planning and prioritising cases across multiple partners, being able to understand challenges with new aviation technologies and be flexible and adaptable in your approach are some of the key skills you’ll need.

What Can We Offer You?

You’ll be working with a team of dedicated specialists with a wide range of experience and skills across the aviation and innovation arenas. We are breaking new ground in the ways we work and have a dynamic and pioneering approach to addressing the challenges facing us.

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.

Additional Information

This job will require travel to Innovators that could be located around the UK and internationally when travel restrictions have been lifted and it is safe to do so.

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.

Closing Date: 2nd October 2020

Interview Dates: Week commencing 5th October 2020

Please note that due to the current Covid-19 situation, all interviews will be conducted online by video conference using Microsoft Teams.