UAS Airworthiness Policy Specialist – Avionics UK

Location: Gatwick, GB

Company: Civil Aviation Authority

Salary: Up to £55,000 dependent on experience

Contract type: Full time, 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 Role

As a UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) Policy Specialist, with a technical focus on Avionics, it will be your role to act as the divisions subject matter authority in this critical area. In this role you will not only look after a stable of your own policy development projects but also be asked to advise, and provide expertise to, the wider UAS Policy team. This is to ensure that the team functions as a unit and is therefore able to meet its obligations to the public as well as our industrial, governmental, legal and internal partners.

The UAS sector is a novel and exciting industry to be a part of. Its growth is fast paced, and innovation comes thick and fast. Functionally, this means that you will have to constantly develop your understanding and interpretation of UAS certification regulatory frameworks and often deal with a certain level of ambiguity. More specifically this will involve identifying and understanding emerging issues, what they mean in context and what impact they may have. All of this will help you, and the wider team, in the delivery of the overall strategic goal of ensuring that the CAA is at the forefront of the production of high quality and relevant guidance material.

A key part of this role is the ability to communicate, in both written and verbal formats. Due to the technical nature of the subject matter, and the variety of partners both national and international, it is important that you are confident in your ability to easily interpret, express and explain often complex concepts and information. Additionally, the capacity to engage and develop other people’s understanding of these concepts will serve you and the team well in the development of comprehensive policy.

The UAS division is always looking for new ways to improve and build value for the CAA’s partners. You should also inhabit this approach and should constantly seek new ways and methods to increase the efficiency of not only out processes but our policy and guidance materials. This is never more important than in a sector where technological innovation can be rapid.

About You

  • Educated to degree level in electronics or avionics-based subject areas, or have equivalent time served experience and demonstratable capability
  • Have a proven grasp of some form of aviation based regulatory policy or framework
  • An open, collaborative and continuous improvement focused mindset
  • Have a degree of experience working within an aviation-based engineering function e.g. design, maintenance or certification
  • Strong analytical skills with an ability to draw and develop insight from a wide variety of subject matter and raw data
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with ideally some level of experience in the drafting of technical documents or policy
  • An appreciation of risk or performance-based evaluation frameworks

What Can We Offer You?

The UAS industry is a healthy, fast paced and highly innovative segment. If you are the kind of person that enjoys broad spectrum of novel and exciting challenges, then this is a phenomenal team to join. As a SME for the team you will be at the heart of policy decision making and, if you feel you have the knowledge base to contribute, then this role offers you a fantastic opportunity to be instrumental to this burgeoning industry’s development and success.

Additional Information

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.

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 generous 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: 08/03/2021

Interview Date: w/c 08/03/2021

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

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