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UK CAA – UAS Operations Policy Specialist

Date: 25-Mar-2021

Location: Gatwick, GB

Company: Civil Aviation Authority

Salary: Up to £60,000 dependent upon experience

Contract Type: Permanent, full time

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 focus on Operations, 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 operational 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 regulatory detail 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

  • Experienced in airspace, rules of the air, human factors in aviation, and their application, particularly in a UAS based context
  • Have a proven grasp of some form of aviation based regulatory policy or framework
  • An open, collaborative and continuous improvement focused mindset
  • Some level of experience in the operation of aircraft, perhaps in a civil or military context
  • 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.

Working With Us

If you have a disability or special need that requires adjustments, please let us know. 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

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: 08/04/2021

Interview Date: w/c 12/04/2021

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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