Salary: £48,454 up to £60,000 depending on skills and relevant 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 changing aviation environment.

The Role

We are looking for an RPAS Policy Specialist (Certification) to join our Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) team – this is a unique opportunity to be part of one of the most innovative and fast-growing sectors of aviation.

  • Within this role you’ll provide advice on policy and regulatory requirements associated with the full and safe integration of all UAS operations into UK airspace.
  • You will provide expert opinion on the development of existing and future UAS policy and regulations. In doing so, you will be comfortable in interpreting current policy and regulation.
  • Collaboration is crucial as you’ll liaise widely within the UAS policy team, wider internal teams, the public and aviation industry.
  • You’ll be at the heart of UAS policy as you identify and address emerging regulatory issues.
  • A key part of this role is to produce high quality written regulatory guidance materials, so you must demonstrate a clear and concise approach.
  • The ability to establish meaningful working relationships and advise appropriate courses of action to the Head of UAS will be crucial for success.

About you

We are looking for a professional with previous experience of airspace, rules of the air and associated application, with a clear appreciation of their relevance within a UAS context. Knowledge of wider aviation matters and experience in the operation of civilian, military, fixed wing or rotary wing, commercial or general aviation, is desirable but not essential. We are especially keen to recruit an individual with previous manned aviation certification experience.

You’ll be adaptable and able to quickly adjust in a developing and dynamic environment. We are looking for individuals who have sound interpersonal skills with the ability to summarise complicated subjects, apply a logical and problem-solving approach and present options to key decision makers.

You’ll work effectively within a team of experts and be comfortable with periods of higher workload and to deadlines.

What can we offer you?

This is a rare opportunity to be involved within a fast moving, expanding and exciting area of aviation.

The role will see you formulating appropriate policy as the CAA navigates the regular technological and regulatory challenges. These must be met to enable the effective integration of UAS into increasingly congested UK airspace. See your efforts have a positive contribution to this combined endeavour, meaning all airspace users will be able to enjoy a safer future.

Additional Information

For many appointments within the CAA, these roles require access to operationally sensitive infrastructure and/or Nationally Protected information. For these roles the post holders must undergo National Security Vetting and achieve the appropriate level of clearance.

To be vetted we will usually expect a reasonable period of residency in the UK so that meaningful checks can be undertaken. This can either be 3 years or 5 years depending on the level required (CTC or SC). If you do not meet these requirements, we may not be able to accept your application. For more information please visit – Vetting explained – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Working With Us

We offer a range of excellent 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!

We are on a journey towards being increasingly adaptable, where our colleagues collaborate as part of cross-functional teams. This approach ensures we never stop learning together. It also means that you may become involved in activities that take you out of your day to day role, providing you with opportunities to develop and grow your career with us.

We have embraced hybrid working and offer flexible working patterns, being open to having a conversation about what works for you. We know where and when we work is important in achieving a work-life balance.

We are passionate about diversity and ensuring all are included at the CAA. We are an equal opportunity employer and actively encourage applications from candidates of all backgrounds. We use fair and inclusive selection approaches to hire the best person for the job based on merit alone.

As a member of the Disability Confident scheme, applicants who meet the minimum criteria for a role with us will be guaranteed an interview. If you require an adjustment for any reason, please let us know.

Our Values

Do The Right Thing, Never Stop Learning, Build Collaborative Relationships, Respect Everyone – For more information please Click Here

Closing Date: 18th October 2022

Interview Date: Week commencing 31st October 2022

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we receive sufficient applications for the role. Therefore, if you are interested, please submit your application as early as possible.

No recruitment agencies please.

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