CAA – Emerging Policy Specialist

Salary: £48,545 up to £60,000 dependent upon 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 regulator, one of the biggest challenges we face is ensuring that policy is developed in line with industry technological and methodological advancements. Post EU-exit the CAA has been presented with an outstanding opportunity to enable a dynamic programme of policy advancement designed to enable the UK to be at the forefront of innovation in the future aviation global marketplace. This means addressing some of the most technically exciting, controversial and pressing issues in aviation today and into the future. These topics range from the integration of hybrid electric vehicles into UK Airspace to the delivery of carbon Net Zero and beyond. To this end, the CAA is building a progressive, multi-disciplinary team and as part of this we are looking to hire up to ten Emerging Policy Specialists.

As an Emerging Policy Specialist, you will be presented with unique, status quo defying policy challenges that will truly test your ability to problem solve, manage varied stakeholder groups and drive delivery. If you are the kind of person who thrives in environments with a high degree of variety or where you will be forging new ground, then this position offers you an unparalleled opportunity to do just that. Acting as a consultant, you will partner with external customers and internal policy experts to deliver policy in line with the policy development process. You will be tasked with quickly developing and assimilating knowledge and expertise to ensure that the policy we are creating is fit for purpose, enables industry development and prioritises the safety of the public.

The decisions and actions you will take in this role will have far reaching implications and, in some instances, may go as far as to set a global precedence. If this excites you, then please do apply.

About You

  • It would be highly desirable to have an understanding and interest in the innovation and technology trends that will shape the future of aviation, such as:
  • artificial intelligence, machine learning, and autonomy
  • software engineering
  • systems engineering
  • net zero propulsion, including hydrogen, electrification, and battery technologies
  • An understanding or background of working within a regulate environment either within an aviation specialism (such as airspace, airworthiness, air traffic management, flight operations, UAS, aviation security, or consumer protection) or another safety critical industry is desirable.
  • Possess a flexible and adaptable approach with evidence of working in highly dynamic and changing environments.
  • Proven expertise in applying a risk-based and principles-led approach in an ambiguous environment where there are currently no standards or regulations and where priorities can change.
  • A curious and quick learner, able to seek out information to advise the project and generate new insights.
  • An effective written and verbal communication style with experience in management of relationships with industry and internal stakeholders.

What Can We Offer You?

This is a unique opportunity to be part of something truly seismic in scope. It is broad enough to offer you the chance to either broaden your horizons or alternatively maximise your key specialism. If you are driven by a higher calling to dedicate yourself to something that will have a tangible impact on people’s lives, not only today but beyond, then we’d love to receive your application.

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 (

The CAA values high ethical standards and personal integrity among employees. If invited for interview you will be asked to complete a declaration of interest.

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

Closing Date: 25/01/2023

Interview Date: We intend to run up to 4 virtual assessment centers, these will take place on the w/c 6th of February. Specific dates and times will be provided in January 2023.

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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