UK CAA Airspace Classification – Staff Principal – Drones Information


Salary: Up to £ 70k depending on experience

Contract type: permanent

Location: Gatwick, but flexible working arrangements are considered

We are the UK Aviation Authority and recognized as a world leader in this field. Our activities are diverse and enable the aviation industry to meet the highest safety standards. We pride ourselves on our ability to adapt to the ever-evolving aviation environment.

UK airspace has evolved, albeit gradually, in response to increasing user demand, and in particular the significantly increased public demand for commercial air travel. The CAA, together with stakeholders, has developed an Airspace Modernization Strategy (AMS) that sets a new common goal between the CAA and the Ministry of Transport (DfT) to modernize airspace in order to benefit from faster, quieter and cleaner travel and more capacity to be made possible by those who use and are affected by UK airspace.

As a representative of the security and airspace regulation group, we are looking for a team leader to join our Future Airspace Team (FAT) at this exciting time as part of the UK airspace change program.

The role

You will play a pivotal role by leading a team of technical experts responsible for shaping aspects of the future of UK airspace operating environments and air traffic management. To ensure that both international requirements and the objectives of the airspace modernization strategy are met, the team will provide support and guidance to the relevant stakeholders on reviewing and changing airspace blocks (within the UK) that are deemed suboptimal for all users classified as working.

Your job will be to lead and lead the team in achieving these goals. You will therefore:

  • Definition and implementation of strategies for efficient operation, seamless coordination and positive results of the activity portfolio of the CAA airspace classification strategy to reduce unnecessarily controlled airspace and improve airspace access.
  • Be responsible for team management for the delivery of the end-to-end project in the delivery of the airspace classification program.
  • Contract management for short-term localized airspace and data specialists if required.
  • Facilitating specified classification changes through the change process to ensure that the relevant airspace control authorities and other airspace user stakeholders are involved.
  • Make sure the airspace specialists support the airspace violation groups.
  • Support and temporary representation of the manager of the FAT, whereby the role of the department head is performed as required.

About you

Ideally, you have experience in air traffic management and, in particular, air traffic control operations in UK airspace in the route, terminal and airport environment. You have a thorough understanding of flight operations in both controlled and uncontrolled airspace. You will have a good understanding of CAA and UK aviation (both commercial and general) and will be able to balance the various requirements of UK airspace with operational air traffic management requirements including instrument flight procedures (IFP) requirements.

You must have in-depth interpersonal and communication skills to build personal credibility with technical specialists and build constructive relationships. Your effective written and oral communication skills will enable you to connect with partners at all levels of the CAA and externally.

You have an innovative approach and can develop novel solutions based on your in-depth knowledge and detailed understanding of the principles of ATM and aviation law. You also have high levels of commitment, reliability, and flexibility while being a great teammate at the same time. You need good time management and strong leadership skills to effectively lead a busy team in a pressurized environment. Therefore, previous line management experience is crucial.

Given the impact of Covid-19, it is likely that you will initially work remotely as we plan to return to work within government guidelines.

What can we offer you

You will be making a significant change in airspace history as you work to change how UK airspace works. If you work widely, you will try to make the best possible use of the airspace so that air travel from drones to light aircraft is safe and cooperative. With your expertise and the support of the wider team, you can deploy a new process that allows full integration of all airspace users.

Over time, your team will likely grow so you will assemble and assemble a team based on the skills required to execute our work portfolio. This is an exciting and unique time to join FAT and see that your expertise has a real impact on the future of aviation!

Work with us

We have a number of fantastic benefits such as flexible work arrangements, a free on-site gym in Gatwick, discounted London gym membership, 28 days annual vacation, an additional 5-day vacation purchase scheme, a competitive pension scheme and much more! Wherever possible, we offer flexible and variable working hours so that our employees can effectively manage all areas of their lives. We are an equal opportunity employer and actively promote applications from applicants of all origins.

As a member of the Disability Confident Program, applicants who meet the minimum criteria for a role with us are guaranteed an interview. We use fair and inclusive selection approaches to hire the best person for the job based on merit alone. If for any reason you need an adjustment, please let us know.

Closing date: Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Interview date: end of October 2020

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