Airspace Regulator (IFP)

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Date: 2 Feb 2024

Location: Gatwick, GB

Company: Civil Aviation Authority

Salary: £55,000 to £65,343 dependent on experience, Market Related Supplement (MRS) value and restrictions will be discussed with candidates at interview stage

Contract Type: Permanent – Full Time

Security Level: BPSS


We are the UK's aviation and aerospace 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


The purpose of the Airspace Regulator (IFP) is to establish, implement and update the United Kingdom regulations and policies for the provision of Instrument Flight Procedures (IFP) in accordance with the Directions to the CAA from the Department for Transport’s including any supporting legislation.


This area of the organisation is expanding due to the growth within the team, and we are currently looking to secure 3 positions on this occasion.


The successful candidate would also be expected to:


  • Ensure that such policies are in accordance with all relevant national and international requirements, conventions, and safety management principles
  • Assess applications received from organisations wishing to deliver IFP design services in the UK and recommend regulatory decision(s)
  • Oversee organisations approved for the delivery of IFP design service in the UK once approved
  • Assess IFP designs submitted to the CAA as part of the airspace change process or 5Yr periodic reviews and recommend regulatory decisions

Core Accountabilities


    • Regulatory oversight of all CAA approved Instrument Flight Procedure designers/organisations to ensure effective IFP design services are delivery in compliance with both national and international regulations and standards
    • Regulatory approval of Instrument Flight Procedure designs submitted by CAA Approved IFP Organisations and Designers
    • Support the development of UK policy for conventional and performance-based navigation (PBN) Instrument Flight Procedures
    • Providing advice and guidance on all aspects of Instrument Flight Procedures, airspace change proposals, Annex 4 charting, supporting navigation aids and ARINC Coding for PBN IFPs
    • Assessment of applications from 3rd party procedure design organisations/individuals seeking CAA approval to design Instrument Flight Procedures for use in UK Airspace. Conducting initial audits and periodic reviews of those organisations/individuals and issuing approvals as appropriate
    • Coordinating with aerodrome sponsors, ANSPs, Flight Crew, Air traffic Controllers and others to determine IFP design requirements and ensure feedback is incorporated in designs where applicable
    • When requested, provide specific IFP related expertise to support Air Safety Support International (ASSI) regulatory work in the UK Overseas Territories
    • Participating in various Working Groups or Panels at the national or international level to ensure that the needs and interests of all UK airspace users are considered when reaching any decisions
    • When required, prepare discussion, or working papers to provide senior management with the necessary information for strategic planning and decision making
    • The job holder is expected to make a personal contribution to training and development while taking a positive interest in the role
    • In respect of Risk Management, the job holder shall be aware of the CAA Risk Management Policy and highlight to his/her manager any new significant Business Risks that become apparent in his/her area of responsibility
    • When requested by the AR management team, assist other areas of the CAA


Safety And Regulations Group Generic Accountabilities:  


    • Through line management as appropriate, responsible for making a decision on whether to commission an investigation when a breach of aviation law is suspected or resulting from a recommendation from the IET
    • Capture and readily share safety-relevant intelligence, information, and analysis from multiple internal and external sources with all CAA groups
    • Understand and apply the principles of Performance Based Oversight
    • To keep up to date with CAA records management policies and procedures and to amend AR practices and procedures to ensure continuing compliance


About You


Essential - The job holder will:


    • Have extensive experience of working as an instrument flight procedure designer. At least 3 years of experience in designing all type of procedures
    • Have obtained a recognised IFP design training in ICAO PANS-OPS for all types of instrument flight procedures
    • Have a strong knowledge of UK and European legislation governing the aviation sector
    • Have had extensive operational experience as a pilot (operational experience in the glass cockpit environment an advantage), or Air Traffic Control Officer or a directly related area
    • Be trained in auditing techniques to supplement the analytical and professional skills/knowledge required to evaluate and audit the work of the Approved Procedure Design organisations/individuals
    • Have, an in-depth understanding of ARINC Coding principles for use in the coding of PBN IFPs when applied in different aircraft flight management systems (FMS/C)
    • Have a good range of negotiating and communications skills and will be fully accomplished in the use of standard desktop publishing IT (Microsoft suite)
    • Have a high level of proficiency in the use of other more specialised software applications such as AutoCAD, PDTool Kit, Global Mapper, Paint shop Pro/Photoshop, and Adobe Acrobat Pro
    • Be fluent in verbal and written English
    • Be eligible to work in the UK


Additionally, a methodical approach to working and attention to detail are vital prerequisites together with an ability to analyse and resolve complex three-dimensional situations. Report writing skills and the ability to manage multiple project deadlines and priorities are essential.


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 you must have the right to work in the UK so that meaningful checks can be undertaken.


If you do not meet these requirements, we may not be able to accept your application.


For more information on BPSS clearance please visit - BPSS clearance


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.

Our Values


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


Closing Date: Friday 1st March 2024
Interview Date: W/C Monday 11th or 18th March 2024


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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