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Airspace Regulator (Technical)

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Date: 04-Jun-2021

Location: Gatwick, GB

Company: Civil Aviation Authority

Salary: £60,000 - 65,000 dependent upon skills and 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

The basic structure of the UK’s airspace was developed over forty years ago. Throughout Europe there is a move to simplify and harmonise the way airspace and air traffic control is applied through the Single European Sky project.  In the UK, the Airspace Modernisation Strategy (AMS) fulfils the statutory duty placed upon the CAA by the Secretary of State to have a strategy and a plan for modernising airspace (as required by the Air Navigation Directions 2017, the Directions). The AMS describes the objectives set in UK governmental and international policy for airspace to be modernised and sets out the work that industry and other entities are required to carry out to deliver that modernisation (the Initiatives).


Representing the Safety and Airspace Regulation Group, we are seeking an Airspace Regulator (Technical) to join the team at this exciting time of the UK airspace change programme.


This role will provide regulatory and policy oversight of UK airspace structures and management and provide advice, guidance and direction on airspace issues inside and outside controlled airspace. Additionally, developing and implementing strategies and policies for the safe and efficient operation of UK airspace in accordance with Ministerial Directions to the CAA and appropriate UK and international legislation. Further, but not exclusively, you will be involved, when needed, in the provision of airspace change related advice and guidance to sponsors of innovative technologies associated with Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems and Space launch projects.


About You

  • You will possess an excellent understanding of UK airspace and air traffic operations.  A comprehensive knowledge of the CAA’s regulatory role, strategic plan and responsibilities is also essential.
  • Experience as an air traffic controller, professional aircrew or the ability to demonstrate an equivalent level of technical expertise is essential. 
  • You will be flexible, committed, customer-focused and able to work under pressure. We are looking for a team player with a willingness to embrace new working methods, tackle a job and get it done.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to deal tactfully, diplomatically and authoritatively with people at all levels, together with strong verbal and written communication skills is key.


What Can We Offer You?

The Airspace Regulation (Technical) work in an environment within the CAA with military and CAA staff operating cohesively in a challenging role with changing deadlines. This role provides the opportunity to be at the forefront of evolving airspace change proposals in the UK within a diverse technical team with key decisions to be made. See your expertise help industry to meet the highest of safety standards in this highly rewarding role.


Working With Us

We offer a range of fantastic benefits such as smarter working arrangements, free onsite gym at Gatwick, 28 days annual leave, additional 5 days leave purchase scheme, a competitive pension scheme and much more! 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. 


Closing Date: 18/06/2021

Interview Date: w/c 28/06/2021


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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