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Airspace Safety Specialist

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Date: 22-Nov-2021

Location: Gatwick, GB

Company: Civil Aviation Authority

Salary: £37,513 up to £50,000 dependant upon 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 evolving aviation environment.

Forming part of the Safety and Airspace Regulation Group, our Future Airspace Team (FAT) are recruiting for an Airspace Safety Specialist and an Airspace Infringement Specialist. Given the similar skillsets required, we have decided to recruit and interview for both posts simultaneously. As such we will consider all candidates for both roles, however, if you wish to be considered for a particular role, please specify on your application.


The Role


As an Airspace Safety Specialist, you’ll assist in the delivery of the CAA’s airspace classification task, aimed at reducing unnecessary controlled airspace and increasing access for all users where possible. In this role you’ll work widely across an expansive range of Airspace, ATM and industry entities. You’ll contribute to some of the most significant changes to UK airspace in history, as your work will directly change the way aspects of UK airspace operates.


In this role you will therefore:

  • Act as focal point for all relevant safety advice to support the assessment of airspace structures in the UK.
  • Manage and coordinate the creation of a coherent and compelling safety picture of the airspace region through the identification, scrutiny and interpretation of relevant safety data.
  • Ensure airspace classification amendments are made in accordance with both ICAO Safety and Recommended Practices and Procedures for Air Navigation Services. You’ll work with Airspace Control Authorities to ensure any proposed changes are fully considered in the context of their Safety Management System.
  • Chair and drive the CAA’s work within the Mid-Air Collision stakeholder challenge group, as well as being a member of other relevant safety focussed meetings.
  • Collaborate widely as you ensure the Airspace Classification Team adhere to all relevant international and national aviation safety regulations.


About You


Ideally, we’re looking for someone with a degree in an aviation related safety subject, however considerable equivalent experience will be considered.


You’ll have extensive experience of airspace change principals, air traffic management and air traffic control operations in UK airspace, gained through a similar, aviation related position. You’ll also hold previous experience of undertaking research and analysing findings, with the ability to make sound judgements.


You’ll be a strong collaborator and able to establish personal credibility with technical specialists, developing constructive relationships as you go. You will demonstrate effective communication skills both written and oral in engaging with contacts at all levels throughout the CAA and externally.


What Can We Offer You?


This is a rare and exciting opportunity to play a vital role in one of the most ground-breaking programmes of change ever devised in UK aviation history. As well as this, your thoughts and findings will go on to advise decision making at the very highest level.


Additional Information

Given the impact of Covid-19, it’s likely that you will work remotely to begin with as we plan for a return to work within the government guidelines.


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

Many appointments within the CAA require access to operationally sensitive infrastructure and/or Nationally Protected information. For these roles the post holder 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 will not be able to accept your application. For more information please visit - Vetting explained - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Closing Date: 06/12/2021

Interview Date: w/c 13/12/2021


Please note that due to the current Covid-19 situation, all interviews will be conducted online by video conference using Microsoft Teams.


No recruitment agencies please.

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