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Airspace Specialist (Engagement & Consultation)

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Date: 29-Jul-2022

Location: Gatwick, GB

Company: Civil Aviation Authority

Salary: £25,008 to £33,345 dependant 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


We’re looking for an Airspace Specialist (Engagement and Consultation) to join our team. Your main focus will be to provide regulatory support to the Airspace Regulators (Engagement and Consultation) and across all Airspace Regulation activities, in providing role-related guidance and assessment on airspace change proposals.


Also, to support the airspace change process through the provision of guidance to change sponsors and CAA colleagues on the application of the process, on the principles of engagement and consultation, and undertaking the regulatory assessment of engagement and consultation materials as part of the regulatory decision-making process.


In addition to that supporting and assisting the Airspace Regulators (Technical) and Account Managers in respect of the regulatory assessment of airspace change proposals in accordance with the airspace change process.


The successful candidate would also act as the focal point/lead for transparency around airspace use and aircraft movements and w here required, provide cover for the Airspace Specialist (Correspondence) role by acting as CAA/Airspace Regulation focal point for coordinating responses to external responses, information requests and aviation related environmental enquiries.


About You


Essential:  The job holder will:


  • Maintain a good general knowledge of developments in aviation and where required assist in the formulation of UK policy in the areas for which the section is responsible
  • Possess a basic understanding of the UK’s airspace structure including the theory behind, and application of, the various classifications of airspace including a fundamental knowledge of Air Traffic Control
  • Be able to rapidly establish personal credibility with technical specialists and develop constructive relationships, with effective communication skills both written and oral in engaging with contacts at all levels throughout the CAA and externally
  • Have high level of commitment, reliability, and flexibility, and be an excellent team worker with sound interpersonal skills
  • Have the ability to work with minimum supervision and possess strong time management skills to meet deadlines
  • Possess good verbal and extremely good written communications skills
  • Possess good organisational skills and the ability to work effectively within a multi-disciplined team
  • Have experience of MS Office packages specifically Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and Outlook


Desirable:  The job holder will:


  • Have experience from within the ATM environment and/or aviation environment more generally
  • Have a good knowledge of the CAA and UK aviation industry supported by an understanding of key legislative factors influencing and determining the CAA’s role as an airspace regulator e.g. the Civil Aviation Act, Air Navigation Order, Rules of the Air Regulations, relevant sections of the Transport Act, the Air Navigation Order 2001, the DfT’s Air Navigation Guidance and the appropriate MAA Regulatory Publications
  • Have awareness of national and international ATM regulatory bodies and their interaction
  • Have awareness of the environmental impact of aviation and strategies and actions to mitigate these


What Can We Offer You?


You’ll work in a dynamic environment – no ACP submission and assessment are the same as the last! You’ll regularly interact with the wider team, gaining their input from a technical, economic, and environmental perspective. This will enable you to gain exposure of other related areas and to develop a broad understanding beyond the engagement and consultation space.   You’ll get to work on several major airspace change proposals linked to the delivery of the UK’s Airspace Modernisation Strategy, as well as those related to new and emerging technologies. 


This is a unique and varied role, and an opportunity to join the CAA at an exciting time.


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 (


Our Values


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


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.

Closing Date: Friday 26th August 2022

Interview Date: W/C Monday 5th September 2022


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.


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