Design & Certification Specialist - Oversight & Equipment

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Date: 10 Feb 2024

Location: Gatwick, GB

Company: Civil Aviation Authority

Design and Certification Specialist – Oversight & Equipment



Salary: Upto £81,000k per annum dependant on experience and completion of training

Contract Type: Permanent, Full-time

Location: Hybrid Working

Required Security Level: BPSS



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, priding ourselves on our ability to adapt in a continually evolving aviation environment.


The Role



The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is continuing to expand its team of Design and Certification Specialists (D&C) to support our state of design responsibility for traditional fixed/rotary wing and innovative air vehicles.

The Oversight & Equipment team are looking for an aerospace industry professional with relevant experience to develop into a Design and Certification Oversight Specialist to undertake the Performance Based Regulatory Oversight of approved airworthiness organisations and individuals.


You will deliver outcome focussed oversight that applies Performance Based Oversight principles and meets statutory compliance obligations and may also undertake project work or deliver training as required.


You will establish relationships and influence industry partners and senior post holders to continually improve safety performance, risk, and compliance, which will require regular travel across the UK and occasionally overseas.

We collaborate and work flexibly to support the work of our colleagues within the Safety and Airspace Regulation Group (SARG) and other areas of the CAA. It's this spirit of partnership and teamwork that allows us to rise to the challenge and foster an encouraging work environment.


About You

  • Have extensive industry experience within initial airworthiness in a compliance or oversight function and hold an appropriate engineering degree or equivalent.
  • Experience working within a Design Organisation Approval (DOA) / Part 21 Subpart J in support of the design assurance system – independent system monitoring function together with experience of performing audits of design organisations will be a distinct advantage.
  • Confident communicator and ability to evaluate, analyse and ensure compliance against safety objectives whilst remaining flexible and proportional in your approach.
  • Knowledge of regulatory rules
  • Ability to engage, influence and negotiate confidently within the CAA and with the wider
  • Familiar with regulatory requirements such as the Air Navigation Order (ANO) British Civil Airworthiness Requirements (BCARs), and CAA Regulations and advisory material.
  • Experience of Quality Management Systems and a good understanding of IT and Safety Management Systems used within aviation.



  • Experience of Equipment Approvals – UK Technical Standard Orders Authorisations
  • Previous experience of leading and managing a team



This role is based on a Hybrid model. Some on-site visits to our Head Office, Gatwick (our Base) or to design organisations around the UK may be required.




What Can We Offer You?


The opportunity to work with and learn from a friendly and vastly experienced team that is committed to each other, adaptable and open to learn and change in its ways of working, both in terms of adopting new approaches to gain efficiencies and to reflect the challenges that have and will continue to face us and the travel industry.


Training and development are important, and we will work with you to identify appropriate training opportunities and support a learning culture.


Additional Information


For many appointments within the CAA, 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: 15 March 2024

Interview Date: To be Confirmed, Via TEAMS


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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