Design and Certification Specialist - Cabin Safety

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Date: 5 Jul 2024

Location: Gatwick, GB

Company: Civil Aviation Authority

Design and Certification Specialist – Cabin Safety


Salary: Upto £82,000k per annum dependant on experience and upon completion of specific training

Contract Type: Permanent, Full-time

Location: Hybrid Working/Gatwick

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 CAA is continuing to expand its team of Design and Certification Specialists to support our state of design responsibility for traditional fixed/rotary wing and innovative air vehicles.


The Cabin Safety and Environmental Control Systems (ECS) team are looking for aerospace engineers with any relevant experience to develop into a Design and Certification Specialist.  Applications from individuals with experience in one or more of the following ‘related/specific areas’ of Cabin Safety and ECS across any fixed or rotary wing aircraft will be considered.



Cabin Safety

Environmental Control Systems (ECS)

Related/specific areas:

  • Cabin installation
  • Flight deck installation
  • Cargo compartments
  • Occupant crashworthiness/restraint
  • Fire protection
  • Occupant evacuation
  • Internal and external placards and markings

Related/specific areas:

  • Air conditioning and pressurisation
  • Ice protection
  • Oxygen Systems
  • Bleed air
  • Water and waste


Your main role will be the technical involvement with certification projects and related continued airworthiness activities.  It will also involve liaison with the UK industry for certification & oversight activities along with other aviation authorities such as European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) and National Civil Aviation Authority (ANAC) through existing and developing working arrangements.


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.



About You


The desire to continually develop experience through project involvement and dedicated training with the flexibility to contribute more generally to other areas of the Design and Certification team. Proven aerospace experience, preferably working for an approved aerospace organisation with the ability to lead, guide, challenge and influence technical decisions on multiple projects. You will have an engineering degree, equivalent qualification or demonstrated industry experience, with a proven aerospace experience, preferably working for an approved aerospace organisation with the ability to lead, guide, challenge and influence technical decisions on multiple projects.


  • Ability to monitor, guide and manage technical decisions on a range of major safety issues.
  • Operate in various cultural business environments at varying levels of seniority.
  • Using experience to make sound judgments.
  • Resilience to work at pace and on various matters with the appropriate level of input.
  • Able to understand specialist issues and modulate technical views to account for wider business and political considerations.
  • Confidence to challenge information, propositions, or assumptions, at a deep technical nature and across a range of disciplines.
  • Confidence to escalate issues as they arise.
  • Confident to communicate at all levels, to conduct technical conversation and engage with all internal and external stakeholders.
  • Attention to detail and through report writing and delivery of information to support outputs.




We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and celebrate our diversity ensuring all are backgrounds included here at the CAA. As a member of the Disability Confident scheme, applicants who meet the minimum criteria for a role with us will be guaranteed an interview.

Our Benefits


We offer a range of excellent benefits such as:

  • Flexible & hybrid working arrangements available
  • 28 days annual leave + public holidays (additional 5 days leave purchase scheme)
  • Generous pension scheme (Up to 12% employer contribution)
  • Wellbeing Room at Gatwick
  • Mental Health and Suicide First Aiders
  • Employee Assistance Programme, talking therapies and neurodiversity support via Occupational Health & access to Headspace for colleagues and 5 dependents
  • Free onsite gym at Gatwick or discounted gym membership for London
  • EV charging points
  • Employee Development courses internally and via Skillsoft


Our Values

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


Closing Date: 02Aug 2024

Interview Date: TBC 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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