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Flight Operations Lead - Dangerous Goods

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Date: 29-Jul-2022

Location: Gatwick, GB

Company: Civil Aviation Authority

Salary: Up to £49,000 dependant on 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.


The Role


Are you an aviation professional with extensive knowledge and experience in the safe transport of dangerous goods by air? If so, we could use your expertise to help us make this sector of the industry even safer. We are looking for a Flight Operations Lead to manage the dangerous goods team and associated activities within Flight Operations, which is an integral part of the established and world-renowned Safety & Airspace Regulation Group (SARG).


Your primary task will be to manage, train and mentor a team of inspectors tasked with verifying the safe transport of dangerous goods by commercial air transport and public transport operators. You will be required to allocate and prioritise tasks to achieve effective and efficient oversight of the dangerous goods transport chain, including operators, shippers, freight forwarders, ground handling agents, approved training providers and even innovative platforms such as remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS). On occasions, you will be required to support inspectors with these activities so will also undergo Flight Operations inspector theory and practical training.


You will also lead the delivery, development, and governance of dangerous goods activities, including the authoring of procedures, the implementation of performance-based regulation principles, the management of industry safety risks, collaborating with international stakeholders, and the use of management information to monitor the effectiveness of actions and decisions.


The role will require extensive communication with internal and external stakeholders, at all levels, who will be reliant on your expertise in dangerous goods.


About You


  • You will have extensive knowledge and experience relating to the transport of dangerous goods by air, either in an operational or regulatory environment
  • You will have extensive knowledge of the regulatory requirements relating to the transport of dangerous goods by air
  • You will have a strong understanding of the primary functions of the CAA and the role of Flight Operations
  • Experience of developing, delivering and/or assessing Category 6 dangerous goods training is highly desirable
  • Knowledge and experience of auditing processes relating to the transport of dangerous goods is required
  • You will have experience of team management and/or be able to demonstrate the key competencies required for this role
  • The ability to train, mentor and influence your team members will be crucial in achieving success in this role
  • You will have the ability to take the initiative in developing the dangerous goods activities, working under pressure and without direct supervision
  • You will have a keen eye for detail and be able to investigate and reach justified conclusions
  • This role requires strong interpersonal skills as you will communicate at all levels through the CAA and externally as you develop strong relationships
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills are vital to ensure that clear messages are delivered to both internal and external stakeholders


What Can We Offer You?


This is a highly responsible but rewarding role where you will collaborate widely and see your expertise have a real impact in a complex but exciting part of the aviation industry. You will be joining a supportive team where on the job training will be provided as required to ensure that you are able to deliver your primary responsibilities.


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 (


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

Closing Date: Friday 19th August 2022

Interview Date: Dates to be confirmed for September


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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