Flight Operations Policy Specialist - Personnel Licensing

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Date: 5 Jul 2024

Location: Gatwick, GB

Company: Civil Aviation Authority

Salary: £49,007 to £60,000 dependent upon experience

Contract Type: 12 Month Fixed Term Contract – Full Time

Security Level: CTC


We are the UK's aviation and aerospace 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


To ensure the timely updating of the UK licensing regulations and their associated Acceptable Means of Compliance and Guidance Material, to ensure that the UK remains compliant with Annex 1 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation and relevant Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs), providing support to CAA Inspectors in the Flight Operations (Flt Ops), Airspace, Air Traffic Management and Aerodromes (AAA), Airworthiness (AWD) the Investigations and Enforcement Team, other SARG capability teams and to the Shared Service Centre to provide the best service to students and holders of UK licences.


Core Accountabilities


  • Policy developed consistent with safety and business needs, including CAA Business and individual Action Plans, and external drivers
  • Standards, legislation and requirements are developed using SMART principles, and are practicable and effective
  • Respond to accepted AAIB Safety Recommendations
  • Adherence to CAA Regulatory and Management systems
  • Achievement of policy objectives and service standards
  • Effective and recognised contributions are made to national and international aviation policy development.  Contribute to the SARG objective to be recognised as world leaders in safety regulation
  • Meeting expected CAA competences
  • Fully contribute as Chair/member of working or study groups as applicable
  • Meet personal objectives agreed with Line Manager
  • Satisfactory completion of training courses/modules/professional qualification
  • High Quality of written and verbal communications within timescales
  • Influencing Safety and proportionality (Leading beyond authority). Deliver outcomes internationally to mitigate safety concerns or support IG / CAAi International contract delivery where appropriate
  • Escalating risks to the appropriate management level within SARG


About You


  • The post holder will need to have specialist subject matter experience and knowledge of aviation personnel licensing, with a preference for Air Traffic operations.
  • This will include a wide knowledge of aviation matters with relevant experience and qualifications appropriate to individual post and level
  • Typically, this will combine an appropriate combination of specialised or practical experience and/or knowledge in the subject matter and underpinned by relevant professional qualifications or industry equivalent
  • Knowledge of relevant UK and global legislation (e.g. ICAO, FAA, EU Regulations) and standards setting bodies (e.g. BSi, CEN, LAA, BMAA & SAE) and appropriate levels in PBO, SMS, RIA, HF Better Regulation, risk assessment and project management is required
  • Personal attributes of the post holder will include team worker with flexible and adaptable work ethos, analytical and lateral thinker with an eye for detail; ability to participate in multi-discipline teams within the UK, and multi-national teams in the international arena
  • A proven ability to communicate effectively at all levels and to produce concise, unambiguous discussion papers for presentation at various bodies within the CAA and Industry
  • IT literacy is essential


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. For this role this will need to be 3 years.


If you do not meet these requirements, we may not be able to accept your application.


For more information on CTC clearance please visit - Vetting explained - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)


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.


Inclusive Recruitment


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. We use fair and inclusive selection approaches to hire the best person for the job based on merit alone. If you require an adjustment for any reason, please let us know.

Working With Us


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 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!

Our Values

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

Closing Date: Friday July 26th 2024

Interview Date: W/C Monday 5th or Monday 12th August 2024


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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