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GA Surveyor AW Certification & Design

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Date: 09-Aug-2019

Location: Gatwick, GB

Company: Civil Aviation Authority

Salary: Up to £55k depending on skills and relevant experience

Contract type: Permanent

Location: Gatwick but flexible working arrangements will be considered


The CAA is the UK's aviation regulator, responsible for keeping passengers and the general public safe. Recognised as a world leader in our field, we are at the cutting edge of the exciting and ever-changing aviation environment. Never standing still, our work includes diverse activities from driving world-class safety standards, through minimising the environmental impact of aviation on local communities to the ATOL holiday financial protection scheme.


The Role

An opportunity has arisen for   an aircraft Design Certification Surveyor to join our Airworthiness team in the General Aviation Unit of the CAA. As a Design Certification Surveyor you will have a leading role in the safety regulation and oversight of the UK’s General Aviation (GA) industry and aircraft fleet. You will enjoy a varied and meaningful portfolio of work, including:

Design/certification submission review work for a wide range of GA aircraft, including ex-military aeroplanes and helicopters, Microlights, light aeroplanes, light rotorcraft (helicopters and gyroplanes) and balloons, covering all aeronautical engineering disciplines.


Responsibility for the oversight of GA aircraft design and production organisations.


Investigation of in-service incidents relevant to GA types and taking mandatory action where appropriate.


There are also opportunities to participate in a variety of change projects and to help us shape the future of General Aviation safety regulation in the UK. This role is dynamic, diverse, challenging and rewarding.  


Note: An element of on-the-job and/or external developmental training is expected to be provided by us for what is a notably broad technical remit.  In this regard we will be happy to consider not just experienced design staff, but recent graduates or even those currently studying in a related discipline. 


About You

To apply to this position you must:

  • Have (or be currently studying for) a Degree or equivalent standard in Aeronautical Engineering, or other relevant engineering or airworthiness discipline.
  • Be able to exercise sound, but flexible & pragmatic engineering judgement when presented with new challenges.
  • Be comfortable communicating and able to develop constructive relationships across all levels throughout the CAA and externally
  • Be motivated, enthusiastic and a teammate.
  • Possess a UK or internationally recognised driving licence.


Desirable attributes:

  • Practical GA design engineering and/or flying experience.
  • Direct experience of specialisms such as flight testing, structures, systems engineering and certification management.
  • Knowledge of safety and risk management tools and techniques.
  • Sound time management and organisation skills.
  • Experience in regulatory compliance and/or product certification.
  • A working knowledge of EASA and/or UK National aircraft design, production and certification requirements (e.g. Part-21, BCAR A8-21/A8-9, CS-23/27/22/31/VLA/VLR, BCAR Section S&T)


Further information on the work and remit of the CAA’s General Aviation Unit can be found on our website or by contacting


What Can We Offer You?

The airworthiness team provides a focussed approach to the unique challenges and opportunities of the GA industry working closely with colleagues in the General Aviation Unit and the close-knit team of experts in the field. In addition, the team works on broader national issues with the CAA as a whole, and with other aviation regulators such as EASA and FAA on international matters. 


This is an opportunity to be working within a small influential team at the forefront of GA aircraft design, safety regulation and oversight in the UK, and on projects aimed at shaping the future of GA in the UK


See your expertise help industry to meet the highest of safety standards in this highly rewarding role.


Working With Us

We offer a range of fantastic benefits such as flexible working arrangements, free onsite gym, 28 days annual leave, a competitive pension scheme and much more! Wherever possible, we offer flexible and variable working hours to help our people effectively manage all areas of their lives.


Being an equal opportunity employer, we actively encourage and support applications from all backgrounds. If you have a disability or special need that requires adjustments, please let us know.  


Closing Date: Friday 30th August 2019

Interview Date: W/c 16th September 2019

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