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Innovation Services Specialist

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Date: 12-May-2022

Location: London, GB

Company: Civil Aviation Authority

Salary: £34,533 to £45,000 dependent 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 looking for a job where you will work on aviation and aerospace projects ranging from the integration of electric vehicles into UK Airspace to the delivery of carbon Net Zero and beyond? Could you partner with external customers and internal policy experts to facilitate the trials of innovative aviation concepts and explore how regulatory policies should advance to enable the UK to be at the forefront of innovation in the future aviation global marketplace?


Due to expansion in the team, we are looking for individuals to join our Innovation Advisory Services team. Acting as an Innovation Specialist guiding and supporting industry towards regulatory readiness, guiding them with the aim of sharing knowledge and helping to recommend future regulatory frameworks.


The Innovation Specialist will be working with a broad range of organisations including the consortia which have received funding from the Future Flight Challenge, the National Police Air Service, and many other industry stakeholders.


This is an outstanding and unique opportunity to address some of the most technically exciting, controversial, and pressing issues in aviation today and into the future.


Core Responsibilities will include:


  • Building and managing relationships with industry as their primary point of contact with the CAA
  • Identifying what support the industry requires from the CAA, and create technical proposals that document the support offering
  • Managing project teams of individuals across different CAA regulatory functions
  • Working closely with industry; Clarifying the regulations that are applicable to their innovation; Giving advice on processes to seek regulatory approval and planning roadmaps in conjunction with industry to achieve the objectives of their project
  • Connecting industry to the right subject matter experts within the CAA; Mediating discussions and facilitating workshops between industry and the CAA regulatory teams
  • Providing expert advice and guidance on regulatory expectations to maintain safety, security, and consumer protection
  • Facilitating testing in a Sandbox environment to build the evidence supporting regulatory approvals for trials
  • Analysing and interpreting findings from projects with industry
  • Contributing to crafting regulatory guidance and regulatory principles


About You


We are looking for someone who has an interest in innovation and the technological trends that will shape the future of aviation. To be considered for the role you need to have the following competencies:

  • Technical or regulatory expertise in an aviation specialism like RPAS, airspace, airworthiness, air traffic management, artificial intelligence, new propulsion technologies, software development or flight operations.
  • Worked independently on projects in a regulatory, consultancy, research or innovation environment
  • A curious and quick learner, able to analyse information and communicate insights from their project
  • Effective written and verbal communication style
  • Customer-centric, focusing on creating the best experience for customers and on building relationships with customers
  • Possess a flexible and adaptable approach with evidence of working in highly dynamic and changing environments


What Can We Offer You?


You’ll be working with a team of dedicated specialists with a wide range of experience and skills across the aviation and innovation arenas. We are breaking new ground in the ways we work and have a dynamic and pioneering approach to addressing the challenges facing us.


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 (


Given the impact of Covid-19, it’s likely that you will work remotely to begin with as we plan for a return to work within the government guidelines.


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 24th June 2022


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.


You may be contacted before the closing date by our Talent Acquisition team to arrange an interview if the hiring manager deems your application to meet the required skill set.


Please note that due to the current Covid-19 situation, all interviews will be conducted online by video conference using Microsoft Teams.


No recruitment agencies please.

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