Inspector ATS (Engineering)

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Date: 27 Mar 2024

Location: Gatwick, GB

Company: Civil Aviation Authority

Salary: £49,007 up to £65,343 per annum dependent upon experience, this role comes with an additional Market Related Supplement (MRS) of £7,440 per annum and a car allowance.


Contract Type: Permanent, 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


The post holder is accountable to the Principal Inspector ATM for the regulatory oversight of Air Traffic Management (ATM) arrangements at allocated Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) / designated sites.


This role involves frequent travel to UK (inc. Crown Dependencies) Airport ANSPs, and occasional travel to other CAA offices. May travel abroad in support of CAAi or Policy activities.


Core Accountabilities


The post holder is accountable to Principal Inspector ATM for:


  • The planning and conduct of audits and inspections as part of a programme of effective regulatory oversight of ANSPs and Air Traffic Service (ATS) Providers. 
  • Contributing to the Performance Based Oversight process as Technical Specialist for allocated Entities.
  • Assessment of fitness for purpose and Approval of Air Traffic Services equipment.
  • The assessment of competence of Air Traffic Engineering and ATSEPs at allocated ANSPs.
  • Participating effectively (in a technical expert role) in discussions on matters of regulatory policy and procedures.
  • Assisting (where technical expertise is required) in the incident investigation process by participating as a member (when required) of an investigations team.
  • Providing support to CAAi contracts as directed.


About You


The post holder will have a detailed understanding of the safety regulatory requirements associated with the planning, provision and operation of ATM systems and services in the UK.  In this regard, a detailed knowledge of the following documents is required:


  • UK Reg (EU) No 2017/373: Common Requirements for providers of air traffic management/air navigation services and other air traffic network functions and their oversight
  • CAP670
  • CAP760
  • CAP452
  • Relevant sections of CAP413 and the UK Air Navigation Order.




The post holder will:


  • Have a sound understanding of the principles of Safety and Quality Management. 
  • Have practical experience of the provision of ATM Services or Systems in accordance with a Safety Management System. 
  • Have the ability to assess and critique the effectiveness of an SMS at expert level.
  • Completed an appropriate training course in risk management techniques and have gained experience in the practical application of these techniques in an ATM environment. 
  • Have completed training in auditing skills and techniques. 
  • Ideally be a Chartered Engineer, will have a degree in an engineering discipline relevant to Air Traffic Engineering (ATE), and/or will have substantial practical experience of ATE provision in the UK.  The post holder will have a clear understanding of the contribution of Air Traffic Engineering to the wider context of service provision.
  • Be required to provide briefings of technical matters to a range of audiences, and must therefore have a confident but approachable style, be comfortable in communicating in a range of formats, and be able to present issues and supporting arguments in a concise yet comprehensive manner.


What Can We Offer You?


This is an opportunity to work amongst a highly skilled team of professionals. The work is varied and interesting and brings opportunities to engage at every level of Air Traffic Services from the smaller Flight Information Service (FIS) units to the en-route ATC provider (NERL).


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 and SC clearance please visit - Vetting explained - 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.


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.

Our Values


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


Closing Date: 1st May 2024

Interview Date: TBC –  May 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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