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Policy Principal - Future Systems Deployment

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Date: 13-May-2022

Location: Gatwick, GB

Company: Civil Aviation Authority

Salary: £58,614 up to £72,000 dependent upon 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.


Forming part of the Safety and Airspace Regulation Group, our Future Airspace Team (FAT) is recruiting for a ‘Technical Team’ Principal to drive forward development and deployment work involving GNSS Approaches and Electronic Conspicuity in the UK.


The Role


As a Tech Team Principal, you will own the delivery of the programmes of ‘GNSS and PinS Approaches into licensed/Unlicensed sites without Approach Controllers’, and for ‘the development of a National Standard for the carriage and use of Electronic Conspicuity (EC) devices (primarily amongst General Aviation and RPAS)’. Both of these programmes serve to ensure the most efficient and equitable use of UK Airspace whilst reducing to a minimum the risk of Mid-Air Collision. In this role you will work across a wide range of Airspace, ATM and industry entities. You will contribute to a significant change in airspace history as you work to change the way aspects of UK airspace operates.


In this role you will therefore:

  • Ensure the delivery of a national EC standard and rollout plan; ensuring full involvement of all relevant partners.
  • Facilitate the rollout of GNSS and PinS Approaches to both licensed and unlicensed sites, enabling recovery operations in poorer weather.
  • Manage the GNSS Facilitation Team in delivery of that task.
  • Engage with airspace control authorities to enable a safe transition to the new outcome in line with ICAO SARPS and PANS
  • Actively liaise with the CAA’s Airspace Regulation team to ensure that potential changes to airspace designation and rules are in line with their regulatory requirements.
  • Work with partner groups to actively promote all aspects of EC and GNSS use for GA and act as a technical specialist at internal and external meetings and groups.


About You


You will have extensive experience of airspace change principles, air traffic management and air traffic control operations in UK airspace, ideally gained through an operational, or a similar, aviation related position such as aircrew or as an air traffic controller. You will also hold previous experience of undertaking research and analysing findings, with the ability to make sound judgements.


A strong collaborator: you will be rapidly able to establish personal credibility with members of the public, technical specialists and airport operators, developing constructive relationships as you go. You will demonstrate effective communication skills both written and oral in engaging with contacts at all levels throughout the CAA and externally.



Your will be innovative and able to develop novel solutions, based on your detailed understanding of air traffic management and aviation law principles. You will have the capability to drive through these solutions proactively, with minimum supervision, while working collaboratively with a multi-disciplined team.


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: 27/05/2022

Interview Date: w/c 06/06/2022


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.


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