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Policy Specialist - International Agreements

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Date: 22-Jul-2021

Location: Gatwick, GB

Company: Civil Aviation Authority

Salary: £48,545 up to £60,000 dependant upon experience

Contract Type: Permanent, full time


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

Data from 2019 shows that UK exports of aerospace products made up over 80% of the total UK aerospace market. UK aerospace manufacturers, operators and maintenance organisations are able to function more effectively, maintaining high levels of safety, through the development of international agreements, standards, and processes. The international agreements function of the CAA plays a pivotal role in crafting an environment that promotes international cooperation on safety matters. As well as this, it takes the lead in the creation of robust, easy to navigate arrangements and agreements that reduce bureaucracy and duplication of effort with the aim of supporting global trade.


As a Policy Specialist in this area it will be your responsibility to develop policy that both ensures the highest standards of aviation safety while also enabling the industry to thrive. Additionally, you will support colleagues in wider CAA and DfT with the aim of establishing robust and practical arrangements between the UK and other countries. This is achieved through negotiations in both national and international contexts. As well as this, you must consider how policy fits with relevant guidelines, such as Better Regulation and SMART principles.


This role’s focus on international safety agreements means that you will often partner with a wide variety of individuals. These include everything from nation states to other regulatory bodies. It is our goal in these discussions to develop as streamlined and collaborative a relationship as possible. To this end, you will have to deftly balance cultural sensitivity with the CAA / UK's strategic objectives. This may require in-depth analysis, negotiating tactics, mutual acceptance of each other’s positions as well as lateral thinking when problem solving.


This is an extremely exciting opportunity for someone to directly impact the UK's aviation safety and industrial strategy. This is at a time when the UK's entrepreneurial spirit is at an all-time high and where we, the CAA, have the chance to define ourselves as a world leader in aviation safety.


About You

  • Proven experience in the development and negotiation of inter-company, cross industrial or international agreements
  • Some experience in the drafting and development of policy
  • Possess in-depth and broad knowledge of the aviation industry
  • Have an extensive understanding of global legislation, regulatory frameworks and concepts such as Performance Based Oversight, Risk Assessment, Safety Management Systems etc.
  • An excellent written and verbal communicator who is used to collaborating with governmental, industrial, and regulatory partners


Additional Information


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 fantastic 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!


Wherever possible, we offer flexible and variable working hours to help our people effectively manage all areas of their lives. We are an equal opportunity employer and actively encourage applications from candidates of all backgrounds.


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.


Closing Date: 09/08/2021

Interview Date: w/c 16/08/2021


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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