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Principal - Airspace Modernisation Programme Oversight

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Date: 18-Sep-2021

Location: Gatwick, GB

Company: Civil Aviation Authority

Salary: £48,545 up to £60,000 dependent upon experience
Contract Type: full time, permanent


We are the UK's aviation regulator and are 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
Airspace is a crucial part of the UK’s infrastructure. Upgrading airspace is essential to open up airspace for all users, including general aviation flyers and new types of aircraft, such as drones, to provide the opportunity for reducing noise and to improve capacity for the aviation industry to reduce traffic delays when the demand returns. Critically, the emissions savings modernisation can deliver are a key component of the UK’s commitment to reach net zero by 2050. 


The Department for Transport (DfT) and CAA are co-sponsors of airspace modernisation. The Airspace Modernisation Strategy (AMS) was originally published by the CAA in 2018 and is currently made up of 15 industry-led initiatives, all of which require clear governance and oversight, to ensure delivery on the overall strategic aims of modernisation. 


To this end, we are looking for an experienced project/programme governance professional to act as the Principal for this unique and seismic programme of work.


As the Principal, your main responsibility will be to ensure that oversight and reporting on all AMS initiatives are aligned to the governance structure, agreed processes and reporting methods. This will require you to integrate and influence the various industry delivery groups through the building of positive relationships, utilisation of programme governance insight, setting up new processes and procedures to support that, and effective leadership. 


To achieve the desired programme outcomes, you will have to walk with your industrial partners every step of the way. This includes everything from the oversight of the initial implementation and stakeholder engagement plans development,  to the tracking of the work schedules against the plan. This is vital in allowing you to proactively identify, track and raise any risks and cross-dependencies that may impact the AMS delivery. Your assessments will go to the very heart of Government and will be presented to the DfT regularly, and Secretary of State on an annual basis.


About You

  • Extensive Project/Programme Management experience, preferably in a customer facing PMO or Programme Governance context
  • Proven track record in building positive, long standing relationships with partners and customers
  • Possess a driven, delivery focussed demeanour
  • Excellent social, listening and communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Experienced in the production of a wide array of reports with a tacit understanding of how to communicate highly sophisticated and technical subject matter to a wide audience, including to the general public
  • A formal Project Management certificate, e.g. PRINCE2, PMP, PMBOK, PMI, P3O, PMQ etc


What Can We Offer You?
This is a rare and exciting opportunity to play a vital role in one of the most complex modernisation programmes of UK airspace. Your work will support policy and strategy decision making at the very highest levels and will help facilitate new technologies and innovations including commercial space flight and drone operations.

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 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 offer a range of phenomenal 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: 04/10/2021
Interview Date: w/c 11/10/2021



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