Principal - Sustainability Panel Secretariat

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Date: 3 Jul 2024

Location: Gatwick, GB

Company: Civil Aviation Authority

Salary: £49,007 up to £65,343 dependent upon experience

Contract Type: Full-time, Fixed-term, 12 months.

Security Level: BPSS


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


You will play a leading role in driving the delivery of the CAA’s Environmental Sustainability Strategy, working across the CAA and with key external stakeholders. You will work very closely with all parts of the CAA to develop new policies and identify where new legislation or regulatory action may be needed to drive better environmental outcomes and embed sustainability into our decision making.  Working closely with government departments, industry and academia, the role will play an active part in driving forward the work the CAA needs to do to enable the industry to meet the UK’s Net Zero 2050 target. Working with our Sustainability Panel and our environmental reporting programme, the role will help to build the CAA’s understanding of aviation’s impact on people and the environment.


Core Accountabilities


Environmental Sustainability Strategy


  • Delivering the refresh of the Environmental Sustainability Strategy and working with colleagues across the CAA and the Sustainability Panel to drive and support delivery of the seven key areas of work identified in the Strategy . This will focus on enabling the transition to Jet Zero technology, providing environmental information to consumers and the public, as well as supporting projects within the Sustainability Team to ensure a strategic focus to our work.  A key part of the roles will be to help CAA teams across the organisation take concrete steps to embed sustainability into our work and decision-making, particularly in relation to our roles in enabling new innovative technology, Airspace Modernisation and Economic regulation.
  • Manage the Environmental Sustainability Strategy governance through the Sustainability Programme Board – an internal CAA delivery board.


Policy and legislation


  • Developing sustainability policies within the Sustainability Team on matters such as consumer information, zero emission flight, non-CO2, noise and air quality, and supporting other CAA teams where relevant to ensure sustainability is considered in their policy development. 
  • Identify areas for more focussed legislation to support the CAA’s sustainability priorities and work with the Department for Transport colleagues to drive and manage the development of potential new legislation.


Stakeholder engagement


  • Managing the CAA’s Environmental Sustainability Panel, working closely with the Panel’s Chair to support the Panel in their operation and serving as the link between the Panel and the CAA by building strong relationships between Panel members and key internal CAA colleagues, including the CAA’s ExCo and Board. Support CAA staff in their engagement with the Panel to ensure that the relationship is effective, outcome focused and helps to deliver our Environmental Sustainability Strategy.
  • Manage the Sustainability Team’s approach for stakeholder engagement, including CAA colleagues and leadership team, government, academia, technical experts, industry and international entities to promote our sustainability work and enable wider understanding of sustainability issues across the CAA, including Net Zero and noise. 
  • Support the ongoing development of the Sustainability Team through on-going development of the Sustainability Learning Hub and contributing to ongoing projects including sustainability reporting, consumer information provision, and the Jet Zero challenge, through strategic support, analysis and report writing.


About You


  • Essential to be able to demonstrate clear strategic policy thinking on a range of complex and challenging problems, ideally within an environmental, aviation and/or regulatory context. 
  • Essential to be able to demonstrate clear ability to design, develop and implement complex, controversial strategy, and policy, showing critical thinking, drive and organisational abilities aligned with the CAA values.  
  • Strong experience of stakeholder engagement, including challenging external stakeholders.  
  • Experience of managing panels, forums, or providing board or equivalent management.
  • Excellent communication, presentation, and engagement skills with an ability to influence at all levels. 
  • Experience of drafting clear, concise briefing notes and position papers for dissemination throughout the CAA and externally. 
  • Knowledge of public policy approach to sustainability issues and aviation’s carbon impacts. 
  • Understanding of consumer and public research techniques and how user input informs and drives policy development would be an advantage.  


What Can We Offer You?


We can offer you a challenging but rewarding role, with an ability to influence the future sustainability of the sector. You will have opportunities to develop, gain new skills and work collaboratively across different departments within the CAA.


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 you must have the right to work in the UK so that meaningful checks can be undertaken.


If you do not meet these requirements, we may not be able to accept your application.


For more information on BPSS clearance please visit - BPSS clearance


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.


Inclusive Recruitment


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. 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.

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 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 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!

Our Values

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

Closing Date: 24th July 2024

Interview Date: w/c 29th July 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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