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Strategic Talent Acquisition Specialist

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Date: 11-Jan-2022

Location: Gatwick, GB

Company: Civil Aviation Authority


Salary: £48,454 to £65,000pa depending on experience


Contract Type: 18months FTC


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


This is an exciting brand-new role with the purpose being to create a CAA resourcing strategy, aligning it to our current and future resourcing needs and reflecting our Diversity & Inclusion ambitions as we move towards a more flexible and agile workforce.   You will be responsible for ensuring we secure the right talent, with the right capability and aim to support our strategic ambitions. This role is instrumental in defining the sourcing, attraction and assessment strategies for Senior Hires, Experienced Hires and Graduate / Emerging Talent/Apprentices.


The role will be working closely with our Talent Acquisition consultants in the HR Delivery Team, Strategic People Partners and the Emerging Talent Lead.  You will partner with the business to understand the hiring needs and future capability needs, operating at a senior level to recommend appropriate routes to market and sourcing strategies, whilst acting as custodian of our external resourcing brand.


Other accountabilities include;


  • Define and drive through the implementation of the CAA resourcing strategy to meet our strategic capability needs.


  • Identify resourcing strategy trends and forecast future demand and the impact this will have on the CAA resourcing strategy.


  • Lead on implementing alternative sourcing methods (e.g. direction of strategic campaign thinking, specialist panels, outsourcing options) aligning to best practice.


  • Set overall direction for the creation of talent pipelines.


  • Introduce a consistent assessment and selection process across the organisation considering how they align with organisation culture and wider people assessments.  Explore the use of psychometric assessments where appropriate.


  • Collaborate and work closely with the Horizon team to ensure we are aligned to key resourcing priorities and future needs.


  • Lead on Exec and NED recruitment & market mapping for Exec and Key Role Succession.


  • Analyse and evaluate key analytics & market trends to aid decisions and inform strategy


  • Evaluate current talent acquisition processes and create an improved approach, collaborating with the TA team to turn strategy into operational delivery.


  • Strategic management of PSL


About You


The ideal candidate will bring a strong external network and experience across both the Senior & Experienced Hires, and Early Careers arenas, together with a demonstrated understanding of strategic resource planning, supplier and campaign management and social media recruitment.



Further proficiencies include:


  • Pushing talent acquisition change programmes from both a strategic and operative level
  • Highly organised and excellent communicator
  • Ability to be strategic and tactical when making decisions
  • Interpersonal and motivational skills; you should be capable of building relationships across the organisation. 
  • Increasing talent sourcing within the organisation by improving direct hiring 
  • Influencing employees at all levels to support your decisions and proposed plans 


What Can We Offer You?


As well as working within a friendly, supportive, flexible and outcome focussed HR Team, this role will provide you with a fantastic opportunity to be involved in strategic change and influencing at the highest level 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 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 (www.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: 25th January 2022

Interview Date: First round interviews will be conducted W/C 31st January, followed by a second stage interview W/C 7th February 2022


Please note that due to the current Covid-19 situation, all interviews will be conducted online by video conference using Microsoft Teams.


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