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Portfolio Manager - Aviation and Travel Finance

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Date: 15-Jun-2022

Location: London, GB

Company: Civil Aviation Authority

Salary: Salary to be discussed at interview

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.


The Role


We are looking for a Portfolio Manager with strong credit analysis skills to join our busy Aviation & Travel Finance and Licensing department (“ATFL”). We financially supervise and regulate the UK’s leading airlines and tour operators. In doing so we also manage the Air Travel Trust (“ATT”) fund, which was set up to repatriate and refund ATOL protected customers in case of failure of an ATOL protected tour operator.


The UK travel market is currently experiencing one of the largest challenges ever faced and you will be at the front of helping shape the regulatory approach as operators seek to recover from the impact of Covid-19.


You will conduct in depth analysis of the financial viability of your portfolio of companies (up to 15), looking at both the qualitative and quantitative drivers of their performance.


In addition to the above you will also be responsible for:


  • Creating relationships with CEO's, CFO's and other senior management within your portfolio
  • Identifying early licensing actions on deteriorating credits
  • Providing CAA Senior Management verbal and written presentations of analysis that identifies the key issues and making recommendations for future actions
  • Supporting the management team, including undertaking projects as requested
  • Taking a leading role in handling complex cases (e.g. companies in financial distress, leveraged buy-outs)
  • Identifying where practices and policy do not achieve their aim and make suggestions on how they can be improved
  • Monitoring trends in the market



About You


You will need to be dedicated and think creatively to improve analytical methods and monitoring tools to address issues raised by a dynamic and developing industry. Strong communication and influencing skills and the ability to carry conviction with external partners at a high level will ensure success in this role.


This role would suit a ‘self-starter’ with a growth attitude and desire to learn, who also displays a strong resilience and ability to defend their view when challenged.


Other skills will include:


Experience in credit risk management and/or a financial qualification (e.g. ACA, ACCA, CFA or equivalent) or other relevant experience.


Knowledge and experience in accounting and economics; corporate finance; debt and equity financing; corporate restructuring; or strategic analysis would be an advantage

Experience in understanding of lending facilities and loan documentation


An understanding of policy and regulatory issues affecting UK airlines and travel industries is helpful but not essential


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: 10/07/2022

Interview Date: could start as early as w/c 18/07/2022


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.


No recruitment agencies please.




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