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Manager - Noise Modelling and International Studies

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Date: 21-Jun-2022

Location: London, GB

Company: Civil Aviation Authority

Salary: £52,109 to £69,477 dependant on experience


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


To lead and manage aircraft noise modelling project work and model development to accurately and objectively quantify aircraft noise exposure and impacts to support policy making in, and management of, aviation environmental issues.


This includes:


  • Delivering analysis and research on aircraft noise modelling and management
  • Providing expert technical advice to civil servants to inform UK government policy on aircraft noise
  • Producing high quality written material for use by CAA and Department for Transport (DfT)
  • Developing, maintaining, and operating the UK Aircraft Noise Contouring (ANCON) model and other relevant noise models and analysis software
  • Representing UK and assisting DfT in ICAO and ECAC technical working groups dealing with the environmental effects of aviation
  • Developing tools and delivering analysis relating to other environmental effects as appropriate


Core Accountabilities:


  • Motivate, train, retain and support recruitment of staff with appropriate qualifications and experience to meet business needs in accordance with the current business plan
  • Manage projects for DfT, from inception to delivery including all necessary scoping, resource management, quality assurance and internal/external reporting
  • Quality assurance of ERCD outputs
  • Drive modernisation of technical processes and finalise the recoding of the UK Aircraft Noise Contouring (ANCON) model
  • Support changes and/or reorganisation in ERCD to improve resilience and flexibility
  • Act as a technical advisor to the Department for Transport (DfT), attending technical working groups and meetings on their behalf, and providing a resilient service Act as a technical advisor to the CAA and other clients as necessary
  • Work with and support the Chief Technical Noise Advisor to represent UK on behalf of the DfT in ICAO and ECAC technical working groups dealing with the environmental effects of aviation
  • Provide briefing to ExCo and Chair/Chief Executive as required, and draft responses to correspondence from stakeholders
  • Maintain an up-to-date understanding of developments in aircraft noise and performance, and fleet mix characteristics of commercial aviation
  • Maintain links with academic and other institutions primarily in the field of aviation noise, but also other environmental issues


About You


To be considered for the role you must have:


  • A minimum of an undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a subject with significant scientific, engineering, computing or mathematical content (or a combination of) with at least five years relevant work experience
  • Knowledge of the physics associated with aircraft in flight, aviation environmental impacts and the acoustics of sound propagation would be desirable, but if not, the willingness and ability to learn would be essential
  • Good project management skills with ability to deliver consultancy and software development projects on time
  • Proven people management skills and the ability to supervise junior staff in complex technical analysis
  • Strong analytical skills and good attention to detail are essential. Microsoft Excel and Access skills are essential, and experience in computer programming (preferably VBA, C#, and SQL) would be desirable
  • The ability to engage with and collaborate effectively across the CAA from the CEO right through all the levels. Evidence of good interpersonal and matrix working skills is essential
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills, with the ability to adapt approach to explain technical subjects at a level appropriate to the audience


What Can We Offer You?


You’ll be working with a team of dedicated specialists with a wide range of experience and skills across the aviation and environmental arenas. This is an opportunity to apply and develop your technical skills to provide the highest quality objective information on the noise and wider environmental impacts of aviation, in support of those developing policies aiming reduce these impacts.


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, discounted gym membership in London, a free onsite gym at the Gatwick office, 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: Tuesday 5th July 2022

Interview Date: W/C Monday 18th July 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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