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Space Engineering Manager

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Date: 10-Feb-2021

Location: London, GB

Company: Civil Aviation Authority

Salary: Up to £100,000 dependent upon experience

Contract type: Full time, 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.


Think the sky’s your limit?


At the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), we’re the UK’s independent aviation regulator. We oversee and regulate all aspects of civil aviation, ensuring the highest safety standards. With many responsibilities and areas of expertise, we offer some exceptionally exciting roles. The Government has identified its intention for the CAA to become the new home for the Space Regulator. Space is a new domain for the CAA, so we are looking to develop an experienced team to regulate future space activities, from constellations to launch.


As the Space Engineering Manager you will take on the function of ‘Chief Engineer’ and be responsible for the delivery of key departmental engineering processes, namely engineering assurance, assessment and analysis of all licensee space activity permissions. This role is essential to not only the CAA’s future development but the entire UKs national interests. It will support this by ensuring that the nation meets its requirements under the Space Industry Act (SIA), Outer Space Act (OSA) and Air Navigation Order (ANO) in all its space-based endeavours. These responsibilities go to the very heart of future UK government policy and therefore need someone who is experienced in managing a variety of obligations, including financial liability as well as compliance and monitoring activity.


The role offers a fundamentally unique opportunity to be part strategic direction and development of something truly ground-breaking. Its function will not only shape how a cutting-edge industry grows but also acts as a safeguard for the public and their interests. It speaks to a higher purpose in life, while also offering you a highly technical and diverse set of day to day challenges, from specifics like launch vehicle design to wider remits like full mission analysis. However, these challenges aren’t just limited to engineering assessment activity and will require someone who can weave themselves into the very fabric of this burgeoning industry. You will deal with leaders from all walks of life and will develop networks of stakeholders from government, legal and industry backgrounds, in the UK as well as overseas.


This is an exciting opportunity to join a new team that will lead the technical regulatory oversight of future UK space activities.


Join us to discover your limitless potential.


A full job description is available for this role. To request this please email TalentAcquisition@caa.co.uk, stating the nature of your enquiry, and a member of the talent acquisition team will be back in touch to help.


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 offer a range of fantastic 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: 24/02/2021

Interview Date: w/c 01/03/2021


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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