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Director UK Airprox Board

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Date: 17-Jun-2022

Location: Northolt, GB

Company: Civil Aviation Authority

Salary: Up to £90,000 Basic Salary


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 changing aviation environment.


The UK Airprox Board (UKAB) is sponsored jointly and funded equally by the Civil Aviation Authority and the Military Aviation Authority (MAA). Focused purely on enhancing Air Safety through the avoidance of airborne conflict and mid-air collisions, UKAB retains operational independence from both regulators in order to maintain demonstrable separation for Airprox Evaluations.


These evaluations are conducted by drawing together evidence from regulators, investigators, aircraft operators and air navigation service providers to construct a single definitive picture of UK airspace mid-air collision risk, draw lessons and make recommendations with the sole aim of augmenting Air Safety for all airspace users.


The Role


For administrative purposes you’ll report to the CAA Chief Operating Officer and, as part of the leadership team, will contribute to the strategic commitments of the CAA. The Director MAA will also expect you to take part in the MAA Military Operators Council.


You will lead the team that collates investigations and furnishes the Board with the information to make accurate and consistent evaluations of the risk of collision for any particular Airprox event. You will report on the circumstances, contributory factors, and risk of collision for all near-mid-air collision occurrences in UK airspace.


You will support the wider CAA in the transitioning from the current ECCAIRS safety database to ECCAIRS 2, ensuring that UKAB interests are represented and the resultant ECCAIRS 2 UKAB solution is Fit for Purpose.


This is a safety-critical role, focused on reducing airborne conflicts and mid-air-collisions by providing feedback, insights, and improvement about the efficiency of UK airspace and the performance of pilots and controllers.


Core Accountabilities Include:


  • Lead the activities by setting policy and developing the Airprox assessment and reporting processes for all elements of UK Aviation (Civil and Military)
  • As chair of the assessment panel you will guide the meetings on assessment, risk, and recommendation development
  • Lead the Airprox team (currently 7) responsible for maintaining the database, providing analysis, reporting themes and issues, and monitoring responses to safety recommendations
  • Act as champion of safety improvements resulting from assessments, ensuring that lessons are shared across the UK aviation sector
  • Be the primary focus for UK Airprox matters, developing and maintaining relationships with key partners at a national and international level


About You


We are looking for you to lead further development of the Airprox Board to embrace evolving safety management techniques that meet the CAA’s and MAA’s requirements based on your own assessments and initiative.

We want someone who has an intuitive feel for the air environment through substantial, broadly-based, and recent UK aviation experience within either a military or civil context. You'll need to hold, or have held, a professional civil pilot’s license or military equivalent.


As an experienced leader you will have a consistent track-record of leadership and motivating professional teams, ideally at senior management or military OF5/ 1* levels.

By being an excellent communicator, you'll influence at the most senior levels, including demonstrable skills in analysis and chairing large meetings.


Experience and competence in office-IT systems is essential (e.g. Intermediate capability with Excel), with the ability to acquire the skills to support the development, recording and analysis of the UKAB database.


It will be helpful, but not essential, if you possess Air Safety Regulation/Management and/or accident/incident investigation experience and are a graduate in Air Safety Management.

Other compatible experience could see you being a Commercial Air Transport Captain, Chief pilot, or a Military aviator with OF5/1* leadership.


What Can We Offer You?


This role has a high degree of day-to-day autonomy and is ideally suited to self-starters who are comfortable with taking on a leadership role and influencing beyond their authority.  Lessons learnt from Airprox have a direct bearing on safety of life and this role provides a direct opportunity to use your extensive aviation experience to improve the understanding and practical activities of aviators across all aircraft groups ranging from drones to large commercial operators.


Allied to this, and with mid-air-collision being high on the risk registers of both the CAA and MAA, you will have the opportunity to positively influence the policies and strategies of both of these regulators, and their civil and military counterparts, in this and associated areas.


Additional Information


Although a Hybrid role, your normal place of work will be at RAF Northolt and there will be frequent travel to other CAA/MoD offices to participate in meetings, along with occasional travel within the UK to give presentations on Airprox lessons and issues. Occasional international travel will also be required.

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 (


Working With Us

We offer a range of fantastic benefits such as flexible working arrangements, gym facilities at RAF Northolt and our Gatwick office if you’re visiting, 28 days annual leave, a competitive 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 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: Friday 1st July 2022

Interview Date: W/C 11th July – exact date TBC


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.

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