UK CAA Airspace Classification – Team Principal

Salary: Up to £70k depending on experience

Contract type: Permanent

Location: Gatwick but flexible working arrangements will be considered

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.

UK airspace has evolved in response to increasing demand from users and in particular the significant increase in demand from the general public for commercial air transport albeit in a piecemeal way. The CAA has worked alongside stakeholders to establish an Airspace Modernisation Strategy (AMS) which sets out a new shared objective between the CAA and the Department for Transport (DfT) for modernising airspace to deliver quicker, quieter and cleaner journeys and more capacity for the benefit of those who use and are affected by UK airspace.

Representing the Safety and Airspace Regulation Group, we are seeking a Team Principal to join our Future Airspace Team (FAT) at this exciting time within the UK airspace change programme.

The Role

You will provide a pivotal role by leading a team of technical experts responsible for shaping aspects of the future of UK airspace and air traffic management operating environments. Ensuring both international requirements and the objectives of the Airspace Modernisation Strategy are met, the team will provide affected stakeholders with support and guidance relating to the review and amendment of airspace blocks (within the UK) identified as operating sub-optimally for all users.

Your role will be to lead and manage the team in delivery of these aims. You will therefore: 

Establish and implement strategies for the efficient operation, seamless coordination and positive outcomes of the CAA airspace classification strategy’s portfolio of activity aimed to reduce unnecessary controlled airspace and increase airspace access. Be responsible for the team management for delivery of the end-to-end project in delivering the airspace classification programme. Contract manage short-term localized airspace and data specialists where required. Facilitate determined classification changes through the amendment process ensuring engagement with relevant airspace control authorities and other airspace user stakeholders. Ensure airspace specialist support for the Airspace Infringement groups. Support and at times, deputise for the Manager of the FAT, fulfilling the role of head of section as required.

About You

Ideally, you’ll have experience in air traffic management and specifically air traffic control operations in UK airspace in

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