Director of Air Support
The Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S) organization is proud to manage exciting and complex projects that equip and support the UKâ€™s Armed Forces. From jet engines in the sky to submarines beneath the seas, there is no area off-limits amidst the services we provide to the UK troops serving across the whole of the globe. Headquartered in Bristol, we employ around 12,000 staff and over the next 10 years we will deliver an equipment and support programme of some Â£157 billion to the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force.
The breadth and depth of what we do means a career with us gives you fantastic variety, challenge and career development. The Director of Air Support role utilizes managerial and leadership capabilities to ensure the delivery of safe equipment to the Royal Air Force. Recent projects have included the acquisition and development of the Voyager strategic air tanker and transport aircraft, A400M Atlas strategic and tactical air transport aircraft, Air Seeker electronic surveillance aircraft and the procurement of 9 new P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft. This appointment demands strong programme management competences, and carries a 2-star airworthiness delegation, once approved competent by the Military Aviation Authority as the MODâ€™s internal regulator. We want your unique contribution and energy as you become a key enabler in managing your Operating Centre(OC).
With threats against the UK ever present and growing, the work we do here in DE&S is of great importance, ensuring our organization is shaped to meet the current and long-term needs of our national defence programme.
As the Director of Air Support your duties will include:
â€¢ Strategically manage the operations of through-life Delivery Teams responsible for the delivery of a portfolio of programmes, delivering new capabilities and in-service support to meet the needs of its customer base;
â€¢ Approving a Projectâ€™s Airworthiness Strategy for achieving military type certification/Release to Service and managing all subsequent Type Airworthiness arrangements;
â€¢ Strong leadership to create a team identity, including engagement with industry and the targeted use of resources to deliver strong support to operations;
â€¢ Management, governance and delivery of safe equipment that meet their Performance, Time and Cost (PCT) targets;
â€¢ Maintain rigorous risk management across the operation, improving risk assessment, increasing harmonisation, applying the elevation process and risk reporting at an OC level;
â€¢ Act as a member on the Air domain senior team, influencing change across the business;
â€¢ Strengthen the capabilities of people working within the OC through working with the Corporate Functional Managers (CFMs) and the Domain Functional Managers (DFMs);
â€¢ Provide corporate support to wider MOD initiatives.
Professional Knowledge and Experience:
The successful Director of Air Support will have:
â€¢ Experience and knowledge of operating in a senior leadership role within a large, diverse and complex organisation, including managing a business area responsible for strategic delivery of major capital and labour-intensive programmes and/or services;
â€¢ Substantial experience of interfacing with external stakeholders, with an ability to understand the nuances and differences between the public and private spheres. Be able to influence across cultures, nations, organisations, suppliers and customers, with the composure to work under sustained pressure and public scrutiny;
â€¢ Hold as a minimum an engineering degree, be a Chartered Engineer and be able to demonstrate deep experience in either civil or military aviation in design or operations with senior positions held in an airworthiness chain;
â€¢ Financial Management experience including the management of budgets.
â€¢ Strong background in commercial and KPI-driven industrial environments.
Shortlisted candidates will be required to complete and submit an assessment of Airworthiness Competence to the Military Airworthiness Authority prior to attending a final interview and would be expected to reach the required level of airworthiness authority no later than 6 months after commencement of the appointment.