Ref: 1626649

Original Listing

Company: 1626649

Salary: £70,000 - £100,000

Closing Date: Closing date: 14 Apr 2019

Location: Bristol, MOD Abbey Wood, BS34 8JH

Head of Airworthiness



Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S) is proud to manage exciting and complex projects that equip and support the UK’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 people and over the next 10 years we shall deliver an equipment and support programme of some £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 Head of DE&S Airworthiness Team (DAT) utilises managerial and leadership capabilities to act as the principal point of contact within DE&S for all matters related to technical airworthiness. We want your unique contribution and energy as you become a key enabler in providing Airworthiness Policy, Air Safety Management and in providing Airworthiness Technical Support.

With threats against the UK ever present and growing, the work we do here in DE&S is of great importance, ensuring our organisation is shaped to meet the current and long-term needs of our national defence programme.

As the Head of DAT, your duties will include:

•Personal accountability to the 3-star CoM(Air) for assurance of technical work undertaken in DE&S to ensure the continued Airworthiness of all MOD aircraft;
•Providing a point of contact for the relevant Regulatory Bodies on behalf of DE&S;
•Representing DAT at DE&S Board-level and on behalf of the CoM(Air) and DE&S to the MOD (e.g. Military Aviation Authority, Defence Standards);
•Acting as the representative for MOD and DE&S to expert bodies nationally and internationally (e.g. North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) working groups);
•Issuing policy and guidance to DE&S Delivery Teams required to establish and sustain Technical Airworthiness;
•Providing professional services to DE&S Delivery Teams on behalf of the Engineering Function, including advice on certification, research, regulations and assurance;
•Participating in the design and delivery of the Engineering Function governance as a member of the Engineering Committee; and
•Leading and managing DAT, a team consisting of fifteen to sixteen people.

What you need to succeed:

•A breadth of expertise across the range of topics within Airworthiness and the ability to work with senior leaders to influence and guide strategic decisions;
•Provide creative and innovative solutions to complex problems and provide guidance at a strategic level;
•The appropriate qualifications and registrations as a Chartered Engineer in the field of Airworthiness;
•Will have direct experience of holding and operating within the terms of a formal Letter of Airworthiness Authority; and
•Experience in developing and delivering against budgets and forecasts.

What you’ll get in return:

•An opportunity to make a real difference during a time of change;
•An immense personal pride from being the force behind our Armed Forces;
•Up to £100,000 salary and eligibility for an annual performance related bonus; and
•A highly competitive benefit pension scheme with low employee contributions.