Future Approvals Manager

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  • Location

    Farnborough, Hampshire

  • Sector:

    Aerospace and Defence

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  • Salary:

    Up to £40.00 per hour

  • Contact:

    Jackie O'Sullivan

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  • Published:

    10 months ago

  • Duration:

    12 Months

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Are you ready to help define the future of the stratosphere?

A vacancy for a Zephyr Future Approvals Manager has arisen within our Defence & Space client at Farnborough.

The Zephyr is a record breaking High Altitude Long Endurance solar-electric powered remotely piloted aircraft system (RPAS) capable of persistent operations in the stratosphere over many months. Zephyr has held the world record for the longest unrefuelled air plane flight since 2010 and after continuous development, the system is now poised to demonstrate its full potential. This is your opportunity to be part of an exciting programme at the leading edge of global RPAS & High Altitude Pseudo Satellite (HAPS) operations.

Working with senior international and national stakeholders, you will be required to enable airspace, safety (airworthiness) and operating approvals for Zephyr operations at three levels:

* Influence emerging regulatory and air traffic management requirements to enable safe and cost-effective Zephyr operations
* Develop a strategy for Zephyr approvals to assure future operational capability in response to business needs
* Deliver near-term approvals to enable specific Zephyr operations across a number of countries, locations and airspace boundaries

Tasks and Accountability's

Working with engineering and regulatory authorities you will be responsible for:
* Building strong relationships with international regulatory authorities and customers to challenge conventional thinking and lay the foundations for Zephyr approvals aligned with novel technology and concepts of operations
* Supporting business development teams to devise viable approvals solutions to meet customer and internal requirements
* Working with design and operating teams to maintain an ambitious approvals road map for Zephyr services and capabilities
* Achieving business sign-off for approval deliverables
* Architecting and delivering approvals solutions to enable timely service start-up
* Staying abreast of emerging technologies, regulations and stakeholders for stratospheric RPAS
This role will involve considerable business travel.

Essential skills and experience
Successful candidate must demonstrate the following skills and experience:
* Well-developed collaboration and relationship-building skills at senior level and, preferably, in an international environment
* Broad experience in regulatory approvals covering both operational and technical domains
* Track record of leadership in cross-functional teams across multiple locations, languages, markets and working styles
* Strategic and innovative thinker with proven capability to influence both internally and externally
* Experience at senior level within a regulatory environment with a demonstrable delivery track record
* Ability to define, develop and deliver complex multi-stakeholder programs in a fast-paced, rapidly changing environment

Successful candidates will demonstrate many of the following attributes:
* A broad, preferably international, network within the aviation and RPAS domains
* Experience in dealing directly with aviation authorities at senior level
* A broad knowledge of the latest developments and regulatory changes in the RPAS and wider aviation domains
* A good understanding of national and international air traffic management, airspace and flight rules as they pertain to high-altitude RPAS operations

Someone from an Aviation regulatory background is is essential to this role, possibly from a satellite provider and used to working between the regulatory bodies and the product provider.

The successful candidate will need to be eligible to gain UK SC Security Clearance.