Deputy Director, Technology and International Aviation and Deputy Director, Aviation Policy

London (Central), London (Greater)
15 Oct 2019
15 Nov 2019
Full Time
Contract Type



About the job The UK’s transport system is used by most of the population every day, whether travelling to and from work, school, shops, hospitals, or just meeting friends and family. Nearly all journeys use the local roads network. The international freight industry ensures that there are food and goods in the shops, and prompt delivery of parts and raw materials. Most of the transport industry is in the private sector: much of it is subject to safety or economic regulation, often under international agreement; some of it – especially public transport – is subsidised by the taxpayer. Job description

Deputy Director, Technology and International Aviation

The Deputy Director will lead and motivate a team of c. 25 people responsible for maintaining the UK’s position as the third largest aviation network in the world. This includes overseeing our role in the UN Aviation Agency in Montreal, the UK’s approach to and shaping of the rules of the international aviation system, negotiation of aviation trade deals (known as Air Service Agreements), and shaping a new aviation relationship with Europe after Brexit. The role is also responsible for emerging aviation technologies, which are being grappled with around the world, including drones and commercial spacefllght.

You will be working in close partnership with the Director of Aviation (who also acts as the UK’s Director General of Civil Aviation), and will be a part of the senior management team for a directorate of over 200 staff. You will also work closely with the Secretary of State and Aviation Minister, their offices and Special Advisers.

You will also work closely with the Civil Aviation Authority, and have close working relationship with both the aviation industry (especially airports and airlines), and your counterparts in national aviation authorities around the world.

Deputy Director, Aviation Policy

Acting with a high degree of autonomy and reporting directly to the Aviation Director you will lead a diverse team with a deep knowledge of their subject areas.

As Head of Aviation Policy Division you will personally lead on the relationship with national airports and airspace managers (including NATS) and CAA noise and airspace leads. You will also lead on contact with environmental and community representatives and represent the Department on relevant bodies including the Heathrow Strategic Noise Forum and the CAA Future Airspace Strategy Deployment Board. The post holder will be responsible both for policy and strategy development and relationship management.

The post holder will need to be analytically strong with excellent political judgement and a clear understanding of risk management and the need to create the right incentives to ensure successful delivery across the range of responsibilities.


Deputy Director, Technology and International Aviation

•International Aviation policy and representation – overseeing the UK’s approach to shaping the rules of the international aviation system, ensuring the global industry is liberalized, safe and secure, including through the UN Aviation agency in Montreal, and through the European network

•Air Service Agreement negotiations – overseeing the programme of aviation trade negotiations, working with industry and improving the UK’s international connectivity

•A new aviation relationship with Europe – overseeing all planning for Brexit scenarios, including yellowhammer response (note much of the contingency planning is completed), and shaping a new future aviation relationship with Europe as part of the Brexit negotiations.

•Manage the UK’s Permanent Representative (Ambassador) at ICAO in Montreal, and the First Secretary Transport in the British Embassy in Washington DC.

•Drones policy – taking forward an ever growing strategy for the safe and responsible use of drones in the UK, ensuring we benefit from the economic opportunity, while also ensuring responsible use of drones. This includes delivery of a drones bill.

•Commercial spaceflight policy – overseeing a programme of secondary legislation to enable first space launch from UK in 2020s

•Aviation innovation policy – provide thought leadership in the implications of automation, electrification, and digitalisation for aviation in the 21st century.

Deputy Director, Aviation Policy

•Delivery of a major airspace reform consultation – including handling the interdependencies with the airport capacity decision, the lead on national consultation events, and consideration of Airports Commission proposals for an Independent Noise Authority.

•Delivery of the NATS (the main UK air traffic control company) reform programme – ensuring balance between NATS' ability to raise finance and the long term resilience and growth, and the effective oversight of NATS monopoly position by the Civil Aviation Authority. Lead with corporate finance colleagues on the policy rationale and options for a possible sale of the Government shareholding in NATS.

•Leading the Aviation strategy refresh on the key areas of planning policy, regional connectivity, and airspace, informing preparations for EU Exit where appropriate.


"Being part of our brilliant Civil Service means you will have access to a wide range of fantastic benefits.

This includes:
- a generous annual leave entitlement,
- attractive pension options,
- flexible working,
- good career development opportunities,
- a variety of career paths,
- inclusive working environments and much more to support a healthy work/life balance."

Things you need to know Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check. Selection process details

To apply for this post, you will need to complete the online application process by no later than 23:55, Sunday October 27th. You will be asked to submit the following:

1. Some basic, personal information;
2. A CV setting out your career history, with key responsibilities and achievements. Please ensure you have provided reasons for any gaps within the last two years
3. A Statement of Suitability (max 1250 words) explaining how you consider your personal skills, qualities and experience provide evidence of your suitability for the role, with particular reference to the criteria in the person specification Please note that the statement of suitability is an important part of your application and is as much the means by which you will be assessed as your CV.

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Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

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