Aviation Requirements Lead - Flexible Working Available

Southampton, Hampshire
£37,803 - £41,585
15 Oct 2020
28 Oct 2020
Contract Type


We welcome applications from all communities and we don’t discriminate against any identity. We’re interested to hear from you, regardless of your background.

Do you have project/programme management skills with a background in engineering or operations?

Can you build trusting relationships and communicate effectively with stakeholders of all levels?

If so, we'd love to here from you!

Job description

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) contracts aviation services provide helicopters for Search and Rescue (SAR) and fixed wing aircraft to verify the presence, size and type of pollution on the water, counter oil pollution on the water using aerial dispersant, and to provide more general surveillance services.

The MCA engaged in studies into the use of Unmanned Air Systems (UAS) to enhance its existing aviation capability. We're now looking for a new member to join our Aviation Team which forms part of the Directorate of Maritime Operations. Your role as Aviation Requirements Lead will mean you will report to the Senior Responsible Officer (SRO) to gather, scope and define requirements for the Agency's new aviation projects, which includes UK Search and Rescue second generation (UKSAR2G); Aerial Surveillance; Counter Pollution; and the Maritime Remotely Piloted Air System Pathfinder.

The post holder will be responsible for the ongoing management of captured requirements, performing trade off studies, presenting the recommendations to the relevant SRO, DfT and the MCA SEG. You will further capture lessons learned in the execution of current live contracts which will support the development of the future service. The role will interface with key stakeholders including colleagues in the wider aviation team, the Department for Transport, Other Government Departments (OGD), international committees/forums and the other emergency services and their associated volunteer rescue organisations.

You will also be required to support potential procurement exercises by developing and owning service critical requirement information, and acting as a subject matter expert to review and evaluate bid responses.


Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

• Responsible to the Aviation Technical Assurance Manager for working closely with key stakeholders to identify, capture and develop high-level statement of service users need (SSUN).

• Responsible for the creation of User Requirements and System Requirements Document (U/SRD) translating the SSUN into functional requirements which outline the output/capability required to deliver the SSUN.

• Provide recommendations to the SRO of the effect of any performance, time, cost trade-offs upon the performance targets.

• Responsible for the definition what good looks like against each operational requirement, and develop an appropriate evaluation strategy and a testing plan.

• Investigate opportunities to innovate and take bold steps towards new, perhaps untested technologies in the pursuit of value for money solutions to our technical requirements.

Please refer to the Job Profile for a full list of responsibilities.

About you

Coming to us with a background in engineering or operations, preferably aviation. You will be an ambitious individual who wants to make a difference, you see the bigger picture and think outside the box and challenge the norm. You have excellent management skills and always lead by example. You have strong written and verbal communication skills and use these to relay messages to any target audience with ease, translating technical language for those not technical minded. You thrive in a fast paced environment and are experienced dealing with a number of diverse stakeholders, using your excellent listening and relationships skills to take on board any concerns or potential risks and ensure these are considered when creating the User Requirements and System Requirements Document.

You pride yourself on your exemplary attention to detail. You are a forward thinker and are looking for a role where you can combine your previous experience and analysing skills to make effective decisions making the world a better place to be.

To be successful for this post you will have previous experience of project / task management and have a knowledge of requirements management.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Working Together


Being part of our brilliant Civil Service means you will have access to a wide range of fantastic benefits. We offer generous annual leave, attractive pension options, flexible working, inclusive working environments and much more to support a healthy work/life balance.

Find out what it's like to work at the Maritime and Coastguard Agency

Things you need to know Security

Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours and Experience.

We are closely monitoring the situation regarding the coronavirus, and will be following central Government advice as it is issued. There is therefore a risk that recruitment to this post may be subject to change at short notice. In addition, where appropriate, you may be invited to attend a video interview.

Please continue to follow the application process as normal and ensure that you check your emails regularly as all updates from us will be sent to you this way.

This vacancy is using Success Profiles. This gives us the best possible chance of finding the right person for the job, drives up performance and improves diversity and inclusivity.

The sift is due to take place on the 29th October 2020.

Interview/assessment will be held week commencing the 16th November 2020.

We will try to meet the dates set out in the advert. There may be occasions when these dates will change. You will be provided with sufficient notice of the confirmed dates.

As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV and personal statement. Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.

The selection process will be designed specifically for the role. As a result, your assessment could include:

•an interview

•an interview with one or more exercises

•a full day of activities including interactive, written and timed exercises

You’re encouraged to become familiar with the role profile, as you may be assessed against any of the criteria recorded within.

Please see attached candidate notes for further information about our recruitment process

Further Information

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Before submitting your application, we encourage you to visit our Things You Need to Know page for further information about applying for a role within the Department for Transport and the Civil Service.

Throughout this job advert there are links to the DfT Careers website, which provides you further information to support your application. Should you be unable to access the information on our website, please email DRGComms@dft.gov.uk for assistance.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

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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We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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