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25 Jan 2021

Full-Time DE&S Aerodrome Operator

Defence Equipment and Support – Posted by Defence Equipment and Support Salisbury, England, United Kingdom

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£45,900 – £54,000 per annum (plus benefits).

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Join an integral part of the UK’s Defence and play your part in the procurement and in-service support of all our armed forces’ equipment, from fighter jets, armoured vehicles, submarines and aircraft carriers, to clothing, food, and ammunition. If you have the pride, passion and commitment to be part of an exciting organisation at the forefront of supporting our country’s armed forces deliver on operations at home and abroad, then apply online now!

Job description

Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) have a rare opportunity to join their team at the MOD Boscombe Down site, as the Aerodrome Operator (AO).

MoD Boscombe Down (BDN) is one of 16 DE&S establishments supporting the Long-Term Partnering Agreement contract (LTPA) with QinetiQ Ltd (QQ). The management and operation of the LTPA sites is contracted to QQ, but there are certain responsibilities that are non-contractable and remain with the MoD Head of Establishment (HoE). One of the most complex of these responsibilities in the LTPA is operating the Government Aerodrome at BDN.

The AO role is diverse, complex and highly specialised, especially at BDN, one of the MOD’ s busiest aerodromes and hosts the most diverse range of aircraft types, operators and regulatory frameworks in UK Defence.

You will be tasked with running the Air Traffic Control (ATC), station Operations and station Flight Safety organisations, which means being directly responsible for a team of 44 RAF specialist personnel. You will be responsible for this team’s management, performance and welfare and for providing them with leadership and support.

You will be part of the Trials, Evaluation Services and Targets (TEST) Project Team, within the Weapons Operating Centre of DE&S. TEST is the MoD’s delivery agent for the LTPA with QQ to provide defence Test and Evaluation capability under a 25-year contract up to 2028.

Working to the Chief Engineer (the HoE), you will be part of a team of professionals that is tasked with overseeing and assuring the safe and compliant delivery of the largest and most diverse estate in DE&S, which supports Defence Test and Evaluation outputs for Maritime, Land and Air platforms and weapons systems at sites across the UK. Working in partnership with QQ, your team will deliver BDN aerodrome’s Safe Operating Environment that enables Air Test and Evaluation, the Empire Test Pilot’s School and the other resident operators to achieve their outputs.


In the AO role your responsibilities will include, but are not limited to –

• Management of an MOD aerodrome environment to support the safe operation of Air Systems.
• Ensuring that aerodrome management and operations activity is fully integrated into all relevant Air Safety Management Systems (ASMS).
• Developing and maintaining a Defence Aerodrome Manual (DAM) and Defence Aerodrome Assurance Framework (DAAF) for their areas of responsibility (AoR).
• Identifying and monitoring any decision, activity or change in circumstances that results in a hazard or change to the aerodrome or its facilities.
• Managing the liaison with and connect to stakeholders including customers, suppliers and internal teams on specific issues and implement solutions that maximise platform availability for minimum through-life cost, through collaboration with technical and engineering colleagues to meet the requirements agreed in the Command Acquisition Support Plan (CASP).
• Managing the implementation of change to requirements in response to cost and time pressures to ensure delivery to the customer meets expectations.
• Managing the agreed governance arrangements for the delivery of the service, aligned with iLog best practice and KPI’s.

You will be expected to take the Duty Holders Air Safety Course (DHASC) and the Air Operators course if not already held and in date.

What you will be assessed against

To be found successful you must demonstrate the following essential criteria:

• Previous command and / or supervisory experience, within either a flying squadron, Air Operations at a Standard Aerodrome as a minimum, or a Royal Navy / Royal Fleet Auxiliary aviation capable ship.
• Knowledge of aircraft and aerodrome operations and air safety
• Proven ability to engage with stakeholders at all levels, internal and external.

It would benefit your application should be able to demonstrate the following desirable criteria:

• The following qualifications and experience – Flight Safety Officers Course, Flying Supervisors Course, Duty Holders Air Safety Course, Flying Authorisers Course, Commanding Officers’ Designate course, Aerodrome Operator Course, Post-Crash Management Incident Officers Course.
• An experienced defence-qualified aircrew or air operations officer.

If you are invited to an interview, you will be assessed against the following technical competencies:

• Managing support, supplier and customer networks
• Making evidence-based decisions

If you are invited to an interview, you will be assessed against the following behaviours:

• Leadership
• Communicating and influencing

What’s in it for you?

You will receive a generous benefits package including market leading employer pension contributions of around 21% of your salary (not including any personal contribution), annual bonuses, a flexible working pattern to fit you where possible, 25 days holiday +1 additional day every year you work up to 30 days with opportunity for movement and promotion. Some of our sites include an onsite gym, onsite restaurants, cafes and much more.

Find out more about what we offer by clicking here

Applicants should be aware that any move across the Civil Service may have implications on an employee’s ability to carry on claiming childcare vouchers.

About your team

The Integrated Logistics (iLog) Function is the integrating Function for Support within DE&S, responsible for the development, management and delivery of in-service support for our front-line command customers. The iLog Function consists of around 2,900 personnel, both civil servants and military, and with a wide range of disciplines ranging from operations management and supply chain management, technical through-life support and logistics delivery, to modelling and analysis.

Please click the link below to apply by creating an account and upload your details.


Please find ‘The Little Book of Big Benefits’ here

This post is not eligible for relocation allowances.

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.

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

Selection process details

Simply click on the apply button to create an account and upload your CV which clearly demonstrates the following areas (which you will be assessed against):

• Key Achievements
• Relevant Experience
• Applied Knowledge and Skills

For additional guidance on writing a CV for DE&S, please click here

Firstly we’ll check that you meet the essential criteria that are listed for the role. If you do, we’ll then carry out a more detailed review of your CV to see if your qualifications and experience are a good match for the role(s).

If you’re successful, we’ll invite you to an interview so you can meet us, discuss your Key Achievements, Relevant Experience and Applied knowledge & Skills. In addition to the above, you’ll also be assessed against a technical competence and the listed behaviours, aligned to our DE&S Behaviours which can be found attached at the bottom of the page.

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

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UKs
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with (or eligible for) status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals

Further information on nationality requirements

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

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.

How to Apply

Apply before 11:55 pm on Sunday 7th February 2021 Follow link to apply Please click here to apply

Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: Aerodrome Operator, DE&S, and Defence. Salaries: 40,000 - 60,000.

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