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11 Feb 2021

Full-Time DE&S C17 – Airborne Equipment – Head of Section.

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

Job Description


£47,600 – £56,000, per annum (plus benefits). Internal candidates/existing Civil Servants should refer to the Further Information leaflet for salary details.

Job description

The C-17 Airborne Equipment (AE) Team are looking for a Head of Section (HoS) to lead the Airborne Delivery Equipment (ADE) and Airborne Forces Equipment (AFE) portfolio in Certification, Flight Data Monitoring (FDM) and Test and Evaluation (T&E) activities.

As the Head of Section, you will be responsible for all activity undertaken within the Certification /FDM /T&E Section. You will be a Professionally Registered Engineer (CEng) able to demonstrate the competence required to be issued a Letter of Airworthiness Authority within 6 months of commencement of the post.

Your extensive aeronautical engineering experience, preferably within the Airborne Delivery Equipment (ADE) or Airborne Forces Equipment (AFE) will see you provide technical leadership, operational direction, and the delivery of all engineering products and services to plan.

You will represent the Airborne Equipment Chief Engineer at those forums associated with Certification, Test & Evaluation and Flight Data Monitoring (FDM) activities, including but not limited to Design Organisations, T&E organisations, Military Aviation Authority (MAA) and Duty Holders (DH).


• Provide direction and guidance within the Section in order to complete FDM, certification, T&E and trails activities in support of the outputs required.

• Liaise with senior leaders within the MAA, Aviation Duty Holder (ADH) and other regulatory and policy organisations in order to develop compliance strategies for AE.

• Ensure T&E and trials specifications and evidence meet Chief Engineer and Aviation Duty Holder requirements for a safety assessment and safety argument that achieves defined safety targets.

• Review and approve (within delegated LoAA approval) all activity within the Section such that the requirements of endorsed programmes can be achieved within the remit of the Section’s responsibilities.

• Report to the Chief Engineer and liaise with the Airborne Equipment Engineering Authority, ADE and AFE Managers, to produce the scope of work for the section and ensure it can be integrated into wider delivery.

• You will be responsible for oversight of the Compendium of Airborne Equipment Release Certificates (CAERC) management and support to other platform DTs clearance work in order to amend aircraft Release to Service (RTS).

What you will be assessed against

Oportunity for movement and promotion. Some of our sites include an onsite gym, onsite restaurants, cafes and much more. To be found successful you must demonstrate the following essential criteria:
• Relevant Level 6 (or higher) qualification in engineering or extensive aeronautical engineering experience. You will be a Chartered Engineer or working at this level and willing to apply through a recognised Engineering Institution within 3 – 6 months of commencement of the post.
• Knowledge of relevant certification standards and processes for aircraft and airborne equipment.
• Experience of leading a team in a Test and Evaluation development environment or as a Lead Trials Engineer
• Experience with the development of FDM methodologies, including data gathering and assessment.
• Experience of peer review, production and technical approval of Integrated Test Evaluation and Acceptance Plans (ITEAP) and technical reports/safety assessments.

It would benefit your application should you be able to demonstrate the following desirable criteria:
• Experience of Military Permit to Fly for Airborne Equipment
• Previous engineering experience of parachute systems design
• Develop strategies and plans for Airborne Equipment policy, certification and Flight Data Monitoring including knowledge of methodologies
• Experience of delivering parachute trials evidence in support of stated requirements
• Knowledge of the Release to Service (RTS) process and clearance of new capabilities

If you are invited to an interview, you will be assessed against the following technical competencies:
• Technical Decision Making
• Technical Risk Management

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 op

Find out more about what we offer by clicking here or by using ‘The Little Book of Big Benefits’ booklet PDF at the bottom of this page.

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

Cutting-edge engineering and science is a critical component in delivering modern, battle-winning technologies to all branches of the armed forces. Engineering is the largest business area within DE&S – and it’s one of the most fulfilling too. From managing technical risks, engineering resources and services, to defining and assuring best practice, our engineers are exemplars both within DE&S and our industry partners and professional bodies.

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Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: Airborne, C17, DE&S, Defence, Equipment, head, of, Oxfordshire, and Section. Salaries: 40,000 - 60,000.

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