Head of Airworthiness
Summary of Role:
The Head of Airworthiness leads Raytheon Airborne ISR Office of Airworthiness and acts as an interface with the regulating Authority/Agency in the coordination of the demonstration of compliance under civil and military approvals (CAA BCAR A8-21, EASA 21.J and MAA DAOS), to ensure the airworthiness of aircraft changes and repairs.
The Head of Airworthiness is also a Post Holder under the MAA CFAOS flying approval.
The role reports directly to the Head of Design (Aircraft) with responsibilities as detailed below.
Design Approval Responsibilities:
Liaise between the design organisation and the regulating Authority/Agency with respect to type certification and in proposing the type-certification basis.
Interpretation of certification and environmental protection requirements and requesting decisions of the Authority/Agency in case of doubt.
Approving the classification of changes and repairs.
Prepare the Type Investigation programme, co-ordinate all related tasks in concurrence with the regulating Authority/Agency. Establish and maintain the compliance checklist.
Coordinate the Compliance Verification Engineers (CVE).
Support test programmes needed for demonstration of compliance.
Check that all type design and compliance documents are prepared as necessary to show compliance with all airworthiness and environmental protection requirements and ensure they are provided to the regulating Authority/Agency for approval.
Provide declaration of compliance to the Head of Design that all activities required for Type Investigation for changes and repairs have been properly completed.
Maintain procedures covering supplemental type certification, Minor change and repairs, technical data generation (Manuals, Service Bulletins), flight conditions/permit to fly and for documenting compliance.
Monitor significant relevant events on other aeronautical products to determine their effect on airworthiness of products being designed by the design organisation.
Initiation of response to failure (accident/incident/in-service experience) evaluation and complaints from the operation and providing of information to the regulating Authority/Agency in case of airworthiness impairment (continuing airworthiness).
Ensure co-operation in preparing Service Bulletins, Repairs and the Structural Repair Manual, review the impact on airworthiness and environmental protection and grant the approval on behalf of the regulating authority/agency.
Advise the regulating Authority/Agency of the requirement for Service Bulletins to address airworthiness directives.
Ensure that the manuals approved by the regulating Authority/Agency (e.g. Aircraft Flight Manual, MMEL, Airworthiness Limitations and Certification Maintenance Requirements (CMR) documents) are checked to determine that they meet requirements and that they are provided to the regulating authority/agency for approval.
Military Flying Approval Responsibilities:
In support of CFAOS flying activities is responsible for providing assurance to the Accountable Manager (Military Flying) (AM(MF) that:
Flight Test Readiness Reviews are conducted for Flying activities to ensure that there are no outstanding issues or risks that would preclude safe flight.
Military Flight Test Permit/Military Permit to Fly (MFTP/MPTF) is in place.
Design and maintenance limitations have been independently assessed to ensure that they do not affect safe flight
Act as the Accountable Manager (Continuing Airworthiness) AM(CAw) responsible for coordination with the Military Continuing Airworthiness Management Organisation (Mil CAMO).
Manage Airworthiness Governance across all RSL sites to ensure a consistent and uniform approach. This will include:
Airworthiness Processes and Best Practice
Training and development requirements for Airworthiness personnel.
Industry & Regulatory Committee participation.
Professional development of Airworthiness engineers
Airworthiness excellence based on a strong process culture and skills development.
Assist with coordination of availability of Airworthiness resources.
Interface with other members of the Engineering and Quality Management Team to establish Engineering as a highly professional and respected part of RSL.
This is an important position that will make stringent demands on the personal attributes of the appointee. It is a position of high visibility where proven organisational skills, sound technical and astute commercial judgement is required.
Excellent inter personal & communication skills, style, charisma, flexiblility and motivational leadership are also of benefit both separately and as part of the team.
Mentally robust and have the strength of character to take the action that his/her mind persuades them is correct.
A naturally enthusiastic, competitive, self-starter, optimistic and persuasive individual with a high level of personal drive, integrity, energy, patience and resilience coupled with sound judgement, common sense and a sense of humour, but hates not achieving personal objectives within planned timescales, quality and cost constraints.
Must be comfortable and empathetic with foreign cultures and have a political awareness that facilitates diplomatic but firm handling of sensitive customer issues at all levels.
Administratively, must recognise the need for regular, concise and objective management information reporting the status of the Airworthiness activities.
Of graduate calibre & intellect ideally with a degree or gained through a significant background in the aviation industry
Solid aerospace design experience ideally in an airworthiness-related environment.
Membership of a Professional body is desirable.
Eligible for or holder of current SC level clearance (Raytheon will sponsor as required)