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Air Operations Manager

Job Type: Permanent

About Us:

A vacancy has arisen for a talented individual to join our Operations Department as the Air Operations Manager. The role would be based at our HQ at Douglas Bader House, adjacent to RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire, approximately 20 minutes from Swindon. We would welcome applications from anyone with relevant experience, possibly gained in the military, civil aviation or within a senior operations based role to help us deliver the world's greatest airshow.

The RAF Charitable Trust Enterprises organise a host of aviation related events including the Royal International Air Tattoo that attracts 160,000 visitors for a weekend of spectacular aviation action every year. Our commercial activities enable us to gift our profits to The RAF Charitable Trust in order to foster and encourage an interest in aviation amongst young people and to inspire the next generation of aerospace professionals - whether engineers, pilots or ground crew. If you are enthusiastic, outgoing, dynamic and results-focused with a passion for the world of aviation we would be delighted to hear from you.

This role is ideally suited to someone with an Air Operations delivery background and who is adept at building relationships with key stakeholders internally and externally.

Main Responsibilities include:

  • Assist with planning, administration and successful delivery of all air operations elements of the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT)
  • Day-to-day management of the Air Safety Management System
  • Compliance with the requirements of UK Military Aviation Authority Regulatory Publications
  • Provision of airspace requirements for RIAT, liaison with Military and Civil Aviation Authority
  • Compliance with all UK Border Force and HM Customs & Excise regulations 
  • Contribute to all Air Operations briefing documents
  • Coordination of Bird/Wildlife Control provision for RIAT
  • Administer UK and foreign military participation requests
  • Manage the booking of civilian aircraft participants
  • Coordinate bespoke RIAT projects where required
  • Maintain communications with RAF Fairford
  • Communicate effectively at all levels
  • Assist with Volunteer Management engagement

About You:

To be suitable for this role you will have:

  • Minimum A Level standard of education
  • A significant track record within a managerial operations position
  • Understanding and experience of an operational airfield environment
  • You would ideally have operational airfield environment and airfield driving experience
  • You would ideally have an awareness and knowledge of aircraft types and capabilities
  • You would be expected to remain current with the structure of the RAF and the world's air-arms
  • You would ideally have experience of budget management
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure
  • Pro-active and able to work creatively to solve problems
  • Robust written and verbal communication
  • Relationship management
  • Negotiating and networking
  • Leadership and motivation
  • Ability to work cross-departmentally
  • Confident and outgoing
  • Sense of humour
  • Team player
  • Commitment to excellence
  • Customer service orientated
  • Ambition and pride

What we offer:

  • Private Health Insurance
  • Death In Service Benefit
  • Discretionary Reward Scheme
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Holiday sale and purchase scheme
  • Generous Company Pension
  • Online training opportunities
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Fitness and wellbeing opportunities
  • Great Place to Work Social Events

Next Steps:

Interested applicants should apply with a cover letter and current CV highlighting their suitability for this role.

Closing Date:

28 September 2018

Apply HERE

“It was an epic spectacle, as magical as anything you've ever seen in the West End, and as loud as anything you've ever heard at Knebworth.”

Jeremy Clarkson, Television Presenter

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Jenson Button, Formula 1 Racing Driver

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Al Worden, Apollo 15 Astronaut

“This is THE best airshow!”

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