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FAAM Aviation Assurance Manager

Do you have experience working in quality assurance? Are you looking for an exciting opportunity to play a central role in developing and implementing new approaches to quality assurance? Would you relish the chance to contribute to the successful operation of a unique atmospheric science research facility? If so, we want to hear from you!

The FAAM Airborne Laboratory (FAAM) is a world-class research facility dedicated to the advancement of atmospheric science. We operate a specially adapted research aircraft managed by a unique team of scientists, engineers, flight technicians and project managers, providing a complete package of support for the scientific community.

The capabilities are extensively reliant on state-of-the-art scientific instrumentation, often uniquely customised for use on the aircraft, which is deployed throughout the world. All the science instrumentation and electronics is certified under CAA regulations to be safe for aviation applications in a safety-critical environment.

We operate within a complex contractual and regulatory environment. The aircraft is owned by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI); funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC); leased by the University of Leeds; certified, maintained and operated by a commercial organisation; and managed on behalf of all parties by the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS). FAAM is currently undertaking a £49m Mid-Life Upgrade (MLU) to deliver a range of upgrades and enhancements to the aircraft, instrumentation, ground based infrastructure and team, extending its useful operating life to 2040.   

As FAAM Aviation Assurance Manager, you will be at the heart of all FAAM assurance activities. Working closely with the Head of FAAM and supported by NERC-appointed aviation safety and assurance specialists, you will provide assurance to the aircraft owners and funders, aircraft leaseholder, and users. You will work with commercial partners including the type certificate holders, maintenance providers and aircraft operators. You will be a key member of the FAAM leadership team and will work with colleagues who specialise in operations, instrumentation, technical coordination, safety and environmental sustainability, to develop and manage assurance in every aspect of FAAM operations, including the £49m Mid-Life Upgrade Project. 

You will work closely with the NCAS Quality Manager (when appointed) to ensure management of quality, and reporting on quality is closely allied with assurance requirements and processes. Jointly, you will ensure that quality management and assurance is embedded across all areas of FAAM operations.

This is a new role for the FAAM Airborne Laboratory and as such provides an exciting opportunity for an experienced quality assurance professional to identify, develop and implement quality assurance systems, processes and standards across all areas of FAAM operations. You will have excellent facilitation, diplomacy and communication skills, and will be adept at nurturing and maintaining a complex network of stakeholders. In return, we offer a friendly and supportive working environment where you will be actively encouraged to develop your professional skills and competencies.

Although the role will be employed by the University of Leeds, it will be wholly embedded within the FAAM team based at Cranfield University.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

Alan Woolley, Head of the FAAM Airborne Laboratory


Location:  Cranfield
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Environment
School/Institute:  National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS)
Category:  Professional & Managerial
Grade:  Grade 8
Salary:  £45,585 to £54,395 p.a.
Working Time:  100%
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Ongoing
Release Date:  Monday 20 November 2023
Closing Date:  Tuesday 02 January 2024
Interview Date:  Tuesday 16 January 2024
Reference:  ENVNC1016
Downloads:  Candidate Brief  
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