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Obsolescence & Reliability Lead


Job description

Draken Europe are recruiting for an Obsolescence & Reliability Lead to be based at Hurn Airfield, Bournemouth. This role reports to the Continuing Airworthiness Manager – Fixed Wing and is responsible for leading the Obsolescence & Reliability Function, delivering the relevant continuing airworthiness management activities in accordance with all applicable Aviation Regulations and International Standards.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Ensuring that the Obsolescence & Reliability (O&R) Function always complies with all applicable Aviation Regulations.
  • Ensuring that the O&R Function performs and/or assures the continuing airworthiness management activities for Fleet Management of the Aircraft, Engine, Component and Role/Mission Equipment Obsolescence and Reliability Programmes.
  • Liaison with Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM), external Repair Organisations and Design Organisations (DOA), including External and Internal Stakeholders, as required.
  • Development of Solutions, Business Case and/or Proposals for obsolescence/reliability risks or concerns.
  • Ensuring that the O&R Function have available, and use, the necessary equipment, software, and relevant resources to deliver the approved scope of work.
  • Ensuring that all relevant continuing airworthiness management activities are accurately recorded, and records are maintained in accordance with all applicable Aviation Regulations.
  • In support of the Company Safety Management System (SMS), ensuring that any condition that has resulted, or may result in, an unsafe condition that hazards seriously the flight safety of aircraft or personnel is reported.
  • Performing technical investigations in support Safety Occurrence Report Management.
  • Ensuring that a robust First and Second Line of Defence Compliance (Quality) monitoring system is always maintained within the O&R Function.
  • Supporting the Continuing Airworthiness Manager with the management of Audit Non-Conformance management and Safety Investigation Findings:
  • Performing effective Root Cause Identification (RCI) and delivering effective and sustainable Containment, Corrective and Preventive Actions.
  • Providing a focal point for Obsolescence and Reliability advice, support, communications, and guidance.
  • Personnel Management:
  • Effective, efficient, and proactive management of the O&R Function.
  • Ensure all O&R Function personnel are adequately equipped, trained and competent with respect to their roles and responsibilities.
  • Driving, ensuring, and assuring an enhanced safety (operational and SHE) and compliance culture across the O&R Function.
  • Drive a culture of excellence across the O&R Function, by coaching, mentoring, motivating and actively engaging with personnel to achieve individual and business objectives.
  • Drive a culture of continuous improvement across the O&R Function.
  • Identify and develop goals for O&R Function, nurturing, engaging, and developing talent.
  • Manage and undertake succession planning, building resilience and depth within the O&R Function.

Your experience, qualifications and skills should ideally include:

Experience & Qualifications

  • Theoretical and practical application-level knowledge of commercial Continuing Airworthiness Management principles and practices – Proven experience in a similar role – Required
  • Theoretical and practical application-level knowledge of EASA, UK CAA, UK Military and FAA Aviation Regulations – Required
  • Knowledge and experience in BCAR A8-21, A8-23 & A8-25 – Advantageous
  • Practical application-level knowledge of ISO 9001, ISO 45001, ISO 14001 & ISO 27001 as applicable in the aviation environment – Advantageous
  • Practical application-level knowledge of Safety Management System (SMS) principles and requirements as applicable in the aviation environment – Required
  • Demonstrable people and cultural change management experience – Advantageous

Technical Qualifications: – Required

  • EASA / CAA / Other Part 66 B1/B2 Aircraft Engineer License, or equivalent, or
  • Relevant Aerospace / Aeronautical Engineering Degree, or
  • 5 GCSE (O-Levels) at minimum Grade C / BTEC equivalent / Aviation Apprenticeship with proven relevant industry experience, or
  • Extensive, relevant and proven Continuing Airworthiness Management experience
  • Relevant Aircraft (Airframe & Engine) Type Training or General Familiarisation Training – Advantageous
  • Tertiary level Business and/or Management Qualification – Advantageous

Personal Skill & Attributes

  • Excellent in nurturing, mentoring, guiding, and influencing personnel.
  • Excellent in communicating / presenting at all levels, across all boundaries, internal and external, both verbally and written.
  • Excellent business acumen.
  • Highly self-motivated, assertive, resilient with the ability to hold their own.
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills, with the ability to achieve tight deadlines in challenging environments.
  • Excellent use MS Office Software and other Company Software as required.
  • Ability to maintain high levels of integrity, work ethic and confidentiality and use discretion appropriately.

Draken Europe

Draken combines advanced technology with a diverse range of aircraft platforms and highly skilled people to deliver mission-critical global aviation solutions for government customers worldwide.

Our end-to-end capabilities include customised Operational Readiness Training, Aircraft MRO & Engineering, Specialised Helicopter Training as well as Search & Rescue and Surveillance services.

Our differences make us stronger. For example, we need people from both commercial and military backgrounds to keep our services reliable yet challenging. In the same way we need people of different ethnicity, backgrounds, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious and non-religious beliefs. For no other reason than it makes our organization perform better.

It’s this diversity of perspective and talent that delivers our values and enables our success, as a diverse mix of voices leads to better discussions, decisions and outcomes for everyone.

We believe that diversity is bringing your own unique perspective to the conversations, inclusion is having a voice and engagement is having that voice heard.

Intolerance, which we condemn in any form, has no place in our Company, and we all have a responsibility to ensure that we treat each other fairly and with respect.

We want a culture where everyone who joins feels they have opportunities to succeed and grow, and operate in an environment where they can be authentic.

We are also an Armed Forces friendly organisation, and as part of our commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant, welcome applications from veterans and services spouses and partners who met the criteria in our job specifications.

In line with our Disability Confident Commitments, we provide reasonable adjustments to facilitate our interview process, please liaise with us if any reasonable adjustments are required.

Draken Europe employees must hold or be able to hold a minimum award of SC (Security Check), granted by the UK Security Vetting agency. Draken Europe will sponsor and guide employees through the vetting process with our internal security vetting experts.

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