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Electronic Warfare Officer


Job description

Draken Europe offers exciting careers that matter.

We believe that mission success does not start with the mission itself. It begins with our people.

We are currently recruiting for permanent Electronic Warfare Operator (EWO) aircrew to be based at Bournemouth International Airport.

The position of Electronic Warfare Officer (EWO) at Bournemouth is a flying role within a 3-person crew delivering airborne Operational Readiness Training, operational assurance and representative Electronic Warfare effects to train RN assets, military aircrew and ground radar operators within the UK and overseas.

The successful candidate will be responsible to the Head of EW Operations via the Senior Base EWO to deliver airborne Electronic Warfare effects. As a member of flight crew, the EWO is expected to be fully involved in advising military end users on Draken airborne EW capabilities and the airborne mission cycle. This includes face-to-face briefing, tactical planning, airborne delivery and effective debriefs.

The hours of operation are in conjunction with civilian flight crew working time limitations over a normal daily working window of 0600-2200 Monday-Friday, with a requirement to work occasional weekends when tasked. In addition to employment within the UK, the post requires the incumbent to work globally for periods up to 6 weeks in a single period. These areas include Europe, the Middle East and the Far East.

Applicants must have UK Military Aviation Flying experience as a Combat Air pilot or WSO, RN helicopter pilot or Observer, or RAF manned ISTAR Tactical/Mission Director. Ideally, the candidate will hold a Qualified Weapons Instructor, Electronic Warfare Instructor or Helicopter Tactics/Air Warfare Instructor qualification, be an Aerosystems graduate or other professional qualification relevant to the role. Evidence of operational, supervisory and instructional qualification and experience will be useful. The successful candidates will be expected to reside within a maximum of 60 minutes commute time of the Bournemouth home base.

As Line EWO your Skills, Qualification and Knowledge should include:

Personal Skills/Abilities –

• Strong focus on consistency and excellence in delivery of training effects.

• A focus on customer and consumer requirements to ensure excellence in service delivery.

• Ability to prioritise effectively.

• Strong leadership skills.

• Ability to communicate effectively with internal and external stakeholders, modifying style to meet cultural expectations and contractual obligations.

• High level of personal and professional integrity.

• Strong organisational and time management skills.

• Work within teams or lead a team and assume an appropriate style.

Educational and Vocational Qualifications –

• Ex-military rearcrew or pilot aircrew (essential) with a ‘post-graduate’ qualification similar to QWI, EWI, AWI or GD Aerosystems (desirable).

• Desirable: DSAT SQEP instructor background and experience of delivery of technical training.

• RAF Air Warfare School EWO course and ideally NATO Air Advanced EW Course

• Holds or is capable of holding UK SC security clearance.

Experience and Knowledge –

• EWOs should have been UK military front line aircrew with recent experience in either the tactical employment of EW/RF jamming effects, or specialist EW duties in support of the RAF or RN. (RAF FJ WSO, E3 Tactical Director or weapons controller, Rivet Joint Mission Director. WSOps; RN Wildcat, Merlin Crowsnest or Sea King W pilot/observer).

• Or, other military, non-aircrew roles and trades, with recent experience in either the tactical employment of EW/RF jamming, or specialist EW duties in support of the RAF or RN.

• Sound knowledge of the principles and practical experience of EW

• Ideally demonstrable experience of leading or controlling COMAOs, or multiple formations of aircraft.

• Ideally, knowledge in depth of aircraft defensive aids systems and experience of radar and communications jamming

• In addition, the EWO must have a broad understanding of:

o Ground Based Air Defence systems; ship, aircraft and ground radar types and typical radar modes of operation, tactics and EPM features.

o Surface to Air, Air to Surface and Air to Air Weapons systems.

o Examples of current EW techniques and equipment.

o Techniques and tactics for creating a representative EA training environment.

Our Employee Values

Draken is committed to eliminating unlawful and unfair discrimination and we celebrate the differences that a diverse workforce brings. A range of perspective and talent supports our values and drives our success, with a mix of voices generating better discussions, business decisions and outcomes for all.

To us, diversity means bringing your own perspective to the conversation; inclusion means having a voice - and equality means that your voice is heard.

At all our sites internationally, every member of the Draken Europe team is accountable to ensure that we are all treated fairly and with respect.

Intolerance has no place in our Company. We condemn it outright. Instead, we strive to create a culture where each person who joins our team feels they have the opportunity to succeed, to grow, and to work within an environment where they can be themselves.

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.

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