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Head of Airworthiness

Location: Bristol
Package: Excellent Package/Opportunity

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Head of Airworthiness

As Head of Airworthiness you will be leading this established and developing Aerospace business for its Airworthiness department in a function of Head of Airworthiness (HoA). The successful Head of Airworthiness will be a EASA Form 4 holder where you will be growing the Bristol based EASA Part 21J organisation providing support to the internal Design Office team, the Head of Design and the aviation authorities.

• The Head of Airworthiness advises all departments of the design organisation in all questions regarding airworthiness, environmental protection, operational suitability data and certification. You will obtain and distribute applicable CS/FAR and environmental protection requirements and other specifications and interpret these.
• You are the liaison between the design organisation and the Agency about Type Investigation and the type certification process.
• The Head of Airworthiness reports directly to the Head of Design Organisation (HDO) whereas all Compliance Verification Engineers (CVE) and Airworthiness Engineers of the Aerospace Design Organisation (internal and external) report to him.
• The Head of Airworthiness is there to ensure that the certification and the continued airworthiness of the Aerospace designs are established within the applicable airworthiness regulations, he is an EASA Form 4 function.

It is desirable that candidates are sufficiently experienced with an appropriate sound engineering background coupled with appropriate aeronautical qualifications.

Main tasks involve:
• Preparation of the Certification Programme and co-ordination of all tasks related to Type Investigation in concurrence with the Agency;
• Approving the classification of changes;
• Ensuring that all test programmes and compliance documents are prepared as necessary to show compliance with all CS/FAR, OSD and environmental protection requirements, as well as for completeness, and signing for release of the documents;
• Monitoring of significant events on other aeronautical products as far as relevant to determine their effect on airworthiness of products being designed by the Design Organisation;
• Ensuring cooperation in preparing Service Bulletins with special attention for airworthiness, environmental protection and granting the approval on behalf of the Agency;
• Ensuring the initiation of activities as a response to failure (accident/ incident/in-service experience) evaluation and complaints from the operation and providing of information to the Agency in case of airworthiness impairment (continuing airworthiness);
• Ensuring that the Design Assurance System (Handbook, Procedures…) approved by the Agency, including any subsequent revisions meet the respective requirements, and that they are provided to the Agency for approval;

To be successful in this role, you must have:
• A Master’s Degree in Aeronautical Engineering, or a Bachelor’s Degree in Aeronautical Engineering and a proven experience as Head of Airworthiness;
• A minimum of 5 years’ continuous experience within an aircraft design organisation preferably in an Airworthiness role as well as demonstrated experience in a Maintenance or Airworthiness management role;
• Management skills;
• Be proficient in the use of technical records, aircraft manuals;
• In depth knowledge of of the relevant Part 21 requirements and company procedures is expected;
• In depth knowledge of the Design Procedures, especially the procedures relevant to the classification, compliance demonstration, certification and continued airworthiness process;
• In depth knowledge of the relevant certification specification;
• Comprehensive understanding of Part M & Part 145 and other EASA regulations.
• Conversant with qualification standard: DO- 160, DO-178…

 

Reference

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For more information please call 0845 22 69 123 or email your CV to cv@panacheassociates.com