Unmanned Aerial Systems Manager

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Cranfield, United Kingdom
£43,351 to £48,323 per annum with additional performance related pay up to £60,403 per annum
Wednesday, 18 September 2019
End of advertisement period
Sunday, 20 October 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

School/Department School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing
Based at Cranfield Campus, Cranfield, Bedfordshire
Hours of work 37 hours per week, normally worked Monday to Friday. Flexible working will be considered.
Contract type Permanent
Salary £43,351 to £48,323 per annum with additional performance related pay up to £60,403 per annum
Apply by 20/10/2019

Role Description

Cranfield is an exclusively postgraduate university that is a global leader for education and transformational research in technology and management.  The University is unique in the UK owning an Airport with a 1,799 meter runway and ANSP as well the UK’s first operational Digital Air Traffic Control Centre that offers services to the business jet and general aviation as well as supporting the leading edge aviation research undertaken with the University.

The School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing (SATM) is a leading provider of postgraduate level engineering education, research and technology support to individuals and organisations. At the forefront of aerospace, manufacturing and transport systems technology and management for over 70 years, we deliver multi-disciplinary solutions to the complex challenges facing industry.

The Digital Aviation Research and Technology Centre (DARTeC) due to open in 2020 is a £67 million investment with the aim to unlock the potential of digital aviation creating a ‘research ecosystem’ underpinned by our global research airport. A major initiative within DARTeC is the launch of the National BVLOS Experimentation Corridor, a 16Km UAS & UTM test and development facility.

The Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Manager will be joining Cranfield at a critical and exciting time. The UAS Manager will be responsible to the Director of Aviation Operations for the safe and secure operation of all Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), Unmanned Traffic Managements Systems (UTM), Drones and Remotely Piloted Aerial Vehicles (RPAV) that are operated on behalf of Cranfield University within the Airport’s Air Traffic Zone (ATZ) or elsewhere.

The holder of the post will be required to secure a Permission for Commercial Operations (PfCO) from the CAA and will establish and deliver appropriate training for all drone and RPAV operators using operational facilities under the authority of Cranfield Airport. The holder of the post will have joint operational oversight of the National BLVOS Experimentation Corridor and will be required to work with the NBEC industry consortium during the development and launch of the Corridor facility

The holder of this post will have an Engineering or related degree or an equivalent qualification/experience and hold a commercial UAS pilots licence. Candidates applying for the post will be able to demonstrate experience of operating within a PfCO accredited organisation and have an awareness of current ATM & UTM technologies and operations

For an informal discussion, please contact Robert Abbott, Director of Aviation Operations on +44 (0)1234 75 8128 ( or Dr Adrian Cole (DARTeC Delivery Programme Manager) on +44 (0)1234 758299 (

At Cranfield, we value Diversity and Inclusion, and aim to create and maintain a culture in which everyone can work and study together harmoniously with dignity and respect and realise their full potential. We actively consider flexible working options such as part-time, compressed or flexible hours and/or an element of homeworking, and commit to exploring the possibilities for each role.

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