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Aircraft Design Standards Lead

Ministry of Defence
Filton, South West England, BS34 8QWFilton, South West England, BS34 8QW
Closing date
30 Nov 2023

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Job Details

Reference number: 314921

Salary - £43,080 Subject to MOD policy and annual review, this post is likely to attract a Recruitment and Retention Allowance (RRA). Please note that this post does not automatically receive the RRA as this is a discretionary allowance and the post holder must meet the eligibility criteria.

A Civil Service Pension with an average employer contribution of 27%

Job grade Senior Executive Officer C1

Contract type Permanent

Business area MOD - Head Office & Corporate Services - Defence Safety Authority - Military Aviation Authority - Certification Division

Type of role Engineering

Working pattern Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time

Number of jobs available 1

Location - Filton, South West England, BS34 8QW

About the job

Looking for a role with real-world impact? Do you have the passion and dedication to be part of an ambitious organization at the forefront of supporting the Ministry of Defence to ensure the safety of personnel? If so, then the Military Aviation Authority (MAA) would like to hear from you!

The successful applicant will be a member of Certification Division's, Structures and Aircraft Design Standards branch, where they will be the lead project manager and editor for all MAA-managed Aircraft Design Standards (ADS).

We’ll provide the training to develop your knowledge and skills, enabling you to effectively undertake your responsibilities. You’ll have the authority and autonomy to deliver objectives while remaining accountable to the Head of Branch for the delivery of the Def Stan 00-970 management plan.

You can learn more about the Military Aviation Authority on our website: The MAA are the military equivalent to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)

This position is advertised at 37 hours per week and is based at MOD Abbey Wood North.

Job description

You will lead a highly knowledgeable team to develop and maintain the Defence Standards 00-970 in support of the Certification of new UK military Air Systems and design changes, covering Fixed and Rotary Wing aircraft, Remotely Piloted Air Systems and aero-engines.

The key responsibilities include;

  • Effective coordination of stakeholders to improve the content and quality of certification specifications, to support MAA air safety activity, update and upkeep the ADS-managed Defence Standards.
  • Project management of Defence Standard 00-970 updates, including: collaborating closely with Subject Matter Experts within Certification Division and wider-MAA; writing and maintaining project schedules and ensuring that milestones are met; and assuring the editorial output.
  • Support the MAA, DE&S Delivery Teams, and Industry by providing appropriate and timely direction and guidance regarding ADS-managed Defence Standards; collaborating closely with Certification Division Subject Matter Experts where additional technical guidance is required.
  • Attendance at NATO tandardization agreement ‘STANAG’ working groups (including Remotely-Piloted Air Systems STANAGs 4671, 4702, 4703 and 4746), ensuring the MAA and its interests are appropriately represented. (A STANAG defines processes, procedures or equipment between member countries of the alliance).
  • Leadership and development of ADS section personnel.


Person specification


  • You will need to be able to achieve Professional registration at I Eng level within 18 months of appointment.
  • You will be expected to have a strong AeroSystems engineering background.
  • We will need you to demonstrate that you have experience of working in a leadership role in a team environment.


  • Practical experience of working with certification standards will be an advantage.
  • We will welcome applicants with practical experience of the development or assessment of aircraft level performance and technical requirements.
  • Experience of the application of Military Air System Certification Process (MACP) will be beneficial



You will need to be able to achieve Professional registration at I Eng level within 18 months of appointment.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Leadership
  • Changing and Improving
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Technical skills


We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Airworthiness ACS1.1 Defence Aviation Context (Awareness level)
  • Airworthiness ACS2.1 Type Certification (Awareness level)
  • Airworthiness ACS4.1 Aircraft Systems (Practitioner level)



Alongside your salary of £43,080, Ministry of Defence contributes £11,631 towards you being a member of the Civil Service Defined Benefit Pension scheme. Find out what benefits a Civil Service Pension provides.

  • Learning and development tailored to your role
  • An environment with flexible working options
  • A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
  • Professional Fees are paid by the MAA (Conditions Apply)
  • A Civil Service pension
  • 25 days annual leave, rising to 30 days with each year of service

The MAA will encourage and support your Continued Professional Development. Training and development opportunities will be provided relevant to your role once in post.  The role will include opportunities for overseas travel and engagement with our international partners, particularly within NATO.

The post does not offer relocation expenses  

External recruits who join the MOD who are new to the Civil Service will be subject to a six month probation period.  

Please be advised that the Department is conducting a review of all pay related allowances which could impact on those allowances that the post currently being advertised attracts.  

Please note: Interview travel expenses will not be reimbursed.  

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