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Raytheon Chief Test Pilot


An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Chief Test Pilot (CTP) to lead the Raytheon UK Flight Test Organisation to support the AISR Team design, integrate, test and deliver Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) systems into service. Reporting to the Head of Engineering in AISR, the Chief Test Pilot has overall responsibility for Raytheon UK's Flight Test Organisation (FTO)/Flight Operations Department (FOD). The CTP will be required to be an MAA and CAA post holder. CTP responsibilities are to ensure that all flight operations are appropriately authorised, conducted safely by experienced and trained individuals, and in compliance to the approved procedures, flight test permit and regulations. This role requires knowledge of the full spectrum of aircraft flight operations.

As a Chief Test pilot you will be required to undertake production and Flight Testing as well as normal flight operations such as continuation training or ferry flights.

The FTO/FOD is based at Broughton and includes a Test Pilot, a Flight Test Engineer and various subcontract or customer supplied test pilots or trials engineers as required. Flight testing is performed under a variety of civil and military approvals, namely; CAA 'B' Conditions, EASA Permit to Fly, or MAA CFAOS. Whilst the significant majority of flight test hours have historically been gained through mission system testing, developmental/Cat 1 testing has featured and may feature significantly in the near future. Candidates will need experience and qualification commensurate with this level of test flying.

The Chief Test Pilot will:

Ensure all flying operations are conducted in accordance with the Flight Operations Manual and other relevant applicable regulations.

Ensure that Flight Tests are conducted within applicable limitations or requirements as appropriate to the aircraft type, modification or test to be conducted, as defined by the Design Organisation (DO)

Identify the Test and Evaluation requirements from Design Reviews to ensure that they are within the capability and scope of the RSL Test & Evaluation personnel

Have approval authority for the content, conduct and execution of Flight Test Schedules (FTS) and Sortie Flight Test Plans (SFTP)

Have approval authority for the management of personnel on board the aircraft for the purpose of the test

Authorise individual test flights or delegate authorisation in an approved manner to a TP, in accordance with the Flight Operations Manual

Ensuring that all Post Flight documentation is generated at the earliest opportunity, and appropriately distributed following satisfactory completion of one or a series of Test Flights pertaining to an individual Flight Test Schedule

Ensuring that the organisation is in compliance with the regulations

Administer MAA CFAOS exposition and associated procedures

Maintain currency and competency as a pilot/test pilot iaw the Flight Operations Manual and other applicable reg's.

Attend safety reviews, meetings and boards when required

Ensure manuals are updated as regulations alter.

Be responsible for, report on and manage the careers of personnel in the FTO.

Required Skills/Qualifications:

Appropriate educational background.

Experience of aircraft flight operations

Understanding of Civil and Military Flying Regulations

Ability to work with all levels of management

Ability to work confidently under pressure

Strong leadership skills

Communication and presentation skills

Current multi-engine Type rating (King Air and/or Global Express would be an advantage).

Graduate of one of the 4 recognised Test Pilots Schools as a Test Pilot

Suitable Pilot experience in Production and Flight test

EASA CPL or ATPL with Cat 1 flight test endorsement

EASA Class 1 Medical or equivalent

Eligible for or Holder of current SC security clearance (RSL will sponsor as required)

About Raytheon UK

With facilities in Broughton, Waddington, Glenrothes, Harlow, Gloucester and Manchester, Raytheon UK is invested in the British workforce and the development of UK technology. Across the country the company employs 1,700 people and supports 8,000 jobs. As a prime contractor and major supplier to the U.K. Ministry of Defence, Raytheon continues to invest in research and development, supporting innovation and technological advances across the country.

About Raytheon

Raytheon Company, with 2018 sales of $27 billion and 67,000 employees, is a technology and innovation leader specialising in defence, civil government and cyber security solutions. With a history of innovation spanning 97 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration, C5I? products and services, sensing, effects and mission support for customers in more than 80 countries. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts. Follow us on Twitter.

Raytheon Career Development:

Raytheon has a wealth of resources available to help you develop your career from the moment you join. Activities range from on-line learning modules, to external training and support for taking professional qualifications relevant to your role.

Standard Benefits:

25 days holiday + statutory public holidays

Contributory Pension Scheme (up to 10.5% company contribution)

6 times salary 'Life Assurance'

Flexible Benefits scheme with extensive salary sacrifice scheme's.

Enhanced sick pay scheme

Enhanced Family Friendly Policies, including Maternity & Shared Parental leave.

37hr working week (hours may vary depending on role, job requirement or site specifics arrangements). Flexible working arrangements can be considered depending on the role and subject to line manager approval.

Canteen facilities available at Harlow & Glenrothes sites and Manchester & Gloucester offer free snacks & drinks (hot & cold available).


Diversity is a core business imperative at Raytheon. We are an equal opportunity employer that promotes inclusiveness and always employs the best professionals for the job. Having a diverse workforce allows Raytheon to draw upon a range of different ideas and experiences which supports growing our business and creates an environment where everyone has an equal opportunity for success. Raytheon UK pro-actively encourages diversity of ideas, thoughts, and networking opportunities and has created Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) including Raytheon Women's Network, YesNet (Young Employees Success Network), Raytheon Reservist Network (RaRe), Raytheon Alliance for Diverse Abilities (RADA) and all work together with our Diversity & Inclusion council. All Raytheon employees are welcome to participate regardless of their background.

As a proud contributor to the HM Armed Forces, Raytheon UK signed the HM Armed Forces covenant in 2014. Due to the varied activities and support to our Armed Forces & Reservists, Raytheon UK has since been awarded the prestigious Covenant 'Gold Award' Employee Recognition.

Raytheon UK recognises that our people are the critical factor in our success, and we strive to provide challenging and rewarding careers
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