Director of Flight Operations (DFO)
The Role:The DFO is a key role in the senior leadership team of the division with reporting lines to both the Accountable Manager and the Managing Director.
The DFO is responsible to the Accountable Manager for ensuring ongoing regulatory compliance and that the company's flight operations are conducted in a safe and efficient manner in accordance with prevailing regulatory and company requirements. As such, the DFO will be referred to the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) for acceptance as Nominated Person - Flight Operations and the ability to be accepted by the CAA in this capacity is a fundamental requirement of the role.
The DFO is also a member of the divisional leadership team with a reporting line to the Managing Director and will be intrinsically involved in the development of the business with specific responsibility for leading the cadre of almost 100 pilots to deliver excellent service to all our clients.
- The principal responsibility of the DFO is to take all possible and practicable steps to ensure the safety, security and efficient overall operation of all company aircraft. The DFO will deputise for the Accountable Manager in their absence.
- Controlling subcontractor's standards, legal and disciplinary matters.
- Monitoring operations for compliance with legislation.
- Providing strong leadership that conveys the company's commitment to the highest possible safety standards.
- Ensuring the management of flight safety and technical requirements.
- Responsible for the management and supervision of flight operations and crew training in accordance with regulatory requirements including and the development and checking of line standards across the fleet supported by the Head of Training.
- The development, maintenance and documentation of procedures to ensure safe and efficient operation of all company aircraft.
- Responsible for all accident reports via Flight Safety Officer.
- Issue of flying staff instructions.
- Control of aircraft libraries via the Technical Publications team.
- Liaison with the Civil Aviation Authority on all matters covering Company operations.
- Responsible for corrective action implementation within the department resulting from audits conducted under the Compliance Monitoring function.
- The selection and recruitment of all flight crew including the designation of aircraft commanders and training personnel.
- Represent the company in various capacities within the aviation industry and act as the primary interface with the CAA and the Department of Transport as necessary, to ensure that the airline's operations are compliant with the requirements of the AOC.
- Oversee the maintenance of all company required records for flight operations and training ensuring all crews are properly licensed and authorized.
- Work alongside the other nominated persons to drive continuous improvement, collaboration and cooperation between departments and the implementation of new technologies.
- Previous post-holder / Nominated Person experience.
- Hold or have held an Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL), and previous employment in an EASA regulatory environment.
- Able to demonstrate strong leadership, strategic vision and managerial competency.
- Comprehensive knowledge of civil aviation regulations, standards and recommended practices (EASA, ICAO, IATA).
- Private Health care
- Smart Pension
- Life Assurance
- Income Protection
- Travel Insurance
- 23 days of holiday +BH
For more aviation positions please contact Sebastian Banach at Cordant Engineering - Manchester
Cordant Group is an equal opportunities employer