Senior Air Traffic Control Officer - St Athan

  • Job Reference: 5151BR
  • Date Posted: 27 March 2024
  • Employer: NATS
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  • Location: Barry, Vale of Glamorgan
  • Salary: £66,135 to £75,716
  • Bonus/Benefits: DC Pension, Income protection, 8 x DIS
  • Sector: Call Centre / Customer Service, Government & Defence, Transport & Logistics
  • Job Type: Full Time

Job Description

NATS is the UK's leading air navigation service provider, handling over 2 million flights each year. It provides air traffic control services from two control centres supporting airports all around the UK, as well as a wide range of commercial solutions to over 30 countries internationally. Our people are at the heart of our purpose to advance aviation and keep the skies safe.

Job purpose:
The Senior Air Traffic Controller (SATCO) based at St Athan, will be the senior NATS representative on site, and responsible to the General Manager (Cardiff, St Athan, Aberporth & Ranges) for the provision of operational procedures and practices to enable staff to provide the safe, effective, and efficient conduct of NATS Air Traffic Services at St Athan.

Other duties include:

  • Accountable for safety performance at St Athan in line with targets and the NATS Safety Management System (SMS)
  • Ensuring that all operational staff are qualified and competent to carry out tasks. Safety must be afforded the highest priority and safety management training provided where appropriate
  • Ensuring ATC Procedures Safety Analysis (APSA) facilitators complete the NATS Hazard Analysis Course
  • Co-ordinating and liaising with the aerodrome operator and adjacent Air Traffic Service Units (ATSUs) to develop operational procedures and practices
  • Providing information and guidance to aircraft operators as the ATC SME
  • Ensuring that St Athan MATS Part 2 and associated media (Supplementary Instructions (SIs) and Temporary Operating Instructions (TOIs)) are correctly prepared and that all regulatory and safety requirements are met
  • Ensuring the operational implications of unserviceable equipment, Facility Interrupts (FIs) and Reduced Redundancies (RRs) are presented to the customer and the General Manager for comment/review and implemented in accordance with local procedures Monitoring and approving changes to ATC operational procedures (including those required as a result of an investigations, trials specification, safety survey or project) and ensuring the safety implications are fully considered, approved and addressed
  • Ensuring that control staff are fully conversant with all current CAA regulations and procedures, and with those specific to the role of the ATC unit
  • Ensuring flight safety recommendations applicable to ATC are implemented and suggestions from ATC staff to improve flight safety are brought to the notice of the General Manager

Essential Skills & Experience:

  • Hold a CAA Licence with ADI ratings
  • Extensive experience as an operational ATCO / Air Traffic Controller
  • OJTI and assessor qualifications are desirable
  • Experience in an ATC managerial appointment previously

Please note - applications will also be considered from candidates with transferable experience from a military regulated aerodrome, and for the right candidate this includes an opportunity to attain a civilian ADI rating supported by NATS

Additional vacancy information:
St Athan is a civilian aerodrome with a variety of traffic operating both VFR and IFR movements with class D airspace. Co-ordination and integration skills are essential, and the aerodrome operations presents a great opportunity for a successful, expedient validation.

NATS Solutions (St. Athan) terms and conditions apply to this position - including a competitive salary, Defined Contribution pension scheme, and generous annual leave plus bank holidays.

If you share our passion to advance aviation and keep the skies safe - we would like to hear from you whatever your age, sex, race, faith, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, visible or invisible disability. Individuals that bring different perspectives, skills, life experiences and backgrounds help us be at the forefront of our industry.