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Aviation Safety Risk Manager

Leonardo DRS
Closing date
22 May 2022

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Contract Type
Full Time
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United Kingdom, England, Yeovil
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The Opportunity
Reporting to the Head of Aviation Safety, they will have a key role in assessing LH UK top-level safety risk management and performance across both the Yeovil site and 'off-site' locations. They will be responsible for the overall management, coordination and further development of the LH UK Safety Management System (SMS) and for identifying and managing the top-level aviation safety risks across LH UK through the cross-company Bowties. They will be the Coordinator of the Executive Safety Board (ESB) and will also maintain the metrics that measure the LH UK aviation safety performance helping to ensure and assure that key aviation safety responsibilities and actions are carried out.
What you will do
Risk Management
  • Facilitate aviation safety related hazard identification, risk assessment, management and reporting.
  • Continuous development, standardisation and monitoring of the processes for the management, reporting and assessment of aviation safety risks
  • Ensuring that Functions' aviation safety risks are being managed, in accordance with the SMS processes.
  • Leading the development and use of Bowties as a risk management tool.
  • Oversight and management of LH UK SMS
  • The authorship and issue of the LHUK SMS manual (CRS22), and its associated documents, to reflect the LHUK SMS.
  • Providing advice across the business on the SMS and other top-level aviation safety related matters.
  • Identifying gaps in aviation safety related training which may undermine the SMS.
  • Acting when there are non-conformances specifically against any Accountable Manager, to ensure that appropriate actions are taken to close them down.
  • Assisting, when required, in the preparing of any member of the SLT for meetings with 'safety' related regulators.

Executive Safety Board management
  • Overseeing the compilation of the ESB agenda and slide pack.
  • Modifying the ESB to suit the Managing Director's objectives and reforms.
  • Ensuring that appropriate minutes are taken to record the ESB meetings.

General responsibilities with regard to aviation safety are:

  • Ensuring that the Head of Aviation Safety is familiarised with any significant or emerging safety issue or when it's apparent that SMS requirements are not being met.
  • Promoting safety communications from issues within your area of responsibility.

Safety Meetings
  • Coordinating and chairing the Safety Risk Review Panel with the Functional Bowtie managers to review and agree those risks to be presented at the ESB.
  • Representing the company at safety forums held by external bodies (regulators etc.) unless a Head of Function or a Head of a SAG would be better placed so to do.
  • The Aviation Safety Risk Manager is accountable to the Head of Aviation Safety for these responsibilities.
  • The Aviation Safety Risk Manager may have delegated responsibilities for the Head of Aviation Safety in their absence: These will be specifically notified for any period of absence.

Secondary Duties
  • Perform the duties of an Event Investigator when required.
  • Assist in the resolution of potentially contentious safety issues between LH major stakeholders identified through audit non-conformance, supporting a successful resolution of any issues, problems or challenges.
  • Representing the company during external (2nd and 3rd party) audits.
What we are looking for
  • Strong engineering or audit background with experience within an Aerospace and Manufacturing environment (ideally educated to HNC level or equivalent).
  • Confident and accomplished communicator with influencing skills.
  • Trained error investigator and thoroughly knowledgeable in the use of EDA (vice MEDA).
  • Trained in effective ERG.
  • Experience of applying quality procedures and systems within an Aerospace environment.
  • Broad knowledge of quality certification standards (e.g. EN9100) and approval schemes (e.g. EASA part 145 & M, MAA MRP Part 145, CFAOS, DAOS etc.)
  • Integrity and professional approach, who is both self-willed and confident.
  • Knowledge and use of root cause analysis tools e.g. 5 why, Ishikawa, 8D etc
  • Broad knowledge of the business organisation.
  • Experienced SAP user.
  • Extensive knowledge of aircraft production and maintenance operations.
  • Thorough working understanding of occurrence reporting systems (LASOR, ASIMS, ECCAIRS).
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