Remote Piloted Aircraft System Operator


Job summary

Babcock International
£Open (Depending On Experience)
Aerospace / Avionics
Contract Type:
Full Time
Expiry Date:

About the job

Job Title: Remote Piloted Aircraft System Operator
Location: Tewkesbury, Gloucester
Compensation: £40,000 - £65,000 + Benefits
Role Type: Full time / Permanent
Role ID: SF56890

At Babcock we're working to create a safe and secure world, together, and if you join us, you can play your part as a Remote Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) Operator at our Ashchurch site.

The role
As a RPAS Operator, you'll have a role that's out of the ordinary. We are creating a new capability, providing remotely piloted aircrafts with mission durations measured in days, not hours. This new and exciting role will be part of a team delivering a service to our customers providing this unique capability wherever they need it, globally.

Day-to-day, you'll fly this unique platform and deliver world-class unmanned capabilities around the UK and beyond. Working within the team you will also be a key part of the planning activities working closely with our civil, military and government customers.

  • Ensuring the safe conduct of flight operations and being an ambassador for flight safety at all times
  • Conducting simulation flights in order to train and maintain currency
  • Communicating with Air Traffic Control and other aircrafts for deconfliction when required * Remotely piloting the system and navigating safely using the Ground Control Station
  • Remaining familiar with all system documentation, operational procedures, local flying orders and providing detailed event logging in accordance with all necessary regulations

The successful candidate will be expected to work a flexible schedule, including night and weekend shifts, as required.

This role is full time and is based on site at Ashchurch. You must be able to travel to the United States for a period of one month to complete necessary training.

Essential experience of the RPAS Operator

  • Aviation or aerospace technical qualifications, including current or previous flight crew, UAS, UAV, RPAS or engineering licenses
  • Excellent analytical, interpersonal, verbal and written communications skills
  • Ability to make and implement complex technical risk-based decisions under pressure
  • Well organised, good team player with a problem-solving approach
  • Knowledge and experience of mission management system
  • High level of situational awareness

Qualifications for the of the RPAS Operator

  • Level 3 or higher qualifications in aviation or aerospace, or comparable experience
  • Aviation experience as flight crew or engineer, either military or civil
  • Hold a current General Visual Line of Sight Certificate (GVC) or A2 CofC
  • Familiar with and understanding of CAA and or MAA regulations for Unmanned systems, including but not limited to CAP722 and RA1600
  • Understanding of MET and Airspace
  • Competent in Maths and English and working knowledge of Physics

Security Clearance
The successful candidate must be a sole UK or US national who is able to achieve and maintain Developed Vetting (DV) security clearance for this role.

Many of the positions within our company are subject to national security clearance and Trade Control restrictions. This means that your eligibility for certain roles may be affected by your place of birth, nationality, current or former citizenship, and any residency you hold or have held.

What we offer

  • Shift Allowance
  • Generous holiday allowance
  • Matched contribution pension scheme, with life assurance
  • Employee share scheme
  • Employee shopping savings portal
  • Payment of Professional Fees
  • Reservists in the armed forces receive 10-days special paid leave
  • Holiday Trading is a benefit that allows the majority of employees to buy additional leave or to sell up to one working week of annual leave from their annual entitlement
  • 'Be Kind Day' enables employees to take one working day's paid leave a year (or equivalent hours) to undertake volunteering work with their chosen organisation or registered charity

Babcock International
For over a century Babcock has helped to defend nations, protect communities and build a better world. To continue, we must adapt, advance and be a sustainable business with a shared goal.

We are a disability confident committed employer. If you have a disability or need any reasonable adjustments during the application and selection stages, please email with the subject header 'Reasonable adjustments requirement'. We're committed to building an inclusive culture where everyone's free to thrive. We are happy to talk about flexible working - please ask about alternative patterns of work at interview.

Closing date: 30/04/2024

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