Affinity Flying Services are contracted as the Fixed Wing Service Provider under the UKMFTS PFI Contract. We will provide Aircraft to be used by the Military to deliver Elementary Flying Training (EFT) and Multi Engine Flying Training with both EASA and MAA Part M and Part 145 approvals across multiple sites.

We are looking to recruit a Head of Airworthiness to be based at RAF Cranwell, with travel to RAF Barkston Heath and RAF Valley. This is a permanent position and is 40 hours per week.

Qualifications, Experience and Competencies Required 

Essential Experience

  • Previous experience as an EASA Form 4 holder
  • Practical experience and expertise in the application of aviation standards and safe operating practices
  • Five years relevant work experience of which at least the last two years should be from the aeronautical industry in an appropriate position
  • An additional five years experience in lieu of an aeronautical degree or aircraft maintenance technician qualification
  • Experience working with Regulatory bodies
  • Experience of Safety Management Systems, including but not limited to; mandatory and voluntary reporting, safety data analysis and safety investigations
  • Appropriate recent experience in the management of continuing airworthiness
  • Previous experience as Airworthiness Review staff

Desirable Experience

  • Experience of working practices/procedures of the UK MOD/Military environment

Essential Qualifications

  • Recognised Aeronautical Degree/ AML or equivalent experience
  • Recognised EASA Part M and 145 training
  • Recognised Human Factors training
  • Recognised SMS training
  • Airworthiness Review Staff
  • Regulation (EU) No 1321/2014 Annex I (Part M) M.A.706
  • Regulation (EU) No 1321/2014 Annex I (Part M) M.A.707

Desirable Qualifications

  • Recognised Occurrence Review Group training
  • Recognised Aircraft Maintenance Programme training
  • Recognised MRP Part 145/M training
  • Recognised EASA Part 147/ 66 training
  • Recognised training on a relevant sample of the company aircraft types

Essential Technical Competencies

  • Detailed knowledge of applicable officially recognised standards
  • Detailed knowledge of applicable operational requirements and procedures
  • Detailed knowledge of quality systems
  • Detailed knowledge of organisation capabilities, privileges and limitations
  • Detailed knowledge of the organisations CAME
  • Detailed knowledge of the organisations AMPs
  • Detailed knowledge of maintenance methods
  • Detailed knowledge of Part M and Part 145
  • Detailed knowledge of MRP Part 145
  • Detailed knowledge of CAA oversight of military registered aircraft
  • Detailed knowledge of safety risks linked to the working environment
  • Understanding of professional integrity, behaviour and attitude toward safety
  • Understanding of conditions for ensuring continuing airworthiness of aircraft and    components
  • Understanding of his/ her own human performance limitations
  • Understanding of personnel authorisations and limitations
  • Understanding of critical maintenance tasks
  • Ability to consider human performance and limitations
  • Ability to identify and rectify existing and potential unsafe conditions
  • Ability to understand work orders and refer to applicable Instruction Continuing Airworthiness (ICA)

Essential Non-Technical Competencies

  • Ability to use information systems
  • Excellent communication and literacy skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively with varied stakeholder groups
  • Ability to promote strong and collaborative relationships with key stakeholders
  • Ability to influence internal and external stakeholders

Leadership/Management Competencies

  • Planning, organising and setting of individual CAMO department objectives
  • Delegation of specific tasks to suitably qualified members of the department
  • Providing an engaged and supportive environment that gives constructive criticism if required
  • Accepting responsibility for mistakes and wrong decisions
  • Provide appropriate motivation and support in all areas of responsibility

Core Responsibilities and Duties/Skills 


  • Managing and supervising continuing airworthiness activities associated with the CAA/EASA/MAA
  • Acting as Line Manager and PoC for all OEM Field Service Representatives
  • Liaising with the Competent Authority on matters of continuing airworthiness
  • Managing and co-ordinating CAMO procedures
  • Managing the registration, CofA and ARC applications of AFS aircraft
  • Managing the preparation, planning and compilation of Aircraft Maintenance programmes and making recommendations as necessary.
  • Monitoring day-to-day compliance with Part M, identifying nonconformities in an effective and timely manner in order that the organisation may remain in compliance with the part
  • Managing and supervising day-to-day continuing airworthiness activities
  • Managing the MARC and ARC process and conducting Airworthiness Reviews when required
  • Promoting strong and collaborative relationships with key stakeholders
  • Accomplishing any other duties as may be reasonably directed or delegated by MD or Engineering Delivery Director


  • Specific responsibilities of the Continuing Airworthiness Manager in relation to Company EASA Part M approvals are detailed in the Company EASA Part-M CAME (Section


In return we can offer an empowered and supportive environment, supported by a competitive package. The successful candidate will be required to undertake MOD Security clearance and hold the legal right to work in the UK and be subject to security clearance which includes 3 years’ reference checks. Verification of any essential qualifications/licences/passport must be shown at the interview stage.

To apply please email your cv and covering letter to 

Closing Date – Friday 5th July 2019