Head of NERL Defence

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

This pivotal, commercial role is responsible for the NATS Future Military Area Radar Services (FMARS) commercial relationship with the Ministry of Defence (MOD), providing both exceptional service to the MOD and profitability and commercial success of the NATS MOD service line. Managing the delivery of this MOD/FMARS contract you’ll ensure NATS deliverables and activities meet contractual obligations & operational needs, deliver expected margins and maintain the strategic relationship with the MOD customers (and NATS internal suppliers).

It’s vital that these relationships are maintained & strengthened from both an operational & commercial viewpoint, so you’ll review the overall service line forecast & budget, identifying inconsistencies & inefficiencies and defining & implementing corrective action to ensure the effective & efficient management of MOD business area & service line.

Key accountabilities:

  • Responsible for FMARS Business Area, managing the NATS Operations MOD Business objectives (reporting performance, forecasting resource requirements, activity & financial management, managing business & commercial risk, business policy).
  • Develop, define & implement initiatives that support the growth of NERL & NATS Operations MOD Business in support of our strategic objectives and priorities.
  • Act as NATS Operations MOD Regulated Service Line manager, including representing the MOD Regulated Service Line on appropriate governance bodies.
  • Manage the NERL Defence Team, ensuring correct ATC & technical solutions are delivered.

Skills & experience:

  • Educated to degree-level or equivalent, or a post graduate Business/Commercial qualification preferred.
  • Significant experience in commercial functions, can understand & balance short-term & long-term commercial issues.
  • Experience of managing contracted service level and/or operational capability commitments.
  • Knowledge of delivering customer requirements, experience of transitioning new systems into service.
  • Understanding the MOD customer’s operational needs, financial & commercial position and can negotiate with NATS to ensure the MOD receive effective solutions.
  • Understanding of NATS systems used by MOD or Military ATC experience (ideal).
  • Able to resolve complex issues considering commercial factors, resource constraints & programme milestones.
  • Can motivate teams in matrix structures to maintain quality and deliver against tight timescales.
  • Inclusive, collaborative style, comfortable in a matrix management environment.
  • Effective stakeholder communication, able to present complex arguments, with exceptional negotiation & influencing skills.

Additional information:

We have adopted agile working to provide greater flexibility and increased choice over working arrangements, with the opportunity to work in our modern office facilities and remotely.

We’re proud to offer a competitive total reward package. In addition to a competitive salary, you’ll also benefit from an annual performance related incentive, Private Healthcare & Dental Cover, a market-leading defined contribution pension scheme, the option to purchase additional leave, retail discounts, wellness support and a comprehensive learning & development offering.

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.

Job Information

Job Reference: 5175BR_1710953392
Salary: Negotiable
Salary From: £
Salary To: £
Job Industries: Aerospace
Job Locations: Fareham, Hampshire
Job Types: Permanent
Job Skills: Commercial, contracts, government contracts, military, Ministry of Defence, MOD, NATS
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