Head of Section – NAV & MET

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

Reporting to the Head of Airports Engineering and Programmes, the Section Head – Navigational Aids and Meteorological Systems (Nav & Met) provides leadership and direction to their team, ensuring that an effective System Design Authority (SDA) function is provided

The role is responsible for managing the Nav & Met team, defining the engineering requirements and delivery of all Nav & Met projects to time, cost and quality including resource management of the team

Duties Include

  • Provide clear leadership across the Nav & Met Systems team to inspire people to raise their contribution, raising management capability and managing team and individual performance
  • Within the domain establish and maintain the design of Nav & Met System services and assets such that they meet NATS requirements
  • Establish and maintain the systematic and co-ordinated set of activities and practices through which the Nav & Met team optimally manage the system assets and Service provided over their lifecycle
  • Establish and maintain the design for engineered system services/ assets such that they meet NATS requirements
  • Effectively communicate both formally and informally, the Nav & Met and wider engineering vision.
  • Lead the improvement of the system service design & support function in terms of people, processes, delivery and tools
  • Ensure the optimisation of costs through undertaking reviews and taking appropriate action to ensure delivery of targets
  • As Nav & MET Systems Design Authority (SDA) ensure the latest applicable international and national regulations are known, monitored, planned, impact assessed and applied as required


  • Qualified to Degree level (or equivalent) in related engineering discipline, with a demonstrated effective ability to carry out management and engineering work to this level
  • Chartered Engineer status, or the capability to achieve such a status, is desirable
  • Able to demonstrate strong leadership with extensive experience in a management role
  • Knowledge of Systems, together with a detailed understanding of how these systems are used
  • The job holder shall be able to develop and maintain harmonious working relationships with a wide range of contacts both inside and outside NATS
  • Required to understand the commercial aspects of providing technical solutions to external customers

We are proud to offer a fantastic total reward package to help you thrive both personally and professionally.  In addition to a competitive salary that’s regularly reviewed, as a member of our senior management group you’ll also benefit from an annual performance related incentive, private healthcare and dental cover, a market-leading defined contribution pension scheme, generous leave entitlement with the option to purchase additional leave and a range of other benefits and retail discounts, wellness support and a comprehensive learning and development offering

We have adopted agile working to provide greater flexibility and increased choice over working arrangements, with the opportunity for this role to work in our modern office facilities as well as remotely. We also welcome discussions on flexible and part-time working arrangements. Find out more here

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

Job Information

Job Reference: 5195BR_1711536688
Salary: Negotiable
Salary From: £
Salary To: £
Job Industries: Engineering
Job Locations: Whiteley, Hampshire
Job Types: Permanent
Job Skills: NATS
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