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Director of Air Mobility

Type: full
Location: Milton Keynes London
Reference: CPC347
Purpose of the role


The Director of Air Mobility will play a key role in enabling the Connected Places Catapult to successfully meet its strategic objectives to build the economy and develop businesses to service the creation of truly connected places.  Building on a core skillset of the Catapult, Air Mobility is a systems-led approach to address the future needs of the UK’s aviation, UAV and related sectors; including the technologies and services required to enable UK leadership and growth for the airborne movement of people and goods.


The Director will be expected to work in collaboration with our Chief Delivery Officer to operationalise a strategic plan, to build a tangible and sustainable programme of work that ensures the delivery of our Air Mobility ambitions. These include delivery of high-profile collaborative research and development projects, continuation of CPC’s BVLOS project work with the Department for Transport and the creation of collaborative opportunities with a focus on sustainable aviation systems.


The Director is required to lead the programme teams to deliver work to an expected level of quality, including the development of new business opportunities that support this Directorate’s continued growth. Close collaboration with CPC’s other Directorates will be key to success.


Key Responsibilities


  • Direct the strategy for the Catapult’s Air Mobility activities, ensuring CPC corporate strategic aims are aligned and contributing to corporate strategy as required.
  • Provide leadership, mentoring and development to the Air Mobility directorate’s specialist team by role modelling standards of professional conduct, commercial acumen, coaching and mentoring team members, cascading and managing towards objectives, and managing towards high performance.
  • Develop the programmes of work for the Air Mobility directorate, including engagement with academic research partners, which should incorporate the development and delivery of collaborative activities
  • Drive revenue into the CPC in line with the strategy, operational plan and programme areas, ensuring high quality bids for work are made, and an acceptable win ratio and targets met.
  • Represent CPC and the Air Mobility team to relevant stakeholders, internal and external and at public events. This includes providing strategic advice as required to the Corporate Management Team, CPC Board (and relevant sub-committees on projects,) as well as presenting using thematic expertise as and when appropriate.
  • Manage and be accountable for the budget for the Air Mobility Programme when devolved, ensuring revenue and expenditure is in line with expectations. This includes making appropriate business cases for additional investment for consideration of the Corporate Management Team (CMT), as required along with providing advice to HR on future recruitment requirements to enable prompt action to fill organisational roles in the most appropriate way.
  • Work collaboratively with leadership team colleagues, providing advice and input to operational and strategic plans.
  • Ensuring appropriate sponsorship and project reporting is undertaken in line with defined project governance standards and requirements, working with project teams on issues and risks that have been escalated by project managers, resolving or escalating further to the CMT, in line with governance standards, as required.
  • Use your expertise to provide hands-on insight and input into deliverable work.
  • Effective management of programme resources ensuring an appropriate level of billable utilisation for permanent and fixed term employees, and project resources are brought into the organisation in a timely and appropriate manner to ensure programme deliverables and KPIs are met. This may include developing and managing framework agreements with contracted resources and service providers in collaboration with the Catapult’s commercial team.
  • Ensuring that a matrix structure is adopted and promoted, whilst encouraging your teams to work across the programmes effectively, as well as coordinating with your peers to facilitate delivery of all Catapult programmes ensuring key individuals are supported to meet deliverables.
  • As a key member of the leadership team, the Director for Air Mobility is responsible for ensuring corporate information is properly cascaded to team members as required, and business confidential information is maintained appropriately.
  • This role may require some travel and may also require the management of teams in multiple locations.
  • You may be required to undertake any other reasonable duties to support the Catapult in achieving its strategic outcomes and ensure effective business operations.


Required skills and experience


  • Can demonstrate experience leading on high value, highly complex projects, ensuring successful delivery within time, cost and quality parameters.
  • Relevant masters-level qualification or equivalent demonstrable experience.
  • Demonstrable prior experience leading innovative solutions for aviation / aerospace, UAV sector addressing industry issues and challenges, as well as using a systems led approach to establish innovation. Experience in the mobility, digital technology, AI or related sectors would be a considerable advantage.
  • Significant prior experience leading multidisciplinary and multinational teams of professionals including demonstrable experience in exceeding target revenue generation.
  • Highly collaborative working style and experience of dealing and influencing diverse internal and external stakeholders; including Boards, Academic Partners and Public and Private Sector leaders, and with the ability to enable and gain commitment.
  • A clear understanding of the needs of national transport policies and engagement of stakeholders and citizens, innovation strategy and market trends, and the credibility to build networks across these groups.
  • Previous experience in operationalising strategic organisational objectives and managing business units and teams towards achievement of those goals.
  • Significant previous experience managing a budget and P&L for a business unit, with the capability to understand and interpret management information for business decision-making.
  • Strong leadership, management and interpersonal skills to ensure you are driving and engaging your team to meet Catapult and team objectives, cascading as appropriate.
  • Experience of recovering failing projects/programmes.
  • Working with your team to proactively develop their capabilities and skill sets.
  • Leading by example and being a champion of the Catapult when engaging with stakeholders.



If you would like to apply for this role, please email your CV and covering letter, quoting the relevant job role you are applying for, to:

Application end date is 20/11/2020