Leading Edge Aviation is looking for Operations Manager

Role Overview

The role of the Operations Manager is to manage and co-ordinate Leading Edge Aviation Limited (LEAL) operations to ensure aircraft, simulator and instructor resources are used as safe, efficiently and effectively as possible and in accordance with Leading Edge Aviation and UK CAA/EASA regulations.

Working closely with the Head of Training (HoT), the Chief Flight Instructor (CFI) and Chief Engineer (CE) of Leading Edge Aviation Engineering (LEAE,) the Operations Manager will ensure a constant presence in the LEAL Operations area, working closely with student pilots who will require experienced guidance as they look to undertake their flying training.

Role Duties

Departmental Management

  • Recruit, train and manage the Operations team
  • Provide rest break, annual leave and sickness cover for Operations Assistants and the Scheduler ensuring any shortfall in cover is managed
  • Report monthly production hours flying hour totals for each aircraft and simulators
  • As directed by the COO, complete required details for the monthly Ops Board Report
  • Regularly review Company operations to improve efficiency and effectiveness
  • Create, manage and monitor an audit system for Operations.

Day to Day Operations

  • Plan and co-ordinate with the CFI and Instructors, the daily flying and simulator programmes to ensure maximum aircraft, simulator and instructor utilisation is achieved
  • Plan, co-ordinate and monitor scheduled maintenance requirements to ensure minimum disruption to the flying programme, maintaining a record of aircraft serviceability to include planned and unscheduled maintenance
  • Ensure all aircraft and simulators are updated monthly (28-day cycle) with the Garmin Nav Database
  • Liaise with the LEAL sim technician to ensure all planed simulator maintenance tasks are completed and arrange for any defects to be corrected or deferred
  • To ensure adherence to relevant regulations and procedures, including flight time limitations, in coordination with HoT / CFI
  • To liaise with Airport operations to ensure the efficient delivery of the planned Flying Programme including:
    • Organising refuelling of the aircraft and file fuel receipts
    • Managing the aircraft movements at the home airport, ensuring the required aircraft are out and ready to fly for the first daily sortie and Hangered at the end of the day
  • To liaise with the LEAL CE to:
    • Forward plan maintenance activities, to include all scheduled events and forecast major spares requirements (engines, gearboxes, etc) also liaising with the Finance team
    • Resolve any aircraft defects or defer those in accordance with MEL and OEM procedures
    • Plan and conduct LEAL aircraft refuelling requirements
    • Obtain aircraft availability
    • Ensure aircraft are ready for first flight and hangered at cease of operations
    • Ensure aircraft are presented in a clean and tidy condition for flight
    • Ensure aircraft documentation and on-board items are in date
  • Initiate the emergency procedure in case of accidents or incidents involving our aircraft or personnel.
  • Accurately maintain all aircraft documents and library
  • In conjunction with the CFI, manage and track student progress throughout training, including monitoring student course hours to ensure compliance
  • Liaise with the Chief Operations Officer, HoT / CFI and CE to ensure planned maintenance is integrated into the advanced flying programme
  • To initiate remedial actions in the case of potential or actual disruptions in order to keep or bring back the fleet to the initial schedule programme, liaising with all relevant parties in the event of any unavoidable disruption to the daily flying programme.
  • Assist CE with the management of provision of supplies of oil, de-icing and anti-icing fluids. • Check and approve invoices in support of Maintenance and Operations
  • As the Fair Weather Base comes into operation, provide assistance to operations at that location and assist in establishing working practices and procedures there
  • Other duties as directed by the COO

Core Competencies

  • Flight Planning and Operational experience
  • Excellent knowledge of appropriate UK CAA and EASA regulations, including engineering
  • Excellent IT and systems skills
  • Strong organisational skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with a positive and enthusiastic outlook
  • A Can-do attitude with the willingness to go the extra mile for the Customer
  • Ability to analyse and decide a course of action in a timely manner
  • A pro-active manner, looking to resolve issues within approved boundaries, working with HoT/CFI and CE to identify solutions to the usual flying training issues that occur – weather, aircraft serviceability, pilot availability, etc.
  • A flexible approach to working hours

If you are interested, please email talent@leadingedgeaviation.com with your CV and covering letter.

For more information, kindly contact Leading Edge Aviation.

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