Principle Certification Engineer

  • Location

    Christchurch, United Kingdom

  • Sector:

    Aviation and Aerospace

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  • Contact:

    Tim Smith

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  • Published:

    over 3 years ago

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Lupos Global is a Specialist Aviation Recruitment Consultancy providing candidates with career opportunities across the Aerospace & Aviation and Engineering Sectors worldwide. Working with aviation companies ranging from small disruptive independents through to industry leading brands, we advise clients on how to attract, retain and develop their value enhancing talent.


Lupos Global has a requirement for a Principle Certification Engineer based in Bournemouth.


Purpose of the role

Managing the activities of the DAOS CDO, liaising with the MAA/TAA, internal and external Design Organisations with respect to the certification of modifications or repairs for fixed and rotary wing aircraft.

Shall oversee the product's or project’s conception, design and initial product specifications and manage scheduling, estimating and completion of design data.

Working primarily within the MoD 1000 and 5000 series Regulatory Articles, the role shall manage work authorisation forms raised by the MoD customer to modify the Air Systems operated under the contract(s), generate the Statement of Work for the modification, specifications per RA 1014 and to arrange for competent design organisations (approved per RA5850) to be contracted to design and to certify the modifications within their scope of approval and in accordance with RA 5850; this may include the company’s own Design Organisation.

Financial acumen and project management skills shall be used to ensure on-time and on-budget delivery. The PCE shall also conduct engineering studies and investigations, and prepare reports for the DO leadership and Project Managers. They also provide engineering guidance to other departments, help to train new engineers and keep abreast of industry trends and issues.  Preferably having or working towards CEng or similar.  

· Work with customers and suppliers and integrate with Marketing, sales and project management.  Compliance Verification Engineer for Mechanical and/or Avionics drawings and/or certification reports. This role is an integral part of the company’s Design Organisation.

· Lead the design team relating to projects including the delivery (on time and to the appropriate quality) of all relevant design and certification data.

· Generating design concepts and supporting the design engineers in the execution of the design and certification packages.

· Lead design/project reviews.

· Supporting production and installation engineers in matters relating to projects.

· Coaching and supporting design/certification data.


Key Responsibilities

  • Safety first. Operate at Special Mission in accordance with the SHE standards. Identify where the SHE standards are applicable to appointed operations/tasks and apply safe systems of work identified.  
  • Apply countermeasures identified in applicable risk assessment to appointed operations/tasks.  
  • Ensure that the requisite design documentation, in the form of drawings and supporting documents, are compiled in accordance with company procedures.
  • Support the Head of Design, Principal Design Engineer and the Project Manager and Project Team in the co-ordination, planning and control of the design data.
  • Liaise with the Office of Airworthiness on all matters relating to the initial and continued airworthiness of design changes.
  • Compile design data as authorised by the Head of Design or Design Airworthiness Manager. Incorporate authorised changes/updates to design data.
  • Maintain drawing and document registers.  
  • Act as or support the Design Focal engineer(s) in design review meetings, ie PDR, CDR, FAI etc.  Regular liaison with internal/external manufacturing departments and suppliers to ensure any related issues are resolved and deadlines met.  
  • Work effectively as a key member in a team environment, liaising closely with in-house colleagues.  Provide clear communication with Project Managers on the status of design programmes and ensure that problems impacting the design element are notified accordingly.  
  • Ensuring that the Air Systems and their equipment managed by the CDO meet the contract specification in accordance with RA 1014(1) 2a.
  • Managing Design Queries per PP-09.  Management and promulgation of the air system documentation set.  
  • Generating specifications for sub-system equipment for design by a subcontracted DO.  
  • Liaising with the TAA on the Safety Assessment per RA 1014(1) 2q   
  • Ensuring the through-life configuration management of the air systems per RA 1014(2) 6a.  Maintaining records of design data in accordance with RA 5850(12)


Basic requirements

  • Degree or HND/HNC or OND/ONC in mechanical or aeronautical engineering, or,
  • 5 years related industrial experience (this should be evidenced by the employment history on the applicant/job holder CV).  
  • Have a clear understanding of airworthiness, aircraft components and/or system design requirements, materials and manufacturing processes.
  • CAD proficient.
  • Able to produce calculations in support of the design activity.
  • A working knowledge of regulatory requirements, ie EASA, CAA, MAA.


If this position is of interest to you and you feel you meet the criteria, please send your CV directly to tim.smith@luposglobal.com


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