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Senior/Principal Consultant – Air Traffic Management Safety

  • Job reference: AD-001155
  • Sector: Aerospace, Defence, Management Consultancy, Security
  • Location: Bristol
As a global multi-disciplinary consultancy The Aerospace, Defence, Security and Technology (ADS&T) Division within Atkins is at the leading edge of Safety Critical Systems and is currently recruiting for a Senior/Principal (Air) Safety Consultant. Atkins offers a range of independent and unbiased advice in engineering, technical and strategic advisory services to a wide breadth of markets and clients.

‘Atkins is a member of the Aurora Engineering Partnership which, subject to contract, will support the Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S) transformation strategy as the Engineering Delivery Partner’.
A consultant is required within the Air Traffic Management area of Atkins, to be based either in Aldershot or in Bristol. The successful applicant will have a successful track record in safety management and analysis.
The role will involve technical leadership of people and projects, acting as the client interface in order to ensure that client satisfaction is maintained whilst delivering in such a way that costs and risks to Atkins are well managed. The successful applicant will support business development activities and the development of winning bids. 

While the role will be ATM focussed, flexibility to work on safety projects across other domains would be highly beneficial – e.g. transport, energy, defence.
The successful individual will be a client facing consultant who should present a professional and trustworthy personality to support client relationships. They will potentially work on multiple projects at any one time and will need to be adaptable to this dynamic consultancy environment.

They will be able to work both in a team and on their own to deliver results. They will be leading teams of people in successful delivery of bids and projects. They will be able to demonstrate that they can develop staff to meet their true potential.
They will have a proven record of being able to innovate in their work and being able to transfer knowledge of the methodologies that they develop to both other staff and clients. Their written work will be clear, concise and coherent and they will be able to demonstrate competent use of tools such as MS-Office, Reliability Workbench/Fault Tree+, Assurance and Safety Case Environment (ASCE), eCassandra®, etc.

Overview / Responsibilities 
Successful candidate will be required to travel regionally and nationally as per role and project needs.
Prime responsibilities for the role are:
  • Successful delivery of safety projects.
  • Development of successful safety proposals to solve technical challenges for clients.
  • Managing and mentoring others to deliver results.
  • Ensuring that the risk to the company from the projects undertaken is minimised and well managed.
  • Working with all stakeholders to deliver projects to time, cost and client satisfaction.

Skills / Qualifications
Technical Knowledge and Experience
  • Knowledge and experience of the civil and military regulatory environments for Air Traffic Management (ATM).
  • Knowledge of safety within the ATM domain, either:
  • Civil ATM including the EUROCONTROL Safety Assessment Methodology, the EUROCONTROL Safety Regulatory Requirements and the Single European Skies legislation; and / or
  • Military ATM/Air Defence, including the application of Def Stan 00-56, Project-Oriented Safety Management System (POSMS), JSP454, and the Military Aviation Authority Regulatory Publications.
  • Knowledge and experience of the totality of people, procedures and equipment (both hardware and software) in the ATM context and to be able to manage safety activities and develop safety assurance arguments for each element.
  • An awareness of the following and their relevance to safety management: HASAWA, relevant MAA regulatory publications, IEC 61508, ED-153, ED12C / DO 178C, ED-109A / DO278A, JSP 454.
  • Knowledge of safety argument structures and methods utilised in Safety Cases and Safety Assessments together with supporting tools such as Fault Tree Analysis, Event Tree Analysis, Hazard Identification. 
  • Understand the relevance of Human Factors to operational safety and be able to integrate HF considerations into safety activities. 
  • Understand the ALARP concept and how ALARP arguments are made 
  • Excellent verbal communication skills;
  • Able to write clear, coherent documentation using MS-Office 
  • To present ideas clearly and persuasively to an audience, enabling knowledge transfer.
  • To lead other staff in the successful delivery of a project.
  • To understand and apply company project management processes. 
  • An awareness of financial and commercial management
  • Experience in safety analysis and safety management in non ATM domain activities. 
  • Be able to work both independently and in teams
  • Excellent interpersonal skills. 
  • To develop, apply and explain safety methodologies 
  • Provide technical leadership to our safety staff and contribute to thought leadership in the business. 


  • Able to understand and apply risk financial and commercial management processes.
  • Able to develop technical and financial bids in response to invitation to tender documents and for those bids to follow through to successful projects.
  • Experience in the broader aviation domain.
  • Formal qualification as an Independent Safety Auditor.
  • Practical experience in software safety analysis tools and techniques (e.g. IEC 61508, ED-153, ED12C / DO-178C, ED-109A / DO278A). 
  • Experience of consultancy selling to external clients.

Security Requirements

This role may require security clearance and offers of employment will be dependent on obtaining the relevant level of clearance. If this is necessary it will be discussed with you at interview. 
If applying to this role please do not make reference to (in conversation) or include in your application or CV,  details of any current or previously held security clearance.

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