Airspace Change Lead


Programmes and Development


Gatwick (with regular travel requirements to other units and potentially international travel)

Reports to

Head of Programmes and Development

The Company

Air Navigation Solutions (ANS) Limited is at the forefront of Air Traffic Management. ANS currently provides air traffic control and air traffic engineering services at, what we believe to be the most challenging air traffic environment, London Gatwick, the world’s busiest single runway airport and at Scotland’s busiest and fastest growing airport, Edinburgh. We also believe that we employ some of the very best and most capable people in the industry and together we have ambitious plans to develop a Company that represents the future of Air Traffic Control services.

As a wholly owned subsidiary of the DFS Group ANS combines the reputation, capability and security of a long-standing world-renowned global air traffic service provider with the flexibility, agility and value of a young, dynamic business.

Summary of Role

To lead and coordinate all airspace and procedure design, development and implementation activities for ANS and our customers. Providing relevant experience and expertise, progressing all airspace and procedure design activities including participation in and contribution to relevant forums, standardisation activities and stakeholder engagements. This includes the management of all relevant ANS partners and contractors to ensure applicable processes and standards are being followed and all work is delivered to highest standards and quality. Responsible for the management of ANS led Airspace Projects, including stakeholder management and the representation of ANS and our interests on airspace change activities lead by other organisations. Airspace and procedure design and development encompasses the change and improvement of the airspace relevant within the business scope of ANS and our customers.

Primary Responsibilities

-Management and coordination of all airspace and procedure related projects and activities within ANS and between ANS and our customers and partners. 

-Representing ANS in industry forums, standardisation activities and other relevant engagement activities, such as FASIIG, airspace consultations etc.

-Providing expertise to and steering on behalf of ANS airspace and procedure related activities of customers and partners, such as input and consultation on LAMP2, SID review and truncation activities, withdrawal of conventional navigation aids and respective flight procedures etc.

-Manage, coordinate and ensure the timely execution of work related to the review and design of new Flight Procedures, Airspace Change Proposals, as well as the optimised utilisation of current procedures and airspace. This includes identification of required activities in ANS in reaction to any external activities affecting ANS.

-Efficiently coordinating and managing resources and expertise within ANS, as well as those made available to ANS for the respective tasks.

-Management of all stakeholders relevant to any internal and external airspace related activities, including but not limited to the CAA, our customers, Airlines, community representatives and internal stakeholders.

-Establish and maintain effective working relationships with project team, co-workers, supervisors, the customer and external contacts while balancing a day-to-day workload with the requirements of the projects.

-Highlight future project opportunities that help deliver the Company’s strategic aims, improve processes, and/or improve service to clients.


-The post-holder must co-operate with all policies and procedures designed to ensure equality of employment. Co-workers, customers and visitors must be treated equally irrespective of gender, ethnic origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion etc.

-Attend and present at senior management meetings and relevant ad-hoc internal meetings as requested.

-Actively promote ANS to internal and external customers, carrying out all duties in an efficient, professional and courteous manner; clearly & effectively communicate with customers & staff.

-Demonstrate the values within the business always.

-Any other reasonable duties as requested by your Manager.

Personal Specification

Qualifications and Training

-Educated to degree level or equivalent.

-Full UK driving licence


-Thorough knowledge of the UK Airspace structure and applicable airspace design principles, standards and regulations, as well as airspace change and consultation process according to UK and European regulations.

-Experience in the development and design of Instrument Flight Procedures and knowledge of relevant standards and regulations.

-A good understanding of the operational use of airspace and flight procedures and their impact on performance and efficiency of air traffic. Knowledge and understanding of all relevant stakeholders.

-Experience in coordinating work within a diverse team and across all departments, internal and external (e.g. customers, partners, service providers etc.) and strong stakeholder management capabilities.

Competencies and Attitude

-Highly competent communicator including written communications (reports, instructions etc.).

-Strong influencing skills – capable of working with and challenging internal and external senior managers and directors. 

-Experience producing monthly reports relating to project deliverables.

-Experience developing stakeholder relationships.

-Pro-active approach - able to identify areas of need and to manage outputs.

-Excellent organisational skills and attention to detail being able to work under pressure to deadlines and prioritize activities.

-Able to respond to the needs of the business.

-Experience to include interpretation of contracts, implementation of project controls, contract correspondence and close out of projects.

-Experience in programme creation, analysis, interpretation and reporting.

-A strong analyst able to quickly identify priorities in complex situations.

-Strong IT skills.

-A passion for providing a service to customers.

-Confident with ability to influence and persuade customers.

-Self-motivated with the ability to take ownership to work autonomously and use own initiative.

-Personal integrity and professionalism.

-Good understanding of commercial principles and their relevance to the respective tasks and projects.

Internal Relationships

-Senior Management Team

-Operational/technical experts, project team

-Local Trade Union Representatives

-All employees and business lines

-DFS Group

External Relationships

-Customers, GAL, EAL, airlines, handling agents

-Industry stakeholders, NATS

-Regulatory Authorities, CAA

-Third Party contractors and partners

This job description reflects the main functions of the role but from time to time the company may assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to meet the needs of the