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• Lead the Operational Safety function at Airways
• Great opportunity to be part of our Safety & Assurance Group
• Role based in Christchurch or Auckland Office (5 weeks annual leave + staff carpark etc)

About Airways

Our people manage New Zealand's 30 million square kms of airspace, providing air traffic control, surveillance, communication, flight inspection, mapping, and airspace design services. We work with government, regulatory authorities, airlines, airports, and the general aviation community to ensure pilots, passengers and goods reach their destination - safely. At Airways, our values underpin all that we do. We value Safety, One Airways, Excellence and Success in all that we do.

Our organisation is made up of operational business groups that are supported by governance and corporate services functions. To learn more about our people and organisational structure, check out www.airways.co.nz/about .

About The Role

The Operational Safety Team is responsible for Air... Traffic Control, Technology and Aeropath safety investigations and Operational Safety reporting within Airways. It is also responsible for managing internal and external data requests, undertaking safety advisory activities, and supporting safety promotion activities. Operational Safety Team also takes a leadership role regarding best practice for measurement and monitoring of Operational Safety performance whilst ensuring compliance with relevant Civil Aviation rules.

Due to an internal progression, we are now looking for Operational Safety Manager to join our Safety & Assurance Group and to lead the Operational Safety Team.

Reporting to the GM Safety & Assurance, you will be responsible for ensuring Airways Operational Safety team and its activities support the improvement of safety both internally and externally. This includes enhancing Airways safety culture, providing strong safety leadership and managing collaborative relationships. The manager ensures compliance and adherence to the various standard operating practices within the integrated management system that fully complies not just within the Regulatory environment in which Airways operates, but the expectations of customers and stakeholders.

Key Focus Areas In The Position

Relationships
• Manages the operational safety investigation pipeline and process, ensuring efficiency and quality of investigation reports to the relevant stakeholders, including the Civil Aviation and internal Airways business partners. Ensures elements of security and Health and Safety are considered by bringing in the experts from the Safety and Assurance team or other teams, as required.
• Supports the development and management of relationships between the Safety team and the wider organisation (including Policy & Standards and the wider Air Traffic Services business unit) and externally (including Civil Aviation, TAIC and Union Partners) to ensure learnings from safety events are utilised for continuous safety improvement.
• Chairs the Operational Safety Collaboration Group with NZALPA.
• Acts as liaison with industry partners and the Civil Aviation on operational safety investigation matters.

Safety Investigations
• Ensure all operational safety occurrences (Air Safety Incidents [ASI], Facility Malfunction Incidents [FMI], routine and minor air safety investigations) are investigated in a thorough and timely manner in accordance with approved investigative procedures and reporting, Civil Aviation Rules and Airways policies.
• Ensure all SRCs (Safety Related Concern’s) managed appropriately, including determination of when the business should investigate and when there should be an independent investigation manged through operational safety.
• Ensures all operational safety reporting and investigations are conducted in accordance with Civil Aviation /MBIE/ WorkSafe procedures and relevant legislation.
• Performs Safety Investigator duties in accordance with Just Culture and promotes Just Culture both internally and externally.

Operational Safety Risk
• Promotes the operational risk framework ensuring alignment with the Airways Barrier Model.
• Ensures that Airways meets its regulatory and business obligations in regard to operational safety risk.

Safety Performance and Delivery
• In consultation with the GM Safety and Assurance; plans, develops and implements work programs aligned to our integrated Safety Management System (SMS).
• Works collaboratively to influence operational improvement activities, implementation and standards across the organisation and across the aviation system.

Operational Safety Management
• Provides advice and ensures, in conjunction with the Air Traffic Services group, the Technology Group and Aeropath (who implement), the adherence to operational safety policy and standards.
• Keeps abreast of CANSO, ICAO, Civil Aviation, and all regulatory and legislative investigation requirements, practices and procedures.

Governance
• Ensures that the unit complies with the provisions of all legislation and governance requirements, including financial delegations.

About You

To be successful in the role, you will have:
• Tertiary qualification in the relevant discipline or professional experience in investigation and SMS.
• 5 – 10 years proven experience in an operational safety leadership role preferably, in a similar role or industry.
• Extensive practical experience in safety management systems (SMS), investigations, preparing reports, developing guidelines and framework, and strategic communications around safety good practice.
• Strong people leadership experience required with the ability to lead, empower, mentor, motivate and work well with the team.
• Formal training in Incident Investigation.
• Human Factors qualifications / training / experience / or awareness.
• Specialist knowledge and experience in aviation, including knowledge of aviation legislation; and knowledge of aviation, such as training management, aircraft operations, air traffic management, aerodrome operations and maintenance organisation management.
• Knowledge of ICAO / Civil Aviation safety management principles and practices.
• Ability to work in a dynamic business environment, influence and collaborate with people internally and externally, show resilience and agility, take ownership and focus on delivering successful business outcomes.

To Apply

If you are interested in this exciting leadership opportunity, please submit your application (CV and Cover Letter) via the job advertisement.

This position will require pre-employment drug and alcohol testing, Ministry of Justice checks as well as other background checks.

Application closing date is Tuesday, 28 May 2024

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