Manager, Safety and Flight Operations – Safety Focus
IATA
South Africa, Johannesburg
9d ago

Who are we?

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is the trade association for the world’s airlines, representing some 275 airlines comprising 83% of global air traffic.

We support many areas of aviation activity and help formulate industry policy on critical aviation issues. IATA’s mission is to represent, lead, and serve the airline industry.

We help airlines to operate safely, securely, efficiently, and economically under clearly defined standards and regulations.

Professional support is provided to all industry stakeholders with a wide range of products and expert services.

IATA consists of five regions The Americas, Europe, Africa & The Middle East, North Asia and Asia-Pacific. This exciting opportunity is a chance to join IATA’s transformed Africa & The Middle East (AME) team, working in one of the most exciting and fastest growing aviation regions in the world.

You will be joining a customer-centric, agile and program management driven organization designed to promote collaboration and enable effective delivery of IATA’s regional and global industry agenda.

In a workplace culture of empowerment, you will have a unique opportunity to help shape your future role in this newly created structure.

At the heart of IATA are our Values and Behaviors. We all have different personalities, styles and areas of expertise, but you’ll recognize us by the consistent way we act and behave, in line with our brand values.

We are looking for people who bring them to life in everything they do as they :

  • Act with integrity and uphold our standards
  • Think strategically in support of the global big picture
  • Partner and manage to create high performing teams
  • Put people first by acting with a simple human touch
  • We are proud of being a diverse and inclusive Organization we have people from all over the world working in our offices, and we extend this to our recruiting practices.

    We are a meritocratic organization and an equal opportunity employer.

    Subject Matter Expert who is

  • Accountable for advocating airline positions on Aviation Safety and Flight Operations within Africa taking into account IATA’s global, Operations Committee (OPC) and Regional Coordination Groups (RCG) initiatives
  • Responsible for safety related activities in the assigned cluster with a focus on International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Regional Aviation Safety (RASG) activities
  • Responsible for enhancing airline operational safety and helping to facilitate the implementation of IATA Safety and Flight Operations objectives.
  • Responsibilities

    Regional Safety and Flight Operations Delivery

  • In collaboration with Account Managers, establish and maintain close working relationships with Civil Aviation Administrations, Air Navigation Service providers, ICAO Office representation, relevant inter-
  • governmental agencies and with other associations within the cluster

  • Act on behalf of IATA member airlines to advocate safe, efficient and cost effective operations in accordance with IATA's Industry Priorities and objectives and promote IATA requirements, technical and operational policies, products and services to agencies within the region;
  • Promote industry best practices to help establish operational requirements and regional policies within the framework of IATA’s global safety and flight operations;
  • Identify pending regulatory changes and coordinate IATA and airline input to these changes;
  • Represent member-airlines in working closely with the regional ICAO offices, relevant government agencies and regional organization to advocate IATA technical policies and resolve operational issues
  • Deliver on short, medium term and long-term objectives to benefit members and the strategies required to achieve them in accordance with the association governance policy and consultation with coordination groups;
  • Respond to tactical issues arising in day to day operations in the region;
  • Coordinate contingency measures in case of disruptions, advise members on available courses of action and monitor progress;
  • Cluster Delivery Safety

  • Work with airlines to implement strategies as per IATA 6 points safety programs;
  • Directly support the creation of new industry initiatives to enhance safety and efficiency including work to mitigate aviation's impact on the environment
  • Drive the Implementation of the IATA audit programs including the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) and IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operators;
  • Manage projects related to Safety and Flight Operations supporting, leading and driving IATA e.g. Global Aviation Data Database, , assisting airlines to prepare for IOSA and ICAO activities, e.
  • g. ICAO Regional Aviation Safety Group activities (RASG) e.g. Runway go teams, RASG report

    Additional Focus for Africa :

  • Drive the implementation of the Africa Safety Strategic Improvement Action Plan / Abuja Plan of Action and Safety.
  • Facilitate Africa and Indian Ocean Countries’ (AFI) Incident Analysis Group (AIAG).
  • Cluster Team Work and Expert Knowledge

  • Collaborate with and support the Cluster Project Team in an agile way;
  • Partner with regional Subject Matter Experts to ensure a constant upskilling and regional capacity building;
  • Provide timely reports to the Cluster Project Leaders regarding progress of work of the set objectives
  • Maintain a proactive relationship with Subject Matter Experts at Headquarter level where applicable and benefit from expert guidance;
  • Support fostering a culture of inclusion, integrity, team spirit, strategic thinking, partnering, innovative pioneering and acting with a human touch
  • Qualifications and Skills

    Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, Engineering or any other relevant discipline or equivalent technical standard or experience (e.g. CPLIOSA auditor)
  • Minimum of 8 years of professional experience with at least 5 years of experience in airline safety, flight operations and / or Air Traffic Management
  • Working knowledge of ICAO standards and recommended practices, best practices and other procedures in civil aviation operations
  • Working knowledge of safety management systems and flight operations environment;
  • Experience in networking with and influencing stakeholders, governments and other institutions on aviation matters
  • Advanced Proficiency in MS Office
  • Fluency in English (CEFR : C1) and French / Arabic (CEFR : B2) where applicable
  • Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree is an asset e.g. MBA
  • IPL or ATC license is an asset
  • Experience in implementing SMS, IOSA and / or as IOSA Auditor.
  • Experience in successful public speaking engagements, in making effective presentations to varying audiences and in preparing reports based on technical merits and facts
  • Previous Experience in managing, leading or overseeing projects is an asset
  • Prior experience in commercial is an asset
  • Proficiency in CRMs (e.g. Salesforce)
  • Proficiency in regional languages (CEFR B1)
  • At the heart of IATA are our Values and Behaviors. We all have different personalities, styles and areas of expertise, but you’ll recognize us by the consistent way we act and behave in line with our Values and Behaviors.

    We are looking for people who bring them to life in everything they do they are :

  • Act with integrity and uphold our standards
  • Think strategically in support of the global big picture
  • Partner and manage to create high performing teams
  • Putting people first by acting with a simple human touch
  • Here at IATA we are proud of being a Diverse & Inclusive Organization we have people from all over the world working in our offices, and we extend this to our recruiting practices.

    We are a meritocratic organization and an equal opportunity employer.

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