Senior Certification Manager

19 days ago
Full time role


Vertical Aerospace builds technology to revolutionize how people fly, by making air travel personal, on-demand, and carbon-free. Since its inception ...

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About Vertical

We are breaking the boundaries and pushing our commitment to the EVTOL world by changing the way the world travels. Our mission is powered by pioneers and progress is our prerogative.  

Here at Vertical, we are developing the UK’s first fully electric, vertical take-off and landing aircraft (eVTOL), the VX4. With zero-operating emissions. Vertical is transforming the way people travel by offering a faster, safer, and greener way to move. 

Your impact as the Senior Certification Manager

You will be responsible for all aspects of Certification activities for the bespoke VX4 development programme and will work with multiple aviation authorities globally. 

What success will look like for the Senior Certification Manager

  • Lead the aircraft certification and validation process from initial planning through final Certification.
  • Ensure compliance with regulatory requirements set by aviation authorities (e.g., CAA, EASA and FAA).
  • Lead a team of highly skilled technical specialists providing guidance, support, and mentorship.
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with regulatory agencies for effective communication and collaboration.
  • Coordinate cross-functional teams to gather necessary data/documentation required for certification submissions.
  • Monitor project timelines, identify potential risks or delays, and implement mitigation strategies as needed.
  • Stay up-to-date on industry standards, regulations, and best practices related to aircraft certification.
  • Monitor policy changes from national and international aviation regulation bodies and interpret their impact on current/future programmes. 

 Everything sounds very interesting but how do I know this is the role for me? 

We seek an ambitious individual with a proven track record in the aerospace industry as an exceptionally organised self-starter who has managed aircraft certification and validation activities from concept through Certification. You will have the necessary technical background to oversee all technical panel activities during the aircraft development programme. 

  • Demonstrated experience in a development programme(s) interacting with CAA/FAA/EASA/other major civil aviation authorities is essential. 
  • Strong knowledge of Part 21 regulations and CS23, 27 and 29, etc. 
  • Excellent communication, leadership, and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team. 


Why work with us?

 For us, it is important that people feel valued for the impact they have and are able to thrive and experience the career journey of a lifetime. Our overall approach to reward seeks to offer competitive packages that attract the diverse and talented people we need to achieve our ambitious objectives.

Our Ways of Working

In the UK we have two offices and a Battery facility in Bristol, an office in London and a site in Kemble with well stocked free kitchen provisions including hot drinks, fruit and breakfasts every weekday. Our typical full time working week is 37.5 hours. We recognise the world of work is rapidly evolving and that flexibility is important for us all to thrive. We want to support all employees to deliver their roles to the best possible standard by offering the right level of flexibility between our key sites and home where suitable for your role and its deliverables and our company goals. Typically, this is agreed with your team and people leader, ensuring there are times for collaboration and other activity on site and the ability to work more remotely from home as appropriate.   

Our Vertical Additional Benefits  

  • ‘Primary Benefits’ are available as standard, 5% Pension Match, 2 x Salary Life Insurance, Income Protection, 26 days + bank holiday and the opportunity for extra 5 days when getting married or forming a civil partnership 
  • ‘Flex Fund Benefits’ are benefits that don’t come as standard, but you can ‘pay’ for using a company provided ‘Flex Fund’ (equal to 4% of salary) Private Medical Insurance, Dental Insurance, EV Car Subscription, Home EV Charger, Holiday Buy, Pension Top Up, and many more
  • ‘Payroll benefits’ Workplace ISA, Commuter Loan, Interest Free Technology Loans
  • ‘Extra benefits’ are the many benefits we offer that can be accessed through our rewards platform, incl. Discounted Shopping Scheme, Eye Care Benefits, Free Mortgage Advice, Financial and Comprehensive Wellness Benefits
  • Eligibility to participate in our employee long-term-incentive plan 

Do you like the look of this opportunity but not sure if you meet all the criteria we’ve outlined?

 Here at Vertical, we are working to create an environment of growth, diversity and opportunities for people to take on challenges and push the status quo. We understand some people may not apply to jobs unless they tick every box. If you're excited about joining us and think you have much of what we're looking for, even if you're not 100% sure... we'd love to hear from you.   

This is an on-going advert and interviews will be held on an ad-hoc basis until sufficient applications have been received. 

Vertical Aerospace builds technology to revolutionize how people fly, by making air travel personal, on-demand, and carbon-free. Since its inception ...

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