Reporting into the Director of Safety, Compliance and AOC, this role is responsible for managing the airline’s operational security functions and ensuring all security risks are identified and managed, where appropriate, in compliance with national and international regulation and legislation for the airline. The role requires an individual with a high degree of motivation and the skill to influence, train and motivate others to manage security risks within their own areas of responsibility so that security risk management is built into our decision making and day to day operations.
As the Aviation Security Manager, you will ensure company compliance with all relevant security legislation and regulation, in the UK, across the EU, and internationally at destination countries. You will also ensure that national security program directives are well understood, promulgated and implemented throughout the airline.
A key part of your role will be to lead the business in identifying, assessing, and responding to new and emerging security risks. This includes the management of unregulated risks through the Thomson Airways Safety Management System and requires regular work with the airline Safety Action Groups (SAGs). You will also ensure that an ongoing process is in place for the reporting and recording of aviation security incidents, ensuring that consequential reports and information are produced with follow-up investigations, lessons and recommendations reported where incidents are significant. You will also be expected to provide advice and guidance in the event of serious security incidents or emergencies affecting our customers. This may include remote guidance led from the Crisis Management Centre, but could involve deploying to the incident location itself to provide support to operational teams where required. You will also be required to provide on-call specialist security advice around the clock to support the operation.
What you will be doing
Drawing upon your technical expertise, you will ensure security risk management procedures, handbooks, manuals and other similar documentation are constantly maintained and the key points are well understood throughout the business. This includes the production, amendment and promulgation of the airline’s Air Carrier Security Programme and security guidance material such as the Personal Safety and Security Document.
You will need to collaborate closely with the Contingency Planning Manager to develop and integrate security incident plans into the airline contingency response plans and media response procedures. These will include contingencies requested by the UK Government in response to current threat intelligence. Other key stakeholders will include the audit team in ensuring that adequate aviation security audit activities are carried out within the airline’s audit programme. Normally this will mean carrying out audits and visits independently on a risk basis, weighted towards higher threat areas. You will also need to work closely with the training department to ensure that sufficient and appropriate company personnel are trained to carry out security procedures. This includes all flight crew (new and existing), employees based at airports, and head office personnel with responsibility for decisions that require security risk to be considered. You will also need to work closely with the Occupational Risk Manager to identify and manage risks to the security and wellbeing of all travelling airline employees. Within the wider team and business, you will need to work with colleagues to motivate and influence third party suppliers such as ground handling agents to develop and deliver their responsibilities in respect of aviation security, ensuring their understanding of our requirements, processes and company values.
You will also need to research and understand specific security risk matters such as general country risks, overflight threats, crew night stops security risks etc, through close liaison with the relevant authorities including DfT Threats, CPNI, JTAC and the FCO. This will require national security clearance to SC level. You will also be required to influence Government policy on Aviation Security by participation in National Aviation Security Working Groups, Government-led Sub-Committees etc. In this role, you will work as the company single point of contact for Policing, Customs, Immigration and other law enforcement agencies during investigations and enquiries.
Other duties involved will be to undertake lead bomb threat assessment role for the airline, and ensure that other appropriate personnel are trained to respond to bomb threats and lead the business policy and response to disruptive passenger incidents and narcotic smuggling. Finally, you will participate in other TUI project work as and when required.
What we are looking for
- Security management experience within the aviation industry. This could include experience gained within an operational, regulatory or consultancy environment
- Working knowledge and application of aviation security regulations and guidelines, including EU regulations, UK regulations, and other overseas regulation including the US TSA MSP and EAs.
- Level 3 DfT Aviation Security Managers Course certificate or similar qualification
- Strong written communication skills, particularly the preparation of procedural documents, manuals, formal reports and correspondence with external agencies
- Ability to build strong working relationships across the business and with external agencies
- Strong understanding of risk and control methodologies
- Strong understanding of audit and monitoring principles
- Strong presentation skills
- Ability to work independently and in teams where required.
- Proven organisation skills with the ability to deliver to set deadlines
- Highly motivated and able to work under own initiative
- Strong understanding of operational aspects of commercial aviation is desirable
- Willingness to travel in Europe
Working within TUI group
TUI UK and Ireland is the UK’s largest tour operator with key brands including Thomson, First Choice and Thomson Cruises. TUI UK and Ireland’s airline, Thomson Airways, is the UK’s third largest airline with 61 aircraft operating to over 73 destinations in 20 countries. Thomson Airways was the first airline in the UK to take delivery of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner and is flying the aircraft on long-haul flights. We employ a team of 13,300 colleagues, serving 5.2 million customers each year.
TUI Group is the world’s number one integrated tourism group. Covering the entire touristic value chain under one roof we employ 76,000 people in over 100 countries and offer 20 million customers comprehensive services in around 180 destinations worldwide.
Help make our customers smile and in return, you will receive a competitive salary, pension scheme and further benefits such as generous holiday discounts, great rates with foreign exchange and discounts with retailers.