Technologist: Sustainability

Technology specialists are responsible for building the ATI’s technical capabilities, working with our external networks and leading work to define the UK’s strategic direction for priority topics.

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About our technology roles

The Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) is looking for personable, enthusiastic, and highly capable individuals to strengthen its technology capabilities and provide expertise across its R&D portfolio, thought leadership and engagement activities, and innovation initiatives. Technology specialists are responsible for building the ATI’s technical capabilities, working with our external networks and leading work to define the UK’s strategic direction for priority topics. This includes supporting ATI technology portfolio analysis and providing insight into strategic technology areas. They play a key role in developing technical capabilities that impact the technology strategy and influence our stakeholders, who include tier one OEMs and their supply chains, SME technology providers, research specialists and academia.

The ATI sets the UK’s aerospace technology strategy and funds a wide variety of transformative research and technology projects, securing the UK’s global leadership in aerospace technology, enabling aviation to reduce its environmental impact and providing thought leadership on all aspects on the future of flight. The UK government announced continued support for the Institute to 2031, with R&D funding of £685m over the next three years. This will be matched by industry, generating funding of over £1bn for UK aerospace R&D up to 2025.

The ATI has launched its new technology strategy, Destination Zero, which sets the path towards achieving net zero carbon emissions for commercial aircraft by 2050 and positioning the UK as a leader in sustainable design, manufacture, assembly and operations.


The Aerospace Technology Institute is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to ensuring there is no discrimination of any kind within our workforce. Our objective is to promote a working environment in which there is no unlawful discrimination, and all decisions are based on merit.

Package and Benefits

  • Competitive salary
  • Attractive pension scheme
  • Private medical insurance
  • Discretionary bonus scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Life assurance
  • Professional development training
  • Paid annual membership to one professional body
  • Hybrid working, including core hours
  • 25 days annual leave, plus bank holidays and a “shut down” period at Christmas
  • Enhanced maternity and paternity pay
  • Enhanced sick pay

Process and time frame

Please submit a CV and covering letter outlining your interest in and suitability for the post(s) to
The closing date for applications is 23:59 BST on 17th July 2022. Short-listed applicants will go through a two-stage interview process with the ATI. First interviews will be held in the week commencing 15th August.

Contact details

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About the role

Position Title: Technologist – Sustainability

Job Type: Permanent, full-time

Location: Cranfield

Travel: As required

Reporting to: Head of Technology – Sustainability & Strategy

We are looking for a personable, enthusiastic, and highly capable individual to join our Aerospace Technology Institute team as a technologist, at a level commensurate with their capability. Reporting to the Head of Technology for Sustainability and Strategy, the role will be in our technology team, based at our Cranfield offices.

As a Technologist within the Sustainability team, you will be responsible for expanding our technical knowledge and capabilities, building our external networks, and inspiring the sector to raise their R&T ambitions in the UK. You will work alongside industry, government departments, relevant committees, research centres and academia to develop strategies for key areas within our technology scope. You will have a hands-on role encouraging the creation of consortia that will deliver research and technology programmes partly funded by the ATI programme. You will engage with relevant internal specialists, external stakeholders, and national and international committees to drive our strategic agendas.

This is an excellent opportunity to join the organisation that is leading the strategic direction of the UK aerospace sector. The role will include:

  • Support the delivery of ATI’s sustainability initiative, investigating technology solutions relevant to this area, driving programmes and interacting with external stakeholders and committees
  • Develop sustainability roadmaps
  • Define requirements for sustainability modelling and lead the delivery of enhanced sustainability modelling capabilities for the ATI
  • Deploy ATI sustainability modelling to advise ATI strategies, roadmaps, and project assessments
  • Support the coordination of ATI’s technology working groups., including project management of technology working group initiatives.
  • Lead the delivery of the dissemination of the ATI technology strategy including online resources, insights, blogs and presentations at events and conferences.
  • Support on the planning and delivery of future ATI technology strategies.
  • Contributing to the ongoing improvement of ATI processes

The candidate

The ideal candidate will be a specialist with a broad scope of aerospace sustainability and technology experience.


  • Degree qualified in Engineering, Mathematics or Physical Sciences
  • Post-graduate studies preferable
  • Demonstrate consistent achievement in aerospace technology and may be active in the community through membership of relevant industry committees and/or publication and conferences.
  • Can demonstrate competence in at least one of the following areas of technology:
    • Business strategy, preferably within an R&T function
    • Environment and sustainability in aviation or similar sector
    • Leading the definition of technology/research activities.
    • Technology road mapping
  • May have led research and technology projects in industry or in academia with industry partners
  • May demonstrate a working knowledge of UK or EU government funding for research & technology programmes
  • Confident in designing, organising, and facilitating of workshops
  • Self-starter
  • Energy and drive to deliver
  • Comfortable with a high level of ambiguity
  • Good at influencing other people
  • Good networker
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Experienced in presenting to varied and large audiences
  • Commitment to continuing professional development