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Chief Operations Officer

Posted: 15 February 2021 05:00:PM

This role will form a critical part of the overall Executive Management Team (EMT) with responsibility for all business administration functions including finance, HR, IT, legal and business governance.

Reports to:

Gary Elliott


On application




Since its setup in 2014, the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) has largely had the same stable leadership team. During that period, the ATI’s role and profile has changed substantially. The CEO is now taking the opportunity to rethink the structure, skills, type of individuals and energy required for the next phase of the ATI’s growth. This role will form a critical part of the overall Executive Management Team (EMT), as well as having its own distinct responsibilities as outlined below. The EMT includes the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Technology Officer, Chief Relationships Officer, Chief Innovation Officer and Chief Operations Officer.

The ATI must continue to innovate how it delivers and take a leading role in the development of technologies to meet zero emission targets for aviation. The ATI believes that equality, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace are essential to achieving these ambitious objectives.

About the role

The Chief Operations Officer (COO) will take responsibility for all business administration functions including finance, HR, IT, legal and business governance. Due to the unusual nature and expanding remit, this role may be of interest to someone with financial qualifications looking to expand their experience into other key functions, although this is not essential. Main responsibilities include:

  • Leading the development of the finance function, which manages industry and government income, suppliers, payroll, audit and risk, compliance, and internal controls.
  • Leading the development of the IT strategy and its delivery to the business. This includes the business’ working IT environment, and engagement and collaboration platforms. The ATI views IT as an important capability, critical to delivery with opportunities for innovation. Physical and cyber security is also critical.
  • Leading the development of HR to deliver on the goal of creating a high-performance organisation and great place to work. Includes full employment life cycle activities, performance management, training, appraisals, diversity & inclusion, and supporting organisational transformation.
  • Facilitates and delivers all aspects of Board governance, including company secretary, reporting and associated process & committees.
  • Managing corporate services such as legal services, including development of major legal structures such as the ATI Framework Agreement or FlyZero Contribution Agreement.
  • Managing all aspects of the procurement function, securing the best terms and limiting liability to the ATI in its procured services.
  • Lead the strategy, approach, and promotion of continuous improvement across the entire business.
  • Lead and deliver aspects associated with the facilities and the working methodology of the Institute.

The role will initially have three direct reports, the Head of Finance, HR Manager and IT Systems Manager. The Head of Finance currently has a further four staff reports.

About you

The ATI has a complex mission, a broad stakeholder group and unique position to deliver results for the UK’s economy and aerospace sector. To succeed we need strong individuals, leaders and team players who are capable and have demonstrated:

  • An ability to influence key stakeholders.
  • A skill in inspiring the team and external stakeholders.
  • The ability to think big and deliver ambition.
  • Strong intellect to deal with broad and complex landscapes.
  • Credibility in the role which gives comfort to all stakeholders.
  • The ability to develop and deliver trust to stakeholders whilst engaging in commercially sensitive discussions.

Candidates will be experienced in some or all aspects of the role but at the very least have experience of managing a diverse team. They will require focus, energy, and the commitment to deliver a critical service to the business with the right personality to fit into the dynamic of the ATI.

Candidates must have the right to work in the UK.

Process and timeline

Those chosen for interview will initially meet the CEO for a first interview. Those successful in being selected through first interview will then be interviewed by the nominations committee made up of the ATI’s independent non-executive directors, the chairman and CEO. This role is immediately available, and the CEO is seeking to reach conclusion as soon as is reasonably possible.

Application process and contact details

Applicants should submit their latest resume and cover letter to hr@ati.org.uk

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