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Head of Secretariat for Independent Commission on Civil Aviation Noise (ICCAN)

This is a fantastic opportunity to work in a new Advisory Non-Departmental Public Body focused on a high-profile subject area.

Responsible for a leading a Secretariat to a Board of Commissioners, providing independent guidance and advising the Secretary of State for Transport in key decisions related to aviation noise.

Key Responsibilities

• Provide leadership to ensure the effective delivery of agreed objectives and continuous improvement. Bring together a new and high-performing multi-disciplinary team, with a mix of analytical, communications and project management skills. Create a high-performing culture that promotes professional development and shares team skills.

• Draw together and define an overarching programme of activities. Oversee the large and complex programme of analytical work, ensuring it is of the highest quality and forms a sound basis for recommendations, best practice and advice.

• Aviation noise is often a local issue and as a result, Government policy is for aviation noise to be managed at a local level where appropriate. Build productive relationships with Local Authorities, Community Groups, relevant government departments and the Devolved Administrations.

• Ensure that ICCAN conforms to its Framework Agreement with DfT and fulfils its purpose as described therein.

• Build positive and productive relationships with key stakeholders and develop and maintain a positive reputation of ICCAN. Develop and deliver a full communications plan.

• Build the Commission’s profile through frequent high level representation in the media (e.g. newspapers, broadcast media) and at events. Oversee the planning and delivery of the communications priorities relating to key research and outcomes.

• Sign and approve the Commission’s Annual Report and be personally accountable for the expenditure of public money.

The post holder will directly manage 2 Grade 6 posts and a grade 7: Finance and Business Manager. These will be different types of roles. One post will cover communications, stakeholder engagement and corporate governance. The other post will be the Chief analyst. They will also manage a grade 7: Finance and Business Manager.

Overall the post will manage 13 staff and be the interface between the DfT staff and the Commission.

This post holder will oversee the body’s functions and will have overall accountability. This post will provide strong leadership to the secretariat as a whole and will be imperative to building a successful team both in the early stages and throughout. The post holder will need to have a track record of leadership and impact in public policy; based on the use of evidence and analysis; in a high profile and politically challenging context.
The post holder will be starting a team from scratch, dealing with competing viewpoints on their priorities to determine and manage a work programme and understand the intricacies of the tasks required in order to provide vision to the full team.

The post holder will support the Head Commissioner to create a new independent noise body. This will be done by improving the confidence of all interested parties, through advising on best practice in the airspace change process, trusted research and information, transparency in the information on aviation noise and impacts and also advising on mitigating actions on a wide range such as compensation and mechanisms for ensuring compliance with noise abatement operating procedures and operating restrictions at airports, noise targets and the reporting and monitoring of aviation noise at a national level.

This role will provide leadership to ensure the effective delivery of agreed objectives and continuous improvement. This will be a challenging area requiring lots of analysis and communications using digital platforms, correspondence and at public events.

The post holder will need to create a high-performing culture that promotes professional development and shares team skills. This will include establishing a dynamic team that covers all the functions of a secretariat, including corporate financial responsibility, analytical direction and support. Engagement with stakeholders that will mean responding to letters and requests.

As part of the delivery of the work programme the post holder will develop and deliver a full communications plan this will help to build the Commission’s profile through frequent high level representation in the media (e.g. newspapers, broadcast media) and at events. They will oversee the planning and delivery of the communications priorities relating to key research and outcomes.

Please click apply to see the Candidate Information Pack for the person specification.