Manager, Flight Training Devices

Date: Feb 2, 2024

Location: Farnborough, GB, GU14 6XA

Company: FlightSafety International

About FlightSafety International

FlightSafety International is the world’s premier professional aviation training company and supplier of flight simulators, visual systems and displays to commercial, government and military organizations. The company provides training for pilots, technicians and other aviation professionals from 167 countries and independent territories. FlightSafety operates the world’s largest fleet of advanced full-flight simulators and award-winning maintenance training at Learning Centers and training locations in the United States, Canada, France and the United Kingdom.

Purpose of Position

The Manager, Flight Training Devices (FTD) is responsible for the full operations of the FTD department at one or more Center(s) by performing the following duties:

Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Coordinate and manage department staffing levels with approval from the Center Manager. 
  • Lead the engineering team managing 14 full flight simulators.
  • Prepare, submit and monitor annual budget for department (If applicable)
  • Review monthly revenue/expense reports and evaluate department expenses for cost control program implementation and tracking.
  • Manage designated staff to ensure scheduling of the FTD(s) maintenance and/or regulatory qualification events with Center Manager or Customer Support
  • Oversee, or delegate (if applicable), additional administrative procedures to include review/approval of time sheets, vacation schedules, disciplinary actions, etc. in accordance with FlightSafety International policy. 
  • Plan, organize, direct, control and coordinate all training device maintenance functions and activities of department staff.
  • Oversee spares and support equipment inventory management and control to ensure proper support of full-working Simulator(s) systems. 
  • Monitor configuration control of the FTD to ensure that it accurately represents the modeled aircraft.
  • Provide the Director of Simulator Operations with recommendations concerning replacement of antiquated equipment and/or necessary upgrades, and modifications. 
  • Ensure, through assigned staff, that software and hardware modifications to FTDs are approved and coordinated with designated Simulator Qualification and Lead Technician. 
  • Develop and implement work methods and procedures for inspections, operations, calibration, maintenance, modification of FTDs, regulatory requirements and related equipment in accordance with applicable corporate Quality Operating Procedures (QOP). 
  • Accountable for the compliance with ITAR and Export Control Laws. 
  • Provide safety training and supervision to assigned technical personnel. 
  • Identify, communicate and address areas of safety risk, adhering to the processes related to company SMS goals.

Minimum Education

  • Bachelor's degree (BA/BS) from a four-year college or university preferred; or AA/AS from a college; or completion of a civilian/military school program or certification.

Minimum Experience

  • Seven (7) years’ related experience including: direct simulation technical support, fault analysis and repair of digital and analog FTDs and subsystems, or related experience.
  • Minimum of three to five (3-5) years of supervisory experience, including hands-on supervisory role of NAA certified full flight simulators, or related supervisory experience. 

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Accountability - Meets productivity standards, deadlines, and work schedules. Accepts full responsibility for quality of work. 
  • Communication - Conveys ideas and facts by presenting information clearly and professionally while listening carefully to ensure information is understood. 
  • Approachability - Earns trust and respect through consistent honesty and professionalism. 
  • Teamwork - Cooperates and collaborates with all employees to achieve common goals. 
  • Analytical Thinking – Efficiently and accurately dissects problems and information and uses logic and judgment to evaluate alternatives and develop solutions. 
  • Detail Oriented – Pursues quality in task accomplishment by checking work to ensure accuracy and completeness.
  • Initiative – Proactively identifies what needs to be done and takes action to achieve high standards. 
  • Safety Awareness – Identifies and corrects conditions that affect employee and/or client safety; upholds safety standards. 
  • Self-Motivated – Results-oriented, with a high drive to achieve objectives and standards with little supervision or direction. 
  • Technical Aptitude – Displays the capability to relate to a specific field of activity which requires a particular skill or specialized knowledge. 

Physical Demands and Work Environment

The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met and/or encountered by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and communicate. The employee may be required to stand; walk; sit. 

Specific vision abilities required by this job include the ability to view monitors, technical documents, and reference material. 

The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.

FlightSafety is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Vet/Disabled. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or disability.