Senior Policy Advisor - International Aviation Negotiations Team

UK Government - Department for Transport
  • Location
    London, United Kingdom
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Mar 30

Position description

International air services help us to deliver a global, outward-facing Britain. As a Senior Policy Adviser in the International Aviation Negotiations team, you will be helping to generate the international connectivity that is so important for our economy. The work directly secures business opportunities for airlines and airports and helps increase the range of choices and value for money available to UK consumers and businesses. 

International air services are governed through a myriad of complex bilateral and multilateral treaties called Air Services Agreements (ASAs) – our primary job is to negotiate, maintain and, if necessary, enforce those ASAs. 
However, the team is also responsible for a wide range of policy areas affecting aviation, including areas relating to airline ownership and control and fair competition. 

We need to add to our small team to help ensure that the UK’s extensive ASA portfolio remains fit for purpose and this essential policy work is maintained. This is particularly important now in light of both our withdrawal from the EU and in order to help international air services restart and recover from the impacts of the coronavirus crisis. 

If you are looking for hands-on experience of international relations (both bilaterally and through multinational institutions), participating in high-profile negotiations and securing commercially valuable outcomes, we would very much like to hear from you. 

Please note – this role involves extensive foreign travel.


Within your role you will: 

• Play an important role on the negotiation and implementation of new/updated, bilateral and multilateral, ASAs with other countries. 

• Contribute to the formulation and implementation of the UK’s air services strategy and development of related policies (for instance regarding airline ownership and control and fair competition). 

. Work through international institutions to develop multinational policies and other initiatives relating to international air services. 

• Liaise closely with: - 

• industry to ensure that the UK’s ASA portfolio reflects their needs and aspirations, 

• Ministers, other government Departments, agencies and NDPBs – in particular FCO and the Civil Aviation Authority - to ensure that wider political, diplomatic and regulatory requirements are properly reflected in the UK’s ASAs and through the Department’s interactions in international institutions regarding air services, and 

• Counterparts in other countries, both to negotiation, update and enforce ASAs and to build multinational policy consensus 

• Lead on handling the many and varied “doing business” issues/challenges encountered by airlines when seeking to operate under the terms of our bilateral/multilateral ASAs. 

We expect all staff to be enthusiastic team players, prepared to use their experience, skills and spare capacity to help other colleagues throughout Aviation Directorate to deliver urgent tasks 


You have the ability to build strong, sustainable, working relationships quickly, often in the face of cultural and/or attitudinal differences, that will deliver our own, and wider HMG objectives. 

You will be a resilient, resourceful and flexible person with exemplary communication skills, able to influence effectively and deliver results that command broad buy-in, not just from our international partners, but from industry and from colleagues across Whitehall. 

You will have a track record of delivering at pace and delivering priorities that require sustained effort and re-prioritisation over time. You will be comfortable working off your own initiative but know when to bring others in. The ability to work across teams, and outside your own organisation will be important. 

You will have an aptitude with complex and highly technical policy challenges - working closely with analysts and economists to make evidence based decisions and with lawyers to ensure robust, defensible outcomes.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Working Together

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