Helicopter Flight Operations Manager – Ireland

Manager Flight Operations, Ireland


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Flight Operations

Reach Beyond!

CHC provides unmatched helicopter services that enable our customers to reach beyond – to work in remote and challenging destinations that limit others – and come home safely. We are dedicated to our purpose of getting our customers where they need to be, when they need to be there, anywhere in the world – safely and reliably. All you have to do is get on board!

At CHC, we pride ourselves on our values and culture:
Simplicity: Finding the most efficient way in everything we do
Agility: Moving quickly and decisively
Collaboration: Working together with candor and transparency
Innovation: Creating solutions and leading change
Ownership: Working with passion and doing what needs to be done

Role Summary

This is an excellent opportunity to join CHC Ireland DAC, who operate the Search and Rescue Service for Ireland on behalf of the Irish Coast Guard, as Manager Flight Operations. In this role we are looking for an individual who can demonstrate leadership qualities that contribute towards a flexible, collaborative, agile and successful team.

This position is a key role in the Senior Management team and will give the successful person an exciting opportunity to be part of a dynamic organisation in a very rewarding area of aviation.

The role will have reporting lines to both the Director, Flight Standards (Functional) and the General Operations / Accountable Manager (Operational).  This role is responsible for the overall management of all Flight Operational activities to meet CHC and Irish Coastguard contractual requirements creating the safest possible environment.

The successful applicant will have the opportunity to do something that’s above and beyond what’s expected, question old solutions, working in collaboration with colleagues to deliver a world class service to CHC and its customers.

The Manager, Flight Operations has the responsibility of ensuring that CHC remains in compliance with the applicable requirements whilst maximizing the capabilities of the Flight Operations team. The role also acts as the nominated Post Holder for flight operations in the CHC Ireland DAC AOC.

The role requires the legal ability to work in Ireland and be acceptable to IAA as a nominated person for flight operations.

The preferred base for this role is Dublin but other bases may be considered.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provides business leadership and overall management of the CHC Ireland flight operations by creating a positive working environment emphasising CHC purpose and values amongst staff
  • Retain a close customer focus on all flight operations matters and support Sales/Commercial team as required with technical inputs for proposals.
  • Develop highly effective and productive relationships with internal and external key stakeholders to deliver within a One CHC environment.
  • Drive implementation and adherence of the CHC harmonized flight operations and SAR standards and procedures within the business unit.
  • Demonstrate the highest level of compliant and ethical behaviours in accordance to CHC policies
  • Champions Employee Engagement and follows through on associated actions
  • Assumes legal accountability for the safe conduct of flight operations within operations. Liaise with Regulator and ensures compliance with all appropriate rules and IAA regulations
  • In collaboration with Safety and Quality take active ownership of FDM and flight compliance program. Chair FDM review groups and oversight committees.
  • Adhere to all SMS accountabilities as determined in the CHC Ireland Safety Management Manual
  • Final responsibility for the selection of pilots hired and other internal appointments and promotion – including to Command
  • Leadership, Supervision, organisation and manning of all flight operations, cabin safety, crew scheduling, flight safety and flight dispatch/following
  • Active contributor to the CHC Flight Standards team on policy development and feedback including support for the SAR working groups
  • Prime point of contact for pilot and aircrew groups, including union labour negotiations, discipline and grievances
  • Achieve and retain a valid line check CHC Ireland based fleet (currently S92).
  • Other duties as required

Qualifications, Skills & Attributes

  • Bachelor degree required or equivalent experience
  • Current EASA ATPL (h) with IR, Class 1 medical
  • Current type rating on S92 (preferred)
  • Significant track record (Min 5 years) of effective aviation leadership experience in AWSAR operations
  • Preferable to hold or have held command privileges for AWSAR services
  • Have the right to live and work in Ireland

Source: Manager Flight Operations, Ireland in Swords/Pickardstown, Dublin | Careers at Dublin

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