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First Officer / Project Manager

DEA are a rapidly expanding AOC operator with an established reputation for being able to undertake and deliver missions that are often complex and challenging. We are looking to recruit a project manager that will also be able to perform First Officer Duties and join the fleet as a pilot.

Key Responsibilities

The key responsibilities of this role are:

  • Agreeing project objectives and delivering successful outcomes

  • Providing advice on the management of projects

  • Resource management of projects

  • Managing the financial resources allocated to a project

  • Joining our fleet as a First Officer


Qualifications, Experience and Skills

  • Current EASA (or equivalent) MEP/CPL/IR

  • Experience with delivering successful projects and acting as project manager

  • Management and leadership experience

  • Strong organisational and interpersonal skills

  • The ability to communicate effectively

  • Possess strong analytical and problem solving skills

  • Proof to live and work within the UK


Based on current expectations, we estimate that the ratio of Project management to Flying will be 70/30. Qualifications in project management are an advantage.

This role will be ideal for someone seeking long term career development and progression within the aviation industry.

For further information about the recruitment process please see the section on recruitment for AOC Commanders.

Starting salaries in the region of £18,000 per annum.

If you feel that you have the necessary skills and experience, please send your CV and covering letter to with the reference PM/First Officer application

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