Airside Safety Officer (Full-time)

Location: YVR
Job Code: 21-79E
# of openings: 1

Description

YVR is made up of a team of diverse people who are working collaboratively to Connect BC Proudly to the World. Safety is at the core of everything we do; we’re innovative, fun, and we invest in our people. We’re a BC Top Employer for 14 years standing, with high engagement scores, an abundance of learning and development opportunities, and a holistic approach to wellness. And we’re looking for someone to join our team. 
 
As one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers, Vancouver Airport Authority strives for a workplace that reflects the diversity of the communities we serve. We support the Employment Equity Act and take measures to ensure fair employment practices and treatment of employees across our organization. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates, including women, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities. We encourage applicants to self-identify with a designated group(s) to support our team in filling gaps in areas where we can be more diverse. We are also happy to provide reasonable accommodations throughout the selection process and while working at YVR. If you require support applying online because you are a person with a disability, please contact us at 604-303-3152 or careers@yvr.ca. Check out the reasons that make us a Top Employer at: https://canadastop100.com/bc/.

We have a permanent, full-time opportunity for an Airside Safety Officer in the Airside Operations Department.  Reporting to the Manager, Airside Operations Delivery, and representing the Airport Authority and Airside Operations Department, the successful candidate will be responsible for all aspects of aircraft and vehicle operations in the airside environment.  This key decision-making and results-driven role provides resolution to safety and operational issues, coordinates airside activities, and responds to airside emergencies.

Key responsibilities include: 

  • Maintaining regulatory compliance and aviation standards by ensuring that airside inspections are conducted and documented appropriately and that the airport’s safety and security programs are carried out in accordance with established policies, procedures and standards
  • Reporting and documenting any new hazards/incidents and resolving airside operational issues including undertaking situational analyses and risk assessments, coordinating the appropriate actions, and communicating and documenting the results
  • Responding to all airport emergency situations while mitigating operational impacts in order to maintain safe, secure and efficient operations; this includes taking a lead role in the Incident Command System structure
  • Proactive inspections and stakeholder engagement to ensure needs of the dynamic operation managed to ensure operational readiness and maximum operational efficiency
  • Responding to, or delegating response to, situations to mitigate potential safety, security and operational issues prior to them becoming incidents
  • Ensuring plans for construction activity are being conducted as planned, and identifying and communicating any potential changes required to the project
  • Performing airside audits of ground handling companies to support the YVR Ground Handling Program

Key qualifications include:

  • At least two years of relevant aviation work and/or airport operations experience, supplemented by the completion of at least two years’ post-secondary education; or an equivalent combination of training and experience 
  • Strong understanding of situational awareness and safety culture in the Airside Environment
  • Exceptional critical thinking skills and confident decision-making skills in order to make decisions in a high pressure, time sensitive operational environment
  • Solid leadership and mentorship skills with the ability to provide direction and facilitate meetings
  • Proven organizational skills with the ability to prioritize multiple tasks
  • Excellent communication (both written and verbal) and interpersonal skills; this includes conflict resolution and active listening skills, and the ability to maintain diplomacy and integrity while representing the Vancouver Airport Authority
  • Strong understanding and execution of:
    • ICAO and TP312 Aerodrome Standards and Recommended Practices
    • YVR Emergency Management Plans, Airport Operations Manual (AOM), Security Management Plan, Safety Management System and Wildlife Plan
    • Aircraft Operations – theory of flight, aircraft propulsion systems and aircraft identification
    • Canadian Aviation Regulations Part III Aerodromes
  • Must possess a valid BC Class 5 driver’s license and have the ability to obtain a “D” with free-range Airside Vehicle Operators Permit (AVOP)

This position is open to both Vancouver Airport Authority employees and external candidates. Previous job performance will be taken into consideration for all internal candidates that apply for this position. 

Health and safety are at the core of how we operate at YVR. We are committed to ensuring a safe workplace for our workforce and protecting the health and safety of our employees, passengers, partners and community by taking reasonable, preventative measures to reduce the risks associated with COVID-19. All employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless a valid exemption is granted for those unable to be vaccinated.





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