Manager Safety & Emergency Response
in Air Arabia – UAE

Location: Sharjah, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Job description

Job Purpose:

The Manager- Safety and Emergency Response to implement, maintain and develop the Air Arabia Safety Management System (SMS) and to promote safety awareness and accident prevention methods throughout the organization whilst ensuring that the prevention of flight accidents is the Company’s priority. This position will be approved by the UAE GCAA as a ” Nominated Postholder” for Airline Safety Department.

Key Responsibilities:

To develop, implement and manage safety policies, procedures and manuals in accordance with GCAA rules and regulations and Company’s approved standard procedures

Implements, manages and develops Air Arabia Safety Management System (SMS) as well as the Safety Management System Manual (SMSM) ensuring both are managed, maintained and updated in accordance with GCAA and Company’s standards.

Creates “Safety Cultural Awareness” through proactively acting to promote for safety system and accident prevention methods across the entire company with focus on risk management, prediction of possible safety hazards, prevention of flight accidents, as well as on human factors considerations.

Applies Air Arabia’s (SMSM) agreed procedures to lead investigations of any incidents that affect the safety of the company, its employees, customers and assets; this includes but not limited to emergencies, AOGs, accidents and flight occurrences.

Ensures that all company’s employees are educated on safety measures, and its assets, facilities and equipment are managed and maintained as per approved safety standards and that all HSE in the company support the safety measures implemented.

Develops, analyzes and utilizes the Company’s Flight Data Monitoring System (FDMS) in coordination with Stakeholders as appropriate to address risks related to flights operation. Compiles and analyzes information from FDMS and Safety reports to recommend Safety action plans and corrective measures within the Company.

Identifies safety issues and addresses to concerned parties in proper channel for timely action and appropriate corrective measure all in line with GCAA regulations and Company’s policies and procedures related to safety measures.

Reports safety performance and any arising safety issues to the “ Accountable Manager” regularly ensuring proper recording of needed actions in line with agreed standards and practice.

Maintains Air Arabia Emergency Response Plan (ERP) in accordance with GCAA requirements and Company’s ERP Manual. Ensures Emergency plan exercises are periodically carried out as per the SMS requirements.

Evaluates, decides on and communicates safety related information within the company to ensure all employees, managers as well as 03rd parties are updated and informed with required safety measures, findings, and action plans when and as needed.

Acts as the “Secretary for the internal Safety Review Board (SRB), coordinates meetings, agenda and follows up on decisions accordingly.

Chairs the Safety Action Group (SAG) meetings; updates the senior management with decisions and actions resulting from those meeting whilst closely following up on actions implemented.

Represents the Air Arabia external meetings on all safety related matters such as those with Civil Aviation Authorities (DCA & GCAA).

Attends the Global Industry Seminars related to Airlines safety and operations.

Ensures the adequacy and readiness of the Air Arabia Emergency Operation Center and Emergency Communication Center.

Manages the safety reporting system whilst ensuring “mandatory” reports are being submitted to GCAA and other identified authorities

Qualification & Expereince :

Bachelor degree in Aviation/Engineering/Management or equivalent; alternately a diploma or certificate in the related field from a recognized university or institute combined with needed experience and exposure.

Minimum 10 years of experience in the Aviation/Airlines industry, out of which 5 years in Airline Safety in a similar capacity.

Training certificates in SMS and Human Factors from a recognized safety training institute.

Must have attended Appropriate Government/ IATA Aviation Safety Course for Safety Managers.

Has extensive knowledge and exposure on Civil Aviation Authorities; familiar with rules and regulations of CAA pertaining to Safety, policies, procedures, manuals, etc.

Experienced in leading teams with heavy work-load schedules and ad-hoc scenarios.
Very good knowledge and exposure on airline and Flight Operations and standard regulations

Very good knowledge and working exposure to Safety Audit/Quality Assurance practices.
Fluent in English Language. Arabic Language will be an advantage.



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By Ubong Edet

A passionate Health and Safety professional with a good level of field experience and relevant certifications including NEBOSH, OSHA, ISO, etc certifications. An Health and Safety activist who believes in the growth and continual improvement of the profession. He is going all out to create awareness and safe precious lives.

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