Callen Lenz – Air Vehicle Engineering Manager    – sUAS News – The Business of Drones

Vacancy Reference: CLA-271

Position: Full-time

Location: Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK

Salary Range: Competitive depending on experience

At Callen-Lenz, we are expanding the limits of what is possible. We specialise in crewed and uncrewed aircraft operations and technology, and having recently received investment into the business we are going through a period of rapid growth and development and are looking for key roles to assist with these changes. Callen-Lenz offers innovative and customer focused UAS solutions through our 4 key business strands: technical services, products, platforms and operational services.  We are looking for individuals to help drive forward our expansion, placing you at the forefront of UAS development in the UK.

Our Values

  • Teamwork
  • Commitment
  • Initiative
  • Creativity
  • Agility
  • Integrity
  • Enjoyment

 Why Work for Us

Based in the heart of rural Wiltshire, close to the Historic city of Salisbury you will join our rapidly growing, friendly, and multi-disciplined team, working on a range of diverse and interesting projects, leading the way in this exciting field and witnessing the full lifecycle of our products. The Callen-Lenz team are passionate about what we do, and we are searching for individuals to grow with us as we expand into the aerospace industry.

Our benefits include:

  • 25 days annual leave per year (plus bank holidays)
  • Buy/Sell holiday policy up to 5 days either way.
  • Pension Scheme via Royal London
  • Life assurance scheme (6x basic salary)
  • Income protection policy (75% of basic salary)
  • Private Health Insurance via Vitality
  • Private Dental insurance via Bupa
  • Enhanced Maternity and paternity
  • 1 Professional membership reimbursed per year.
  • 1 paid volunteering day per year
  • Access to an independent financial advisor year round
  • Training & development opportunities

About the Role

Reporting to the Senior Engineering Manager you will be working closely with the Programme Management Team, the Air Vehicle Engineering Manager will lead a team responsible for the design and development of new and existing uncrewed platforms.

You will lead and manage one of two multi-disciplinary Air Vehicle Design teams encompassing aerodynamic, structural, and mechanical Engineers in the development and delivery of uncrewed platforms and related systems.

Role Responsibilities

Team Leadership and Coaching

  • Line management and development of the team, including mentoring and developing Team Leaders
  • Generate and manage forward load plans to ensure effective project delivery and staff development
  • Coach, mentor and develop staff including new starter onboarding and providing career development planning and opportunities
  • Lead and monitor employees using performance management through establishment of goals, feedback and encouraging employee contribution
  • Work with HR to recruit, interview, select and hire new employees as required

Technical Responsibilities

  • Guide, or lead the team where appropriate, in their technical duties.
  • Provide ongoing technical assurance to projects through life.
  • Establish and maintain tools, standards and processes.
  • Represent the company with customers and suppliers as necessary.
  • Lead major technical reviews, as necessary.
  • Ensure quality and compliance with the company’s policies and procedures.

Project Delivery

  • Assist in the estimation and planning of complex projects in close cooperation with the programme management team
  • Mentor and assist Engineering Technical Leads and Team leads with estimation and planning activities.
  • Support the programme management team, by managing and motivating the team to deliver projects on time and to budget

Health & Safety

  • Create and promote a safe working environment consistent with all applicable company and legislative requirements (e.g. COSHH, HASAW, HSE)
  • Direct the maintenance of a safe and healthy working environment by eliminating hazards, training employees, and promoting safety awareness
  • Health & Safety Coordination – regulations, communications, walk-rounds, actions

About You

Qualifications: Essential; Educated to degree level in science, engineering or related subject. Desirable; qualification in management or business.



  • Demonstrable experience of technical leadership and engineering line management within aviation, defence, or a similarly regulated industry.
  • Whole lifecycle experience delivering products from concept to end of life
  • Knowledge of configuration management and change control techniques


  • Experience of rapid prototyping, aircraft design, unmanned air systems and/or a keen interest in aviation
  • Familiar with design for manufacture considerations.

 Personal Attributes

  • Must be a British Citizen or have an existing right to work in the UK
  • Ability to commit to occasional national and international travel
  • Capable leader
  • Excellent communicator
  • Excellent problem solving ability
  • Ability to work well in a team
  • Enthusiasm for their work and self-motivated
  • Ability to hold Security Clearance – 5 years residence in the UK

 Callen-Lenz is an equal opportunities employer, committed to building an inclusive working environment. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation, or age. It is essential that the successful candidate must, by the start of their employment have permission to work in the UK. Proof of identity and eligibility to work in the UK will be required prior to commencement of employment.

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