F35 Contractor Instructor Pilot

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F-35 Contractor Instructor Pilot

Would you like to play a key role in providing training support for the RAF aircrew on the F-35 Lightning II programme? We currently have vacancies for Contractor Instructor Pilots at our site at RAF Marham.

As a F-35 Contractor Instructor Pilot, you will be based in the new state of the art Integrated Training Centre (ITC), responsible for the provision of high quality synthetic training support and instruction to all Lightning II squadron pilots. You will also be responsible for providing specialist support, when required, for the development of the UK sovereign training system, together with support to the definition and design of training scenarios, tactics and mission conduct.

This is a brand new challenging role in the establishment of the F-35 operational capability. You will be fully supported in your professional development, with the chance for future career progression on other fast jet platforms and roles in the future.

Your main responsibilities as a F-35 Contractor Instructor Pilot will involve:

The provision of high quality training support and instruction to F-35B Lightning II squadron pilots

The personal maintenance of the highest instructional standards

Familiarity with front line Lightning II tactics and doctrine

The provision of high quality ground school training in accordance with the currently defined Lightning Force Headquarters Air Command syllabi

Acting as primary or secondary Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) for technical systems as allocated by the ITC Instructional Lead and maintenance of relevant lecture material

The provision of high quality pilot specific synthetic training on the Full Mission Simulator and Deployable Mission Rehearsal Trainer in accordance with the UK syllabi

Instructor Operator Station (IOS) Console support for Lightning II squadron Instructor Pilots where required

The provision of synthetic device technical and training expert advice in order to help develop and evolve training syllabi, mission scenarios and tactics to meet UK sovereign requirements for the Lightning II weapon system

Your skills and qualifications as a F-35 Contractor Instructor Pilot:

Air-to-Air or Multi-Role expertise

UK or US national

1000 hrs P1 in an operational FJ aircraft

Qualified Flying, Pilot or Weapons Instructional (QFI, QPI, QWI) experience in a FJ aircraft

Pairs lead

Minimum of twelve years’ professional military experience


1500 hrs P1 in an operational FJ aircraft

Recent (< 10 years) flying experience in a theatre of operations

Experience in flying a fourth/fifth generation combat air aircraft

Experience in a swing role FJ aircraft (e.g. Typhoon, F-18)

Four-ship lead qualification

EWI/SEAD/DEAD Experience

Experience instructing on an OCU/FJ Trg Sqn

Recent White Force experience

Operational Conversion Unit (OCU) or Squadron QPI or QWI experience

What we're looking for in you:

You must possess excellent communication skills with the ability to build effective professional relationships with a range of stakeholders. You must also be a team player who is confident working collaboratively to meet customer requirements.

Location: RAF Marham

Salary: Highly Competitive

Benefits: Our employees receive an excellent benefits package which includes a competitive pension scheme, enhanced annual leave allowance and a Company contributed Share Incentive Plan. We also offer a range of additional benefits such as flexible working, an employee assistance programme, Cycle2work and many local and national employee discounts. Some employees may also be eligible for an annual incentive.

BAE Systems

BAE Systems is one of the world’s leading global defence, security and aerospace companies. We work at the cutting edge of technology, creating more than 100 new inventions every year for customers in over 100 countries.

BAE Systems Air

BAE Systems Air brings together the company’s international capabilities and expertise to respond to customers' current and future requirements, and compete for international export and collaborative opportunities. In the UK, BAE Systems Air has an unrivalled track record and expertise in the development, delivery and support of military air platforms, components and technologies through Typhoon, F-35 Lightning II, Tornado and Hawk.

BAE Systems Air has the capability to provide customers with information superiority through the delivery of actionable intelligence and information, together with the provision of innovative information systems and services. Training is a key enabler to delivering military capability, and at BAE Systems we bring together our expertise in the analysis, design, build and delivery of training solutions into a powerful combination for our military customers around the world.

Working as an integral part of the team delivering information superiority and effective air power, our aim is to provide our customers with the capabilities and intelligence that really matters.

BAE Systems is an equal opportunities employer. We value diversity and welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds. We particularly welcome applications from sections of the community which are currently under-represented at BAE Systems, including women, BAME and applicants with disabilities. Please note we will not use any personal information relating to your background at any stage of the application process.

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