An ATCO is accountable to the Head of ATC for the provision of an air traffic control service in accordance with ATC Licence and Certificate(s) of competence held.

Principle Accountabilities:

  • The safe orderly and expeditious control of aircraft during ground manoeuvring, parking, start-up, taxiing, take-off, landing and in/in the vicinity of the ATZ.
  • Control of vehicles on the manoeuvring area
  • Operate the VCCS communication system
  • Operate the airfield lighting system
  • Initiate aerodrome inspections when required
  • Initiate bird scaring operations when required
  • Maintain a detailed ATC Watch Log
  • Monitor the accuracy and serviceability of the ATC ground equipment and aids; advise the appropriate departments of unserviceability
  • Advise aircraft of the status and serviceability of all airfield equipment and aids
  • Alert the safety and emergency services when necessary, co-ordinate subsequent operations
  • Liaise with aircraft operators and Airport sections on operational matters.
  • Initiate and receive data and information by telephone and fax
  • Provide on the job training (if qualified) to newly appointed ATCOs in accordance with the ATCSL Unit Training Plan
  • Act as Senior Controller On Duty (SCOD)/ATCO in charge, in accordance with Safety Manual Chapter 3, where appropriate
  • Provide radar and non-radar approach services in accordance with MATS Part 1 and 2
  • Operate the radar display console
  • Provide a LARS service during the notified hours of operation
  • Provide weather information and essential information pertinent to the safe conduct of flight to pilots, a current Met Certificate would be advisable
  • Co-ordinate with neighbouring ATC Approach/Radar units
  • Co-ordinate with airspace users according to the terms of any Letters of Agreement (LoAs)
  • Accountable to their respective line manager for maintaining the security of ATS facilities, services, and colleagues
  • To ensure the security of ATCSL facilities, services, and colleagues, including visitors, ALL ATS colleagues must adopt a proactive approach towards ATS security
  • ALL security occurrences shall be reported using the Combined Safety Report Form (SecMS Chapter 5)
  • Colleagues who have a security concern, e.g., have identified a security weakness in any procedure, equipment, or system, should bring it to the attention of ATS management by completing the Combined Safety Report Form (SecMS Chapter 5)
  • Any other ad-hoc duties which may occur from time to time and are within the post holder’s capability, to ensure business continuity.
  • Whilst at work the post-holder will be expected to comply and co-operate with the company’s Safety Management System (SMS) and is reminded of the employee’s responsibilities as detailed in Sections 7 & 8 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. The post holder will:
  • Take reasonable care of the health and safety of him/herself and other persons who may be affected by his/her acts or omissions at work
  • Co-operate with the Company management so far as is necessary in order that the Company can carry out its statutory duty under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and all relevant statutory provisions
  • Not intentionally or recklessly interfere with or misuse anything provided in the interests of health, safety and welfare.
  • In addition, the post-holder will comply with the more specific requirements contained within the Safety Management System and associated documents.
  • Whilst at work the post-holder will be expected to take into consideration how their individual and collective actions may affect the Airport Company’s continued compliance with environmental guidance and legislation.
  • Take responsibility for their actions and co-operate with the Airport Company Management so far as possible to minimise and prevent the potential pollution of the environment.
  • Not to intentionally or recklessly interfere with or misuse plant equipment, procedures or instructions that may lead to a pollution incident.

Due to the nature of the 24/7 operation within the airport environment, the role will involve the ability to work flexibly to ensure a presence within the terminal which will include early starts, late finishes and ad-hoc weekend cover.

Person Specification


  • ADI & APS Rating
  • Class 3 ATCO Medical
  • Clean Driving Licence
  • Experience as a valid ADI/APS controller
  • Flexible
  • Team Player


  • Met Observers Qualification
  • OJTI, UCA Endorsement
  • Verifier/Evaluator Qualification
  • Class D/Class G Airspace experience

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