Vertical Aerospace

Bristol, United Kingdom

Posted on: 2022-08-10

Category: transportation

Employment type:

Full time

Experience required:



Salary not provided

Simulation Facility Manager

About the company:

Revolutionising urban air mobility and electrifying air travel

Why work with us? 

We at Vertical Aerospace are pushing the boundaries of what is possible, creating technology to achieve sustainable air travel like never before. Vertical comprises a world-class team of leaders, experts, engineers who're all striving towards the same goal, to make air travel personal, on-demand, and carbon free. This is your chance to be a part of this extraordinary team.

Vertical is one the world’s leading eVTOL businesses, and a pioneer of this ground-breaking new segment, which marks the beginning of sustainable aviation. 

Founded in 2016, Vertical uniquely combines the best of the aerospace, Formula 1 and automotive industries and has become one of only seven companies globally to have successfully flown multiple full-scale eVTOL prototypes.  The VX4, is a world-leading fully composite tilt-rotor winged eVTOL that will carry one pilot and four passengers or cargo.  VX4 is in plan to be  certified in late 2024, placing the business in the top two companies globally with a commercially viable aircraft capable of spanning intra and intercity passenger and cargo eVTOL markets. 

We are looking for a Simulation Facility Manager who will:

Enjoy working with a world class team comprised of leading aerospace and technology thinkers as well as some of the finest engineering talent. Of course, you will possess or be able to rapidly adopt a passion for sustainable aviation and it’s benefits for both society and sustainability.

Vertical is a values-led business that embraces diversity in all its forms in particular diversity of thought. Vertical is committed to building an industry leading team offering global perspectives that represent the communities it serves.

We are currently going through an exciting phase of rapid expansion as we prepare for the flight test programme of our electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft. We have an exciting and unique opening for a Simulation Facility Manager to apply their skills and experience to run, develop and maintain our growing simulation facility.

Our facility includes development flight simulators, associated devices such as virtual- and mixed-reality visual systems and multiple interfaces to system and structural test rigs which run with both real and emulated hardware. The ideal candidate will bring experience and expertise in the practical and organisational elements that contribute to a state-of-the-art simulation and rig facility.

The responsibilities and duties of the Simulation Facility Manager will be as follows:

  • The day-to-day management and operation of sim facility and systems
    • Simulation evaluation sessions
    • Development work
    • VIP tours
    • Simulation facility including the Pilot-in-the-Loop Simulators (PiLS), mobile PiLS, IT equipment, simulation hardware and software
    • Preparation and configuration of systems for simulation sessions
    • Keeping the facility clean, tidy and functional
    • Maintenance and repair
    • Available to support simulation sessions operations at Bristol and mobile facility
    • Manage the booking and availability of simulation systems and required team support for (Simulation evaluation sessions, Development work, VIP tours)
  • The definition of configuration control of simulation facility and systems
    • Hardware
    • Wiring and networks
    • IT systems
    • Software
  • Taking a supporting role in the technical development and management of scheduling of:
    • Simulation development and integration activities: (Models, Visual systems (hardware and software, Cockpit hardware, Inceptors)
    • Interfacing of simulation systems to various stakeholder systems both internal and external to Vertical Aerospace (Physical and "virtual" integration

The successful Simulation Facility Manager will have the following Experiences & Qualifications:

  • Flight and operational simulator facilities, both for training and vehicle development purposes
  • Experimental and test rig facilities which interface with simulations

Useful skills to have when taking on this responsibility are:

  • Understanding of digital systems, electrical devices and interfaces
  • An ability to integrate and connect elements of the facility together
  • An ability to organise people and facilities so that the right simulation capability is developed and delivered at the right time to support the programme
  • Existing knowledge of or capability to acquire expertise in the use of simulation programming languages such as Matlab
  • An understanding of the air vehicle simulation process and how it may contribute to an aircraft being developed, certified and safely put into service.


Do you like the look of this opportunity but not sure if you meet all of the criteria we’ve outlined in the advert?

Here at Vertical, we are working to create an environment of growth, diversity and opportunities for people to take on challenges and push the status quo. 

If you are excited about this role or joining us but your experience or qualifications are not completely aligned with the criteria, we would still love to hear from you, this may be the role for you! 


This is an on-going advert and interviews will be held on an ad-hoc basis until sufficient applications have been received.