ISS Aerospace – Lead Test Pilot & Trials Manager

ISS Aerospace machine

Be at the leading-edge of our exciting technology.

ISS Aerospace is an established UK company that designs, builds, and operates cutting-edge Unmanned Aerial Systems for a wide range of international clients and industry applications. 

Our fully integrated UAS are BVLOS capable.  They are designed to collect, rapidly process, and deliver meaningful information during autonomous operations in challenging environmental conditions.

Our approach harnesses deep expertise, collaboration, innovation focused on customer needs, quality, rapid in-house iteration, and production.  We are proud to have achieved several UAS world firsts on our journey so far.

It is an exciting time to join us because we are in the early growth and the work that you will do, will really make an impact.

This is an office-based role and will require you to commute on weekdays.

Some of the key responsibilities

The main responsibilities for the role include but are not limited to:

  • Maiden, setup and test flights of UAVs
  • Customer handovers and training sessions
  • Lead, plan and execute complex flight test programs
  • Operating our aircraft during R&D trials either internally or with end customers
  • Fleet management of our own test and demo aircraft
  • Payload testing and data gathering
  • Collaboration with the engineering teams to help refine our drone technology and trial methodologies
  • UK and worldwide travel in support of flight operations, deliveries and trials

Your expertise & skills

  • Excellent piloting skills with the ability to fly manually
  • Confidence in operating UAVs in all flight modes
  • Active in a similar role within the last 12 months
  • Experience with CAA paperwork and requirements
  • Proficient in various GCS applications
  • Experience with Cube and Arducopter
  • Good IT capabilities for cross platform working on GCS
  • Good working knowledge of core UAV components and capabilities
  • Full driving licence, passport, and the ability to be SC cleared

Beneficial To Have

  • Experience operating UAVs over 500kg
  • MoD trials management
  • Project management capabilities
  • PX4 and other flight stacks
  • Knowledge of aircraft tuning and debugging
  • Ability to design and implement detailed test procedures and safety protocols
  • Knowledge and experience of using Edge computing and working with autonomous UAVs
  • Experience of Linux/Ubuntu operating systems

Work and Benefits

Security clearance

Due to the nature of our business, all employment is subject to necessary references being obtained, attainment of a security check and relevant clearances and as applicable, a medical assessment.

Work pattern

Understanding that everyone has different challenges, and we are happy to see if we can find ways of working that benefit both of us.  While we see this role as primarily office-based but are happy to discuss how it might be delivered with hybrid working to fit in with other commitments in your life.


We’re still young and there’s plenty of opportunity to grow with the company as well as influencing the direction that the company takes.  We think that we offer a competitive benefits package:-

  • 25 days holiday (pro-rata), plus bank holidays and Christmas shutdown
  • Free coffee, tea and snacks

  and after completing your probation period

  • NEST Private Pension contributions, matched contribution
  • Private Healthcare scheme

ISS Aerospace is an equal opportunity employer and values a diverse and inclusive workplace.  All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, colour, religion, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status or any other characteristic protected by law.

Due to the nature of our business, all employment is subject to necessary references being obtained, attainment of a security check and relevant clearances and as applicable, a medical assessment.

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