Talent Acquisition Partner – Pilot Recruitment

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Job Description

About the job

Our Talent Acquisition team is committed to attracting and retaining phenomenal candidates, building a diverse workforce and introducing our new joiners to rewarding careers. We are ambassadors of our employer brand and believe the candidate experience should be at the forefront of everything we do. We believe hiring is based on relationships, rather than transactions. We aspire to challenge the traditional way of recruiting to create greater efficiencies and better experiences for candidates and managers alike.

As the TA Partner for Pilot Recruitment, you will play a key role in identifying, attracting and hiring qualified pilots to join our Flight Crew team. You will work closely, and partner with, the Flight Operations Pilot Selection team to source and select candidates globally, ensuring compliance with Etihad and GCAA regulation, licensing requirements and company policies, and ensuring an outstanding candidate experience at all times.


• Execute recruitment strategies to attract qualified pilots within a dynamic and highly competitive talent landscape

• Utilize aviation industry networks, job boards, social media and other channels to source potential candidates

• Develop understanding of key target markets for pilot candidates based on data and metrics

• Develop and maintain industry knowledge around competitor airline activity

• Proactively establish and nurture relationships with prospective candidate pools

• Make recommendations on location strategy for roadshows

• Develop content for roadshows and partner with Flight Operations representatives on delivery

• Lead and participate in the selection process for pilot candidates in partnership with Flight Operations pilot selection representatives, ensuring a fair, consistent, rigorous and equitable process is followed

• Coordinate and conduct assessments, including group assessment centres, technical competency tests and interviews, alongside Flight Operations representatives and other key stakeholders

• Advise and guide the Flight Operations pilot selection team on best practice assessment and selection methodology

• Serve as the primary point of contact for candidates throughout the recruitment process, providing guidance and support

• Focus on continuously improving the attraction and selection methodology to ensure we target and hire the best aviation talent in the market

• Participate in the final wash-up to discuss evidence collected on pilot candidates during the process and make recommendations on hiring decisions

Education & Experience

  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience within Talent Acquisition in a complex global environment, ideally for technical roles
  • Previous experience in aviation recruitment, or as a pilot, is desirable
  • Proficient in assessment and selection methodology (eg. design and facilitation of assessment centres, competency-based interviewing, psychometrics)
  • High level of attention to detail, with the ability to manage multiple recruitment processes simultaneously
  • Excellent communication skills, with the ability to effectively influence and engage key stakeholders with credibility
  • Ability to lead and manage recruitment campaigns, with a particular focus on cultural awareness, and which involve speaking to large groups of people
  • Ambassadorial qualities with the ability to represent Etihad in a professional, engaging and personable manner
  • Ability to leverage data and analytics to drive decisions
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