UAV Lead

Ref: VA119 Head Office - Harpenden Full time Permanent


Plowman Craven is one of the largest surveying and specialist measurement companies in the UK. We work on huge exclusive projects across the country and our offices are based in Harpenden and London, as well as India and North America.

By joining our team as UAV Lead, you’ll become an integral part of a dynamic organisation poised for rapid expansion and global reach. You will have access to some of the most modern technologies in UAV surveying and you’ll have the resources to excel at your craft. Your leadership will be pivotal in enhancing our UAV capabilities and driving innovation within the business.


You will hit the ground running and join a highly talented surveying team consisting of UAV Surveyors, Pilots, Lead Surveyors and your team leader, the Survey Manager. Your main responsibilities will include:

  • Support sales for UAV solutions.
  • Lead and Develop the UAV UK & India team.
  • Innovate and Implement Technology.
  • Ensure Compliance and Certification.
  • Support Business Development.
  • Oversee UAV day-to-day Operations.
  • Coordinate Data Processing.


  • Provide strong leadership to the global UAV team, fostering a culture of continuous learning and development to enhance their skills and capabilities.
  • Drive the development and implementation of new UAV technologies, facilitating transformational changes and continuous improvement across our projects.
  • Maintain strict adherence to CAA regulations and certifications, ensuring all operational procedures are up-to-date and compliant.
  • Act as a UAV solutions specialist, working closely with the sales team to convert opportunities and develop new UAV revenue streams.
  • To take the role of UAV Lead and ensure the delivery of high-quality workmanship across the UAV team.


  • A vibrant, passionate, and collaborative working culture.
  • A learning culture to excel through professional development and management training opportunities.
  • Competitive remuneration packages with performance-related bonus.
  • Generous annual leave allowance. Company laptop and phone.
  • Wellbeing and social events programme.
  • Hybrid working (HQ in Harpenden).



  • Proven experience running a UAV department, ensuring compliance with CAA and Health & Safety regulations.
  • Demonstrated success in closing deals with clients, including managing existing accounts and acquiring new clients.
  • Proficient in photogrammetry and LiDAR processing, with a strong background in surveying and operating UAVs.
  • UAV operational experience, particularly in Specific categories: VLOS (Visual Line of Sight), EVLOS (Extended Visual Line of Sight), and BVLOS (Beyond Visual Line of Sight).
  • A minimum of 4 years in the UAV space
  • Experience in surveying
  • Sound understanding of CAA requirements and how to deliver on them.
  • Experience in photogrammetry and associated processing is desirable.


Our innovation, dynamic approach and commitment to delivering a flawless service are achieved by investing and empowering our employees to push boundaries and reach new heights. We specialise in providing laser scanning and measuring data services to businesses of varying sizes and regardless of the size of the project or how challenging, our clients trust us to provide a service that goes beyond their expectations!

By joining our team, you'll become an integral part of a dynamic organisation poised for rapid expansion and global reach. Our vision includes ambitious plans for growth and expansion into new markets beyond our current borders. This commitment to scaling our operations ensures we remain agile and responsive, delivering exceptional measurement survey and consultancy services on a scale that sets industry standards.

We are an equal opportunity employer and shall take additional measures to support any candidate that needs assistance with the recruitment process

If you have any questions about this role please email

Benefits of working at Plowman Craven

Plowman Craven is a great place to work and offers a range of competitive family friendly benefits including:

  • 25 Days Annual Leave - increasing to 30 days plus bank holidays
  • Performance related bonus
  • Professional membership & development
  • Salary sacrifice pension contribution scheme
  • Flexible/remote working (role dependent)
  • Travel loans & travel cards (Zone 1+2) for London-based roles
  • Access to fleet vehicles
  • Life assurance
  • Enhanced family friendly benefits
  • Healthcare benefits
  • Wellbeing & mental health programme
  • Social activities organised throughout the year
  • Harpenden & London offices
  • Employee owned company held in a Trust for the benefit of employees
  • EOT profit sharing scheme

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