Airfield Operations Manager - Cardiff Airport, UK


Cardiff Airport is the national airport for Wales and a key gateway to the UK for international visitors. Our airlines fly direct to over 50 destinations and over 900 connecting destinations. Airlines include Qatar Airways, KLM, Flybe, TUI, Vueling and Ryanair. These airlines create accessibility to a wealth of global connections via international hubs that include Doha, Amsterdam Schiphol, Dublin and Paris Charles de Gaulle.

Named the Best Airport (under 3 million passengers) by the Airport Operators’ Association, Cardiff Airport sustains more than 2,675 direct and indirect jobs and creates an overall GVA (Gross Value Added) of £102 million into the local economy.

The Airport has also played a vital role in the delivery of major events in Wales including the NATO Wales Summit, Rugby World Cup and UEFA Champions League final.


A full time, permanent position has become available within the Airfield Operations Team at Cardiff Airport for the role of Airfield Operations Manager. The Airfield Operations Manager will report to the Head of Airfield Operations and will be responsible for the daily running of the aerodrome in accordance with the requirements detailed within the Aerodrome Manual and EASA/CAA regulations; this will include the auditing and oversight of third parties that operate within the airside environment. The post holder will also be responsible for the delivery and management of a variety of airside activities and teams, including the airfield operations team, which includes wildlife and habitat management, and all aspects of airside safety, compliance monitoring and training. Other duties will include contributing to the business as part of the management team, providing detailed reports and information on all airside safety related matters ensuring we meet the requirements of the EASA certificate. This role will also be required to deputise for the Head of Airfield Operations

POST:                     Airfield Operations Manager Cardiff Airport

TENURE:                Permanent   

HOURS:                 37.5 hours per week (Mon-Fri) 

CLOSING DATE:  14th December 2018

Essential Skills and Experience:

·         A minimum of 5 years’ experience operating in an airside/aerodrome role.

·         A sound understanding and proven experience in airfield operations and management of teams.

·         Strong management and leadership skills.

·         A sound understanding of EASA and CAA regulatory requirements for the safe running of aerodromes.

·         A sound understanding of Risk Management principles and Risk Assessments.

·         Health and Safety qualification and relevant experience.

·         Competent in the use of Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint.

·         A clean driving licence.

Desirable qualifications and experience:

·         Airfield/airside driving.

·         Incident investigation techniques.

The airport operates on a 24/7 basis and flexibility will be required to attend at short notice for operational reasons, for example special events, adverse weather conditions.

The successful candidate will be asked to provide a Criminal Record check to comply with Department for Transport regulations.

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If you wish to apply for the vacancy please provide a CV and cover letter to no later than 5pm on 14 December 2018

Cardiff Airport is an equal opportunities employer