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Fire Service Watch Manager - East Midlands Airport

Date: 23-May-2023

Location: East Midlands Airport, GB

Company: MAG


  • Watch Manager
  • Based at East Midlands Airport
  • £50,657.91


East Midlands Airport


East Midlands Airport (EMA) is two businesses in one: a modest low-cost passenger airport by day, but home to the UK’s largest dedicated air cargo operation at night.  

Served by airlines Ryanair, Jet2, TUI, Aurigny and Aer Lingus, its passenger operation caters well for travellers who want a quick and easy escape to popular domestic and overseas leisure destinations in mainland Europe, Eastern Europe, and Northeast Africa.


The Role


Due to an internal promotion an opportunity for the role of Watch Manager has become available at East Midlands Airport.


You will be responsible for managing and organising the work priorities for your watch, including equipment and resources as well as supporting the response to operational incidents to meet the licensing requirements defined in the EMA Aerodrome Manual and additional departmental/company objectives. You will assist the Station Manager on the day to day running of the fire station and deputise for them in their absence.  In addition to this, you will be responsible for carrying out several line manger responsibilities for your crew, including RTW, Occupational Health referrals, Colleague Achievement Reviews, and other Employee Relations issues.


Typical Duties will include:


  • Hold and maintain the Supervisor qualification and Deputise for the Station Manager in their absence.
  • Demonstrate a full understanding of the content and application of EMA RFFS Standard Operating Guidance and Station Standing Orders.
  • Direct and manage fire station colleagues, equipment, and resources to ensure East Midlands Airport complies with the airports operating certification, under CAA UK Acceptable Means of Compliance & Guidance, Easy Access Rules for Aerodromes (Formally EASA), RFFS Safe Systems of Work, Risk Assessments and Health & Safety at Work regulations. Preserve life and minimise damage to property, without prejudice to the airports operating licence.
  • Formulate work plans, detailing the riding positions of responding personnel according to their levels of competence, Identify the standard test and inspection schedule for operational equipment and vehicles and deliver Watch daily briefings to keep RFFS personnel informed.
  • Organise, co-ordinate and supervise RFFS colleagues during all training to ensure compliance with CAP 699. Create and deliver watch training plans for the training needs of individuals, to meet the requirements of EMA RFFS Maintenance of Competency Scheme.
  • Undertake the responsibility to test, inspect and record fire safety regulatory compliance, within the airport domestic buildings. Carry out investigations into the cause of any domestic incidents, compile reports and debrief tenants to safeguard against future occurrences.
  • Maintain personal discipline to ensure that standards of performance and behaviour are maintained in accordance with MAG HR policies and EMA RFFS Station Standing Orders.
  • Promote Company values and ensure core behaviours are demonstrated and maintained by colleges.
  • Promote collaborative working across the site with airport departments and third parties.




  • Currently employed as a Watch Manager or higher rank, working at a category 6 aerodrome or above.
  • Hold a valid Supervisor qualification.
  • Hold a valid Breathing Apparatus Instructor qualification.
  • Assessor qualification.
  • Instructor qualification.
  • Level 2 Incident Command certified.
  • Hold a valid category C licence.
  • IOSH or NEBOSH qualified.
  • Demonstrable experience in leading in aviation incidents.
  • Attain, Hold, and maintain all Airside Driving Permits.
  • Attain and maintain rescue and firefighting fitness and medical standards.
  • Attain and maintain DBS check.


What we Offer


We are an employer of choice and can offer unparalleled career and development opportunities in an exciting and dynamic business.


This is an exciting time to be working in the East Midlands and proposals to build a new economy centred around the region’s strengths in logistics, advanced manufacturing, and R & D are taking shape. In a further boost, a joint bid by MAG, neighbouring landowners, local authorities and LEPs for an East Midlands Freeport was recently given the green light by Government. Key to its success was EMA’s status as a gateway for global trade.  Once established, the Freeport will grow trade, create 60,000 jobs, and attract investment across the region. Areas given Freeport status will benefit from a wide package of tax reliefs, simplified customs procedures, streamlined planning processes to boost redevelopment, and government support to promote regeneration and innovation.


Join EMA today, and you’ll not only play a major role in helping the airport recover from, and build upon, the impact of the pandemic, but you’ll also help shape thinking around the future direction of the East Midlands economy.


This role will close once we have received sufficient applications.