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Early Talent Manager - Manchester

Date: 06-Jul-2021

Location: Manchester Airport, GB

Company: MAG




  • We are proud to be a diverse employer, and we welcome candidates from all backgrounds
  • Flexible/ Hybrid working for a better work/ life balance
  • Responsible for Early Talent Programmes such as Internships, Work Experience, Apprenticeships and Graduate programmes
  • Work for an iconic North West business across a wide variety of departments
  • Competitive base + Pension, Bonus, free parking and many other corporate benefits
  • Refurbished, modern office environment/ great career opportunities/ autonomy to achieve!


Find out more about MAG here:



Our Business


MAG is the country’s largest airport group. We own Manchester, Stansted and East Midlands Airports, as well as our MAG USA business based out of Chicago. We are an ambitious business that is continuously developing and diversifying with a number of recent positive changes to help us to continue our success in the post Covid environment. Our People Team is the beating heart of our business; critical in driving organisational strategy and supporting circa 5000 colleagues across the business within corporate and operational departments. We are proud to support the community and provide a ‘foot up’ for early talent across our business functions at each of our three UK Airports.  



Position Details:

MAG has a successful history of hiring and developing a wealth of early talent into the business, and as we refuel for the next phase of our growth journey, we will continue to invest in our pipeline of future leaders. As our Early Talent Manager, you will report directly into the Head of Talent Acquisition, whilst working closely with the Head of L&D and internal stakeholders to develop and deploy the early talent strategy and programmes that include Internships, Work Experience, Apprenticeships and Graduate programmes. You will play a key role in the Talent & Diversity function and will benefit from the support of the wider team to achieve your goals.


Principal Accountabilities include (but are not limited to):


  • Review data and report on metrics regularly, including numbers, diversity, and career progress of the intake post early talent program
  • Respond to the business priorities by developing appropriate Early Talent Programmes
  • Create a compelling narrative that can be used internally and externally to attract early in career talents to MAG programmes
  • Work with HRBPs and the business to understand future capability and leadership and embed them within the early talent programmes
  • With support from the Head of Talent Acquisition and Head of L&D; develop robust assessment tools for Early Talent Programmes
  • With the Head of TAQ, design and deliver a divers recruitment strategy for Early Talent, including the sourcing and selection process
  • Continue to develop relationships with Universities, key external bodies, and vendors and provide leadership of University events
  • Manage the Early Talent budget and the Apprenticeship levy




This is a role for someone who can develop very close relationships both within the business functions, and also within the HR Team, externally with universities, colleges and other suppliers and partners. Given the cyclical nature of Early Talent recruitment you will be inherently organised in your approach to planning and process whilst having the key influencing skills required to ensure that your internal and external stakeholders as well as candidates have equal focus.


You must be someone who wants to put their arms around a function, truly own it, and develop it to the best of your ability and to the needs of the business.


Experience in the following would ensure that you were a standout candidate:


  • Running talent development programmes
  • Recruiting at volume, preferably for Early Talent Programmes
  • Reporting regularly on agreed metrics and drawing insight from the data
  • Managing budgets would be an advantage
  • Knowledge of the UK Apprenticeship system
  • Knowledge of the UK Higher Education system would be an advantage




What are we offering?


  • At MAG we value and celebrate difference; colleagues feel like they belong and are valued in a collaborative, supportive, and inclusive environment with fair access to opportunities.
  • An ongoing flexible working approach
  • Free parking and significantly subsidised public transport
  • Discounts on company products and a heavily discounted staff shop
  • Excellent Holiday entitlement plus the ability to purchase extra days
  • Fantastic career development and advancement opportunities
  • Based in newly refurbished modern offices (when not working from home!)
  • Free coffee/ break out areas/ great company culture and approach
  • An opportunity to develop a critical aspect of MAG’s People strategy



If you feel that you are the right candidate, then please click ‘apply’ now! We’d love to hear from you


Equal Opportunities

MAG is a values led organisation and we are committed to providing equal opportunities in all areas of work and business.  We want people to achieve their best, which will in turn positively impact on our customers and the communities in which we live and work. At MAG we empower people to be themselves within an inclusive and supportive environment, enabling everyone to achieve their full potential in line with their abilities and career aspirations.


Reasonable Adjustments 

As an inclusive employer, MAG wants to see every candidate performing at their best throughout the job application process, interview process and whilst at work. We therefore encourage you to inform us of any reasonable adjustments you might need to enable this to happen.