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Head of Public Affairs (Manchester)

Date: 16-Jun-2021

Location: Manchester Airport, GB

Company: MAG

  • Head of Public Affairs for Manchester Airport, leading our work across the North
  • Senior role in a growing team, Lead MAG’s public affairs activity across the region
  • Flexible working options available
  • Base up to £63,000, (dependant on experience) + generous car allowance + bonus + 11% pension, free parking and great company benefits befitting a senior role.


The Businesses:

MAG is the country’s largest airport group. We own Manchester, Stansted and East Midlands Airports along with MAG USA, a major Airport Services business based out of Chicago. Pre-Covid, we were enjoying year on year growth with FY20 seeing MAG earn £893 million (+3.7%) in revenue, driven by passenger numbers along with non-aero yields and increased cargo operations, contributing more than £8bn to the UK economy. We see the post Covid world yielding much the same. To our 59.6 million passengers and 5000+ colleagues, we are more than simply where your holiday begins! As the UK’s third and fourth busiest airports, and the largest dedicated airfreight operation in the country, we are an influential voice in the UK aviation sphere and a major contributor to the UK economy.


Find out more about MAG here:

The Role:


Reporting into the Group Corporate Affairs Director and managing a small but growing team, you’ll lead MAG’s public affairs activity across the North of England. In this key leadership role, you’ll make a critical impact by building strong relationships with influential bodies including MPs, local authorities, business organisations and campaign groups, enabling MAG to influence key policies and political decisions in Greater Manchester along with other strategically important cities across Northern England, North Wales and Scotland.


You will be based in Manchester and will be required on occasion to spend some time in MAG’s London office, Westminster and Whitehall.


This senior level role will allow you the opportunity to drive key strategic outcomes for Manchester Airport such as securing the route and delivery of High Speed 2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail, winning new high-value international routes for the airport, and shaping key national and local policies on aviation sustainability and the environment. MAG is one of the largest and most influential businesses in the North, both in terms of economic impact to Manchester and as the leading gateway to the North of England. Therefore, it is a role that will give you real impact and scope of influence, allowing you to make a genuine impact on both MAG’s future development as well as the economy and communities of Greater Manchester and beyond.


Typical responsibilities include (but not limited to):


  • Developing and delivering a programme of public affairs and relationship-building activity across the North, Scotland and North Wales.
  • Grow and lead alliances of influential individuals and organisations, advise on and enable the deployment of those relationships and alliances in support of MAG’s strategic policy and political objectives.
  • Representing the airports and MAG in high-profile public forums and engagement activity across the region.
  • Providing public affairs advice on the development of MAG policy positions and delivering influencing campaigns on strategic issues.
  • Developing and overseeing effective engagement programmes for the Airport Managing Director and her Senior Leadership Team at Manchester Airport.
  • Directly supporting the Managing Director and other Senior Leadership Team members with critical political engagements and public affairs activity and advising them on priority policy issues.




As the successful candidate, you will have experience of working directly with senior local and/or national politicians to successfully influence policy development. As such, you will be accomplished in developing and delivering public affairs strategies and influencing campaigns to develop and leverage long-term relationships. We are open to a variety of professional backgrounds, whether that be from similar corporate settings, the Civil Service, campaign groups, agencies, or other public affairs roles. What is key, is your ability to demonstrate previous professional skills and experience in identifying and understanding key decision points, building contact networks, and winning support for a particular cause or agenda. 


 Other required skills and experience include:

  • Strong political judgement and proven ability to provide sound counsel to executives about key political interactions
  • Exceptional communicator with very strong writing skills
  • Strong knowledge of national and local political and legislative processes
  • Proven ability to indirectly manage colleagues across the organisation to influence behaviours and activity
  • Experience in line management
  • Strong existing network across Greater Manchester would be beneficial



What we offer:


MAG is an iconic UK business, which is growing internationally and is looking forward to domestic growth as we move out of the Covid landscape and back to ‘normal’ travel. This is a great time to join as we invest in our growth. The role offers a very competitive salary with a base up to £63,000, (dependent upon experience) + generous car allowance + bonus, 11% pension, and great company benefits.


Interviews will commence ASAP, so please submit your application today


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.