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Senior Project Manager: Future Airspace Project

Date: 04-Jun-2021

Location: Manchester Airport, GB

Company: MAG



  • We are proud to promote diversity in our teams and welcome applications from people of all backgrounds.
  • 24 month fixed term contract
  • Unique high profile project
  • Flexible working available for a great work life balance – part-home/part-office based (Manchester)
  • Great base salary (on experience) + bonus + 11% pension contribution + free parking + a range of corporate benefits


Learn more about MAG:





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 generate £893 million (+3.7%) in revenue, driven by passenger numbers along with non-aero yield improvements and increased cargo operations, contributing more than £3b 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! We are 24/7 self-contained towns, with 6 million square feet of office space, high street shops, cafes, restaurants, parking, event locations and hotels (to name just some of our on-site services)


The Role:


This project is high profile and is the first time in over 50 years that there have been significant legislative changes made to improve efficiency, environmental impact, and the design of the UK’s airspace.  Reporting to the Airspace Change Programme Manager and with two direct reports, as the Airspace Senior Project Manager you will be responsible for delivering the Future Airspace project at Manchester and East Midlands airports. The role will include delivery of airspace change and the consultation process as dictated by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) as part of change process called CAP1616, and in doing this, the project will support the delivery of the CAA’s Airspace Modernisation Strategy.


As the person responsible for this change project, you will affectively be Translating the CAP1616 requirements to support the production and management of the project plan and budget to reflect communication, environmental and technical elements. Moreover, you will be prioritising activities that will impact the critical path delivery of the project at both Manchester and East Midlands Airport. You will be invited to attend Future Airspace Strategy Implementation (FASI) group meetings as Manchester and East Midland Airport’s representative from a Project Management perspective and also monitor project progress against the programme plan and budget, including presenting at the monthly Project Board and various board meetings.


Other duties include:


  • Manage the relationship with external contractors, professional service providers and design teams
  • Manage external contractors to support design and delivery of the project, ensuring outputs adhere to timescales and requirements.
  • Responsible for compiling the Manchester and East Midlands Airspace Change Project risk register, identifying risks and mitigation.
  • Establish good working relationships with key stakeholders to aid delivery of the Project.
  • You will work closely with Airspace Team members at both airports to identify, plan, manage and deliver the programme of work.
  • Work closely with the commercial and procurement team particularly during the tender and award stages to ensure all requirements are captured and reflected.
  • Monitoring Manchester and East Midlands Airspace Change project progress against plan for programme and budget, including CAA Grant Fund Agreement requirements.
  • The role manages external contractors to support design and delivery of the project, ensuring outputs adhere to timescales and requirements.
  • The role holder will work closely with Airspace Change Project Manager at Stansted to share learning and create a cohesive team.
  • Working closely with Airspace Change Organisation Group (ACOG), a Government and CAA created group, to co-ordinate the airspace change requirements of UK airports.




You will be a seasoned Project Manager, with a successful track record of planning projects and working with senior internal stakeholders whilst having the gravitas to inform and influence high level external stakeholders. Whilst driving and delivering the project is key, it is crucial that you have demonstrable experience delivering against tight time frames and to legal requirements. This is a high-profile project, so in turn, you must be able to present how and why we have taken key decisions to the likes of the MAG Board, the CAA, MPs, Industry bodies etc. It is preferred that you are degree educated in a relevant subject and have experience managing other Project Managers over a solid professional career. Ideally, you be a member of a professional Body e.g. RICS/CIOB/ICE etc.


What we Offer:


This role offers the opportunity to work for the largest Airport Group in the country within a role that will support us at a pivotal time of opportunity and growth. This project is unique and offers a challenge that will stand out as a high-profile achievement. We are also offering a great base salary (on experience) + bonus + 11% pension contribution + free parking + a wide range of corporate benefits


We are proud to also offer a flexible approach to work to ensure that you keep a positive work life balance.



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.


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