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Airfield and Concept of Operations Planner

Posted: 8 Jun 2019 Closes: 23 Jun 2019
Hounslow, Middlesex Competitive
Permanent & Full-time heathrow/20190608141927

This is a chance to build your career in an organisation that matters to millions. To join a city within a city – to create great experiences for the 210,000 (and counting) passengers who pass through our doors each day. Life with us means exploring unlimited opportunities. And making a real difference to people who are travelling to all sorts of places for all sorts of different reasons. 

It's an exciting time to be part of the Heathrow team. In June 2018, Parliament gave us the go ahead for Expansion. This isn’t just about a new runway. It’s about transforming the UK’s hub airport and securing the UK’s future place in the world.

This landmark decision will generate economic growth benefits worth up to £187 billion and create up to 180,000 new jobs across the UK. What’s more, it’ll pave the way for new domestic routes and up to 40 new international destinations. Construction will begin in 2021, but the work to make this huge project happen begins now. Which is why we’re looking for a whole host of people to join our Expansion department in areas from Finance and Airline Strategy to Community & Stakeholders.

Join us as a an Airfield and Concept of Operations Planner and you’ll have huge scope to make your mark on what will be one of Europe’s largest infrastructure projects. You’ll shape its success in all sorts of ways, focusing in particular on our local communities, a more sustainable future, our millions of passengers, businesses in the UK and beyond, and all of your colleagues working at the airport. 

Our Rewards:

As well as competitive salaries, we’re committed to providing a whole host of great benefits that make this an even more rewarding place to work. They include an excellent pension scheme, life assurance, access to private health insurance and, in IT, flexible working. We actively try to create part-time opportunities and use remote technologies to enable people to work from home.

We also have a range of initiatives designed to help people in our surrounding communities get to and from work cost-effectively and sustainably, from free travel on local buses through to subsidised rail fares. Not only that, when you get here, we’ll nurture your skills and do all we can to help you reach your full potential.

Be part of the 78 million passenger journeys we make happen each year. An incredibly important part.

Support the long-term development of the airfield masterplan from an airfield planning and operational perspective, covering the period from 2020 to 2050+. Support the relationship with CAA Safety and Airspace Regulation Group (SARG) and ICAO for aerodrome safety. Ensure airfield infrastructure development is initiated in a timely way to support future growth and responds to aviation industry changes. Support the future operating concepts for airfield operations and communicate operational requirements and change agendas with internal and external stakeholders.

Your Role Will Involve:

As an Airfield and Concept of Operations Planner, you will provide technical planning and organisational support to a wide range of operating concepts in support of an expanded Heathrow including the new runway. Ensure the airfield operation is safeguarded, and the impact of changes (infrastructure) are understood and communicated.

Your Key Responsibilities Will Include:

Create and maintain a phase timeline showing the operational change required to support growth from 2021 (post DCO submission) onwards. Including T3 and T5 plus and other business as usual changes including asset replacement (runway resurfacing). Input airspace change requirements that necessitate infrastructure or ground process change. Use this to inform swim-lane activities

Understand industry practice and benchmark airfield operational change programmes of a similar scale and complexity (eg Hong Kong, Doha, Dubai Denver etc)

Create the swim lanes required to understand the scale of operational change required to bring into operation new infrastructure to enable the future masterplan / growth / schedules.

Focus areas are;

  • Opening new runway
  • Opening new taxiways (network)
  • Introduction of new airlines, ground, other operators
  • New apron environment and different types of operator (LCC)
  • Introduction of new air traffic control systems and infrastructure
  • Others to be identified

Create stakeholder mapping that shows the interrelation and complexity of the stakeholder change environment

Support airfield planning activities as required to better inform the concept of operations. Generic planning activities around taxiways, aprons and ancillary support facilities.

Skills Required:

  • Proven capability in delivering complex change programmes in a technical demanding discipline 
  • Knowledge of Heathrow
  • Provide experience on issues of airfield operations, supports management of virtual teams to deliver business objectives as necessary.
  • Able to synthesise the complexities of Heathrow and present solutions.
  • Cross functional but primarily Airfield Operations, Development and the wider Expansion team with other external agencies
  • Good communications skills, with a strong focus on relationships



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