RECRUITMENT: Airfield Operations Manager, Cardiff Airport

The Post:

A post has arisen at Cardiff Airport for an Airfield Operations Manager

A minimum of 5 years Aviation experience is essential with CAA qualifications in airfield operations.

You will need to have a proven record, in-depth knowledge and experience of airfield management  with demonstrable leadership skills and a proven track record with the CAA  in assisting to maintain the aerodrome license.

You will have in-depth knowledge of aviation safety and contingency planning, with detailed knowledge of aerodrome operations, procedures and documentation control.

The Airfield Operation Manager role calls for a confident individual with excellent knowledge of all aviation related processes, procedures and legislation, who is able to embrace the role and is a proven team player.

The Role:

The Operations Team is primarily concerned with the safe and secure operation of the Airport.  The Department also ensures that Company policies and procedures, relevant legislation, regulations and best practice are maintained at all times.

Working with the Head of Airfield Operations – who is ultimately accountable – you will be responsible for ensuring the Airport remains in compliance with all the appropriate regulatory requirements as set out by the CAA, DfT and the HSE.

Your role will also entail protecting the integrity of the aerodrome licence, by ensuring that the aerodrome is safe and secure for air operations and is operated in accordance with the Civil Aviation Authority requirements for licensed public transport airports.

In addition you will work with the Head of Airfield Operations to ensure that the Airfield Operations department employees are developed and motivated, enabling them to contribute fully to the Airport’s safety regime.

You will provide leadership in the areas of airfield safety, whilst leading and co-ordinating  mandatory emergency exercises and CAA and all operational documentation and control. You will also work with the Head of Airfield Operations to ensure that company policy and procedures, relevant legislation, regulations and best practice are maintained at all times.

The successful candidate will report directly to the Head of Airfield Operations.

Additional key accountabilities include:

  • Ensuring all airfield services are managed in accordance with the airfield safety standards and recommended practices set out by the CAA and in accordance with all relevant documentation including the aerodrome license, CAP 168, CAP 642 and any specific airfield stipulations determined
  • Managing, motivating and developing the employees of the Airport Operations department, to ensure the delivery of external compliance.
  • Leading and coordinating the Operations Team’s contribution to emergency exercises, working with all departments within the Emergency planning group.
  • Delivering aspects of the Airfield Safety and Management System, including risk assessments, safe operating procedures, winter operations, contingency panning and health and safety .
  • Ensuring all relevant safety documentation and procedures are up to date and managed in accordance with Airport and regulatory requirements.


All applications in the form of a CV and covering letter should be submitted to:

Russell Clements,

Head of Airfield Operations,

Cardiff Airport,

Vale of Glamorgan

CF62 3BD


Closing Date 28th October 2014

It is anticipated that interviews will be held at Cardiff Airport during the week of 3rd November.


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