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10 months ago
Highlands and Islands Airports
Salary: Up to £95,000
Location: Highland
Job type: Permanent
Contact: Andrea Sillars
Sector: Business & Administration
Category: Senior Manager Jobs

HIAL is commencing on a major programme ‘The Air Traffic Management Strategy 2030’ that will change the way that air traffic services are provided at 7 HIAL airports by centralising activities in a remote/digital tower and surveillance centre, and by introducing a major airspace change.

In this post you will have primary responsibility for the delivery of the entire ATM Strategy 2030 Programme. This will include leading the team, effectively directing the programme ensuring it is delivered on time and within budget and communicating with internal and external stakeholders, throughout the lifecycle of this major transformational change programme.


HIAL operates 11 airports across the Highlands and Islands and Dundee with a Head Office in Inverness. The company is embarking on a major change management project that will see the introduction of new and emerging air traffic technology to enhance the delivery and sustainability of Air Traffic Control (ATC) services across the HIAL area of operation.

The 10 year project will see the centralisation of Air Traffic Control services in one Centralised Surveillance and Remote Tower Centre (located within the HIAL area) and the introduction of controlled airspace at controlled aerodromes.

The project is the most significant change management initiatives introduced by the company in the last 10 years and one of the biggest ATM related projects in the UK. It will impact directly on 80 ATC staff and will have wide reaching implications for the whole company.

The project is funded by Scottish Government.

The post holder will be responsible for the development and delivery of the programme on time and within budget as well as the management of the programme team covering specialist areas including; ATM, HR, Finance, ICT, Procurement and Infrastructure. In addition, the programme will be supported by specialist ATC knowledge as required.

The post holder will report to the Programme Board and will be supported by the Senior Management Team (SMT). The SMT will provide specialist advice on organisational policies and practices and ensure the ATM programme is integrated into the company strategic plan and other company initiatives and plans.


 Development and implementation of all aspects of the ATM 2030 Programme.

 Delivery of the ATM 2030 Programme on time and within budget using open and transparent programme and change management techniques.

 Development and implementation of a People Management plan to support this significant change management programme, in particular dealing with the staffing issues for potential relocation.

 Obtaining the necessary regulatory approvals from the UK CAA to support full implementation of ATM Strategy 2030 and delivery of all associated safety case documentation in accordance with the HIAL Safety management System and UK CAA regulatory requirements.

 Co-ordinate the ATM Programme Board (see structure above), setting the agenda, compiling input material and monitoring outcomes against agreed milestones.

 Delivery of the Programme, setting and agreeing key milestones and metrics with the Programme Board, and tracking and reporting against these. This will include agreement of the operational changes to be achieved during the Programme, developed in coordination with the relevant Units and Directorates.

 Preparation of the capital budgets in conjunction with the supplier within parameters set for a government sponsored organisation.

 Implement a clear and detailed risk management approach for the Programme, communicating these to the SMT and ensuring all risks and interdependencies are tracked and managed with appropriate actions taken.

 Communicating with internal stakeholders e.g. HIAL directorates, General Manager Air Traffic Services (GMATS) and all impacted staff to ensure a consistent message is delivered. This will includes providing a clear and transparent understanding of the necessary changes with associated timescales is both available and current at all times.

 Communicate with external stakeholders (Airlines, General Aviation, Military, Regulator, Unions, Politicians, other Air Navigation Service Providers and Airports) to provide clear, consistent and transparent messaging in line with the implementation strategy and desired outcomes. This will include liaison with the Programme Board (and external PR support as required) to ensure consistency across HIAL in the messaging.

 Leadership of the ATM Programme team, providing day-to-day direction, tasking and management.

 Finalising and managing the procurement strategy for the Programme.

 Managing contracts with suppliers, ensuring compliance with the procurement expectations of a government funded organisation.

 Management of the airspace change programme (ACP) to introduce proportionate sectors of controlled airspace at HIALs controlled aerodromes including the associate instrument flight procedures for each airport e.g. SIDs, STARs and RNAV waypoints etc.

 Delivery of a transition plan detailing how services will be maintained throughout the implementation of each project and at each location.

 Management and co-ordination of ATCO training and competence requirements to support successful implementation of ATMS 2030.

 Development of the new Surveillance and Remote Tower Centre requirements and technical specification and management of construction and staff resourcing.

 Development of ATC operational practices, procedures and policies for the new Centre, to achieve the desired operational outcomes whilst demonstrating regulatory compliance and acceptable levels of safety.

Complete job description and application information can be found on the website by clicking Apply.

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