The Vice President, Operations forms part of the executive leadership team, joining one of the most successful airport enterprises in Canada and an iconic organization in western Canada. The VP is responsible for effective oversight, planning and implementation of airport operations with ultimate responsibility for ensuring day-to-day delivery of safe, secure and efficient airport operations. The VP is expected to build and create a long-term operations strategy that illustrates how airport operations need to evolve to meet the increased level of expectations of the travelling public framed against the ever-changing regulatory aviation landscape.
This person will oversee ~100 permanent full-time employees with three direct reports: Director, Terminal Operations; Director, Airside Operations; and General Manager, Springbank Airport.
Applicants are welcome to apply by submitting a resume to calgaryairport.operations@KornFerry.com. We thank you for your interest, but only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. This position will remain open until filled.
Minimum 20+ years of progressive experience in a variety of operations disciplines with at least 10 years in the aviation sector. Candidates will logically come from:
Leading airport enterprises recognized for their operational excellence;
Leading airline enterprises wherein the executive has gained deep exposure to airport operations;
Leading aviation services organizations wherein the executive has gained deep exposure to airport operations.
Experience working in airport environments featuring similar scale, complexity, and operating characteristics to those in place at YYC, including of origin-destination and connecting traffic, international / domestic, multi-terminal, multi-runway, and winter weather conditions, among other considerations.
Has ideally served as the number one operating executive at smaller or mid-sized airport enterprise or as a strong number two operating executive at larger airport enterprises.
Experience setting strategic direction for operating units, effectively engaging key stakeholders executing strategies.
Proven track record of progressive business success at various levels in multi-disciplinary environments.
Proven experience in developing effective interpersonal relationships, both internal and external to the organization. Has demonstrated an ability to negotiate and partner effectively with a variety of constituent groups, both internal and external, deploying a win-win mindset and collaborative approach.
A strong strategic thinker with proven experience in providing leading-edge thinking in airport operations. Has ideally worked in airport/aviation enterprises that are considered best practice and leading edge in their operating approaches.
Experience leading culture change, improving employee engagement scores, and large change management initiatives.
Outstanding leadership abilities with a track record of building strong teams, developing people, and leading/influencing through others in a performance-driven culture.
A passion and commitment to the aviation industry.
Has the potential to grow into broader and bigger roles at the Authority, including standing for potential succession to the role of President and Chief Executive Officer.
About Calgary Airport Authority
The Calgary Airport Authority (the Authority) is a not-for-profit, non-share capital corporation, incorporated under the Province of Alberta's Regional Airports Authorities Act (Alberta). Since 1992, we have been responsible for the operation, management and development of YYC Calgary International Airport (YYC) and, since 1997, Springbank Airport (YBW), under a long-term lease from the Government of Canada. www.yyc.com. Further information and a full job description can be requested by emailing calgaryairport.operations@KornFerry.com.