2 days/week at home

A little flex time – We’re happy to talk flexible working and how we can support your responsibilities beyond the workplace. We offer a range of options depending on your role, so please discuss this with your recruiter.

Job Description

Mott MacDonald

We’re a global engineering, management, and development consultancy.
Our purpose is to improve society by considering social outcomes in everything we do, relentlessly focusing on excellence and digital innovation, transforming our clients’ businesses, our communities and employee opportunities.

A fundamental part of this is respecting each person’s differences and striving to meet their needs.

We are proud to be a one of Glassdoor’s top employers to work for in the UK, as well as being recognised as a Top Inclusive Company in the UK.

Our values: Progress, Respect, Integrity, Drive, Excellence.

About the business unit
We help conceive, drive, and implement transport solutions for cities, regions, and asset owners/operators around the globe. From preparing the business case and​ advising on related issues - such as revenue, procurement, and environmental legislation - to delivering the completed infrastructure and helping maintain it. Our planning, engineering, environmental and management skills cover the whole project cycle. We play a major role in developing and delivering the Global Transport Sector Strategy.

About the role
This role is responsible for the delivery of aviation advisory projects that drive operational excellence and strategic transformation, aligning project and business goals and objectives. You will be working on projects for governments, authorities, operators, equity investors and lenders in all types of airport infrastructure development projects and transactions across the world. You will be part of one of the world’s leading and multicultural aviation consultancies in the world, with 40+ years of presence in the industry, and a portfolio of 1,000+ aviation projects in 120+ countries. As a role model, you will focus on accountability, team ethos and technical excellence, and play a key role in delivering and contributing to the team’s business plan and future direction. You will take a key role in managing and/or preparing bids/tenders and will successfully manage work packages and projects and oversee their performance.

Your day-to-day responsibilities will involve the following:

  • Responsible for the delivery of aviation advisory projects that drive operational excellence and strategic transformation.
  • Align project and business goals and objectives.
  • Work on projects for governments, authorities, operators, equity investors, and lenders in airport infrastructure development projects and transactions worldwide.
  • Responsible for leading and managing complex projects and manage and supervise team(s), potentially across continents and time zones.
  • Provide technical leadership and ensure reports and analysis are technically competent and quality checked.
  • Ensure that reports and analysis are technically competent, quality checked, clear and rational.
  • Understand and keep pace with aviation industry guidance and best practices.
  • Manage various project responsibilities to meet deadlines and other project delivery commitments.
  • Work effectively with internal and external stakeholders and clients.
  • Contribute to successful bids/tenders for work.

Candidate specification
We are looking for a committed and confident person with relevant aviation or rail/other transportation industry technical experience in the field of operations planning and optimisation, strategic advisory and transformation.

You have experience in leading complex operational initiatives on a global context and managing the requirements and concerns of multiple key stakeholders. You have proven experience in working closely with colleagues and subconsultants across different disciplines, as well as in client engagement across all levels including senior management and c-level executives. You also have experience in line management and mentoring, potentially some experience in business development / bid management to support growth in an exciting team, and have previous experience in a similar role.

Essential criteria:

  • Relevant aviation or rail/other transportation industry technical experience in operations planning and optimization, strategic advisory, and transformation.
  • Experience in leading complex operational initiatives on a global context and managing multiple key stakeholders.
  • Experience in line management, mentoring, and business development/bid management.
  • Bachelor's degree or higher in Aviation Management, Business Administration, Engineering, or a related field.
  • Strong knowledge or interest in Aviation.
  • Strategic thinking, problem solving and can-do attitude.
  • Excellent numerical and analytical skills.
  • Good presentation and communication skills, both written and verbal, and interpersonal skills.
  • Willingness to travel as required for project work.

Desirable criteria:

  • Operations management role at an airport or rail/other transportation environment.
  • Subject matter expert in the field of operational planning and optimisation or customer experience.
  • Experience in the field of operational readiness and transfer.
  • Experience in representing their organisation at industry forums, conferences, and events, promoting the company brand and reputation.
  • MBA or other advanced degree or recognised professional qualification.

Equality, diversity, and inclusion

We put equality, diversity, and inclusion at the heart of our business, seeking to promote fair employment procedures and practices to ensure equal opportunities for all. We encourage individual expression in our workplace and are committed to creating an inclusive environment where everyone feels they can contribute.


We want you to perform your best at every stage in the recruitment process. If you are disabled or need any support to enable you to apply or attend an interview, please contact us at reasonable.adjustments@mottmac.com and we will talk to you about how we can support you.

Agile working

Happy to talk Flexible Working and how we can support your responsibilities beyond the workplace.

We offer some fantastic benefits including:

Health and wellbeing

  • Private medical insurance for all UK colleagues.
  • Health cash plan to support you with every day health costs and treatments.
  • Access to Peppy, providing free support from menopause experts for all UK colleagues.
  • A variety of wellbeing support is available through our comprehensive wellbeing program, including access for you and your family.
  • Ability to flex your salary to opt into a wide range of health benefits, many of which can be extended to your family too.

Financial wellbeing

  • We match employee pension contributions between 4.5% and 7%.
  • Life assurance equal up to 4 x your basic salary, with an option to increase the level of cover to 6 x your salary.
  • Our income protection scheme provides a financial benefit, as well as absence and return to work support due to long-term illness or injury.
  • Flexible benefits, including increased life assurance cover, critical illness insurance, payroll saving and will writing.
  • As an independently owned business we share the financial success of the business with all our colleagues in various ways including annual bonus schemes.


  • A minimum of 33-35 days holiday each year, inclusive of public holidays and dependent on level, with the ability to buy or sell leave through our flexible benefits programme.
  • Holiday entitlement increased to a minimum of 35 days after 5 years’ service.
  • Variety of employee saving schemes and discounts from high-street retailers.

Enhanced family and carers leave

  • Enhanced family leave policies, including 26 weeks paid maternity and adoption leave, and two weeks paid paternity/partner leave.
  • Our shared parental leave matches maternity leave meaning we pay up to 24 weeks at full pay.
  • Up to five additional days leave are provided for those with significant caring responsibilities, two of which are paid.

Learning and development

  • Primary annual professional institution subscription.
  • A broad range of opportunities to enhance both technical and soft skills through mentoring, formal training, and self-development options.

Networks, communities, and social outcomes

  • Join a wide range of groups including our Advanced Employee Networks which support our LGBTQ+, gender, race and ethnicity, disability, and parents/carers communities.
  • Make a difference within our communities through our social outcomes.

Apply now, or for more information about our application process, click here.

Company benefits

Open to part-time employees
Adoption leave – 26 weeks full pay
Open to part time work for some roles
Buddy scheme
Flexible working week
Enhanced sick pay
Dental coverage
Compassionate leave
Health assessment
Eye Care Support – Eyecare vouchers
Private GP service – Private Medical care for all UK staff
Season ticket loan
Theme park discounts
Religious celebration leave
Buy or sell annual leave
Accrued annual leave
Caregiver Leave
Enhanced maternity leave – 26 weeks
Enhanced paternity leave – 2 weeks
Shared parental leave – We match up to 24 weeks full pay
Pregnancy loss leave
Tax-free childcare
In office yoga classes
Cycle to work scheme
Faith rooms
Salary sacrifice
Life assurance
Annual pay rises
Pension match/increase
Life insurance
Annual bonus
Income protection
Employee discounts
Professional subscriptions – We pay for your primary professional annual subscription
Lunch and learns
Employee assistance programme
L&D budget
Teambuilding days
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Work-life balance
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Role modelling
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Working at Mott MacDonald

Company employees

18,000 worldwide

Gender diversity (male:female)


Office locations

UK Wide; London, Croydon, Birmingham, Derby, Altrincham, Manchester, Whitehaven, Newcastle, Middlesbrough, Durham, Bristol, Southampton, Reading, Cambridge, Peterborough, Brighton, Norwich, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Inverness, Cardiff, Newport, Exeter, Leicester, Leeds, Skipton, York

Hiring Countries

United Kingdom

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