• Salary:
    £31,500 per annum, £2,000 welcome bonus, £500 Flex allowance, 10% bonus and benefits
  • Function:
    Operations - Airfield
  • Job Type:
    Fixed Term (Secondment for existing employees)
  • Type:
  • Grade:

Aerodrome Operations - Graduate Programme

Aerodrome Operations Graduate Scheme
(2 year Fixed Term Contract)

£31,500 salary, £2,000 welcome bonus, £500 Flex allowance plus bonus and benefits

Have you graduated in 2023 with a 2:1 or above (or projected for 2024) and have an interest in travel, aviation or operational environments?

What is the Programme?

Its for 2 years. And help you to understand more about running our Airport. The Aerodrome Graduate will  be actively involved in real time projects affecting the airport from day one.

Aerodrome Operations is the heart of the Airport.  It's dynamic, challenging and constantly evolving operational environment with multiple departments working together to deliver efficient safe, stable and compliant operations. 

The role will facilitate your professional development, through exposure to the demanding, multi-faceted and rewarding 24/7 operational roles.  You will rotate through the Aerodrome teams, with a key part of your development being the identification of departmental and cross-departmental improvement opportunities, the production of change plans and where required assisting with the delivery of local improvement projects.  You will play a real-time key role in driving the success of the wider team.

Part of the programme will include a leadership development module with the other graduates and a dedicated coach (a senior leader from the business) to help build resilience in the workplace.

What will you do?

  • Work within and across aerodrome departments to gain a thorough understanding of aerodrome operations.
  • Gain a hands-on working knowledge of the challenges in each team and across functions.
  • Identify improvements which may directly and positively impact on safety, efficiency and performance.
  • Assess and prioritise a range of improvement opportunities and produce plans 
  • Engage, influence and assist in the delivery of local improvement projects.
  • Communicating successes and challenges at relevant forums.

What will you gain?

  • A competitive salary, bonus and benefits package 
  • A Leadership development programme that builds on your commercial awareness, sense of self, coaching skills and scope to grow your career further. 
  • An understanding of Aviation and its impact on the economy, including sustainability and commerciality
  • An understanding of the operational environment, leadership and regulatory requirements 

Do you have what we're looking for?

  • Minimum 2:1 degree in a technical degree such as engineering, science or airport management. (Graduated 2023 or projected for 2024) 
  • Logical thinker with an aptitude for problem-solving
  • Ability to prioritise and work at pace
  • Ability to build good relationships and influence across the Airport
  • Tenacious, naturally inquisitive and curious to find a better way
  • Confidential and commercially sensitive/aware
  • Team working- you'll enjoy working in a team environment, sharing ideas, and collaborating with colleagues as well as other graduates

We prioritise the professional growth of our employees and provide opportunities for people to continue their journey through ongoing development and support along with a total reward package that recognises your contribution.

We are committed to reflecting the diversity of our local community and the passengers we serve. We value an environment where everyone feels comfortable, respected, and empowered to be their authentic selves. As an equitable, diverse, and inclusive employer, we encourage different perspectives that redefine what's possible. Together, we form a strong and united team.


Does this sound like you? Join the adventure! Click apply and complete your application.

Selection Process

  1. An online application that will involve a CV – closing date 31st December 2023. 
  2. Online assessments to demonstrate your strengths and the necessary behaviours to be successful
  3. If successful a virtual 1st stage screening call
  4. An assessment centre with group and individual activities as well as a behaviour-based interview with the opportunity to meet managers and explore the airport.
    Dates to be confirmed for Febuary 2024. 

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Gatwick Airport
Gatwick Airport, Gatwick, United Kingdom, RH6 0NP

Meet the recruiter

Georgia Stone



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