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

Operations Planning - Graduate Programme

Operations Planning Graduate Scheme
(2 years Fixed Term)

£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 do you have a passion for statistical analysis and extracting insights from data?

What is the Programme?

 Its for 2 years. You will be involved in live projects that deliver what matters. This role supports the strategic decision making for all areas of the airport and provide insights through data. 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.

The Sales and Operational Planning team are integral to Gatwick Airport's business objectives. They maximise growth minimising capital investment. This programme is at the heart of the operation, supporting the delivery of stable operations at Gatwick Airport.

Department activities include managing the airport capacity, forecasting passenger demand, passenger flow and airfield simulation, and setting out future infrastructure requirements.

As part of the Graduate programme, you will spend the first year in the Operations Planning team, supporting the delivery of stable operations at Gatwick Airport. Principle accountabilities are:

  • Forecast modelling to support airport operations and strategic decision making
  • Leverage the use of statistical analysis to drive performance
  • Provide insight on future growth potential and impact 
  • Drive continuous improvement

In the second year, you will join the Capacity Planning team, responsible for delivering operational analytics and modelling requirements at Gatwick Airport. Principle accountabilities are:

  • Creating 3D computational Airport models of the Airfield, Terminals, Security, Baggage, Airspace, and Landside and simulating flows.
  • Developing Python and/or Excel models/solutions to drive efficiency.  
  • Analysis of demand and capacity to inform medium-long-term capacity requirements to maximise growth opportunities while limiting the need for investment in new airport infrastructure.
  • Model trends to drive decision-making on investment and associated solutions to any areas of pinch point identified.
  • Leverage statistical analysis involving data collection, data interpretation, and finally, data validation to enhance decision-making.

What will you gain?

  • A competitive salary. 
  • 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
  • Commercial awareness and its impact on operational processes 
  • Strong IT skills across Python, Tableau and excel  

Do you have what we're looking for?

  • Minimum 2:1 degree in maths, engineering, computer science, or operational research related subjects (Graduated 2023 or projected for 2024) 
  • Logical thinker with an aptitude for problem-solving
  • Highly numerate, with an understanding of Data analysis
  • Ability to prioritise and work at pace
  • Ability to build good relationships and influence across the Airport
  • Creative, innovative, curious to find a better way
  • Enthusiastic, energetic, always trying to be your best self
  • 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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Georgia Stone



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