Chief Executive Officer

  • Location: London / Hybrid
  • Salary: Six figure package including bonus and benefits
  • Ref: GH-2403-9412
  • 2024-04-24T00:00:00+00:00
  • Ellwood Atfield

Shape the aviation industry’s response to the challenge of realising the path to Net Zero.

The opportunity:

Sustainable Aviation has been collaborating since 2005. It is the long-term strategy for the UK aviation sector, and a world first, that brings together major UK airlines, airports, manufacturers, air navigation service providers and key business partners.

A range of goals and commitments covering climate change, noise, and local air quality have been set in order to deliver a sustainable future for the industry. Funded by its members who also provide technical expertise, the membership continues to grow, with over 90 per cent of UK airlines, airports, and air navigation service providers, as well as all major UK aerospace manufacturers and key business partners represented.

The Sustainable Aviation Chief Executive Officer is a newly created role to grow and lead the organisation in an increasingly fast-moving environment; it will shape the organisation and the industry’s response to the challenge of realising the path to Net Zero by tackling the challenge of ensuring a cleaner, quieter, smarter future for the industry.

Main responsibilities include:

  • Define key three-year objectives and an annual delivery plan of evidence-based policy and communications engagement activity.
  • Lead in the formulation and communication of the industry’s sustainability policy, ensuring strategic deployment to cultivate broad stakeholder support.
  • Strategize, create, and execute communication and engagement initiatives targeting national and regional decision-makers, stakeholders, and influential figures (Government, media, think tanks, transport groups, etc.).
  • Leverage member resources, third-party resources, research, partner organisations, and consulting services to achieve impactful results and support Sustainable Aviation's goals.
  • Lead and manage a small high-performing, results-oriented team to execute plans and achieve established objectives, while monitoring performance.

Required skills, experience, and knowledge include:

  • Leadership - demonstrable experience of setting strategy, agreeing priorities, delegating actions.
  • Strategic thinking - ability to develop and execute a strategy with the awareness and understanding of market dynamics.
  • Communication - exceptional and persuasive communicator experienced in being an impactful speaker with gravitas and authority.
  • Advocacy - experience of successfully influencing political and regulatory processes within Westminster and Whitehall, with national governments and regional bodies.
  • Project management - proficient in project management methodologies with the ability to adapt approaches based on project requirements and team dynamics.

This important role will lead Sustainable Aviation’s relationships with Government, policy makers, regulators, the media, the wider industry, and other key stakeholders, to project a clear and persuasive voice - demonstrating relevance and influence on behalf of members.

How to apply:
For more information, please consult the detailed candidate pack and apply via the form below.
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