Managing Director – Airport Affairs Job in United Airlines

United Airlines, Chicago, IL, Openings : 1, Experience : Not Specified
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There’s never been a more exciting time to join United Airlines. We’re on a path towards becoming the best airline in the history of aviation. Our shared purpose – Connecting People, Uniting the World – is about more than getting people from one place to another. It also means that as a global company that operates in hundreds of locations around the world with millions of customers and tens of thousands of employees, we have a unique responsibility to uplift and provide opportunities in the places where we work, live and fly, and we can only do that with a truly diverse and inclusive workforce. And we’re growing – in the years ahead, we’ll hire tens of thousands of people across every area of the airline. Our careers include a competitive benefits package aimed at keeping you happy, healthy, and well-traveled. From employee-run “Business Resource Group” communities to world-class benefits like parental leave, 401k, and privileges like space available travel, United is truly a one-of-a-kind place to work. Are you ready to travel the world?

Get your hard hat ready. We’re not just renovating the travel experience – we’re renovating our physical spaces too. And our Corporate Real Estate team is on the front lines of procuring, designing, and developing spaces at all our hubs, stations, and city locations across the world. From airport affairs and business services to planning and development, this team is responsible for all our leases and major construction and renovation projects, system wide.

The Corporate Real Estate team is composed of Planning and Development (formally called Design and Construction) and Airport Affairs. These two teams work together to secure lease spaces and lead all major construction and renovation projects at our hubs, stations, and city locations across the world.

Job overview and responsibilities

Advises the development and administration of strategies and processes to support lease and airport development negotiations from initial concept through implementation. Additionally, is responsible for the strategic hub development process and real estate optimization initiatives. Acts as a key collaborator to implement corporate initiatives affecting operational efficiencies, marketing improvements, and facility development. Budget responsibility for between $800M – $1B annually. Negotiation strategies and participates in all negotiations with airlines, airports, governments, A4A and other NGOs at larger more strategic hubs to achieve objectives. Must demonstrate leadership to team and industry to maintain credibility vital for success.

  • Advises negotiation strategies and participates in major negotiations with airlines, airports, governments, ATA, and other NGOs to achieve objectives. Must demonstrate leadership to team and industry to maintain credibility vital for success.
  • Advises the development and administration of processes to support key strategic airport related projects, including business case development, planning and negotiation. Actively provides support in exception management, conflict resolution and strategic alignment.
  • Provides leadership and mentoring to staff, leading the goal process, and translating the corporation’s targets into concrete, measurable and attainable objectives, and action plans. Is a role model for the team illustrating the level of dedication, ethics, energy, respect, and success required of all company employees? Recognizes and addresses issues both proactively and reactively, develops solutions, and drives consensus and internal communication.
  • Coordinates with strategic planning organizations and key stakeholders to ensure Real Estate efforts are consistent with corporate strategic planning initiatives. Independently identifies ways to develop corporate initiatives and actively promotes collaboration with peers and leadership.
  • Develops, recommends, and handles budgets and policies regarding real estate utilization. Takes actions to champion these policies and coordinates and acquires the support of relevant corporate organizations. Must demonstrate creative solutions and appropriate risk management to achieve corporate objectives.
  • Must demonstrate creative solutions and appropriate risk management to achieve corporate objectives.
  • Position is Hybrid in Chicago and requires 50% travel.

United values diverse experiences, perspectives, and we encourage everyone who meets the minimum qualifications to apply. While having the “desired” qualifications make for a stronger candidate, we encourage applicants who may not feel they check ALL those boxes! We are always looking for individuals who will bring something new to the table!


  • Undergraduate degree in Finance, Real Estate, Construction Management or Business
  • 15+ years of related work experience
  • 10+ years of commercial real estate or contract negotiation experience
  • 8+ years’ experience leading a team
  • Airline and/or airport experience
  • Strong negotiation skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong presentation and analytical skills
  • Able to collaborate with and influence internal and external stakeholders
  • Conversant in engineering techniques, airport airfield designations, understand construction management process and vernacular, background in construction safety
  • Experience in writing and negotiating design and construction related contracts
  • Reliable, punctual attendance is a crucial function of the position

What will help you propel from the pack (Preferred Qualifications):

  • Master’s degree in Business or Law
  • Able to balance various corporate objectives
  • Airline or Airport experience

United Airlines is an equal opportunity employer. United Airlines recruits, employs, trains, compensates and promotes regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical ability, age, veteran status, and other protected status as required by applicable law. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform crucial job functions. Please contact [email protected] to request accommodation.

Equal Opportunity Employer – Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled/LGBT
Last Date For Apply: 23/Apr/2023 00:00:00 Job Type : Full Time, Employment Type : PermanentApply Here