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Welcome to the recruitment site for our vacancy.

Thanks for your interest in this role - you will find all of the information you might need about the opportunity, and us, on this site.

Highlands and Islands Airports Limited (HIAL) are the leading provider of airport operations in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, and we’re very proud of our reputation for safety, quality and cost effective delivery of services. We work closely with the communities that we serve and employ over 600 staff across 12 sites.

This is an exciting time to be joining us as we make significant investment in the company. We have recently received a significant capital budget from Scottish Government to spend over the next two years and have an ambitious programme of projects to progress to improve our infrastructure.  These range from runway resurfacing to improving our IT infrastructure and improving our security and baggage handling. We have a vision which identifies the operational and business objectives over the next 3 – 5 years – this includes delivering on our Air Traffic Management Strategy programme which will see a complete transformation to the way in which we deliver air traffic control across the Highlands and Islands and Dundee.

We’re therefore looking to fill the position of Chief Operating Officer. The role of Chief Operating Officer (COO) is a new role within the company and has been created to help us deliver the ambitious new strategy that we are about to launch setting out our vision and priorities to 2025.

We are looking for an individual with a proven track record who can drive and deliver our plans as well as support the cultural change needed to transform the company to meet future demands and expectations of our customers.

As part of our strategy we are also working to deliver a transformation programme in Air Traffic Management.  Introducing Remote Tower technology and Centralised Surveillance will allow us to completely change the way in which we deliver Air Traffic Management and future proof the services for the remote and fragile communities where we deliver life line services.

We have set ourselves bold targets for business and route development, whilst at the same aiming to improve our customer service experience and our target is to be the best in Customer Service Delivery in the Airport Service Quality standards.

Sitting alongside this we are also committed to the environment through our new Environmental Strategy, sustainable financial growth through route development and securing sufficient capital funding from Scottish Government to maintain a vast operational infrastructure across eleven aerodromes.

Finally in a geographically dispersed organisation we rely heavily on our local resources and the efforts of our teams throughout the company.  With our People Plan and commitment to Investors in People we aim to develop and support our workforce to meet the challenges of the future.

This role offers a rewarding career opportunity and we are looking for a candidate who has significant experience of operating in a strategic leadership positon as well as the ability to work in partnership with other professionals across a geographically dispersed and complex organisation.

We look forward to receiving your application.

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