It's simple. The growth of London Luton Airport is a key priority for the Council and the town. You'll be responsible for driving this growth which provides opportunity, aspiration and prosperity to the people of Luton and beyond.

  • 220,000

    people call Luton home

  • 1

    fastest growing airport in the country

  • 17

    million passengers in 2018

  • 18,500

    jobs in the pipeline

About us

We move as one team. We’re champions of fresh thinking and aren’t afraid of a challenge. We listen to our people – a good idea can come from anywhere, or anyone. So here you’ll have a voice: one that changes lives for the better. And together, we’ll realise the remarkable every day.


About the job

Salary: £118,665 - £130,123 per year, plus £4,515 car benefit

Hours per week: As required

Contract type: Permanent


London Luton Airport is a major success story. Owned by Luton Council, it is the UK’s fifth largest and fastest growing major airport and is forecast to reach its existing permitted capacity of 18 million passengers per year by 2020.


In order to future-proof the airport and continue to deliver commercial advantage for the council this role will provide strategic leadership and through the team drive a £2.7bn programme of major infrastructure and development projects creating extensive and sustainable social and economic benefits for Luton itself, as well as the wider region and the UK, helping us to eradicate poverty in our community .


About you

If you have experience of working across the private and public sectors on large commercial frameworks and a track record of successfully leading the strategic delivery of complex, high-profile, high-value programmes on time and within budget coupled with relentless drive and outstanding stakeholder and influencing management skills, we’d be really interested to hear from you. Overall strategic leadership for the delivery of London Luton Airport’s development programme represents a massive opportunity for the right candidate. You will also have a real passion of making a difference for others and therefore, won’t just see this as a job. This role reports directly to the CEO of Luton Borough Council (who is also CEO of LLAL) and is part of the Senior Management Team.


Closing date: Midday, 12th September 2019.


Longlisting interview date: 27th September 2019.

Final interview date: 23rd and 24th October 2019.


Application process

For further information or an informal, confidential discussion about this position, please contact our advising consultant at Penna: Kirsty Clarke on 07715 690436 or kirsty.clarke@penna.com


To apply, please click here



Benefits

We offer a range of excellent staff benefits which include:

- generous holiday entitlement with the option to buy up to 10 days

- flexible working arrangements - we welcome requests for flexible working arrangements including part-time hours and alternative working patterns

- 24/7 independent Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)

- local government pension with generous employer contribution of 17.3%

- excellent support and development 

- relocation package available up to £8,500 (subject to meeting eligibility criteria) 

- half price season ticket on Thameslink train line 

- discounted shopping including gym membership and Vauxhall cars

- Luton Council is proud to offer a Housing Brokerage Service for Key Workers to help and support eligible employees in finding suitable housing


Welcome letter

  • Hello,


    Thank you for your interest in the exciting role of Corporate Director, Airport – London Luton

    Airport Limited with Luton Borough Council.


    Luton is a thriving, super diverse, and growing community of circa 220,000 residents.


    Situated just off the M1 motorway, just 15 miles from the M25, and serviced by three railway stations, Luton has excellent travel connections. You can be in the centre of London in less than 30 minutes or fly to over 140 destinations across Europe.


    Luton has a strong track record of success, with an improved motorway junction, a revitalized town centre transport hub, successful guided busway and the currently under construction DART light rapid transit system connecting Luton Parkway Station with the Airport.


    London Luton Airport is a major success story. Owned by Luton Council, it is the UK’s fifth largest and the fastest growing major airports. This success means it is currently forecast to reach its existing permitted capacity of 18 million passengers per year by 2020.


    In order to future-proof the airport and continue to deliver commercial advantage for the council, this role will provide strategic leadership and through the team will drive a £2.7bn programme of major infrastructure and development projects. The will create extensive and sustainable social and economic benefits for Luton itself, as well as the wider region and the UK. 


    We are seeking a driven, highly motivated and innovative Corporate Director to oversee the strategic leadership for the delivery of London Luton Airport’s development programme. The Corporate Director will bring their experience of working across the private and public sectors on large commercial frameworks and a track record of successfully leading the strategic delivery of complex, high-profile, high-value programmes on time and within budget. They will use their outstanding stakeholder management and influencing skills to advise and guide London Luton Airport Ltd’s Board of Directors on future developments to ensure that Luton Council’s interests as shareholder are met whilst supporting a public sector ethos.


    We are ambitious for our town which boasts massive opportunity for the right candidate; if you are equally as ambitious with a strong skill set and high levels of energy to help us move forward and add an incomparable set of accomplishments to your CV, why not take a further look at Luton as your next career destination?  We are excited for our future and are looking for a new member of the senior management team to work with us.


    We look forward to receiving your application,



    Robin Porter

    Chief Executive

  • The Luton Investment Framework is an ambitious and visionary 20-year programme, spearheaded by Luton Borough Council, aimed at creating 18,500 new jobs in Luton and transforming the town’s future.

    LLAL is proud to be involved in such an exciting venture, and will work alongside Luton Borough Council and other partners to deliver the framework’s objectives.

  • New Century Park

    New Century Park provides the location for an ambitious, well-designed, high-quality, high-yield mixed-use development, incorporating business, commercial and light industrial units in a rural fringe setting, on the doorstep of the UK’s fifth largest airport, and within easy reach of excellent transport links to both London and the North. Proposals include the construction of a new access road.


    Direct Air-Rail Transit (DART)

    LLAL has started work building a new Direct Air-Rail Transit system (Luton DART) to service London Luton Airport. The DART is being developed to encourage passengers to travel to and from the airport via a more sustainable and efficient means of transport. The DART will be a fully automated and driverless system, approximately 2.1km in length, and will transport passengers between Luton Airport Parkway station and the terminal. Planning permission has been received from Luton Borough Council and Central Bedfordshire Council. The DART system is scheduled to become operational by 2021.


    Bartlett Square

    LLAL has planning permission for 2.5 acres of commercial development off Kimpton Road, next to Luton Airport Parkway station and the proposed Luton Direct Air Rail Transit (Luton DART) scheme.


    London Luton Airport Enterprise Zone

    London Luton Airport is one of only 24 areas across England to have secured Enterprise Zone status. This significant development opportunity comprises three sites surrounding or connected to London Luton Airport. The two-hour drive catchment area of the site is 23 million people, exceeding that of London Heathrow.