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  • 220,000

    people call Luton home

  • 1

    fastest growing airport in the country

  • 17

    million passengers in 2018

  • 22

    minutes from London

About the job

Salary: Up to £91,126  (£79,843 - £87,136 plus £3,990 car benefit)

Hours per week: As required

Contract type: Permanent

Together, we’ll bring the vision for Luton to life.

Luton 2040 is the strategy that forms part of our vision for Luton, and this role will be crucial to delivering that vision. We want Luton to be a place where everyone can achieve and everyone can thrive. This means the growth of London Luton Airport is a key priority for the town and the Council.

Prior to the pandemic, London Luton Airport was the fastest growing airport in the UK. While growth is important, the focus for this role will be developing the company and liaising with shareholders.

About you

Leading a small team to provide dedicated support to London Luton Airport Limited, you’ll drive the Council’s ambitious objective as a shareholder of the company and provide support in relation to the delivery of the Luton Enterprise Zone.

With significant commercial experience and working knowledge of company law, you’ll lead the strategic, tactical and operational management of the company, while ensuring effective governance to enhance the value of the Airport asset. It would be helpful if you have a working knowledge of the regulatory and policy framework affecting London Luton Airport Limited and UK Aviation in general. This role is part of the Corporate Senior Management Team. And as this role will be within our Council, we’ll need someone with excellent working knowledge of local authority operations. 

Closing date: 15th February 2021.

Longlisting interview date: w/c 22nd February 2021

Final interview date: w/c 8th March 2021

Application process

We are committed to increasing the diversity of our senior management team and would particularly welcome applications from BAME Groups who are under represented.

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We offer a range of excellent staff benefits which include:

- generous holiday entitlement

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

Welcome letter

  • Thank you for your interest in this exciting role of Service Director London Luton Airport Limited with Luton Borough Council.

    Luton is a super diverse, growing community with 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 revitalised town centre transport hub, successful guided busway and the currently under construction DART light rapid transit system connecting Luton Parkway Station with the Airport.

    Prior to the Pandemic, London Luton Airport was a major success story and was the UK’s fifth largest and fastest growing major airports. Growth is still very important but we need to focus on the development of the company as a major asset for the council.

    We are seeking a driven, highly motivated, innovative and corporate thinking Service Director who can drive the programme and advise and guide London Luton Airport Limited’s Board of Directors on future development 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 ambitious, with a strong skill set and indefatigable 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 our senior management team to work with us.

    We look forward to receiving your application,

    Robin Porter

    Chief Executive
  • "We have a unique opportunity as the owner of London Luton Airport to push the boundaries of green aviation and social benefit. These are our core aims in our stewardship of this asset for the people of Luton in whose interests we work."

    Cllr Andy Malcolm

    Chair of LLAL
  • Luton Investment Framework (LIF) made a positive difference surpassing its original goal of attracting £1.5 billion of inward investment. But it became clear that not everyone in Luton was benefiting from this growth so the council established the independent Luton Inclusive Growth Commission who identified a series of significant challenges in Luton and outlined ambitious recommendations which shaped our development of the Luton 2020-2040 vision to become an inclusive, modern and aspirational place which recognises the value of our young people and diverse population.

  • 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 2022.

    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. It is one of the best located development sites in the UK.

    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.

    Development Consent Order

    Long-term sustainable growth

    Development of the airport beyond its current permitted capacity is vital for the future prosperity of our town. We are continuing to develop proposals for expansion to 32 mppa to optimise the asset, and at the same time working to develop our approach to further improve the airport's environmental credentials so that going forward we can be a leading player in sustainable aviation and an integral part of the green recovery.