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Senior Airport Lead

  • Airport Operations
  • Sanya, Mainland China
  • Cathay Dragon

Cathay Dragon, an affiliate member of oneworld, is a Hong Kong-based international airline, and a member of the Cathay Pacific Group. Established in 1985, the airline now operates a fleet of 19 A330-300s, eight A321s and 15 A320s providing quality passenger and cargo services. The airline's network covers 53 destinations across the Asia-Pacific region, including 23 in Mainland China.

Cathay Dragon operates about 400 flights a week to the Mainland, offering quality services to passengers around the region. The airline’s expertise has been recognised in its winning the Best Airline – China category for six consecutive years in the respected Skytrax passenger survey. It has also been voted "Best Regional Airline Asia" in the survey in 2011, 2013 and 2015, as well as “World’s Best Regional Airline” in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2015. 

Cathay Dragon aims to ensure that its passengers’ in-flight experience is as enjoyable and as comfortable as possible. The influence of traditional Asian hospitality is felt on each Cathay Dragon flight through the personal service and attention to detail provided by dedicated and professional cabin staff. The airline is committed to continuous improvements in service to provide its passengers with an even more pleasurable and comfortable flying experience.

Notes:

  1. All China based positions are subject to local terms and conditions.
  2. Applicants must have the right to live and work in Mainland China. We are unable to assist applicants with visa or work permit applications.
  3. Once employment is confirmed, the employment contract and personnel file will be arranged through local FESCO.

Purpose:

To oversee and supervise the daily assigned team member functions to ensure overall operations run smoothly and efficiently during the operational shift whilst conforming to established safety and security standards.

To deliver the best possible operation and airport service experience to ensure our customers always feel special, valued and recognised regardless of circumstance.

Key responsibilities and tasks:

Safety First, Quality Always

  • Rigorously execute corporate safety, security and quality policies to ensure the station, employees and suppliers are fully compliant with all regulatory requirements and quality standards 
  • Achieve absolute operational integrity with zero safety defects and security infringements
  • Support local airport management to identify and mitigate personal, safety and security risks in the  workplace for employees (suppliers included) by promoting and developing a culture of zero tolerance on safety and security incidents
  • Deputise as the Airline’s Operational Duty Holder (ODH) of the airport adhering to the risk escalation process to the Functional Duty Holder (GM ASD)

Operational Excellence

  • Manage and oversee Ground Handling Agent teams  dedicated to Cathay flight operations to achieve operational excellence of being on time and error free
  • Help to implement innovative ideas and strive to do things differently and better in all aspects of airport operations
  • Assist in ensuring and maintaining operational and productivity performance conformance to standards
  • Support airport management to conduct regular Quality Control checks on station performance including provision of service by suppliers as required
  • Conduct flight briefings as required
  • Willing to take up extra responsibilities (e.g. projects) and work shift duties
  • Undertake any other reasonable task as required

Outstanding Product and Services

  • Ensure people and team are up-to-date with the latest product knowledge and support the team to effectively utilise products and services to provide the highest possible quality of experience for our customers across all touch points
  • Support the team to deliver ‘Service Straight From The Heart’ on a daily basis to create genuine connection and memorable experiences for our customers across all points of contact
  • Support the use of new technologies in the provision of customer service
  • Give recognition to our highest-value customers (front-end and elite Marco polo members)

Crisis Management capability and preparedness

  • Familiarity with all contingency plans and manual fall-back procedures to meet the required standards 
  • Effectively manage flight disruptions and irregularities and support airport management as required
  • Ensure our customers are cared for, informed and given choice where possible through the use of disruption management tools

People Development and Performance Management

  • Lead, support and encourage own team to achieve success
  • Build a strong and motivated team, ensure the right people are in place to foster positive team spirit and facilitate teamwork
  • Supervise and mentor direct reports, encouraging effective collaboration
  • Develop employees with high potential and identify learning opportunities to ensure appropriate training and development programmes are in place to suit both self-handled and 3rd party ports as appropriate
  • Maintain active and ongoing dialogue in relation to employee goals and performance
  • Actively engage with employees to enhance communication and their understanding of department goals
  • Demonstrate leadership and lead by example in accordance with Cathay Pacific’s core values
  • Enhance the employee experience in line with the role level and Cathay Pacific’s internal brand promise

Supplier Management

  • Assist in monitoring and conducting regular performance review meetings with suppliers
  • Support the Airport Operations Manager to implement any action plan efficiently and keep track of progress with documented records

Cost efficiency and productivity

  • Monitor team daily productivity and flexibility in resource deployment
  • Support the Airport Operations Manager to drive down costs in daily operation
  • Support station administration duties

Represent Cathay interests in the Airport Community

  • Support the Airport Operations Manager to work with external parties in the best interests of the Company – authorities, suppliers and service providers, oneworld Partners, and other airlines
  • Ensure competition compliance involvement in airport-related industry affairs (i.e. AOC)
  • Protect the Company's reputation

E&A

  • Emergency and Accident and Crisis Response responsibilities as required

Qualifications / Experience:

Academic qualifications

  • Post-secondary school education is desirable
  • High school graduation as a minimum

Knowledge, skills, training and experience

  • Strong command of written and spoken English is mandatory with the local language being an advantage
  • At least 3 years solid Customer Service experience, preferably in airlines or airport services
  • Ability to work independently with good decision-making skills
  • Self-motivated and committed leader who enjoys teamwork
  • Very strong customer service mentality with strong interpersonal skills
  • Sound technical knowledge and capability (multi-skilled) to perform each airport job function (requirement to pass all training arranged by ASD) 
  • Thorough understanding of Company policies and international regulatory procedures and all required local regulatory matters 
  • Ability to handle different operational modes such as normal operations, disruption, Emergency & Accident and contingency situations
  • Adapts to and embraces constant change

Competencies:

  • Analysis and Problem Solving
  • Customer Focus
  • Teamwork and Building Partnerships
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness
  • Coping with Pressure
  • Leading and Engaging Teams

Cathay Dragon is an Equal Opportunities Employer. Personal data provided by job applicants will be used strictly in accordance with our personal data policy and for recruitment purposes only. Candidates not notified within eight weeks may consider their application unsuccessful. All related information will be kept in our file for up to 24 months. A copy of our Personal Information Collection Statement will be provided upon request by contacting our Data Protection Officer.

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