Aviation Senior/ Principal Consultant (REF: AD40-2018)

Location: London, Leeds, Manchester

Do you enjoy delivering complex modelling and analytics around demand and capacity within the aviation industry? Do you have a passionate interest in the aviation sector, highly analytical mindset, strong communication skills and an ability to challenge assumptions? Do you enjoy advising on challenging aviation policy issues?

Steer Davies Gleave is an employee-owned global leader in transport consultancy services. We plan, design, advise and provide expert analysis to deliver commercial insights and practical solutions to our clients.

About the team

The Aviation team provides advice to a wide range of public and private sector clients, including airports, airlines, Air Traffic Management, financial institutions, industry suppliers, and economic regulators. In particular, we provide traffic forecasts and business plans for airports and financial institutions, aviation policy and advice to regulators on a wide range of economic/competition issues, and market and strategic analysis to all our clients. Our typical work includes:

  • Development of long-term air traffic forecasts to support senior airport executives or financial institutions on transactions at existing and new airports across the world. The forecasts of the demand (volumes, typologies, geographies, etc) will need to take into account demand and supply-side factors, such as economic growth, oil prices and detailed airline strategies;
  • Evaluations (ex-ante, mid-term, ex-post) and impact assessments of aviation policies to support decision-making of regulators;
  • Strategic advice for aviation management on a range of financial/planning or economic issues: supporting clients in the set-up of an airport commercial development management plan, advice on airport retail strategy, development of a car park strategy aimed at increasing non-aeronautical revenues, advice on the definition of airport charges and fees for a 4-year period, review of an aviation provider operating costs including small-scale capital projects and development of cost-efficiency programmes, assessment of the social and economic contribution of airports locally and nationally, etc…

Example of our previous work is available here;

About the role (main duties and responsibilities)

  • You will primarily produce high-quality analysis, reports and presentations to deliver advice to client’s problems using a variety of analytical techniques and, to a lesser extent, qualitative methods. 
  • The role requires professionals with an eye for detail, highly experienced at data analysis and problem-solving skills. Expect to work on a variety of issues; no one day will be the same! 
  • In the longer-term, we offer a range of paths for your career to develop with us, and we strongly support continuous professional development. 
  • You will be part of our UK-based Aviation team, which is made up of a friendly and international group of junior and senior colleagues, some with consultancy background, others former airport and airline executives, and all with a great interest in the sector.

About you


  • All applicants are welcome, but we are particularly interested in talking to candidates with previous experience in any of aviation or strategy consulting, strategy development with major airports, airlines or other aviation companies, financial institutions, or with economic regulators;
  • Strong analytical aptitude, excellent Excel skills and knowledge of quantitative model development (or willingness to learn);
  • A track record of successfully delivering relevant technical work in the context of defined time constraints;
  • Excellent knowledge and understanding of the policy, regulatory and commercial aspects of the aviation sector, both in Europe and globally.


  • Degree level education (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline (maths, operational research, engineering, business, economics, finance, politics or geography);
  • Spoken and written knowledge of European languages;
  • Relevant experience in project management, and be able to manage medium/large-size projects effectively and in parallel.

Steer Davies Gleave is an equal opportunities employer.
If you wish to apply for this vacancy, please fill in our online application form and attach your covering letter and CV  quoting the reference AD40.

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