Manager Aviation Precinct

Full Time
Listed on 16 February 2023

Tamworth Regional Council is a large and vibrant regional Council with over 600 employees who service our community in a diverse range of areas including, but not limited to, planning and development, infrastructure and recreational services, cultural connectivity and visitor experiences, economic development and water and waste services. The Council is also the owner and operator of Tamworth Regional Airport, one of the business regional airports in NSW. The Tamworth region has become the home of over 60,000 people and is a thriving economic and cultural hub in the New England and North West of NSW.

Our council – TRC

It is an exciting time to join Tamworth Regional Council with a recently adopted plan for the future of the region, ‘Blueprint 100”. This is our strategic vision for growth as a region, as we plan for how the city and the region will sustainably accommodate a population of 100,000 people, focusing on liveability, community and required infrastructure, among other things.

Our people strive to build a great organisational culture fostering our shared values of Teamwork, Equity, Accountability, Customer Orientation and Health and Safety whilst embracing the drive for excellence, innovation and respect.

About the region

The Tamworth Region is a fabulous place to call home boasting the vibrant regional city of Tamworth along with the towns of Manilla, Barraba, Nundle and Kootingal as well as 17 hamlets, villages and rural areas. Located just 4 hours’ drive (or a direct flight) to bustling Sydney and multiple coastal locations within 3 to 4 hours’ drive, Tamworth is a central hub and a place to enjoy all year round.

Tamworth offers an enviable lifestyle with all the conveniences and services you’d expect from a larger city, coupled with a relaxed pace of life with opportunities to enjoy all that nature has to offer, along with being a great place to raise children, make long term friends and create a professional career.

As the capital of the New England and North West region, Tamworth is home to major health and education centres, affordable housing options to suit all lifestyles, attractive employment and business opportunities with a robust and innovative local economy. In addition, the Tamworth region boasts a proud sporting culture with world class facilities and a supporting community of clubs.

The opportunity – Manager Aviation Precinct

  • Utilise your business management and airport management experience
  • Lead and activate our Aviation Precinct which includes a major pilot training facility
  • Make this role your own!

As Manager you will lead, manage and provide the strategic direction for the Aviation Precinct. This role will be responsible for generating new business opportunities and driving operational excellence across the facilities and establishing professional relationships with key stakeholders within the industry. With the establishment of this new position you can make this role your own by identifying new income streams and expanding existing programs to grow the precinct to its full potential. You will manage a small, dedicated team ensuring the airport remains compliant with its legislative requirements and industry best practice.

Your new office is… Tamworth Regional Airport

The Tamworth Regional Airport is owned and operated by Tamworth Regional Council and a number of daily RPT returned services operate between Tamworth Sydney and Brisbane.

The airport is home to Qantaslink Dash 8 heavy maintenance facility, nationally recognised maintenance provider Sigma Aerospace, Aviskills, Civil Aviation Safety Authority Regional Office and International Flight Training Tamworth, a large pilot training facility which has been used previously by BAE Systems Australia, the Australian Defence Force and CAE Australia Flight Training. The airport also has an Airservices Australia operated control tower.

International Flight Training Tamworth is a military grade campus-like training facility, is owned by Tamworth Regional Council an is leased to flight training providers. The training campus features a vast range of excellent amenities including a fully-catered dining facility, student common rooms, a fully equipped gymnasium, tennis, basketball and volleyball courts, a soccer field, and a swimming pool. Single occupancy ensuite accommodation is available for up to 231 students.

To be successful in this role you will need

Tertiary qualifications in Aviation or Business management degree with airport management experience. Have demonstrated business acumen and experience operating in a commercial environment. You will have demonstrated leadership skills with the ability to coach, manage and lead the team to achieve results consistent with Council’s strategic direction. Strong skills and experience in contract negotiation, relevant contract and trade practices law, and the application of competitive tendering policies. This is not a role for a beginner, but an aviation specialist who is widely experienced in airport management and has outstanding technical, regulatory and compliance knowledge.

About you

We are looking for a Leader and a team player with demonstrated experience managing and operating an airport. You will have experience with engaging with, and managing external stakeholders with competing priorities. You will have a thorough understanding of best practice and the operational, technical and regulatory processes which include CASA’s MOS139 and the Aviation Transport Security Act.

Please refer to the Position Description for the entire scope of essential and desirable criteria.

Salary Range: $152,089.06 – $ 164,572.78 per annum and market premium for candidate with extensive experience and a leaseback vehicle.

Interested? Apply Now!

Applications close 5:00pm Monday, 06 March 2023.

Enquiries: For a confidential discussion regarding this position please contact John Sommerlad, Commercial Director – Aviation, Events & Projects on 02 6767 5490.

What we offer

In undertaking this key role, you will be offered a range of benefits, including a competitive salary, 4 weeks annual leave, corporate rate gym membership, and supportive health and wellbeing programs. See below for further work perks!

Flexible Work Options

  • Council offers flexible working arrangements by mutual agreement according to operational requirements (condensed hours, job share, 19-day months, 9 day fortnights, time in lieu as approved)


  • Long service leave after five (5) years
  • Nine weeks (full pay) paid parental leave, 18 weeks (half pay) paid parental leave
  • Three weeks sick leave annually
  • Health & Wellbeing leave, Carer’s leave, Domestic Violence leave
  • Leave (1 day) for NAIDOC week celebrations for those who identify

Career Development

  • Career development opportunities including access to training and professional development activities, with succession planning forefront of mind
  • Educational Assistance Program provides opportunities to pursue study in a higher-level role or related qualification/field

Lifestyle & Wellbeing

  • Breast feeding friendly workplace
  • Ideal location with easy access to cycle or walk to work
  • QANTAS Club discounts
  • Free entry to Council’s pools
  • Health & Wellbeing programs
  • Social Club
  • Employee Assistance Program for yourself and your immediate family
  • Corporate rate gym membership (participating gyms)
  • Uniforms subsidised
  • Novated leases available to all staff

Tamworth Regional Council is committed to acting in the best interest for our staff, their families and the community at large. As such, Council requires its staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and you will be required to provide evidence of your vaccination status if you’re invited for an interview. You may also be required to undergo Rapid Antigen Testing as required. TRC is also committed to the principles and practices of Equal Employment Opportunity and Cultural Diversity.

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