Travel Trade & Business Development Manager

Manchester Airport Group
14 May 2017
13 Jun 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Travel Trade and Business Development Manager

  • East Midlands Airport
  • Permanent role, great career opportunities
  • Competitive salary £32,000- £35,000 per annum plus car package

The company

Do you want to join the largest UK owned airport operator? A position is now available in our Commercial team based at East Midlands Airport.

Manchester Airport Group serves circa 48 million passengers and handles almost 500,000 tonnes of freight per year via our four airports; Manchester, Stansted, East Midlands and Bournemouth. This is your opportunity to join this exciting and ambitious business at a time of growth. Our overall vision as a group is to be the premier airport management and services company and we are striving towards this within every element of our business. You will hold a key role in working towards this from a Commercial perspective.

The role

East Midlands Airport welcomes 4.5 million leisure and business passengers through its terminal travelling with airlines such as Ryanair, Jet2, Thomson, Thomas Cook, Flybe, bmi Regional and more. Our location in the heart of the East Midlands means we are surrounded by a large number of Travel Agents and businesses, integral to the success of the airport and keen to support us.

This role will be the face of East Midlands Airport within the Travel Trade distribution channel and the development of new and existing business with key corporates in the area. The role is predominantly field-based, with 3/4 days of the week out in the region, making contacts, promoting partner airlines, meeting with travel industry partners, attending networking events and meeting with senior management and travel coordinators from local businesses. This role is not for a shrinking violet - you will need to be confident in dealing with all levels of stakeholders, be extremely organised and target-driven.

The Travel Trade and Business Development Manager will be responsible for all East Midlands Airport trade and business communications (email, social, phone) as well as all trade and business events both on and off site.


Educated to degree level and will have a minimum of 4 years travel trade / travel industry / tourism / marketing experience. A marketing qualification (or equivalent work experience) is desirable but not essential. Strong commercial acumen is a must.

Astute and flexible, with strong influencing skills and entrepreneurial approach to work. Ability to manage both urgent tactical activity with more strategic plans.

Proven ability to design and deliver large and small-scale events, with clear targets and results to demonstrate.

Must have a strong understanding of travel industry / travel trade trends, booking patterns, developments, innovations.

Must be a strong commercial relationship builder.

Must have knowledge of running travel trade incentives and events (eg new route incentives / travel agent promotional events).

Must be able to demonstrate independent working and presentation skills, which are both essential to this role.

Must be an innovative thinker, with evidence of an inquisitive approach to work, continually looking for new ways of increasing revenue.

Must be prepared to travel to other MAG airports / locations as and when required.

Must be prepared to travel to events throughout the UK, Europe and globally, as and when required.

The post holder must be able to analyse trading performance data to ensure they have a clear understanding of key performance indicators.

What we offer

We offer a competitive salary of £32,000 to £35,000 per annum with a range of benefits including a contributory pension scheme and an annual bonus scheme.

This advert will close as soon as we have a sufficient number of applicants. Please apply by using the link to avoid disappointment.