United Airlines

Managing Director - Global Network Planning

United Airlines - Posted 2 months ago
$210k-354k/year  + Equity


Chicago, IL

Career Level
Company size
84k employees

Airport:  O'Hare Intl

Executive Job description

There’s never been a more exciting time to join United Airlines. We’re on a path toward becoming the best airline in the history of aviation. Our shared purpose – Connecting People, Uniting the World – is about more than getting people from one place to another. It also means that as a global company that operates in hundreds of locations around the world with millions of customers and tens of thousands of employees, we have a unique responsibility to uplift and provide opportunities in the places where we work, live and fly, and we can only do that with a truly diverse and inclusive workforce. And we’re growing – in the years ahead, we’ll hire tens of thousands of people across every area of the airline. Our careers include a competitive benefits package aimed at keeping you happy, healthy and well-traveled. From employee-run "Business Resource Group" communities to world-class benefits like parental leave, 401k and privileges like space-available travel, United is truly a one-of-a-kind place to work. Are you ready to travel the world?

At United, we like to solve puzzles. From where we fly to when we fly, and even what planes we fly, our Network Planning team crafts flight schedules and routes that connect you with hundreds of destinations around the world. With over 4,500 direct and connecting flights across 5 continents daily, and the largest international route network of any U.S.-based airline, our team designs travel experiences that our customers – and employees – love. Get ready to work on our biggest puzzle when you join the Network Planning team.

Key Responsibilities:

This leader is responsible for the development and management of network planning as well as leads the implementation of key strategic initiatives across United’s network to enhance efficiencies and profitability. This role is responsible for communication and collaboration across United team members including but not limited to commercial and operational stakeholders both internally and externally. This position also leads efforts to analyze, adjust and ensure alignment for network planning with United’s long-term strategy.

  • Development of capacity plans for each schedule to optimize aircraft assignments and patterns of service
  • Proactive identification and evaluation of initiatives to improve the profitability and competitiveness of the United network
  • Constructs strategic review assessments of the United route and schedule network relative to peer airlines
  • Develop and implement key Commercial initiatives to ensure the success of United Next, efficiently planning and optimizing asset utilization to decrease CASM
  • Consult on various Commercial initiatives, providing solutions to increase profitability for the business
  • Evaluate key business challenges and provide solutions to leadership
  • Cross-Commercial Initiatives: Drive development and execution of cross-functional projects across various divisions in alignment with Commercial strategy

This position is Hybrid with some time spent in the downtown Chicago office location. Up to 25% travel is required. United values diverse experiences, and perspectives, and we encourage everyone who meets the minimum qualifications to apply. While having the “desired” qualifications make for a stronger candidate, we encourage applicants who may not feel they check ALL of those boxes! We are always looking for individuals who will bring something new to the table!


What’s needed to succeed (Minimum Qualifications):

  • Bachelor's degree or 4 years of relevant work experience
  • 10+ years of network planning or scheduling experience
  • 5+ years of leadership/managerial experience
  • Knowledge of network planning and tools
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and team-building skills
  • Extensive knowledge of airline scheduling activities and interaction with up-line and down-line team members
  • Ability to communicate complex situations in a clear, concise fashion
  • Must be comfortable presenting and influencing senior leaders from across the airline
  • Must be able to effectively manage situations and lead the team with little oversight
  • Effectively collaborate with teams throughout the airline in a positive and proactive manner
  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States for any employer without sponsorship
  • Successful completion of interview required to meet job qualification
  • Reliable, punctual attendance is an essential function of the position

What will help you propel from the pack (Preferred Qualifications):

  • Master's degree

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