Director – Regional Project – Corporate Real Estate Planning and Development – United Airlines Inc. – Washington, VA

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There’s never been a more exciting time to join United Airlines. We’re on a path towards 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 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’re constantly renovating the travel experience – and our office spaces! And our Corporate Real Estate team is on the front lines of procuring, designing, and developing spaces at all our hubs, stations, and city locations across the world. From airport affairs to planning and development, this team is responsible for all our leases and major construction and renovation projects, system wide. Get your hard hat ready!

Key Responsibilities:

The Regional Project Director of Corporate Real Estate Planning and Development will be responsible for a team of staff resources while directly leading large scale airport development projects. This includes the completion of initiatives to plan, design and implement airport facility modification projects to make certain they are completed on time, on budget, in compliance with the following: airport operational need, corporate guidelines, jurisdictional code, airport lease requirements, other agreements, obligations and regulations to which the airline is bound. The leader in this role will collaborate with airport authorities to ascertain, understand, and collaborate with the airport staff on facilities or other airport infrastructure projects to ensure the airline interests are accounted for and addressed.

Portfolio Planning, Development and Management:

  • Establish and maintain strong business relationships with airport leaders
  • Manage the current state of ongoing or planned projects by the airport to develop master plans that benefit the long success of United
  • Provide input on airline impacts and collaborate on revisions to the planning design or construction approach to satisfy the airline’s interests
  • Development of long-term capital improvement plans within their assigned portfolio which can include condition assessments, collaborating with Facilities Maintenance on maintenance plans that align with deferred maintenance capital projects

Project Delivery:

  • Implement initiatives and develops team to plan, design and implement airport and commercial property facility and infrastructure construction projects
  • Lead development, programming, planning, design, construction, schedule, and budget related issues that pose challenges to the success of the project
  • Accountable for the compliance with budget, schedule, and scope of the projects within regional portfolio per the approved requirements including benefits realized
  • Ensure governance of the PMLC (UA and CRE), artifacts and guidelines
  • Responsible for the utilization of any PMLC process and standards
  • Manages and audits PMLC results, Project Database, PM Artifacts, workflows, forms, and Project Management Guidelines
  • Use and ensure utilization of CRE Project tools such as SharePoint, Microsoft Project, Oracle, and others as defined by need
  • Ensure that projects meet defined metrics
  • Responsible and accountable for transparent, accurate, consistent project reporting (weekly, monthly, and quarterly)
  • Serve on governance board of all projects within team’s portfolio


  • Efficiently lead teams by establishing department and individual goals
  • Lead all aspects of performance and improvement plans
  • Responsible for coaching, counseling, assisting employees to develop individual career development and training plans
  • Use technical knowledge experience combined with discernment to provide thoughtful decision making and mentorship in strategic implementation of United’s objectives and initiatives
  • Is solution oriented, models integrity, possesses self-awareness, and committed to creating and sustaining an environment of continuous improvement, innovation, and accountability
  • Will be held accountable for providing constant and clear communication to their Team, Leadership, Stakeholders and Customers
  • Mentor and manage a team that is empowered and engaged

What’s needed to succeed (Minimum Qualifications):

  • Bachelor of Science plus proven experience
  • 10 years in Planning, Design, and Construction experience; plus, minimum 2+ years’ experience in Aviation. Experience managing a team
  • Conversant in design and engineering techniques, airport airfield designations, understand design and construction management process and vernacular, understanding of standard methodologies of Portfolio, Program and Project Management (PMBoK)
  • 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 important function of the position

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

  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Architecture, Construction Management, Aviation Management and Planning
  • 8+experience in aviation planning, design, construction project management
  • PMP, LEED, Black Belt, PE, RA
  • Background in construction safety, capital improvement planning for facilities, Facility Management, Aviation Master Planning, possess understanding of bond financing process and requirement
  • Knowledge of FAA, ICAO, IATA standards, guidelines and requirements that relate to planning and design of airport infrastructure and facilities

United values diverse experiences, 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 those boxes! We are always looking for individuals who will bring something new to the table!

United Airlines is an equal opportunity employer. United Airlines recruits, employs, trains, compensates and promotes regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical ability, age, veteran status, and other protected status as required by applicable law. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform crucial job functions. Please contact to request accommodation.

Equal Opportunity Employer – Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled/LGBT

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