Leading UK Flight School is Looking for a Managing Director

20th Jul 2022

Scotland, United Kingdom based Flight School Tayside Aviation which operates a fleet of around 20 Light Aircraft is looking for a Managing Director.

Tayside Aviation have been delivering flight training for 53 years and is a UK CAA Approved Flight Training Organisation delivering all courses from Private Pilot Licence to a full Airline Licence.

The Honourable Company of Air Pilots (HCAP) have awarded Tayside Aviation the prestigious Royal Air Force, Central Flying School Trophy. This award is given to an individual or organisation who has demonstrated excellence in flight training. This is an outstanding achievement as Tayside are the only civilian organisation to achieve this award.

Please see below the Job Description for Managing Director;

LOCATION: Dundee City

JOB TITLE: Managing Director (MD)

REPORTING TO: Board of Directors/Shareholder

JOB PURPOSE: The Managing Director is responsible for the leadership, management and direction of Tayside Aviation within the context of a strategic plan. The Managing Director is accountable for the overall performance of the company in delivering the strategic plan, and for the day to day running and management of the company’s business under delegated authority from the Board of Directors/ Shareholders



  • Minimum 5 -7 years’ corporate managerial experience.
  • Experience and a strong contact within the Aviation sector.
  • Demonstrate experience in developing strategic plans, and business plans.
  • Thorough understanding of market changes and forces that influence the overall aviation sector, Approved Training Organisations (ATO’s) and Tayside Aviation specifically.
  • Familiarity with corporate law and management best practices.
  • Excellent leadership skills, including the ability to manage time effectively and handle both internal and external conflicts.
  • In-depth knowledge of corporate governance, finance and performance management principles.
  • Strong ability to organise effectively, delegate responsibility, solve problems quickly and communicate clearly.
  • Good understanding of all business functions including operations, finance, marketing, sales and property.
  • A working knowledge of, and the ability and willingness to operate within the parameters of all relevant industry regulations, both aviation and education related.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and presentation skills.
  • Analytical mind-set and problem-solving orientation.
  • Advanced skills in MS Office and familiarity with professional accounting software.
  • Must have the right to live and work in the UK or be eligible to do so within three months.


  • Relevant Aviation-related qualifications are desirable but not compulsory.


Strategic Management

  1. Direct the company in keeping with the vision outlined for the company by the Board of Directors/Shareholders.
  2. Prepare and implement comprehensive business plans to facilitate their achievement by planning cost-effective operations and market development activities.
  3. Provide strategic advice to the board of Directors/Shareholders guided by latest industry knowledge to provide an accurate view of the market and the company’s prospects and future.
  4. Ensure company policies and legal guidelines are communicated all the way from the top down the company and that they are followed at all times. Oversee and drive the development of company policies where need be.
  5. Communicate and maintain trusted relationships with all stakeholders, including shareholders, business partners and authorities.
  6. Develop new relationships in the industry with a view to create additional revenue streams and bolster existing revenue, as well as improve the reputation of Tayside Aviation.
  7. Oversee the company’s financial performance, investments and other business ventures.
  8. Delegate responsibilities and supervise the work of executives providing guidance and motivation to drive maximum performance.
  9. Act as the public speaker and public relations representative of the company in ways that strengthen its profile.
  10. Analyse problematic situations and occurrences and provide solutions to ensure company survival and growth.

Budgetary / Financial Control:

11. Attain agreed levels of turnover and profitability.

12. Work closely with the financial accountants to prepare annual and monthly budgets, complete risk analysis on potential investments and advise the Board of Directors with regard to investment risk and return.

13. Manage and maintain agreed budgets by monitoring on a weekly basis and taking corrective action as and when required.


14. Read all submitted reports by lower rank managers to reward performance, prevent issues and resolve problems.

15. Produce regular reports to the Board of Directors/Shareholders, including but not exclusive to:

  • Management accounts
  • Financial accounts
  • Informational performance data
  • Routine operational reports
  • Analytical research reports.
  • Strategic Plans and project updates

16. Provide additional reporting (verbal or written) as and when requested from the Board of Directors/Shareholders


Ensure there are strategic marketing plans in place for Tayside Aviation to increase sales and profitability, and implement these plans where approved.

Health & Safety:

Understand, and ensure the implementation of Tayside Aviation’s Health & Safety policy, and Emergency & Fire procedures and refine or develop these policies (where applicable).

Adhere to and maintain safety standards with regard to all relevant aviation safety requirements as well as general health and safety.


Maintain effective communications through regular contact/meetings with Staff Members, Board of Directors/Shareholders and any other concerned bodies including Regulatory bodies. Ensure that minutes are taken during meetings where appropriate.

For more information or to apply kindly contact Tayside Aviation.

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