United Airlines Senior Project Manager – Corporate Real Estate in Los Angeles, California

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This position may be based in Los Angeles, CA (LAX) or San Francisco, CA (SFO) depending on candidate preference and manager discretion.

Job overview and responsiblities

Senior Project Manager in Corporate Real Estate Planning and Development will either oversee a portfolio of projects that range from small and large scale facility projects in hubs or line stations or large scale construction Programs from inception to completion in accordance with corporate policies and standards and governing regulations and requirements. Depending on Project and/or Portfolio size, a Sr PM can oversee junior Project Managers. Portfolio sizes are anticipated up to 60-80 small projects ($100K – 2M) or large programs exceeding $100M. The leader in this role will collaborate with airport authorities, as required, 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 and United Internal Customers

  • Develop project strategy and approach during Envision and develop multiple alternatives to achieve Project Objectives

  • Responsible for the delivery and portfolio management of scope, cost and schedules for all projects within their assigned projects (including team)

Project Delivery:

  • Manages self (and team) to plan, design and execute airport and commercial property facility and infrastructure construction projects

  • Manages the programming, planning, design, construction, schedule and budget related issues that pose challenges to the success of the project by drawing on knowledge of the planning, design, construction process knowledge and experience

  • Accountable for thecompliance with budget, schedule and scope of the projects

  • Responsible for governance of the UA’s Project Management LifeCyle (PMLC) artifacts, and guidelines

  • Responsible for the utilization of any PMLC process and standards

  • Responsible for the use ofProject Database, PM Artifacts, workflows, forms, Project Management Guidelines etc by self (and team)

  • Uses ofCRE Project tools such as Sharepoint, Microsoft Project, Oracle and others as defined by need

  • Ensures that projects meet defined metrics

  • Responsible and accountable for transparent, accurate, consistent project reporting (weekly, monthly and quarterly) of portfolio of projects


  • Effectively lead teams by establishing teams and individual goals that align with departmental goals

  • Oversee direct reports’ and self’s individual performance and improvement plans

  • Responsible for coaching, counseling, assisting employees to develop individual career development and training plans

  • Use technical knowledge experience to provide thoughtful decision making and guidance in strategic implementation of United’s approved projects

  • Is solution oriented and committed to a creating and sustaining a culture of continuous improvement and innovation

  • Models integrity, possesses self-awareness and fosters an environment of accountability

  • Will be held accountable for providing constant andtransparent communication to their Team, Leadership, Stakeholders and Customers

  • Mentor and develop a team that is empowered and engaged


  • Bachelor's Degree

  • Extensive travel - approximately 50% +, depending on candidate location

  • Conversant in design and construction techniques

  • Understanding of design and construction management process and vernacular

  • Understanding of best practices of Portfolio, Program and Project Management

  • 5+ years Planning, Design and Construction

  • 2+ years in Aviation

  • Project team management

  • 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


  • Degree in Science and Engineering or Construction Management and/or MBA

  • Background in construction safety, capital improvement planning for facilities

  • Aviation Master Planning, Knowledge of FAA, ICAO, IATA standards, guidelines and requirements that relate to planning and design of airport infrastructure and facilities

  • 5+ years experience with airport/airline/aviation design and construction projects

  • Certification: PMP, LEED, Black Belt, PE, RA, CM


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

Division: 09 Corporate Real Estate

Function: Real Estate

Equal Opportunity Employer – Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled