PAE, Inc Airfield Manager in Multiple Locations, Iraq

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Airfield Manager

The Airfield Manager (BDSC Expeditor) will be primarily based at PAE's US Baghdad Diplomatic Support Center (BDSC), in Baghdad, Iraq, and serve the Life Support Services (BLISS) contract in support of the U.S. Department of State. The Airfield Manager will be responsible for management of the airfield operations workforce, utilizing resources to accomplish operational requirements. The Airfield Manager will report to the Site Operations Manager in the management of functions to support critical client mission activities of this contract. The additional duties and responsibilities listed below are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all inclusive


  • Commercial Airport Expeditor-Liaison (PAX Services)

  • Airport Operations Center

  • Air Cargo Operations (Commercial and Military)

  • Aircraft Marshalling and Parking

  • Weather Services

  • Runway Sweeping


  • Responsible for maintaining a safe workplace and ensuring that safety is the highest priority in the workplace.

  • Comply with all Environmental Health & Safety and Quality Assurance requirements and goals. Provide information and materials to these divisions as necessary to ensure adequate and legal documentation.

  • Manage Air Terminal Operations Center, Airfield Facilities and Passenger Terminal Cargo Handling Sections

  • Procure resources to meet PWS requirements, write and maintain Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for Cargo, Passenger Service, Air Terminal Operations Center (ATOC), Foreign Object Damage (FOD) and Transient Alert

  • Manage military aircraft parking ramp and ensure daily airfield inspections are performed

  • Attend airfield user group meeting; discuss safety, security, construction and other areas pertaining to air terminal operations

  • Conduct employee evaluations, reward/recognition of outstanding performers, take immediate corrective action on disciplinary issues

  • Effectively manage the daily operations and personnel within the organization. Interface with AT/FP on airfield vulnerabilities and help provide realistic resolutions

  • Project and monitor operational budget; stay within constraints

  • Implement procedures and process, to ensure airfield inspections are conducted in compliance with applicable USG directives

  • Key member in airfield construction projects; from planning phase to final construction implementation. Continually monitor airfield for compliance with ICAO standards

  • Additional tasks and special projects as assigned


  • Minimum Acceptable Experience Level: 4+ years of work experience in airfield operations; 2+ years of experience effectively managing or supervising airfield operations

  • Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of Airfield facilities, Airfield Operations, Airfield markings, Flight Information Publications (FLIP), Foreign Object Damage (FOD), Bird Aircraft Strike Hazards (BASH), Transient Alert, minimum wingtip requirements.

  • Substantial commercial and/or military experience in supervising and managing Air Terminal and Ground Handling Services (Aerial Port Operations—US Air Force type.

  • Passenger and cargo movement functions to include transport aircraft types, capabilities, configuration; weight and balance factors; airlift transportation directives and documentation; cargo securing techniques; border clearance requirements; operational awareness of materials handling and other types of loading equipment or devices, fleet service functions; automated data processing equipment and its application in airlift activities; passenger service functions, and customer relations principles.

  • Education: A high school diploma or GED (General Education Diploma), Bachelor’s degree in a related field, or six (6) additional years of related experience in lieu of college education Licenses and Certifications: Valid drivers’ license from Home of Record.

  • Security Vetting: Already possess a US Government issued security clearance US Government clearance prior to being hired is required for the position. Must maintain eligibility at the required certification or clearance level for the duration of the contract.

  • Language Skills: Satisfactory English proficiency to meet job requirements and to adhere and comply with safety, health, and security measures.

  • Citizenship: US Citizenship is required.

  • Medical: Successfully complete and pass the medical and dental examinations as required by PAE and our customer for deployment to Iraq. Must maintain physical and dental requirements for duration of deployment.


  • Department of State experience

  • Five to seven (5-7) years’ of international experience in challenging locations, preferably working in the Middle East, with a working knowledge of customs and cultural differences


This position may be located in a hostile environment, in an environment with harsh and dangerous working and living conditions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee may regularly be exposed to extreme and austere desert-like environment. Temperatures can reach 120- 130 degrees Fahrenheit/50-55 degrees Celsius during the summer months. Employees must be willing and able to perform regular job requirements in this austere, extreme environment, as well as willing and able to deploy to Iraq for extended periods. Work schedules are a minimum of 6 days per week and 12 hours per day, while some jobs have higher daily and weekly minimums. Employees must be willing and able to perform physical activities including, but not limited to, heavy lifting and moving of items, parts, assemblies, and equipment up to the safety regulation maximum; climbing in and out of equipment; crawling; and working outdoors. This includes being able to lift and carry 40 pounds of personal protective equipment for extended periods of time and being capable of running to utilize ‘duck & cover bunkers or hardened facilities’ during emergencies without putting oneself or others at risk.

An Equal Opportunity Employer. PAE’s hiring practices provide equal opportunity for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, gender, national origin, age, United States military veteran’s status, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, family structure, medical condition including genetic characteristics or information, veteran status, or mental or physical disability so long as the essential functions of the job can be performed with or without reasonable accommodation, or any other protected category under federal, state, or local law.

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PAE is a leading provider of enduring support for the essential missions of the U.S. government, its allied partners and international organizations. With over 60 years of experience, PAE supports the execution of complex and critical missions by providing global logistics and stability operations, technical services and national security solutions to customers around the world. PAE has a workforce of approximately 15,000 people in over 60 countries on all seven continents and is headquartered in Arlington, VA.

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