Jacobs ORAT Specialist in Burlingame, California

ORAT Specialist


LeighFisher, the largest global aviation management consulting firm, is seeking a highly motivated individual to work as an Associate Director on our team. LeighFisher looks for outstanding candidates with strong credentials and a passion for client service, who enjoy working as part of a team on cutting-edge projects for U.S. and International airport clients. For more information on LeighFisher, please visit our website at http://www.leighfisher.com.

As a member of the LeighFisher Airport Operational Readiness & Transition (ORAT), will provide expertise in logistics, planning, developing, coordination, and scheduling of all operational readiness activities associated with new airport and airline Terminal and other facility development projects.

Essential Job Duties

  • Participate in and support planning, ramp up and execution of the various elements of Airport and Airline Operational Readiness Programs.

  • Develop Operational Concepts for new facilities and communicate those concepts to design teams

  • Develop Stakeholder Engagement and Operational Interface Plans

  • Coordinate and/or develop Familiarization, Induction and Training Plans

  • Ensure ORAT schedules are developed and integrated into Project Construction Master Schedules.

  • Develop a comprehensive plan for transition of operations from existing to new facilities covering the areas of facility maintenance, operations, commercial, communications, finance, training and information technology.

  • Facilitate the creation of subject matter expert teams to leverage expertise for the development of transition, training and contingency plans for each specific area

  • Ensure the highest degree of customer satisfaction on opening day of all new facilities by delivering on the transition plan and ensuring all systems, training and contingency plans are implemented.

  • Oversee teams of Operational Readiness experts in training, scheduling, stakeholder engagement, trials, mobilization and move.

  • Establish, manage and maintain strategic relationships with senior representatives of key stakeholders including Airline and Airport management, vendors, sub-concessionaires, consumer groups and the airport business community to ensure all stakeholders are engaged in the ORAT program.

  • Work closely with Airport Operations departments, Airline Properties Teams, major Projects team members and appropriate Subject Matter Experts, contractors, and systems integrators to meticulously plan and deliver a coordinated program of trials designed to progressively test building functions as they are commissioned.

  • Focus on ensuring technical systems meet their intended purpose, providing an effective framework to support staff operations and methodically trialing every component of all systems and developing mitigation plans to address any issues or deficiencies in the systems along with corrective action plans.

  • Manage ORAT programs through the use of reporting tools, such as SharePoint, Risk Registers; Issue Logs, Dashboards, Prolog, Primavera, Microsoft Office, etc.

  • Coordinate ORAT activities with clients, Project Management/Construction Management Teams

  • Present regular update reports on ORAT activities.

  • Assess logistics of Transition Plans

  • Review Project schedules, testing and close out plans for development of detailed turnover plans including duties & responsibilities of all parties.

  • Establish, manage and maintain strategic relationships with senior representatives of key client stakeholders including

  • Hold and/or attend regularly scheduled Project meetings.

  • Develop, track and report on work plans to ensure transitions activities are progressing according to schedule, and all elements of the transition plan will be complete prior to opening day.

  • Establish metrics to track effectiveness of operational plans and training; utilize data to adjust ORAT activities for future transition phases.

  • Provide leadership to ORAT project teams and ensure employee development plans are in place and implemented.

  • Establish communications channels and methods for effective communications of the plans and changes in the plans as they occur. Identify and develop contingency plans to address potential issues including triggers for their implementation.

  • Effectively manage the work flow processes and ensure timely completions

  • Assist with Project Closeouts



Hardware/Software Knowledge

Word, Excel, Prolog, SharePoint, Outlook, Office 365

Professional Experience Level/Other Qualifications:

  • Experience on Airport Operational Readiness teams on new terminal facilities at large domestic or international airports.

  • Comprehensive knowledge of industry practices for airport/airline systems and operations.

  • Possess technical skills in project management, aviation operations, training, documentation, communications, and/or operational or technology testing.

  • Proven leadership and management capability is required.

  • Good written and oral communications skills.

  • High energy and driven in style.

  • Not afraid to get his or her hands dirty and do “real work”; has a strong spirit of ownership and working within a less-structured environment.

  • Capable of delegating effectively.

  • Proven ability to multi-task.

  • A team player with proven experience creating, managing and coaching teams for high performance.

  • Excellent communication skills; strong writing and oral presentation abilities.


  • An undergraduate degree from a well-respected school, ideally in Engineering, Airport or Operations Management, Planning, Business, or relevant field.

  • Ideally, a graduate degree in Airport or Operations/Business/Organization Management, Engineering or a relevant field.

At Jacobs, we help prepare people for new opportunities and challenges. With positions at every level, openings in multiple disciplines, expertise in a range of markets and offices around the globe, we create an environment where you can learn, grow, and thrive. From our competitive benefits program to our Health and Safety initiative of Beyond Zero workplace injuries, we believe that you'll find a flourishing career here at Jacobs.

Jacobs is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status or other characteristics protected by law. Jacobs is a background screening, drug-free workplace.

Primary Location United States-California-Burlingame

Req ID: BIA0000OH