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Title:  Manager Airline Optimization


Long Island City, NY, US, 11101

Req ID:  53264
Category:  Marketing



Manager Airline Optimization


Position Summary

JetBlue is seeking a Manager Airline Optimization to be based at JetBlue’s Support Center in Long Island City, NY. The Airline Optimization team is responsible for understanding and quantifying the effects of the Network on the Operation, and vice versa. The Airline Optimization team will then support planning decisions across the company to maximize the airline’s end-to-end profitability and operational robustness.


The team’s short-term responsibilities include helping to optimize schedules and operational targets, and working across teams to prepare the schedule for deployment. Longer-term responsibilities focus on helping closely align JetBlue’s network plan with its operational footprint.


The ideal Manager candidate will be a strong team leader who can generate robust business insights and navigate high levels of complexity. This candidate will manage a team of Analysts, each quantifying the impact of decisions on different parts of the operation, and will need to precisely value trade-offs across each. Additionally, the Manager must be able to synthesize these insights into clear recommendations for JetBlue leadership teams. The ideal Manager candidate will support the professional development of the Analysts working below him/her, and enjoys interacting daily with Crewmembers at different levels throughout the organization.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Work with Airline Optimization Senior Analysts to quantify the relative impacts of operational & network decisions
  • Work closely with teams from across the business to understand different functions’ unique needs and constraints, and help build executable, high-impact plans
  • Size the relative impact of planning changes across different commercial & operational functions, including how these decisions impact profitability and operability across the business
  • Translate findings into actionable business insights and recommendations that are informed by both the Operation & the Network
  • Build deep relationships and trust horizontally (across business functions) and vertically (across different levels of seniority)
  • Manage priorities for the Airline Optimization team and deliver outputs on-schedule
  • Oversee Airline Optimization Analysts’ day-to-day execution, including quality of outputs
  • Take a significant role in the development of Crewmembers to support their engagement, growth, and goal achievement
  • Other duties as assigned

Minimum Experience and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Economics, Mathematics, Finance or related field; OR demonstrated capability to perform job responsibilities with a High School Diploma/GED and at least four (4) years of previous relevant work experience
  • Five (5) years of analytical experience in related field such as network planning, operations planning, network optimization, or schedule optimization
  • Excellent communication skills across different organizational levels and across different departments
  • Familiarity with airline schedule production tools and processes
  • Strong airline business acumen
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite
  • Available for occasional overnight travel (10%)
  • Must pass a pre-employment drug test
  • Must be legally eligible to work in the country in which the position is located
  • Authorization to work in the US is required. This position is not eligible for visa sponsorship

Preferred Experience and Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in Business, Economics, Mathematics, Finance or related field
  • Three (3) years of experience in network planning, operations planning, network optimization, or schedule optimization function

Crewmember Expectations:

  • Regular attendance and punctuality
  • Potential need to work flexible hours and be available to respond on short-notice
  • Able to maintain a professional appearance
  • When working or traveling on JetBlue flights, and if time permits, all capable crewmembers are asked to assist with light cleaning of the aircraft
  • Must be an appropriate organizational fit for the JetBlue culture, that is, exhibit the JetBlue values of Safety, Caring, Integrity, Passion and Fun
  • Must fulfill safety accountabilities as prescribed by JetBlue’s Safety Management System
  • Promote JetBlue’s #1 value of safety as a Safety Ambassador, supporting JetBlue’s Safety Management System (SMS) components, Safety Policy and behavioral standards
  • Identify safety and/or security concerns, issues, incidents or hazards that should be reported and report them whenever possible and by any means necessary including JetBlue’s confidential reporting systems (Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP) or Safety Action Report (SAR))
  • Responsible for adhering to all applicable laws, regulations (FAA, OSHA, DOT, etc.) and Company policies, procedures and risk controls
  • Uphold JetBlue’s safety performance metric goals and understand how they relate to their duties and responsibilities


  • Computer and other office equipment

Work Environment:                                                                                                    

  • Traditional office environment
  • Airports Environment (5-10% as needed)
  • Hangar (5-10% as needed)

Physical Effort: 

  • Generally not required, or up to 10 pounds occasionally, 0 pounds frequently. (Sedentary)


  • The base pay range for this position is between $81,000.00 and $136,200.00 per year. Base pay is one component of JetBlue’s total compensation package, which may also include performance bonuses, restricted stock units, as well as access to healthcare benefits, a 401(k) plan and company match, crewmember stock purchase plan, short-term and long-term disability coverage, basic life insurance, free space available travel on JetBlue, and more.


JetBlue Airways is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

Nearest Major Market: Brooklyn
Nearest Secondary Market: New York City