Walk The Floor With… Jess Burridge


Walk The Floor With… Jess Burridge

Want to know what happens behind the scenes of your favourite airport? Jess Burridge, Airside Operations and Safety Controller, shared with us a typical day in her job and some inside stories about airport operations.

What does your daily job involve?

There are two parts to the Ops role. There is the Operational side to the role which includes, runway inspections, marshalling of aircraft, stand planning of aircraft and ensuring that duties airside is completed safely.  The other side is more security based which includes monitoring aspects of the airport from the Control centre.

What is your favourite part of what you do?

There are so many different roles in Airside Operations it is hard to choose a favourite and sometimes it is hard work but I really enjoy my job

How long have you been with Southampton Airport?

I’ve been in Ops for nearly a year and a half. Previously I was in Security for just over three years, so nearly five in years in total.

What training did you have to go through before you could do this job?

I first started by getting to know what was involved by learning all the background knowledge and the supporting documents that we have. At first I started with a trainer, but after I had gained enough experience, I completed competency checks to sign me off for each individual function, like marshalling.

What made you decide to want to work in aviation/at the airport?

Previous to my current role I used to work for the council, so when I saw the job advertised for Southampton Airport, I thought it would be an interesting change.

What do you like about working at Southampton Airport?

I like working alongside other departments and speaking to lots of different people as part of my role. Working at the airport varies a lot especially when it comes to weather, for example the winter months pose more challenges than the summer months, namely with the fog, snow and ice.

What has been the highlight of your time working here?

The recent “Beast from the East”, working with the team trying to clear the snow and get the airport operating again. It was hard work, but it was enjoyable at the same time as I’ve never experienced that before!

What is your favourite aircraft?

It would probably have to be the Airbus 320, it’s a bigger aircraft than we usually get and now with the recent flights to Geneva with EasyJet we have them in more frequently. We marshal them slightly differently from the Embraer’s as they require to go on two stands rather one.

What is your favourite thing to do outside of work?

I do a lot of walking and enjoy taking my dog on the beach, I find it relaxing.