Head of Operations Engineering and Finance

  • Full-time
  • Operations
  • Riga, Latvia


We are a strong and rapidly growing industry-leading EU airline looking to expand and welcome new colleagues from all over the world.


Kickstart your career in aviation with ease: most of our positions don't require previous aviation experience. The mentoring and training are on us, and the enthusiasm and passion for aviation are on you!

Relocate to one of our headquarters in Riga, Tallinn, Malta, or Vilnius (coming soon!) or, in some available positions, work from anywhere in the world and visit your team when needed.


Join our growing company of more than 200 office employees and 650 crew members and become a part of a dynamic, diverse & reputable team providing splendid ACMI, charter, and cargo services for top-tier clients worldwide.


Explore our open positions, and don't hesitate to apply - we are excited to have you on the team. Let's reach for the stars together!


  • As an Operational Contracts and Cost Controller you will lead the OPS department activities in terms of contract agreement administrations, cost negotiations, and invoice control;
  • Liaise closely with Operational department managers and supervisors for various operational needs that may have arisen from the contracted provider's service or cost issues;
  • Monitoring the existing contracts, reviewing contract terms and conditions, and applying the necessary cost control principles to optimize financial outcomes;
  • Build a strong partnership with operations to make sure that cost goals are met;
  • Generate cost reports including budget/contingency tracking, cost forecast, and cost curve variance of planned vs actual;
  • Assists in tracking financial results and managing the budget;
  • Develop cost estimates, including conceptual estimates, change order estimates, and other estimates as defined;
  • Develop cost report templates, as needed, prepare and issue budget/cost and change management reports;
  • Produce regular budget/cost reports, including current status, forecast at completion, and variance versus baseline budget;
  • Create and maintain monthly reports to accurately reflect current budgets, encumbrances, invoices, and committed costs, cost-to-complete estimates, budget variances, cash flow projections, and schedule of values ;
  • Provide design and construction cost and schedule management analysis in support of multiple projects;
  • Documents and implements policies and procedures to ensure strong internal cost controls and maintain a responsibility to monitor and communicate any control violations to management;
  • Managing follow up action for any amendment to agreements or invoice disputes;
  • Assist in building the departmental budget and support process improvement initiatives.


  • Must have at least ten (10) years of significant cost control experience on large programs or an equivalent combination of education and experience;
  •  A degree in business administration, finance (or equivalent) is essential for this role;
  • Excellent professional written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Negotiation skills, SGHA Concept Knowledge, Intermediate Financial Skills;
  • Previous experience or exposure to the technical, operational, and business aspects of airline operations is essential for this role;
  • Experience with data analytics and BIM software is preferred;
  • Demonstrated success in driving innovation and change related to cost efficiency;
  • Knowledge of project-based software tools and cost management software;
  • Previous experience with financial analysis, business case development, and contract management is essential for this role;
  • Ability to explore and work with third parties to identify partnership opportunities to drive cost efficiency projects;
  • Demonstrated skill in the use of independent judgment and self-starting actions.


  • Opportunity to work with aviation experts;
  • Advantages of working in a developing, international aviation company with a friendly, modern, and comfortable work atmosphere;
  • Fully paid lunch in the office during lunch hours;
  • 24/7 availability of a massage chair;
  • Fresh fruit every day;
  • Advanced health insurance;
  • Aviation industry related benefits;
  • Corporate & Social events;
  • Professional and personal development opportunities while working in a fast-developing multicultural environment.

We at SmartLynx have flexibility embedded in our operations and that is not only what we expect from our employees towards us – we at SmartLynx give an opportunity to our employees to work not only flexible working hours but also do in hybrid or even full-remote mode if the position allows that.

This allows us to employ people all over the world as we are on our way to great expansion.