Senior DevOps Manager (Tax free & based in GCC)

Company Overview:

The ambition is to create a global leader in space – driving innovation globally for a better world, while transforming and inspiring Saudi society.
Much attention has turned to the space sector in recent years across the world. Advancements across the value chain, have made investment in this sector an attractive and strategic opportunity
for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The Public Investment Fund plans to make sizable industry changing investments in the Company to enable it to achieve its mission.
The company will be one of the top global players in this space by pursuing commercially viable segments. It aims to support the Kingdom’s aspirations to be a global leader in space. The company intends to deliver on its ambitions through growing its assets via strategic acquisitions and partnerships, localizing cutting-edge technology & knowledge, and delivering customer centric services to achieve attractive commercial returns. It will start by focusing on opportunities downstream, leveraging existing local infrastructure and then building organically and inorganically.

Position Overview:

You will be under the direct supervision of the VP of Engineering and will be responsible for a technical team, overseeing the development of components within the Skywaves project (embedded with the aircraft client, mixed with ground session management, or cloud-based including client
portal, real-time monitoring tools…). It’s important to note that the assigned team may be located across multiple sites with different time
zones (France, abroad, full remote). We provide excellent training opportunities and exposure to the latest technology stack. Depending on requirements, we offer an opportunity to attend industry relevant conferences.

Key Responsibilities:

● Daily team management (motivation, individual meetings, conflict resolution, understanding expectations, managing leaves…)
● Ensuring the application of established work methods with the CTO (Daily, Retro, Demo…) and VP of Engineering
● Team animation and team-building activities
● Handling recruitment processes (liaising with headhunters, tracking, conducting interviews…)
● Organize and plan the team’s roadmap in alignment with the Company’s Roadmap
● Coordinate with other Technical Managers on cross-functional tasks
● Manage tasks assigned to internal or external teams (outsourcing / subcontracting)
● Monitor team performance (velocity & productivity)
● Provide reports to the VP on progress, roadblocks, and schedule evolution

● Ensure the quality of deliverables produced by the team
● Ensure proper documentation is created
● Manage on-call periods and potential on-site interventions
● Monitor Level 2 Maintenance and Support requests within the team’s scope
● Occasionally, you have to participate in sales activities (workshops, exhibitions, prospect meetings).
● The international dimension is significant, and you may occasionally travel abroad.
● You should have a good level of business English to engage in discussions with partners or clients independently.
● You will have regular telephone and email communications with the company’s clients
and partners.


● With a BAC +3 / +5 degree, you have a minimum of 5 years of experience as a technical project manager.
● You have previously overseen cross-functional development teams (Front / Back / System).
● Previous experience in running a DevOps Team or as a senior developer will be highly preferable.
● Mastery of management, especially in Agile environments (Scrum, Kanban).
● Ability to handle complex human or technical situations.
● Strong communication skills.
● Autonomy and proactivity.
● Knowledge of web environments (Symfony, php, HTML, Javascript).
● Familiarity with Linux (Ubuntu).
● Familiarity with cloud environments (AWS).
● English: Very proficient level, including phone conversations and leading meetings (CEFR C1 /
TOEFL iBT 95).
Additional Assets:
For this position, the following are considered significant advantages:
● Previous experience in the aerospace industry.
● Previous experience at a connectivity provider or satellite supplier.

*NB: All applicants CVS will be reviewed and should your skillset match our client’s requirements, we will contact you via email / mobile. We are also happy to consider you for other open opportunities within Firstaff. If however, you object to us holding your data on file, please acknowledge via email by return.*


Paul Dooley

Managing Director

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