Senior Lead Technical Manager DevOps (Tax free & based in GCC)

Position Overview:

You will report directly to the VP of Engineering and oversee a technical team responsible for developing components within the satellite coms project. This project encompasses various aspects, including embedded systems with aircraft clients, ground session management, and cloud-based solutions such as client portals and real-time monitoring tools. Please note that the team you’ll manage may be distributed across multiple locations with different time zones, including France and other international sites, possibly working fully remotely.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide daily management and support to the team, including motivation, individual meetings, conflict resolution, and managing leaves.
  • Ensure adherence to established work methodologies in collaboration with the CTO and VP of Engineering, including Daily, Retro, and Demo meetings.
  • Foster team cohesion and morale through animation and team-building activities.
  • Manage the recruitment process, including liaison with headhunters, tracking candidates, and conducting interviews.
  • Organize and plan the team’s roadmap to align with the company’s overall roadmap.
  • Collaborate with other Technical Managers on cross-functional tasks.
  • Oversee tasks assigned to internal or external teams, including outsourcing and subcontracting.
  • Monitor team performance, including velocity, productivity, and quality of deliverables.
  • Provide regular progress reports to the VP, highlighting any roadblocks or schedule changes.
  • Ensure the quality of team deliverables and maintain proper documentation.
  • Manage on-call periods and potential on-site interventions as necessary.
  • Monitor Level 2 Maintenance and Support requests within the team’s scope.
  • Occasionally participate in sales activities such as workshops, exhibitions, and prospect meetings.
  • Be prepared for international travel and maintain proficiency in business English for client and partner interactions.
  • Maintain regular communication with clients and partners via telephone and email


  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree (BAC +3 / +5) with a minimum of 5 years of experience in technical project management.
  • Prior experience leading cross-functional development teams, preferably in Frontend, Backend, or System development.
  • Strong preference for experience in DevOps leadership or senior developer roles.
  • Proficiency in Agile methodologies such as Scrum and Kanban.
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to navigate complex human and technical situations.
  • Demonstrated autonomy, proactivity, and problem-solving abilities.
  • Knowledge of web environments including Symfony, PHP, HTML, and JavaScript.
  • Familiarity with Linux (Ubuntu) and cloud environments (AWS).
  • Proficient in English, with a CEFR C1 / TOEFL iBT 95 level or equivalent.


Additional Assets:

  • Previous experience in the aerospace industry is advantageous.
  • Prior experience with connectivity providers or satellite suppliers is a plus.


*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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