Technology Director

Job description


ABOUT ASTROLABS 🚀 At AstroLabs our purpose is to create a thriving digital and technology ecosystem in the MENA region

AstroLabs is a technology ecosystem builder that enables the growth of talent, companies, and innovation capabilities on a regional level. With 10 years of active building in MENA and a vibrant community across 3 coworking spaces in the UAE & KSA, AstroLabs is MENA’s trusted partner in solving the innovation challenges of tomorrow by navigating the technology landscapes of today.

Partnering with key industry shapers including governmental entities, corporates, and the entrepreneurial ecosystem, AstroLabs designs and facilitates digital transformations through business setup and market entry operations, effective upskilling programs for emerging & established teams, as well as a value-focused talent recruitment practice.

We are ambitious, we take ownership, and are committed to excellence.

If you are a high performing, driven individual then we would love for you to join us on our mission.

THE ROLE

AstroLabs is looking for an outstanding Director to lead our IT (Information Technology) team based in our Dubai office. The Technology Director will play a meaningful role in developing IT strategy, driving operational excellence and improving the potential of AstroLabs systems, services and teams.

Job requirements

In this role you will:

  • Develop a clear vision and roadmap for enabling business growth through tech for AstroLabs as a whole and for different business units

  • Work closely with business leaders to map out excellent customer journeys

  • Own the planning, execution and rollout of tech programs both customer-facing and internal

  • Identify and propose best-in-class information technology strategies and infrastructure including a plan for future solutions and how those solutions tie into our existing infrastructure

  • Catalogue all existing systems, document opportunities for optimization, consolidation, and present recommendations for simplification and streamlining

  • Lead business system procurement policies and processes from a technical perspective

  • Consult senior-level stakeholders across the organisation to identify business and technology needs and optimise the use of information technology

  • Lead the technology team ensuring execution to the highest standard

  • Develop and maintain relationships with external IT vendors and services providers

  • Define, measure, and report appropriate operational metrics

  • Establish and manage information security policies, procedures, and standards

  • Establish and drive business continuity and disaster recovery plans

  • Ensure information security risks are identified and managed

  • Managing specific projects and working closely with software developers to build an integrated CRM and project management system for companies expanding into the MENA region.

  • Developing a community portal for our Dubai and KSA communities that allows for information sharing, interactions and requests.

 

KEY REQUIREMENTS  

  • Your purpose aligns with ours and you care just as much about creating a thriving ecosystem in our region as we do

  • You are able to solve complex business problems with the right tech solutions

  • You are comfortable with a complex tech stack and mix of systems (Google Cloud, microservices, payment integrations, CMS's and custom systems).
  • Well rounded experience in DevOps, Fullstack Development & Project Management

  • Experience building an IT strategy

  • Experience in rapidly scaling output of the IT team

  • Proven ability to motivate and lead technical teams

  • You have strong interpersonal skills and are an outstanding communicator both verbally and in writing

  • You have exceptional listening skills with the ability to influence and add value

  • You are passionate about building and coaching people 

  

WHAT YOU WILL GET 

  • You will join a community of like-minded, problem solvers who want to have a lasting impact

  • You will design and lead tech projects with a goal to provide world-class customer experience across our business units

  • You will get exposure to some of the most innovative companies in the MENA region.

  • You will have the opportunity to solve complex problems with creativity.

  • You will be surrounded by people who value growth and personal developmen