Joby – General Manager, United Arab Emirates

Joby – General Manager, United Arab Emirates

We all want to spend less time commuting and more time living. At Joby Aviation, we’re making that possible with our pioneering electric aircraft. It’s a faster, cleaner, and quieter way to carry people through their lives. Founded in 2009, Joby Aviation is reimagining mobility by designing, manufacturing, and operating an all-electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft. Joby is the global leader in eVTOL, and now has its eyes set on the Middle East, starting with Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. Headquartered in California, Joby is a globally recognized, public company with diverse teams spanning multiple continents. Most recently, Joby signed a definitive agreement with Dubai’s Road and Transport Authority that will provide Joby with the exclusive right to operate air taxis in Dubai for six years. Soon you could be able to land at Dubai International Airport and be at the Palm in just 10 minutes in a faster, quieter, and more sustainable form of transportation. Join us as Joby’s first international GM on a mission to transform the Middle East for a greener future.

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Overview

Joby Aviation is seeking an experienced leader and self-starter to join as the founding General Manager (GM) for the UAE. As General Manager for the UAE, you will report to the US-based President of Operations and have the unique opportunity to launch, develop, and own the P&L for one of the first air taxi services in the world.

This full-time role is located in Dubai, UAE. 30% travel is expected, primarily to the United States and the rest of the MENA region.

  • Own Your Business: The P&L owner is accountable for setting and achieving the growth and profitability targets for the region
  • Build the Team: Recruit, develop, and empower a high-performing local team, some of whom will matrix to US-based teams
  • Drive Strategic Execution: Implement a regional vision and business strategy that balances execution across marketing, business development, product, operations, and back-office
  • Collaborate with US Team: Work cross-functionally with Joby’s US-based headquarters functions to support global strategic initiatives and to launch a successful, safe, and compliant service in the UAE.
  • Analyze Performance: Proactively monitor and optimize service performance to ensure a profitable and best-in-class customer experience
  • Establish the Brand: Gather market insights and work closely with Joby’s marketing, business development, and communications teams to build a highly recognizable local brand
  • Policy & Partnerships: Build and maintain strong relationships with local government entities and strategic partners to strengthen Joby’s regional position
  • Local Face of Joby: Represent Joby at all local events and with local press
  • Report to Joby Leadership: Provide regular updates on business performance and identify areas requiring support from the executive team and board of directors

Responsibilities

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • 8+ years of cross-functional leadership experience
  • 5+ years of management experience, with increasing levels of responsibility
  • Demonstrated success in leading and managing large, high-performing teams within a fast-paced and dynamic tech environment
  • Entrepreneurial mindset suited for launching and scaling a new entity 
  • Proven track record of P&L management
  • Excellent communicator who can inspire teams, collaborate cross-functionally, and represent the organization with external stakeholders
  • Strong policy exposure and knowledge of regulatory frameworks in the region
  • Exceptional ability to build and execute on growth strategy 
  • Extensive network within the region, particularly within policy, aviation, and tech, and proven ability to develop and maintain relationships 
  • Data-driven decision-maker with a proven ability to optimize operational performance
  • Fluent in English, both written and verbal communication
  • Able to travel up to 30% of the time, including to the United States
  • Legally able to work in Dubai, UAE, or have the ability to be sponsored for a work visa

Required

  • MBA or advanced degree in relevant industry
  • Experience in the aviation or aerospace industry
  • Previously launched and scaled a business or business unit
  • Broad experience across the MENA region
  • UAE resident currently living in Dubai

Desired

  • MBA or advanced degree in relevant industry
  • Experience in the aviation or aerospace industry
  • Previously launched and scaled a business or business unit
  • Broad experience across the MENA region
  • UAE resident currently living in Dubai
  • Fluent in Arabic, both written and verbal communication

EEO

Joby is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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