Joby Aviation

Senior Manager Aviation Safety (Dubai, UAE)

Job Locations AE-Dubai
Regular Full-Time

Joby Overview

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.


Joby Aviation is seeking a passionate and experienced aviation safety professional to join our global Operations team and local Dubai team in launching Joby’s first urban air mobility (UAM) air taxi service.  This service, launched in cooperation with Dubia’s Road and Transport Authority, will feature Joby’s all-electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft (eVTOL) and is expected to be amongst the first eVTOL UAM services in the world. You will report to Joby’s US Head of Safety and will work closely alongside Joby’s UAE General Manager and Operations.

As the Dubai-based Senior Manager of Safety, you will be responsible for implementing the Joby Safety Management System (SMS) for all Dubai-based operations (air, maintenance, training). You will serve a critical role in ensuring operational safety and execution of Joby’s vision for UAM focusing specifically on all aspects of safety and regulatory compliance. 

As this position is based in Dubai you will also be required to support the Safety of Joby’s international flight demonstrations across many other countries, deploying to support all aspects of Joby's safety. In support of the requirement that you spend time collaborating with our global operations and safety teams across many regions, this role requires significant travel. The role covers flight test safety during demo operations, Dubai site safety, occupational safety, emergency response, and strategic partnerships with local agencies.

You must be creative and driven, strategic thinking, someone who can represent Joby’s vision while still being capable of driving tactical execution tasks on-site, and with US-based counterparts. 

This full-time role is located in Dubai, UAE, and remote work will not be permitted. Over 50% of travel is expected, in support of various international demonstration opportunities and to the United States.


  • Responsible for managing Aviation Safety, which will require close integration with Flight Test Developmental Safety, Commercial Operation Safety, Aircraft Maintenance, site-specific agencies, and other departments
  • Generate and maintain Joby’s Dubai operation Emergency Response Plan, and a subsequent plan for campaigns. Conduct Emergency Response drills sufficient to support the operational testing and demonstrations.
  • Align the Safety Management System (SMS) processes of the Dubai Operation with Commercial Operations SMS or the Flight Test Safety Program based on the nature of the mission
  • Participate in Operational Test planning and operations to provide input to and oversight of safety processes and decisions 
  • Encourage and manage safety reporting for the Dubai based and international operations. 
  • Lead the investigation of operational incidents, determine if corrective actions are required, and ensure any required changes are implemented
  • Work to continuously improve the safety culture including conducting regular flight test safety meetings and provide safety training
  • Develop IEP procedures to ensure effectiveness of and compliance with policies and procedures
  • Interface with regulators and external agencies as necessary
  • Promote tools to monitor and manage crew scheduling and fatigue
  • Prepare presentations, analyses, and reports for internal and external reviews and safety boards and participate in other safety committees
  • Ensures that Operational Test Flight Safety adapts to changing environments, locations, and safety challenges
  • Assist the Enterprise Safety Manager in the collection of safety related data and statistics to ensure continuous improvement


  • 5+ years of flight safety experience
  • Meet the requirements to be the appointed Post Holder, SMS position per SMS.SPO.015
  • Formal safety training (Military, FAA, NTSB, SCSI, Collegiate etc)
  • Data analysis skills
  • Previous experience with SMS
  • Working exposure with the FAA, GCAA,  NTSB, and/or military safety programs
  • Fluent in English (ICAO level 4 minimum)
  • Valid passport or able to attain one
  • Ability to work in the UAE, or be eligible to receive a work visa
  • Ability to travel at least 50% of the time, both domestically and internationally
  • Certified pilot


  • Advanced degree, with Aviation Safety Specialty or equivalent experience
  • Exposure to operational test or demonstration team operations
  • Experience with ICAO regulations and international operations
  • 5 years of flight test safety experience 
  • Graduate degree in safety systems or aviation safety
  • Graduate of military or national test pilot school
  • Manager of operational SMS program 
  • Prior experience as the appointed Post Holder SMS position per SMS. SPO.015
  • Prior experience working with various governmental and aviation transportation authorities in the UAE
  • Fluent in Arabic 


Joby is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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