Skyports – Head of Infrastructure Technology

Skyports, established in 2017, is the leading owner and operator of vertiports for the emerging Advanced Air Mobility industry (AAM). Vertiports are the enabling landing infrastructure to allow for the operation of Electric Vertical Take-off and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft, which are revolutionizing passenger travel and cargo logistics around the world.

As the leading innovator in AAM infrastructure, Skyports is focused on designing and building vehicle-agnostic vertiport networks in a number of cities globally, with the first commercial eVTOL flights planned for 2023. To support the launch of commercial operations, Skyports has active projects in the UK, US, France, Germany, Singapore, Japan and Australia. We are also actively engaged with aviation authorities and industry bodies in the US and EU to help shape vertiport standards and regulations.  

Building on our industry leading position, Skyports designed and built the world’s first passenger vertiport prototype in Singapore in 2019 and, in collaboration with Volocopter, conducted the first-ever urban flight trials in Marina Bay.

With offices in London, Singapore and San Francisco, Skyports is well-funded having secured our Series A financing in early 2020 from Deutsche Bahn, Groupe ADP, Irelandia Aviation and Levitate Capital. 

Role Description:

As Skyports continues to identify and acquire sites suitable for passenger and cargo vertiports across diverse geographies, we are continuing to develop our product and technology portfolio to commence operational testing ahead of permanent commercial operations. 

Skyports is looking for a Head of Infrastructure Technology who has the skillsets to build the technology blueprint and implement the architecture to drive airside and landside operations at our vertiports. You will be the company’s top technology leader in our Infrastructure business unit, playing an integral role in the company’s strategic direction, development, and future growth.

In this role, you will determine the organization’s near- and long-term technology needs for Skyports to accomplish our goal of operating the industry’s most advanced and efficient vertiports, and also support projects with private and public partners as the technical lead. This includes the IT architecture systems that will provide the backbone of our operations and data analysis, as well as the hardware requirements to interface with eVTOL vehicles to enable smooth operations.

You will report to the Head of Vertiport Development, sitting in the Infrastructure development team, and work cross-functionally across the business to build and implement the tech strategy.

You will:

·        Create and execute the Infrastructure business unit’s technology blueprint aligned with corporate objectives

·        Identify the IP that we need to develop and what systems can be acquired “off the shelf”

·        Focus mainly on the software framework to develop the end-to-end system definition and IT Infrastructure Management of the system required to run a vertiport

·        Be comfortable around API interfaces in an aviation operational environment

·        Know your way around hybrid cloud systems and processes

·        Design and develop data analytics capabilities to drive continuous improvement of customer journey, resource management and operations

·        Develop and oversee the hardware technology and CNS systems to run effective airside and landside vertiport operations

·        Be comfortable designing the sensor, comms and radar architecture required to enable eVTOLs to operate from the vertiport

·        Develop and maintain relationships with air vehicle OEM technical teams to understand their performance and technical requirements to ensure technology infrastructure can accommodate eVTOL operations

·        Ensure that our technology infrastructure is designed to meet civil aviation requirements and standards bodies

·        Ensure our technology infrastructure meets the highest grades of airside operational safety

·        Own our technology procurement strategy

·        Write technical white papers to support projects with public and private partners in global markets

·        Be required to travel around the world

·        Be an all-round team contributor. We are a small team and everyone contributes to everything at some point

You will bring many of the following skills:

·      10+ years’ experience leading technology teams, preferably in airline / airport environments

·      Demonstrated leadership of technology development & deployment into major projects

·      Strong background in IT infrastructure management, networking and security (including understanding of aviation software security best practices)

·      Experience designing and building cloud systems

·      Experience in software API development

·      Experience in hardware systems, such as CNS technology, to enable aircraft and vertiport data transfer and comms

·      Overall understanding of how to deliver software, hardware and cyber-physical systems, as well as how to integrate the technology stack

·      Strong background in Engineering/Technology

  • Knowledge of airport systems (structure and flow of information around airport operations) such as AODB, SCMC, A-CDM, FIDS, COMs and others is preferrable

·      Excellent inter-personal skills with the ability to collaboratively work with cross-functional departments both internally and externally and communicate simply

·      Ability to grow and manage a high-performing team

·      Flexibility to travel, sometimes at short notice, to regions around the world

Your working style:

·      Comfort navigating through ambiguity. This is a new industry and no one has all the answers.

·      Self-starter who is comfortable proposing your own solutions/answers to big challenges

·      Energy and curiosity to make things happen, seek out solutions and learn new skills

What we offer:

·      A competitive salary

·      Flexible, friendly and engaging working environment

·      Fantastic learning environment

·      An exciting, fast-paced culture where we can truly make a large positive impact on the world of transportation

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