Director of Operations and Business Development – UAE

An independent government entity based in the UAE that works closely with defence and security agencies in the Middle East, is looking to hire a Director of Operations and Business Development.

This role requires a blend of operational excellence and strong business acumen to identify growth opportunities and implement strategies.


  • Overseeing the day-to-day operations, ensuring the efficient running of various business units in compliance with regulatory standards.
  • Developing operational strategies to streamline processes and enhance productivity across all departments.
  • Effectively managing facility and construction projects, ensuring timely completion and quality control.
  • Establishing metrics to measure operational performance and implement continuous improvement initiatives.

Business Development:

  • Developing and executing strategic business plans to penetrate new markets, acquire new customers and expand the company’s footprint, particularly within the free zone sector.
  • Cultivating and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders, including clients, suppliers and regulatory bodies.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Engineering, or related field (a Master’s degree is preferred).
  • Must be an Emirati national.
  • More than 10 years of experience in operations management, with at least 5 years in a management role.
  • Proven experience in operations management and business development, preferably in the free zone sector.
  • Excellent communication, negotiation and interpersonal skills, with the ability to build and maintain relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic environment and adapt to changing business priorities.
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