We Are Black Swan Data

Black Swan Avionics are looking to bring on-board a DevOps Engineer Contactor!  

Black Swan Avionics is the world’s leading provider of in-flight entertainment (IFE) technology to the airline industry. More than 70 airlines already fly with our software, significantly the world’s entire top 10, including Qantas, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific and Emirates.

We focus on improving the IFE passenger experience through personalisation, offering a whole new world of seat-back entertainment systems, pairing with mobile devices and enabling internet connections while passengers are in the air. Our technical expertise brings these innovative experiences to life and captivates millions of passengers every year, whilst they travel around the globe.

Innovation has been a challenge for the avionics industry due to strict regulations, but this is rapidly changing with an ever-increasing number of planes now connected to the web. In-flight entertainment is one of the final untapped spaces where user-experience, advertising, data and applications have not yet matured, and we are working hard to capitalise on those opportunities.

There are exciting times ahead in the world of in-flight entertainment and Black Swan!!

Bringing together a passionate and talented team combining skills in software engineering, data science, design, product innovation and marketing, Black Swan thrives on innovating. Launched in 2011, today we employ 260 people worldwide across offices in the UK, USA, Hungary and South Africa

Key Accountabilities:

You will be advising on using proper technologies and architectures to the team, along with managing and owning production services’ infrastructure to ensure services’ performance and availability matches SLAs. Infrastructure can be both on-premise and in-cloud. You will also be automating parts of the development delivery process using scripts and other appropriate tools.

Technology Stack

Black Swan takes a micro-service driven architecture approach, using cutting edge technologies we build ourselves. Our platform is deployed in multiple environments, using front end technologies like AngularJS help us to take a more modular approach to delivery. With the concept of 2-way data binding and MVC, this increases the structure and testability of our code.

By using message queues, we are able to build highly scalable, language agnostic platforms - if we find a problem we can’t solve from our technology stack, we can easily add it in as appropriate. Further, by combining our in-house technologies with Spring Boot and Java 8, we’ve managed to double our efficiencies.

AWS, Terraform, Kubernetes, Node JS, Angular JS Mongo dB elasticsearch , python, R, Hadoop d3.js , three.js, objective-c, swift, PHP, javascript, html, CSS, C++ , C, C#,  java-8, java ,lambda, maven , spring 4, spring -boot, spring cloud, microservices, spring-data, rabbitmq, amqp, mariadb, mysql, redis, chef, puppet, html5, highcharts, npmgruntjs, git, linux, nginx, selenium, cucumber, gherkin, sikuli, gattling, soapui

Your Candidate Profile

We are looking for people with the following skills and experience:

Essential Skills and Experience:

  • Arbitration skills
  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or equivalent
  • Completing technical audits
  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Displays energy, drive and stamina
  • Documenting risks, issues, assumptions and dependencies to be proactively managed
  • Experience and understanding of various SDLC, such as; Waterfall, Agile, XP
  • Experience in Cloud infrastructure (AWS, GCS, Azure)
  • Experience in at least one scripting language, eg Python, bash, etc
  • Experience in Docker
  • Experience in CI tools (Jenkins, Bitrise)
  • Experience in orchestration tooling like Terraform, CloudFormation
  • Facilitating workshopping
  • Identifying trends
  • Knowledge of different architecture designs; enterprise, scaled web, big data etc
  • Linux administration experience


  • Experience in configuration management tooling, e.g. Chef, Puppet, Ansible
  • Experience in infrastructure design
  • Understanding of security laws and regulations (GDPR, PCI)
  • Experience in monitoring tools

What makes a ‘Swan’?

We want people fanatical about creating innovative solutions inspired by data. We know Black Swan’s DNA is different, it’s what helps us find new perspectives on our clients’ problems. Working in a fast paced, energized environment, our bar is set high, and an ability to build long lasting partnerships both internally and externally is vital.

We have making a difference at our core and that is embedded in our values.

  • We believe in long-term partnerships through transparency and honesty
  • We believe in leaving the world in a better place than we found it
  • We believe anyone can achieve great things. We do not put people in boxes
  • We listen more than we talk
  • We think 10% crazy is just about right!
  • Most importantly, and because you spend 60% of your waking time at work, we believe you should enjoy it

What We Offer

We provide a working environment which leverages your personal strengths

Exciting Clients and Projects - Working with Black Swan we promise to provide an exciting and ever-changing industry within Data Science and Predictive Analysis innovative and challenging projects with some of the leading Brands using the industries latest

Talented Teams We ensure we have the best talent in the market – We are hire the best of the best as a swan you are exposed to highly skilled and multi-disciplined teams over the world.  We have 8 offices across 4 countries!

Career Development Regardless of which area of the business you work in you can expect to collaborate on all aspects of Black Swan’s projects gaining the exposure you need to develop your expertise. No matter what stage you are in your career your development is our priority.

Working environment -  Because you spend 60% of your time at work, we try to make it enjoyable: Daily supply of the all the snacks you can eat in our all- day kitchens, Fridays drinks, Bi-Weekly Lunch courtesy of Black Swan. 

We want to positively change the future through technology and the power of prediction. How about you?

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