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Architecture Team Leader

KEO International Consultants

Kuwait

Ref: HP881-1686

Job description / Role

KEO is a creative enterprise, where innovation is a way of life. We are uniquely resourced with end-to-end services to take clients from inspiration, through conceptualization, to realization of design or project delivery in the built and natural environments.

For over 50 years we’ve led with vision, contributing to many of the world’s most ambitious projects, iconic places, remarkable experiences and prosperous communities. As a highly integrated and agile AEP/PMCM firm, KEO is ranked by ENR in the Top 200 International Design Firms; a Top 20 International PM firm; and 44th largest global architecture firm.

We draw from the expertise from over 60 nations, bringing experience from every major market of the globe. With over 2,500 multidisciplinary professionals and staff, we are an international professional consulting services firm.

We are now seeking an exceptional Architectural Team Leader to join our award winning team based within our Kuwait Office.

This critical role will be responsible for the day to day management and operation of the Architecture team in our Kuwait office.

Paramount to success within this varied role will include:

Leadership
• Providing a creative, innovative, and nurturing environment in the team by developing an effective coaching/mentoring program, and by demonstrating leadership behavior, and communication and employee engagement practices aligned with KEO’s Core Values.
• Representing the interests, concerns and problems of the team and ensure issues are addressed and resolved with speed and efficiency.
• Working with extended leadership across Design and the broader KEO to reinforce a holistic KEO Design approach.

Talent Management & Development
• Implementing the Performance Review and Talent Review processes for the team.
• In partnership with the discipline-specific Design Leaders, identify and implement staff training and development aligned with business needs and performance reviews.

Financial Management
• Implementing effective, consistent fiscal management, with overall P/L responsibility for the team.
• Projecting the financial performance and monitoring budgets and profitability targets for the team to ensure project cost targets are being met.
• Overseeing billing and fee management operations within the team and ensuring all financial activities are consistent with KEO’s policies and procedures.
• Effectively managing accounts receivable, expense report approvals, held time monitoring, productivity projections and reviews for the team.

Client Relationship Management
• Proactively playing the role of trusted advisor to the team’s client base to build trust and loyalty in KEO and develop additional business
• Effectively managing client commercial, contractual, and legal matters across the team’s projects.

Projects
• Attending client meetings, leading and participating in brand strategy, reviewing conceptual development and providing leadership, inspiration and motivation to the design team to ensure the highest quality design documentation is produced and client satisfaction is achieved.
• Managing projects assigned to the team by focusing on the project process, service/delivery, work environment, and project documentation.

Team Operations
• Monitoring and evaluating the efficiency and effectiveness of the team relating to all staff, business and financial operations.
• Managing resource planning and allocation within the team in partnership with the technical leads, to meet utilization targets and project schedules.
• Ensuring all technical staff maintain a billable status.
• Effectively managing staff time and attendance, annual and other leave planning and administration.
• Conducting weekly Project Manager meetings and monthly or bi-monthly team meetings.

Requirements

• To be successful in this dynamic opportunity, we envision that you will bring a minimum of 15 years of relevant professional experience partnered with a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture.
• Membership with International institution such as RIBA, NCARB, AIA or industry trades would be an advantage.

KEO’s performance is founded upon integrity, results, innovation, safety and our people. We embrace diversity and recognise its’ contribution to client success wherever we work.

Our generous remuneration packages are bespoke and provide a wide range of additional benefits to support both national and expatriate employees and their families. We take pride in offering long term and dynamic career opportunities and invest in our people through our global learning, development and leadership programs.

We are excited to hear how you can partner with our award winning team and treat all expressions of interest confidentially.

About the Company

KEO is a creative enterprise, where innovation is a way of life. We are uniquely resourced with end-to-end services to take clients from inspiration - through conceptualization - to realization of design or project delivery in the built and natural environments. For over 50 years we've led with vision, contributing to many of the world's most ambitious projects, iconic places, remarkable experiences and prosperous communities.

As a highly integrated and agile AEP/PMCM firm, KEO is ranked by ENR in the Top 200 International Design Firms; a Top 20 International PM firm; and 44th largest global architecture firm. We draw from the expertise from over 60 nations, bringing experience from every major market of the globe. With over 2,500 multidisciplinary professionals and staff, we are an international professional consulting services firm.

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