Senior Project Controls Manager


Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Posted on: 27 Feb 2024

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Employment: Full Time

At Mace, our purpose is to redefine the boundaries of ambition. We believe in creating places that are responsible, bringing transformative impact to our people, communities and societies across the globe.

Within our Consult business we harness our unique combination of leading-edge practical expertise and project delivery consultancy to unlock the potential in every project.

The project:

This is an opportunity to work on one of the largest programmes in Saudi Arabia. This unique project consists of major mixed-use development including sports facilities, entertainment, and arts along with all associated infrastructure. Mace is one of the delivery partners requiring high-calibre and experienced professionals to lead integrated teams throughout each phase of the project.

Mace is one of the delivery partners requiring high-calibre and experienced professionals to lead integrated teams throughout each phase of the project.

Our values shape the way we consult, and define the people we want to join us on our journey, they are:

Safety first - Going home safe and well:

• You will be a leading advocate of Mace's value of Safety First, and be accountable for leading and maintaining exceptional safety, quality, cost, programme, sustainability, and project compliance standards.
• You will possess advanced technical expertise in local Health and Safety rules and regulations relevant to project portfolio.
• You will champion a diverse and inclusive working environment and understand the importance of the wellbeing of the people you manage.

Client focus - Deliver on our promise:

• You will ensure the successful delivery of key assignments and defined business areas, providing strategic direction and monitoring delivery aligned with overall vision and objectives.
• You will be responsible for implementing appropriate programme delivery environments, including People, Organisation, Process, Information and Technology
• You will promote and influence quality and Service Excellence in all conversations and programme interactions.

Integrity - Always do the right thing:

• You will be responsible for project budgets and ensure operations are fiscally and ethically viable, and meet organisational and legislative compliance obligations.
• You will support the Operations Director and other senior stakeholders to directly influence long term development of strategy for a function or Business Unit (BU), creating a sustainable business future.
• You will commit to making a positive impact for our people, our clients, and our planet, and take ownership for holding others to account who do not uphold the Mace values.

Create opportunity - for our people to excel:

• You will lead your team effectively and develop others to reach their full potential.
• You will actively network, innovate, and seek understanding of best practice, utilising the full depth of knowledge of Mace Group, the Centres of Excellence, Mace Way Control Centre and Knowledge Hub.
• You will collaborate with multiple internal and external stakeholders, up to C-Suite, to implement and manage our programmes.


You’ll be responsible for:

• Manages PMO and Project Controls performance on their assigned commissions.
• Creates and designs effective implementation of PMO and Project Controls framework/strategy on assigned commissions.
• Manages and directs Clients, consultants, contractors, project team on assigned commissions on all PMO and Project Controls matters.
• Partners with clients to meet expectations and build strong professional relationships.
• Provides expert advice to the Project team in the administration of the PMO and Project Controls process, with focus on cost, schedule, change, risk and reporting, to achieve key objectives and the escalation of performance and management issues.
• Facilitates and drives periodic reporting and structured governance and performance meetings.
• Accountable for developing and managing Baseline (scope, time, cost, risk, assumptions) and subsequent delivery performance, change and contingency monitoring.
• Contributes to the development of Quantitively Analysis (cost and time).
• Works alongside the PMO Director and/or Project Manager to recognise actions, recognise opportunities and mitigate risks and issues.
• Coordinates activities/operations to ensure they are carried out in line with Mace Control Centre, Client requirements and prevailing legislation.
• Responsible for line management a team of PMO and Project Controls team members to deliver on assigned commissions.
• Provides comprehensive technical expertise to mentor and assist the personal and career development of team members of the PMO and Project Controls team.
• Manages the integration of Project Controls with PMO and Planning disciplines.
• Supports the HUB PMO and Project Controls Director with resourcing and recruitment for the assigned commission.
• Works collaboratively towards the common goal of net zero carbon transition, and share responsibility for the proactive identification and management of the associated carbon emissions and reductions during the delivery of work.

You’ll need to have:

• Experience of effective PMO and Project Controls leadership on complex construction projects.
• Experience of setting up effective PMO and Project Controls Services/audit and assurance frameworks/strategies.
• Comprehensive knowledge of risk tools, techniques and software (e.g. MS office and Power BI, Aconex, Primavera P6 and RiskHive).
• Ability to manage activities with significant uncertainty of solution or outcome.

You’ll also have:

• Experience or equivalent supporting the delivery of a range of PMO and Project Controls services within the construction sector and/or management consultancy.
• APM Planning and Project Controls (PPC) Foundation and Practitioner.
• Progress towards achievement of Chartered status (or equivalent) and/or membership of professional a relevant professional institution e.g. Association of Project Managers.
• Relevant university degree (e.g. construction, engineering) or equivalent.
• Progress towards Management Successful Programmes/P3O/P3M3 accreditation.

Mace is an inclusive employer and welcomes interest from a diverse range of candidates. Even if you feel you do not fulfil all of the criteria, please apply as you may still be the best candidate for this role or another role within our organization.


Mace is an international consultancy and construction company that has delivered world class projects since 1990. Today we employ over 6,000 people across five global hubs in Europe, Middle East North Africa and India, North America, Asia Pacific and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Four simple values guide our behaviour in our pursuit of a better way; Safety first - going home safe and well, Client focus - deliver on our promise, Create opportunity - for our people to excel, Integrity - always doing the right thing. We aim to attract the best and brightest people, whatever their background, to bring new perspectives to some of the most complex and inspiring projects around the world.

We support our people who are aiming to achieve an academic or professional qualification that will help them develop personally and deliver to the highest standard for our clients. At Mace you can deepen your knowledge, expand your skills and define your own path.

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