Design Director - Healthcare

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Employment: Full Time

Stantec UAE is looking to hire a Design Director - Healthcare to be located in Dubai and to lead the design practices for Healthcare within the Buildings Business Unit.

Key Accountabilities and Responsibilities:

• Recruit, Retain best people and create an inspired culture
• Provide leadership to the Design delivery team with an inspired culture
• In a proactive manner, identify recruitment requirements and work with the team to recruit the right candidates
• Lead interviews of key technical positions
• Support staff development and career development plans
• Communicate often and in person – be present
• Trust, empower and hold staff directly reporting to you accountable
• Work closely with the discipline leaders in identifying successors for key positions
• Dedicate time to mentor staff and provide regular feedback

Develop growth strategies, identify opportunities, and manage key accounts:
• Work closely with the Regional Director – Design Services, Operations and Commercial Director, Project Managers and Discipline Leaders, to identify transformational ideas and areas for growth
• Lead account management activities for key clients
• Lead the preparation of all proposals
• Review and provide input to technical proposal methodology and resources level of effort (LOE) needed to complete the scope.
• Attend Client meetings, presentations in winning new work.

Technical Excellence and Innovation:
• Excel in delivering quality and on time tasks/projects by working collaboratively with the Project Managers and technical teams.
• Ensure QA/QC systems are followed ensuring quality work to be delivered to Clients
• Work closely with the Project Managers and Discipline leaders to ensure that competent resources needed for project delivery are properly planned, assigned, and made available.
• Be mindful of the budget of the projects to be delivered and ensure technical delivery is completed within the budget
• Increase contribution to RNet (Resource Support from Pune) and work with the Discipline Leaders to continually improve the working arrangements with RNet.
• Develop a strategy to increase automation of design activities and the reuse of templates.
• Connect globally and bring best practices by promoting global connectivity at all levels.

Operational Excellence:
• Support the Regional Director – Design Services in business planning related to client management
• Achieve P&L targets by being accountable for the projects’ technical performance
• Support the Operations & Commercial Director and Project Manager’s to identify change of scope and assist in demonstrating these changes to the client.
• Work with the Operations & Commercial Director, Regional Director – Design Services and Discipline Leaders to prepare resource plans for projects in the pipeline on a rolling 6 months basis.
• Establish billable targets for the technical delivery teams: direct and Indirect time.

Achieve Exceptional Project Performance:
• Ensure that project resource planning is carried out appropriately and high degree of utilization is always maintained
• Ensure that project reviews are conducted monthly and sign off on project status reports with focus on technical delivery issues.
• Obtain feedback from clients on technical performance.

Success Criteria:
• Projects are completed on budget, on time and to client satisfaction
• Achieve high quality technical delivery
• Technical delivery teams achieve utilization targets
• Efficient use of RNet
• High staff engagement and morale
• Strong evidence of collaboration with other Directors, Discipline Leaders, Project Managers and Global Leaders.


Person Specifications and Qualifications:

• Demonstrable alignment with Stantec’s core values
• Passionate about success
• Strong interpersonal and people leadership skills
• Knowledge of ME market
• Willingness to travel within the region
• Demonstrated experience in managing large team of multidisciplinary designers
• Minimum BS in Architecture from Internationally recognized Institutions
• 15+ years of experience


Communities are fundamental. Whether around the corner or across the globe, they provide a foundation, a sense of place and of belonging. That’s why at Stantec, we always design with community in mind.

We care about the communities we serve—because they’re our communities too. This allows us to assess what’s needed and connect our expertise, to appreciate nuances and envision what’s never been considered, to bring together diverse perspectives so we can collaborate toward a shared success.

We’re designers, engineers, scientists, and project managers, innovating together at the intersection of community, creativity, and client relationships. Balancing these priorities results in projects that advance the quality of life in communities across the globe.

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