Senior Project Manager - Design

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Employment: Full Time

Job Summary
The Senior Project Manager is a senior member of the [Sector] team in K&A. He is responsible for the management of [sector] projects of high complexity, including team management, technical management, schedule and cost control, quality management, risk management and client management throughout the project lifecycle. He is accountable for the delivery of [sector] design projects of high complexity in accordance with project budgets and schedules while satisfying all technical and quality projects requirements. While doing so, the jobholder is the main client counterpart and ensures client requirements are handled in a professional manner, while maintaining a positive and reputable company image in all interactions. He shall stay abreast of the latest trends and developments in the project management space and adopt best project management practices, where applicable.

Key Responsibilities (Financial)
• Develop and seek approval for project budget baselines, including man-hour costs, expenses and contingencies
• Manage project budgets and resource allocation, ensuring the adherence to allocated budgets, for [sector] design projects of high complexity

Key Responsibilities (Customer Focus)
• Collect and analyze client requirements for [sector] design projects of high complexity
• Identify stakeholders and prepare stakeholders management plan, and update plan during execution
• Manage client relations, including managing project expectations, communicating project progress, addressing the clients technical and contractual issues, reviewing designs, obtaining approvals, etc.
• Ensure client satisfaction with [sector] design deliverables

Key Responsibilities (Internal Business Process)
• Manage complex [sector] design projects, including schedule and cost control, team management, client management and risk management
• Develop project management plans, including schedule baselines, project scope baselines, man-hour estimates, quality plans, budgets and risk plans for [sector] design projects of high complexity
• Develop scope baseline, detailed work breakdown structures, project activities and critical path charts for [sector] design projects of high complexity
• Provide input on project procurement needs, including external specialty suppliers, as needed
• Lead internal and external project kick-off meetings and ensure stakeholders are aligned
• Manage the design teams during the execution of design projects across all design stages, including concept design, schematic design, draft final design and construction documents
• Coordinate with technical design team leaders for addressing clients’ technical issues, reviewing designs, obtaining approvals, etc. for [sector] design projects of high complexity
• Lead the coordination with other design departments to integrate designs at all stages (e.g. Structural, Mechanical, Electrical, Buildings, etc.) for [sector] design projects of high complexity
• Support QS with preparation of tender documents, such as BOQs, specifications, Conditions of Contract, etc.
• Manage sub-consultants and ensure deliverables are in accordance with scope, schedule and budget
• Perform quality assurance and ensure the quality of design deliverables is consistent with K&A standards
• Guide design verification, peer reviews and other quality control activities
• Lead design validation and reviews with client counterparts and authorities, as needed
• Provide support during the tender process, including managing bid queries, support in evaluation of bids and support of clients during the negotiation and award process, as needed
• Support during the supervision stage, as needed, including responding to contractors’ RFIs and solving design conflicts, in coordination with local design support teams
• Work with design support in Geographies to support projects, such as client coordination, authorities approvals
• Liaise with the Contracts Department to resolve any contractual issues for [sector] design projects of high complexity, as needed
• Manage changes in project scope, potential risks and contingency plans, as needed
• Guide the preparation of invoices for K&A’s deliverables, in coordination with Resident Managers and local Finance teams
• Prepare periodic project progress reports, raising major issues to the Director / Senior Manager - Project Management and the Infrastructure Project Control Unit
• Key Responsibilities (Learning & Growth)
• Conduct project close-out activities capturing lessons learned and successful / unsuccessful project elements
• Guide the uploading of design deliverables into K&A’s knowledge repository, as needed


Qualification, Technical Skills and Competencies
• Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering
• Master’s Degree in Engineering or Business Administration is preferred
• PMP certification
• Knowledge of [sector] design, covering specializations
• Solid knowledge in all aspects of project management
• Excellent knowledge of project management software
• Strong budget management skills
• Strong analytical and problem solving capabilities
• Good understanding of quality control and risk management
• Excellent communication skills
• Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills
• Ability to elicit cooperation from a wide variety of stakeholders, including senior management, clients and various departments
• Proficiency in spoken and written English; Arabic is an advantage
• Overall Experience Required to Execute this Role
• 15+ years of industry experience in [sector] design of which at least 5 years are in a leadership position
• Specific Experience Required to Execute this Role
• 15+ years of experience in the [sector] design in a top tier regional / multinational engineering consultancy firm
• Minimum 5 years of experience in project management especially in [sector] design projects
• Strong experience and track record in managing large and complex [sector] design projects within one or more specializations
• Significant experience within the Middle East


Khatib & Alami, a multidisciplinary urban regional planning, architectural and engineering consulting company, offers clients an integrated approach toward the ever-increasing need for reliable project delivery systems. In-house expertise and the continuous recruitment of bright and innovative professionals enable us to meet the challenges of development with due consideration to environmental protection, social and economic characteristics of society. In close concert with clients, we have been able to consolidate factors that make the resultant project coincide with the client's vision within the time frame and budget set out for implementation.

K&A started its consulting services in Lebanon and extended the areas of its professional activities in accordance with the growth of its experience, and its human and financial resources. The company operates in various countries including Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Sultanate of Oman, State of Qatar, State of Kuwait, Kingdom of Bahrain, Yemen, Jordan, Palestine, Syria, Iraq, Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Libya, Sudan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Belgium, Gabon and USA. K&A employs around 4,000 professionals and technicians. Since 1984, K&A has continuously ranked among the top 100 International Design firms as published by Engineering News Record (ENR). K&A has also obtained the ISO 9001:2000 certification for its Quality Management System (QMS).

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