Associate Director - Planning


Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Ref: QP928-767

Job description / Role

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 opportunity is to be involved in a major mixed-use development, in Riyadh. The programme consists of over 200 projects including cultural and heritage assets, F&B, retail and hotels, commercial buildings and educational facilities.

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 lead the 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 best in class service delivery and effective engagement with wider industry and professional bodies to promote Mace
• You will be a recognised expert in PMO and Project Controls, with a strong internal and external network (e.g. clients, contractors, consultancies and other stakeholders).

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 mentor, coach, and develop your project team and provide an environment to share knowledge and experience.
• 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 use your network to identify talent, lead recruitment, and manage the development, retention and mobility of people, and support our people to achieve their highest potential.

You’ll be responsible for:

• Managing a team of circa 20 Senior/Planning Managers to deliver monthly Client executive reports to required deadlines across the programme.
• Leads Integrated Master Schedule updates and presents monthly status at Client executive level.
• Oversees Interface Management process and presents monthly status at Client executive level.
• Oversees PMO process and procedure development, updates and rollout across the programme.
• Oversees Mace and PMC Planning Teams P6 User interface administration with Client Server.
• Conducts schedule onboarding sessions with new PMC staff on a monthly basis.
• Deliver internal training and development courses on a monthly basis.
• Contributes to the regional Mace business with lessons learned and best practice.
• Contributes to Mace ‘Centre of Excellence’ and ‘Insights’ with schedule benchmark data and process developments.
• Expert knowledge of schedule management tools and software – Essential - Primavera P6 and Excel
• Experience with recognised international contracting/consultancy organisation
• Experience with PMO organisations (Desirable)


You’ll need to have:

• Expert knowledge of schedule management tools and software.
• Mastery in setting up effective planning/schedule. management systems and procedures.
• Able to manage activities with significant uncertainty of solution or outcome.

You’ll also have:

• Degree (or equivalent) with professional work experience in one or more specific disciplines in the Construction, Programme, Project or Commercial Management disciplines.
• Working towards Chartered/registered member of a relevant institution Accreditation from recognised industry body (e.g APM, RICS, CIOB, ICE, AACE, IRM, IEMA).
• Relevant CSCS Card .
• Other relevant qualifications specific to local requirements

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.

About the Company

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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