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Design Manager - Roads & Highways

Khatib & Alami

Abu Dhabi, UAE

Ref: KP556-381

Job description / Role


The Design Manager leads the design teams during design delivery and manages design activities of projects in K&A. He is the main counterpart of Project Managers and a key support in client interactions. He works closely with Project Managers for the review and validation of design deliverables and monitors the checking and reviews of all design phases and ensures the proper implementation of all related adjustments and revisions. The jobholder conducts design value engineering in coordination with the Project Manager and design teams. He supports the Project Manager with budget, schedule, client, technical and quality management activities on projects. He shall stay abreast of the latest trends and developments in the design of Roads & Highways and represent the firm in the professional engineering community, as needed.


- Support the collection of internally available data to support project execution
- Lead one or more design teams during design delivery
- Lead discussions with clients to determine criteria guiding design, including budgets, preferences, etc.
- Develop concept designs, including all required drawings and reports, for projects of high complexity, for discussion with clients
- Guide the refinement of selected design options into schematic and draft final designs, including all required drawings and reports
- Lead the coordination with other design specializations (e.g. Architecture, Structural, Mechanical, Electrical, Transportation ) to coordinate design requirements across disciplines for design projects of high complexity across all design stages (conceptual, schematic, detailed), as needed
- Closely work with stakeholders for design value engineering for projects of medium to high complexity, as needed
- Closely work with Project Managers for the review and validation of design deliverables for projects of medium to high complexity with clients and authorities, capturing feedback and obtaining approvals, as needed
- Closely work with the Quantity Surveying Department for the development of tender documents, including specifications, Bills of Quantities and Conditions of Contract, and provide support during the tender process, as needed
- Closely work with project teams for reviewing design deliverables of design projects of medium complexity, including conducting detailed reviews and checks and the issuance of checking reports, as needed
- Coordinate the review of complex designs with Principals and Associate Principals, in coordination with design teams and Project Managers
- Support Project Managers in developing, reviewing and updating work programs and man-hour estimates and in managing changes in project scope, schedule or budgets, as needed
- Support Project Managers in managing project budgets, resource allocation and project schedules, as needed
- Support Project Managers in managing project contractual risks, as needed
- Support Project Managers in managing external suppliers and subcontracts and in ensuring the adherence of their deliverables with the project scope, schedule and budget
- Assist Project Managers in monitoring and managing the projects' budget and schedule, as needed
- Provide support to Project Managers in developing periodic progress reports, as needed
- Assist Project Managers with implementing quality control policies and procedures on design deliverables and conduct peer review on team members' deliverables
- Support during the supervision stage, as needed, including responding to RFIs and solving design conflicts, in coordination with local design support teams



- Bachelor's Degree in Engineering
- Master's Degree in Engineering or Business Administration is preferred
- Specialization in Roads & Highways design is preferred
- Chartered Professional Engineering certification or equivalent is preferred


- In depth knowledge of design principles in the Middle East
- Understanding of international engineering standards and codes
- Good communication and presentation skills
- Good interpersonal skills
- Proficiency in spoken and written English; Arabic is an advantage


- 12+ years of experience in design in a top tier regional / multinational engineering consultancy firm
- Strong experience in large and complex design projects
- Exposure to global best practices and trends in the Roads & Highways design domain
- Experience in the Middle East is preferred

About the Company

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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Design Manager salaries in UAE

Average monthly compensation
AED 23,500

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