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Project Director (Residential / Infrastructure)


Abu Dhabi, UAE

Ref: SP117-225

Job description / Role

Employment: Full Time

Faithful+Gould are currently looking for a Project Director with a minimum of 20 years' experience in the management of large scale residential (low-medium rise) and infrastructure projects. The position is to lead our Project Management team for a master plan of a major residential development with a vision to be an exciting destination for residents and visitors alike in alignment with the residential development strategy for UAE. You will be required to provide the senior management input into all project delivery related matters and be fully responsible for the successful delivery of services for the engagement(s) assigned to you. You will be required to act as the single focal point of contact between the Client and the internal and external delivery team members, possibly across multiple projects, to ensure that the desired project objectives are delivered.

Note: We are currently pending award on several significant projects. Should we be awarded, this position is key role. Consequently, we are keen to speak to individuals in the marketplace with the experience listed below for such potential future programmes of work.

You will be responsible for at least the following areas and duties in your role:

- Implement a high-level effective project management framework and project execution statement. Provide guidance and advice to other staff members in relation to the production of the project execution plan, review content and take ultimate responsibility for content prior to issue on the project.
- Define and implement criteria for control and management of the project
- Monitor, review and ultimately take responsibility for the content of the project master programme. Unsure the structure of the master programme is in line with the envisaged or agreed project WBS and provide strategic guidance to the schedule formulation.
- Monitor and oversee progress status updates of the master programme and where necessary liaise with project stakeholders to lead delay mitigation strategies and improvement initiatives.
- Monitor and ensure the contract programme under the construction contracts is in place, fully reviewed and approved by the necessary project stakeholders and that all revisions and or progress updates are thoroughly reviewed and accepted.
- Take an active an leading role in the control of 'time' on the project, ensuring a protocol and full review of early warnings is in place, and generally ensure a project structure, and personal ownership of changes, is implemented.

Risk Management:
- Ensure that a formal risk management process is in place on the project, utilising agreed BMS risk register and management process.
- Hold, chair and lead risk meeting and actively participate in formulation of mitigation and control measures. Regularly discuss risk management
- You are likely to be responsible for the technical and commercial performance of the engagement on behalf of the company. Upon commencement undertake a full handover from the bid manager /responsible director and ensure the engagement risks are fully identified and control measures in place. Lead the formulation of an internal Project Management Plan (as dictated within the BMS) that sets out the internal arrangements around delivery, resource management, and financial management and PSR establishment/ownership.

Construction Phase Management:
- Manage the relationships between all project stakeholders to facilitate effective communications and outcomes
- Manage the design team and site delivery team performance of delegated responsibilities
- Establish an effective and universal strategy to address major issues that may arise with the site delivery team
- Ensure the supervision team and site delivery team receives the necessary stakeholder decisions in a timely fashion
- Establish a mechanism to ensure collaborative problem solving with the site delivery team, which will involve regular dialogue with contractors, team working and risk-sharing
- Chair and lead progress meetings with the contractor and supervision consultant to pro-actively manage the project and mitigate any delivery issues prior to it impacting delivery.
- Monitor the delivery of Contract Administration services by other, and ensure such is protecting the Client as far as possible. Pro-actively monitor this service to ensure active claims protection and management is in place through the issue of contractual correspondence and record maintenance. Note if Faithful+Gould is fulfilling the role of Contract Administrator further project specific roles and responsibilities will be required to be set out in the Project Management Plan section and specific sign-off from the assigned regional director will be necessary.

- Invest in sound people management principles to ensure that the team of staff, contractors and other partners works well and provides a supportive environment for the achievement of project and individual objectives
- Uphold the values of the Company through your actions and assist to enforce Company standards at all times
- Demonstrate clear leadership
- Manage the welfare and motivation of all company direct reports, providing leadership, guidance and encouragement
- Mentor and guide direct reporting staff to grow, improve, develop and together with Senior
- Management set clear career and role objectives.
- Plan for and undertake annual performance reviews in line with company processes.

Commercial Management:
- Take overall responsibility of the 'cost' element of the project, even if through the monitoring and management of a third party cost consultant. If the engagement also includes cost consultancy services project specific responsibilities will need to be included in the Project Management Plan and discussed with your assigned regional director.
- Ensure effective budget control is in place across the project, and that such is reviewed and updated on minimum monthly basis.
- Where applicable lead and oversee the value management strategy.
- Oversee the award of contracts and review on behalf of the Client.
- Negotiate and convert contracts as required by the project(s)
- Manage the commercial performance of the project for Faithful+Gould in line with corporate governance requirements.

Client Management:
- As the lead team member for the company assigned to the project you will have overall responsibility to manage and facilitate a pro-active and positive relationship with the Client.
- Identify and resolve disputes quickly and reasonably, taking the lead role in the resolution of any disputes that may arise.
- Lead the process of Client engagement, through regular meetings, presentations and discussions during the project delivery. Be comfortable leading such scenarios and exhibit exemplar communication skills, representing the company well and in a professional manner in all cases.
- Develop and maintain excellent relationships with client representatives, consultants, contractors and other project stakeholders.

- Receive and review detailed reports on the project from the design and site delivery team
- Establish formal reporting arrangements on project progress for the Client and Company
- Maintain up-to-date project site sheets and resumes for the project team for use by the Company

Business Development:
- Identify and communicate potential business development opportunities to the Company
- Actively promote the interests of the Company within the industry.


Key Requirements:

- Generally you will have 20+ years total experience and have a track record of working on residential projects for a Project Management Consultancy for 7 years, ideally with 5+ years' experience of working in the region.
- Residential villas / master plan development experience is essential.
- Infrastructure experience is also critical.
- Strategic thinker with strong presenting acumen and client facing skills.
- Ideally you should possess a degree in a construction related discipline and hold a membership/Chartership from a construction related professional body.
- Arabic speaking would be a beneficial.
- Abu Dhabi experience is mandatory.

Attitude & behavious: Positive A Winning Attitude , you focus on your goals, managing project resources as applicable, whilst highlighting potential new or repeat business opportunities. Customer Driven , you fully contribute to excellent customer service and understand the customers' changing business and project needs. Ambassador for F+G and Atkins , you take pride in your work and the work F+G does and you share this with your colleagues and clients.

Professional Meet the Challenge, you always seek out new learning opportunities to ensure your technical skills and knowledge are current. You assist/mentor more junior colleagues and peers with their development Aware , you have an understanding of the wider F+G and Atkins regional goals and an awareness of the dynamics of relationships with colleagues and clients Delivers , you develop delivery plans for projects, involve others and ensure objectives are met.

Collaborative A Team Player, you contribute to a positive, friendly environment, helping to set the tone for colleagues. You help build relationships across teams and with clients. Engaging, you contribute concisely and effectively with clients and other consultants. You respect other points of view and seek out the best result in discussions. Adaptable, you challenge the status quo and perform to a high standard in an uncertain environment, in pursuit of performance improvement. Rewards and Benefits : We offer an excellent package which includes:

- A competitive salary;
- Accommodation allowance;
- Transportation allowance;
- Annual leave;
- Medical and life insurance cover;
- Company gratuity scheme;
- Discretionary bonus scheme;
- Annual flight allowance to point of origin
- Employee Assistance Programme - 24 hour free advice on financial, legal and family care specialists and also access to personal health, fitness and nutrition consultants

About the Company

SNC Lavalin’s Faithful+Gould business is one of the world’s leading integrated project and programme management consultancies, with over 2,400 professionals operating worldwide.

Our aim is to protect and maximize our clients’ interests throughout the planning and delivery of projects, ensuring they are delivered on time, on budget. We pride ourselves on collaborating with client teams and developing long-term relationships.

Key services include - Project management, programme management, project controls, commercial management, cost management and expert scheduling and construction planning.

Our industry is going through a digital transformation and we have been investing in and pioneering digital methods to improve all aspects of our service. We have focused our digital transformation around platform modernization and product development and through standardization and automation, we are achieving efficiencies that are directly passed on our clients who benefit from a consistent quality of service as well as the savings.

Active in the Middle East for over 20 years, we have offices in the UAE, Qatar, Oman and Saudi Arabia. We hire and retain only the best people in the industry. Our success is built on recruiting – and then developing – brilliant people from a broad range of professional and cultural backgrounds. It’s precisely this diversity of talent that sets us apart.

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Project Director salaries in UAE

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AED 75,000

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