Senior Project Manager

United Arab Emirates University (UAEU)

Al Ain, UAE

Ref: RP749-634

Job description / Role

Employment: Full Time

Job Description
- The United Arab Emirates University is seeking an expert to lead the "District 4.0 Project" that will include different laboratories for the integration of 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies and management approaches into the Education and Applied Research Programs at UAEU. These laboratories will focus on robotics, artificial intelligence, industrial and digital manufacturing technologies of the 4IR.
- The "District 4.0 Manager" will report directly to the Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and coordinate with the Deans of Engineering and Information Technologies (IT)
- Matrix-type reporting to Associate Provost for Research and Associate Provost for Academic Affairs regarding utilization of "District 4.0" infrastructure for Research and Education Programs, respectively.
- The successful candidate will coordinate and manage the planning phase of "District 4.0 Project" laboratories and will be responsible for their readiness to launch, once construction of the new "District 4.0 Project" building will be completed.
- The successful candidate will be responsible for planning the needed resources, purchasing equipment, hiring the necessary manpower, and setting up a clear timeline, milestones, and deliverables.
- Furthermore, the successful candidate will have to market the project to important and potential stakeholders that will be willing to utilize any of these laboratories for education, training, research and development of the 4.0 Industrial Revolution technologies for real industrial applications.
- Work with senior leaders and site leadership to develop strategies, goals, objectives, resource planning and communication.
- Establish the requirements for district teams, support in the selection of the teams.
- Support the disrtict teams with:
- Developing detailed plans and schedules by site
- Tracking and reporting progress on Industry 4.0 projects to all stakeholders
- Celebrating key milestone achievements
- Train the team members on Industry 4.0 concepts, tools, benefits and implementation plans
- Keep senior leaders and site leadership current with developing technologies
- Ensure solution standardization
- Drive a culture of the discipline and accountability for accelerating our growth through the Industry 4.0, delivering on our commitments and aspirational goals with a high degree of passion and transparency


Minimum Qualification
- At least 3-5 years of experience working in the management position in high-tech industry developing, implementing, or using the 4.0 Industrial Revolution technologies and management practices, or in related industry segments.
- Strong verbal and written communication skills in English with the ability to make necessary status reports.
- Bilingual (English/Arabic) is preferred.
- Highly effective Program/Project Management skillsets.
- Project leadership in an IT and engineering environment is preferred.
- Working knowledge of Industry 4.0/Smart factories. This includes IoT, Data Acquisition, Machine Learning, Big Data Analytics, and Automation.
- Working knowledge of Lean/6 Sigma/ and or similar continuous improvement and problem-solving methodologies.
- Effective leadership of cross-functional, matrix, and multi-location teams.
- Leading projects via effective Change Management tools and methodology.
- Strong organizational and planning skills
- The successful candidate must have the necessary educational background with a minimum of a Master in Mechatronics, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or Industrial Engineering.

Preferred Qualification
- Preference will be given to candidates with a Ph.D. degree in Engineering Management plus MBA.

Expected Skills/Rank/Experience
- Leadership competencies
- Empowering employees and developing their capabilities
- Leading the change

Core Competencies
- Accountability
- Effectively manage resources
- Focus on results
- Focus on customer service
- Communication and communication skills
- Teamwork

Specialized Competencies
- Knowledge of principles of budgeting
- Knowledge of performance assessment methods
- Knowledge of leadership principles and methods
- Decision-making skills
- Leadership and management skills
- Orientation, evaluation and supervision skills
- Motivation and incentives
- Skills of ability to solve problems and disputes
- Conversation and negotiation skill
- Knowledge of the work procedures of the sector and the university as a whole

About the Company

Founded in 1976 by the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, UAEU is a comprehensive, research-intensive university enrolling about 14,000 Emirati and international students. As the UAE’s flagship university, UAEU offers a full range of accredited, high-quality graduate and undergraduate programs through nine Colleges: Business and Economics; Education; Engineering; Food and Agriculture; Humanities and Social Sciences; IT; Law; Medicine and Health Sciences; and Science. With a distinguished international faculty, state-of-the art new campus, and full range of student support services, UAEU offers a living-learning environment that is unmatched in the UAE.

As a research-intensive university of international stature, UAEU works with its partners in industry to provide research solutions to challenges faced by the nation, the region, and the world. The University has established research centers of strategic importance to the country and the region which are advancing knowledge in critical areas ranging from water resources to cancer treatments. UAEU is currently ranked the number one research university in the GCC, number two in the Arab World, and #370 globally.

UAEU’s academic programs have been developed in partnership with employers, so our graduates are in high demand. UAEU alumni hold key positions in industry, commerce, and government throughout the region. Our continuing investments in facilities, services, and staff ensure that UAEU will continue to serve as a model of innovation and excellence.

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