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Practice Lead - Highways & Utilities

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Practice Lead - Highways & Utilities

The new Design and Engineering Division (D&E) in Atkins Middle East & Africa Business brings together the capabilities of talented engineers, architects and other professionals facing the Transportation, Real Estate, Water and Defence markets.


We have a requirement for a Practice Lead Highways & Utilities to be appointed to lead the team in Abu Dhabi. This role plays a key part in the overall practice team, shaping our overall technical competency and direction of the established highway and utilities teams.


The Practice Lead Highways & Utilities (PLHU) will work with the Deliver Work Director and the Market Directors using their business plans to develop a highways team resource plan which includes GDC resource. The PLHU will also maintain staff development and training plans for the team. Develop the new skills and capabilities in the practice to address the new sectors and services such as Intelligent Mobility. The PL will undertake the above activity whilst ensuring target utilisation and productivity is met within the practice.


Principle Requirements

  • Experience in management or leadership role, preferably in the same sectors or alternatively in comparable areas of technical and professional delivery.
  • Lead a practice recognised for technical excellence and demonstrate ability to flexibly respond to business needs
  • Proven track record of successful delivery of major infrastructure projects from concept to detailed design and completion of construction
  • Strong collaborative behaviours to interface with clients, other members of the D&E team, GDC and other suppliers.
  • Whilst experience and knowledge of the Middle East market and in particular the highways and utilities sectors is a distinct advantage, it is not an absolute requirement for the role.


Key Responsibilities

  • Technical leadership on large multi-disciplinary project delivery
  • Build and motivate a team and demonstrate good leadership qualities
  • Manage and report on business performance and assist in the preparation of budgets and forecasts
  • Ensure compliance with Health & Safety regulations and ensure that a good Health & Safety culture is engendered within the office.
  • Staff recruitment, retention and development making sure staff reach their performance potential
  • Develop a highly motivated and performing team creating opportunities for the development of individuals
  • Provide technical expertise on a variety of large engineering projects
  • Oversee designs and budgets and drive projects from tender to delivery in a multi-disciplinary environment
  • Lead single discipline bids and provide significant input into multi-disciplinary bids
  • Continue to build relationships with existing clients, securing repeat business and identifying additional business opportunities
  • Increase your networking profile with both internal and external clients


Founded in 1911, SNC-Lavalin is a global fully integrated professional services and project management company and a major player in the ownership of infrastructure. From offices around the world, SNC-Lavalin's employees are proud to build what matters. Our teams provide comprehensive end-to-end project solutions – including capital investment, consulting, design, engineering, construction, sustaining capital and operations and maintenance – to clients across oil and gas, mining and metallurgy, infrastructure, clean power, nuclear and EDPM (engineering design and project management). On July 3, 2017, SNC-Lavalin acquired Atkins, one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies, which has been integrated into our sectors.


SNC-Lavalin maintains exceptionally high standards for health and safety, ethics and compliance and environmental protection, and is committed to delivering quality projects on budget and on schedule to the complete satisfaction of its clients.

The Individual

  • A confident and articulate communicator with experience of dealing with clients and building strong working relationships
  • Ability to position Atkins as a leading partner and supplier through a reputation for technical excellence and quality of delivery in a relevant discipline to the practice
  • A high expectation of performance for themselves and other members of the team, coupled with a drive for continuous improvement
  • Customer focused with excellent relationship management skills
  • Excellent interpersonal, organisational and communication skills both verbally and in writing
  • Ability to build and motivate a team and demonstrate good leadership qualities. Self-motivated and able to work both independently as well as within a larger multi-discipline team
  • A supportive and encouraging approach to mentoring less experienced members of the team, combined with a passion for staff development.
  • Be available to travel across the ME&A and work away from home, including periods overseas on assignments
  • Excellent team player, able to influence technical and delivery staff, and collaborate effectively with other divisional colleagues and with the D&E leadership team
  • Ability to fully engage staff through their alignment with business objectives, promoting involvement, and fostering loyalty


Key Measures

  • Technical leadership of the Practice
  • Revenue and margin targets for Practice area technical sales
  • Practice utilisation
  • Practice breakeven reduction
  • Staff development and performance
  • Employee satisfaction, retention rate
  • Value creation through technical excellence strategy
  • Revenue against budget sent to GDC
  • Headcount in line with budget
  • Collaborative behaviours supporting and championing ME&A business objectives

Rewards & Benefits


We offer an excellent package which includes:

  • A competitive salary
  • Accommodation allowance
  • Transportation allowance
  • 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


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