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Project Director

Saudi Arabia
  1. Cities & development, Project, programme & cost management

Due to continued growth in our Design and Engineering business we are looking to recruit a Project Director to be based in Saudi.



  • Establish and maintain project goals and success criteria that meet both Atkins and Client needs
  • Overall responsibility for the management of a project through to design completion and construction support.
  • Report to the Country Director and the client on a regular basis on the progress, costs and quality of the project(s) and obtain authority from the client for any decisions/instructions required to ensure continuity in the design function
  • Create and execute a digital plan of work to support a digital project delivery
  • Create and execute the BIM Execution Plan
  • Facilitate the development of the Design Delivery Schedule along with the client and other project stakeholders
  • Manage distribution and production of project workload within project team
  • Develop a comprehensive scope of work and contract document deliverables list for each related discipline and ensure no scope gap
  • Attend all design and project management meetings ensuring coordinated action is taken by the team
  • Ensure supply chain BIM compliance
  • Conduct negotiations of scope of work, deliverables and price with supply chain
  • Determine the requirements for using supply chain
  • Ensure designs meet client expectations, through facilitation of value engineering and interaction with cost consultants
  • Carry out design stage risk assessment and management
  • Initiate and implement regular project technical reviews and ensure compliance with review comments
  • Ensure project teams are aware of scope requirements to ensure the correct level of delivery
  • Drive technical design and engineering teams in the use of digital techniques to optimise the efficiency of our design processes
  • Proactively check and coordinate the BIM model
  • Interpret US / British Standards and Building Regulations (or as appropriate to KSA)
  • Monitoring all work executed, at all stages, to ensure that an accurate and professional service is offered
  • Professional interface with other disciplines and clients’ representative
  • Manage the quality and timeliness of service delivery to clients
  • Ensure that the technical teams are adequately resourced
  • Ensure that contractual deliverables are produced and issued on time and in compliance with the clients requirements
  • Monitor adherence to the procedures described in the project management manual
  • Create a positive and proactive approach that drives the whole of the team
  • Conduct team meetings and direct actions


Atkins has been established in the Gulf for over 40 years, having first carried out design and supervision commissions in the Gulf area in 1967. The regional head office (Dubai) was established in 1979.


We provide a full range of design, engineering and project management services for buildings, transportation and other infrastructure programmes.


Atkins in the Middle East now employs around 2,000 staff serving Gulf clients across all market sectors from offices in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Doha, Dubai, Jeddah, Kuwait City, Manama, Muscat, Riyadh, and Sharjah.

Technical Competencies / Qualifications / Experience



  • Degree qualified in an engineering or architectural discipline
  • Minimum of 20 years of professional experience of which 5 years as a Project Director (with a design consultancy firm or project management company) on building projects in excess of AED 500 million construction cost (£100m).
  • Demonstrable record of taking design consultancy projects from inception through to final delivery wherein the candidate was responsible for the commercial and financial performance of the project including but not limited to contract administration, change management, project financial performance monitoring and project delivery to project programme.
  • Full knowledge and experience of delivering projects using Building Information Modelling processes
  • Knowledge of using 3D design tools (Autodesk, Bentley etc.)
  • Strong background in active digital project management
  • Demonstrable experience in utilising technology to drive efficient project delivery
  • Exceptional organizational skills and the ability to quickly adapt to changing environments
  • Excellent communication skills in written and spoken English
  • Ability to liaise with a wide variety of staff and Clients at all levels
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel
  • Thorough understanding of planning / scheduling
  • Be able to show Leadership skills
  • Have excellent team building skills
  • Commercially astute with good analytical skills
  • The ability to work in a team and independently



  • Fluency in Arabic speaking and writing
  • Delegation skills
  • Administrative skills
  • Experienced Revit or equivalent alternative
  • Presentation skills
  • Chartered Engineer / Architect
  • Member of a recognised professional institution
  • Site Experience (as a representative of Design Consultant, Project Management Company or a Contractor)
  • Proficiency in operating planning tools like Primavera and / or MS Projects
  • 3 years work experience within the Middle East
  • Bidding experience


Behavioural Competencies



  • Negotiation and influencing skills
  • Ability to listen and assimilate information quickly and effectively
  • Self starter
  • Articulate/good communicator
  • Confident
  • Approachable and able to motivate and inspire project management team
  • Attention to detail
  • Collaborative
  • Seeks continuous improvement


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 Well-Being Programme – 24 hour free advice on financial, legal and family care specialists and also access to personal health, fitness and nutrition consultants


Apply and the process:


We are in the process of shortlisting the candidates and will advise you on your status soon

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