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Senior Design Manager - Infrastructure

  1. Abu Dhabi
  1. Project, programme & cost management

Senior Design Manager - Infrastructure

Faithful+Gould are looking for Senior Design Manager - Infrastructure in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Required Skills:

  • 15+ years post qualification experience

  • 5 years minimum in Design Management Role (senior management level) not a designer

  • Abu Dhabi Experience is mandatory

  • Infra Background with villas as a plus

  • Worked for Tier 1 international consultants

  • Should be able to pick up current design/vision and ensure continuity of this to delivery

  • Is used to a high-performance culture and demonstrate this with evidence

  • Understands the size, scale and challenges for a AED 10 Billion Infra design package and be able to work across multiple programmes

  • Stable employment record

  • All role level changes are clearly identified in career history sections of CVs with the design projects clearly listed

  • BSc in a recognised design discipline from an accredited University

  • Extensive experience in Design Management and Project Management of large scale multi-disciplinary projects

  • Excellent communication skills, including report writing and presentation skills

  • Microsoft Office proficiency with Word, Excel, Power Point

  • Organised and self-motivated

  • Prior experience in leading multi discipline teams

Specific Responsibilities:

Working within the Leadership Team, the overall responsibilities and duties under this role are to manage, guide, recommend, advise and instruct the technical teams in executing their duties. Also, providing leadership and technical excellence to set up the required delivery tools, systems, processes, and procedures required to support various PMO’s & PMC’s under delivery in the region.  The position will ensure, plan, coordinate and provide support & guidance to our technical delivery teams, while continuously improving organizational performance across the business.

Moreover, advise on technical, design obstacles/limitations, constructability issues, design changes that align with the program requirements and the general program vision.

Duties shall include:

• Guide designers, review concept designs and infrastructure designs against the program requirements, scope of work, specifications, guidelines during design phases and construction phases for all technical components of the program.
• Develop reports, possible alternative design considerations as needed.
• Proposals to the client regarding suitability, feasibility and constructability of the design, constraints, and solutions that align with the program vision, budget time and quality.
• Implementation sustainability in terms of the project scope, function, schedule, cost, safety, and quality.
• Ensure compliance with statutory, administrative, and regulatory requirements by laisse, direct and oversee the design progress form concept models to final and construction implementation, including assisting and providing support to the design consultants during the permit procedure related issues with public entities.
• Pro-active bid preparation & management as either standalone service delivery, or, a part of a multi-disciplinary PMO/PMC approach to enquires
• Strategic development and growth of the Design Management service line, including business plan development and P&L responsibilities

• Offer strategic guidance on the establishment of Technical Design standards, and philosophy.
• Planning and directing, collaborating and communicating with the relevant technical design and  master planning consultants.
• Establish communication paths to resolve possible design issues, provide guidance and align with the project requirements.
• Control-monitor-provide-technical support on every design stage of programs.
• Control-monitor-provide technical support for construction issues and reassure compliance to project specifications and requirements. 

Communications and Working Relationships:

• Country Director & Leadership Team
• PMO/PMC (internal & external) Client & Technical Team
• Interface with Government entities, PMC’s,
• External Master Planners, Architects, Engineers, Contractors, etc.
• Close collaboration with Atkins Group representatives, as appropriate


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.

Acquired by SNC Lavalin in 2017, we also have an extensive depth of geographic exposure across 50 countries and the breadth of 53,000 experts. As one of the largest engineering contractors, we have access to 17,000 staff in the Middle East making us one of the largest multidisciplinary consultancies in the region.


Rewards & Benefits:

We offer an excellent package which includes:

•A competitive salary
•Transportation allowance
•Medical and life insurance cover
•22 calendar days 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


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