Senior Manager - Urban Planning Advisory
Acuity is the advisory business from the Atkins Group. With economies being increasingly shaped by the quality of cities, urban infrastructure and the systems that govern them, we help clients with urban development, big infrastructure and energy ambitions to plan and deliver them successfully. Combining deep business acumen with the engineering expertise of Atkins, we offer seamless, end-to-end advisory services that build greater value, and ever rewarding partnerships.
Acuity advisory services help clients, governments and real estate developers, achieve genuine benefits from their lands, investment and urban change programmes. We advise at senior levels on complex regulatory and business problems, but we also take a hands-on role, to ensure the solutions aren't just conceived, they are enabled and delivered, by public and private sector together. Our ethos is to stand side-by-side with our clients until the real-world benefits of their investment and change programmes are realised.
Acuity are currently looking for experienced candidates to further develop their ‘Urban Planning Advisory’ discipline within the Management Consultancy Service Line to both support future growth and lead the delivery of projects across the MEA region.
The ideal candidate should be someone who has a combination of technical skills in strategic urban planning/development planning and acumen for management consultancy and strategic advisory. He or she would have worked in a Consultancy capacity with leading engineering and urban planning consultancies and/or reputable international management consultancies or strategy houses in the Middle East region with a flair for technical subject matter in the field of urban planning/real estate development and management. Candidates should have between five to ten years’ experience in a relevant field but most of all be flexible to work on multiple engagements and in multiple countries. Acuity is enjoying steady growth in region and is looking to increase headcount by 50% in the next six months with Urban Planning Advisory being a key focus area.
The role is based in region and will require travel throughout the GCC. The candidate will be exposed to several industry sectors i.e. Cities & Urban Infrastructure, Real Estate Development, Transport & Aviation and Government, and will work alongside experienced Senior Management Consultants and Technical Specialists from our Group.
• Onsite delivery of engagements
o Development of technical input, tools and templates to support successful delivery of urban planning and management projects
o Lead team of consultants in developing high quality project deliverables - presentations and reports, global best practice research and analysis with expert and advisor input
o Project Management in delivering quality deliverables on time and within budget
o Plan and conduct stakeholder engagement and presentations to clients
o Support Directors and Senior Managers in the management of project risk
o Run internal project management processes – Project Summary Reports etc.
• Support and contribute to development of Intellectual Property and Thought Leadership
o Establish Subject Matter Expertise
o Contribute to publications, speak at conferences and events and raise profile
• Support business development activities including the preparation of bids, pricing and content development
• Support Key Account Management and nurturing Client relationships per business strategy
• Manage Junior Consultants and assign tasks accordingly
• Leading workstreams / deliverables with oversight from Senior Management
• Shall be degree qualified
• Five (5) to ten (10) years of relevant experience in Urban Planning Advisory or a similar position with transferable skills
• Strong analytical, organizational, multi-tasking, communication, and problem-solving skills
• Planning and Organizational agility: Accurately scopes length and difficulty of projects, setting realistically aggressive objectives and goals. Compensates for roadblocks and looks ahead to see impact on dependent activities.
• Excellent communication skills – written and spoken English is essential (Arabic preferred)
• Experience in one or more of the Urban Planning Advisory competencies:
o City & Regional Planning
o Land Use Planning/ Transport Planning/ Infrastructure Planning
o Urban/municipal governance and regulatory frameworks
o Development control and permitting process
o Real Estate Development Planning (large real estate projects)
• Strong project management credentials and experience
o Risk identification and management
o Stakeholder Engagement & Communications
• Preferable to have a minimum 2 years relevant experience in the Middle East with understanding of regional urban morphology, urban planning practices and institutional arrangements.
• Ability to convey concepts and solutions to a multi-disciplinary team, stakeholders, and higher authorities via oral presentations, written reports, maps and drawings.
• Confidence in leading projects from inception to close in client-facing roles
• Proven ability to engage and influence senior stakeholders
• Collaborative mindset as a team player
• Demonstrate drive, enthusiasm and commitment to projects while projecting a professional image
• Excellent planning and organisation skills
• Able to make decisions, act on own initiative and operate in a proactive manner with a positive attitude
• Self-motivated and determined to pursue continuous improvement, which is essential to processes & procedures development
• Function confidently and competently within client environment and has a positive impact on clients’ perception of Acuity
• Consistently achieves high quality standards and requires limited direction and supervision
• Shows flexibility in tasks and location, and deals well with ambiguity
• Understands when to ask for support and using the correct channels
Rewards and Benefits
We offer an excellent package which includes:
• A competitive tax-free salary
• Accommodation allowance
• Transportation allowance
• 22 days annual leave (based on a 5-day working week)
• Medical and life insurance cover
• Company gratuity scheme
• Discretionary bonus scheme
• Annual flight allowance to point of origin
• Employee Assistance Program – 24-hour free advice on financial, legal and family care specialists and also access to personal health, fitness and nutrition consultants