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Senior Project Manager

Riyadh Province
  1. Cities & development, Project, programme & cost management

Due to continued growth in our Design and Engineering business in Saudi Arabia we are looking to recruit a Senior Project Manager to be based in Riyadh or Jeddah to work on a number of projects in the KSA.

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. In July 2017, Atkins was acquired by SNC Lavalin and so it is now part of larger global group that can support the full range of project delivery, from inception to construction and final operation.

SNC Lavalin's Atkins business is one of the largest multidisciplinary, multi sector engineering design consultancies in the world and is part of the SNC Lavalin Group.

As one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies with a leading track record in the defence sector, Atkins are ideally placed to respond to this market. We have a broad establishment and proud, 50 year history throughout the Middle East region

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 12 years of professional experience of which 3 years as a Project Manager (with a design consultancy firm or project management company) on building projects in excess of AED 150 million construction cost (£25m).
  • 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 delivery projects using Building Information Modelling processes
  • 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 stakeholders at all levels
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel
  • Thorough understanding of planning / scheduling
  • Demonstrable 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
  • Administrative skills
  • Experienced Revit user
  • Presentation skills
  • Knowledge of local (KSA) standards and stakeholder approvals
  • 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
  • Successfully led complex bids

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 and design teams
  • Attention to detail
  • Collaborative
  • Seeks continuous improvement
  • Curious about the digital future of the industry
  • Establish and maintain project goals and success criteria that meet both Atkins and Client needs
  • Overall responsibility for the successful delivery of a project or projects through to design completion and construction support.
  • Report to the Project 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
  • 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
  • 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 client’s requirements
  • Monitor adherence to the procedures described in the Business Management Systems
  • Create a positive and proactive approach that drives the whole of the team
  • Conduct team meetings and direct actions
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

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