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Program Manager - Urban Planning

  • Job reference: YI0000018
  • Sector: Management Consultancy
  • Location: Riyadh Province
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Atkins Acuity is looking to source an experienced management consultant / program manager to be based in Riyadh, KSA. Who will be responsible for establishing, driving and developing our Atkins Acuity business in the Middle East. All candidates are expected to demonstrate prior experience in business development, project management, stakeholder management and strategic urban planning / city development


Roles & Responsibilities:


Winning Work

  • Develop, lead and manage sales opportunities, across the whole lifecycle
  • Develop and drive Atkins Acuity Pipeline and go to market strategy
  • Manage, drive and influence large scale multi-disciplinary bids
  • Possess and showcase an in-depth understanding and knowledge


Delivering Work

  • Project manage and deliver large scale complex, multi-disciplined client assignments and delivery teams
  • Establish relationships with clients and build recognition as a trusted partner and advisor


Service Line Development

  • Undertake Atkins Acuity value proposition development
  • Promote and showcase our Atkins Acuity capability to clients
  • Work with main core partners to identify joint propositions


People Development

  • Support, guide, coach and develop a team of junior/senior management consultants
  • Supports recruiting by providing qualified candidate leads and helping to sell Acuity, and supports on-boarding efforts


Acuity is the new advisory business from the Atkins Group. We help clients with big infrastructure and energy ambitions to 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 achieve genuine benefits from their investment and change programmes. We advise at senior levels on complex business problems, but we also take a hands-on role, to ensure the solutions aren't just conceived, they are actually delivered. Our ethos is to stand side-by-side with our clients until the real-world benefits of their investment and change programmes are realised.


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Acuity operates various sub-services under the service line Portfolio & Programme Management, which is carried out on a global basis. The sub-services are as follows:

  1. Portfolio & Programme Management Maturity Assessment
  2. Portfolio & Programme Prioritisation & Optimisation
  3. Portfolio & Programme Management Office Establishment & Operations
  4. Portfolio & Programme Delivery Management
  5. Capability Building & Knowledge Transfer

Basic Requirements:

  • 10+ years of experience in project and program management, preferably with a background in urban planning, city development or transportation in the Middle East.
  • Prior experience of working in the KSA public sector, development agencies, authorities and municipalities
  • Informed understanding of Government and public sector role in enabling sustainable city-level economic growth, financial sustainability and urban development.
  • Overall responsibility for the management of a project throughout it’s entire lifecycle including full execution and review of deliverables, synthesis of outcomes and consolidation of overall project reports and guidelines.
  • Excellent stakeholder management skills able to manage senior stakeholders effectively in complex, political and sensitive environments
  • Act as project figurehead, orchestrate project workshops and presentations to develop and communicate project outcomes with and to multiple organisations
  • Report to the Project Director and the client on a regular basis on the progress, timeline, budget and quality
  • Obtain authority from the client for any decisions/instructions required to ensure continuity in the during the project program
  • Design and support project team to create optimal urban management governance structure to assist client with their overall city development and transformation.



  • Monitor all work executed, at all stages of the project, 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
  • Create a positive and proactive approach that drives the whole of the team
  • Conduct team meetings and direct actions
  • Applies a strategic approach to problem solving, takes ownership of client deliverables and project delivery, including full execution and review of deliverables
  • Strong project management skills, including multidisciplinary teams from economic, financial or engineering backgrounds
  • Planning, including resourcing, upfront workplans and project management toolkits
  • Plans and prioritizes work activities to meet the organization and client’s goals
  • Closely managing team members’ day-to-day activities as well as interaction with client and key stakeholders
  • Seeks and applies knowledge, information, and best practices from within and outside of the project
  • Help in building the Strategy delivery capability with high quality people, training and coaching
    Develop, lead and manage sales opportunities, across the whole lifecycle
  • Design and execute analyses on clients’ problems and markets to validate key hypotheses
  • Demonstrates outstanding communication skills, verbal and written, in English; abilities in Arabic a strong asset
  • Written and visual communications are of consistently high quality
  • Advanced experience in Microsoft office applications, particularly Power Point and Excel
  • Strong business intelligence and knowledge of latest industry trends
  • Ability to work methodically and demonstrate project management skills
  • Ability to develop an understanding of the Atkins’ service lines and capabilities and identify and report cross-selling opportunities


Salary 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 Well-Being Program – 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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We are in the process of shortlisting the candidates and will advise you soon.

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