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Programme Management Senior Executive

  • Job reference: YI0000007
  • Sector: Infrastructure
  • Location: Dubai

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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 higher value, more rewarding partnerships.

Acuity operates various service lines on a global basis. One of these service lines is Portfolio/Programme & Asset Management. We are currently looking for a Portfolio/Programme Management Associate Director/Director to further develop the service line; grow our portfolio/programme management pipeline and lead the delivery of strategic portfolio/programme management initiatives across the GCC and Egypt as the initial target market. In the short-term, next 2 years, the mandate is expected to grow to cover, East Africa and South East Asia. The role will be based either in Dubai, KSA or Egypt and will be reporting to the Managing Director – Portfolio/Programme & Asset Management.


• Define the strategy and business plan for the portfolio/programme management service line by working closely with the MD of portfolio/programme & Asset Management
• Define the portfolio/programme Management service offering and sub-service offerings
• Develop go to market strategy, approach and supporting material
• Develop tools, processes and systems to support the delivery of portfolio/programme Management projects
• Build a pipeline of portfolio/programme Management opportunities
• Leverage existing network of clients and build new relationships within target market
• Recruit and manage a team of portfolio/programme management and management consultancy professionals
• Oversee and manage the delivery of Portfolio/Programme Management projects
• Manage and grow existing accounts 
• Represent Atkins Acuity in and speak at relevant seminars and conferences

Technical Competencies:

• Shall be qualified with a degree (preferably Business Management or Civil Engineering )
• Minimum ten (10) years of relevant experience in portfolio/programme management in a management consultancy / advisory services capacity
• Experience working for global strategy houses or international management consultancies
• The Candidate must possess excellent working knowledge of project management best practices. Computer literacy and excellent communication skills in English are essential. (Arabic preferred)
• Knowledge and experience developing and implementing the following:
• Portfolio/programme Management Framework & Process Development 
• Production of portfolio/programme management Policies & Procedures
• Designing portfolio/programme Management Office including Governance structure; organization structure; and operating model
• Maturity modelling, KPIs, stage gating, reporting templates, and E-PMO audit programme development
• Developing reporting and dash boarding structures
• Developing project controls strategy and structure
• Developing risk/issue/change/contract management frameworks, processes and procedures
• Knowledge and practical experience using PM software with experience in system selection and implementation

Behavioural Competencies:

• Demonstrate drive, enthusiasm and commitment to projects 
• Excellent planning and organisation skills 
• Able to make decisions, act on own initiative and operate in a proactive manner 
• Excellent commercial and financial acumen related to project budgeting and cost estimation.
• Excellent communication skills – written and spoken English essential 

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 


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