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Project Manager

  • Job reference: ME-005578
  • Sector: Buildings, Urban Development
  • Location: Dubai

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Due to continued growth, the Property Sector is looking to recruit a Project Manager to be based in Dubai to work on a number of projects in the UAE.


The Project Leader has the authority of the day to day running of a project on behalf of the Director in Charge within the agreed constraints.




Core Accountabilities

  • Fully accountable to the Director in Charge for the delivery of the project in line with the agreed constraints set out in an approved PMP
  • Monthly reporting on the project’s performance
  • Identify and manage dependencies
  • Comply with the Atkins BMS and project management framework
  • Generate project specific PMP
  • Generate project specific Change Log
  • Change Control
    • Front of house, client facing management and negotiation


  • Responsible for ensuring compliance with Atkins BMS and Governance Framework

Project Planning

  • Production of Project Management Plan
  • Facilitating appointment of individuals to Project Teams
  • Creation of dependency maps
  • Ensuring allocation of common resources and skills to the Project
  • Defining the Work Breakdown Structure
  • Defining the Organisational Breakdown structure

Project Initiation

  • Mobilise Project and Delivery Teams
  • Provide input to Project kick off meeting (link)
  • Ensure baseline fee build up is in alignment with BAFO/contract
  • Review and update Risk & Issue profile
  • Define key roles and responsibilities including the scope breakdown
  • Allocation of budgets to Sub-Codes
  • Produce and communicate a project summary
  • JDE Allocations
  • Creation of 7 project baseline elements:
    • Prime Contract
    • Scope
    • Project Management Plan
    • Estimate Cost Control
    • Management Level Schedule
    • Risk and Opportunity Assessment
    • Pricing Model
  • Review and approval of job memo

Project Execution

  • Managing the production and project delivery in accordance with the baseline using Earned Value Management
  • Managing the overall project delivery teams
  • Identify and track all required approvals and decisions
  • Analyzing threats and opportunities that may impact the schedule and create corrective action plans with Project Team Members.
  • Client Management as defined in the stakeholder management plan
  • Chair workshops with stakeholders as required
  • Establishing a mechanism to ensure regular dialogue with any contractors/suppliers to promote problem solving, team working and risk-sharing
  • Confirming payment milestones completion before payments to contractors / suppliers
  • Raising changes to job memos

Risks, Issues & Assumptions Management

  • Preparation and maintenance of risk and issue register
  • Participating in regular Risk Reviews
  • Reviewing and resolving escalated issues and risks related to this Project
  • Quantification of risks and issues
  • Development of mitigation/recovery plans through focused review sessions
  • Taking necessary decisions, and ensuring implementation of mitigating actions

Change Management

  • Management of project change register
  • Management of delay register
  • Respond to variation orders with detailed impact assessments
  • Conduct regular change review meetings
  • Initiate variation or EoT claims
  • Co-ordination of variation quantum and ensure it is included in client invoicing
  • Management of Stage Gate 3a process and production of relevant packs
  • Management change that impacts internal and external specialist/consultants

Cost Control

  • Conduct review of Project Summary Report
  • Review and approve revised cost estimates form disciplines
  • Manage time allocations on the project
  • Managing issues highlighted by deliver work team
  • Approving Sub-Consultants payment certificates
  • Production of payment certificates and invoices


  • Creation of ITTOs in accordance with company inter unit trading agreements
  • Ensure ITTOs are signed and adhered to
  • Ensure changes to scope are reflected in ITTO agreements


  • Prepare project specific sub-consultant agreements and manage the execution
  • Engagement with Sub-Consultants ensuring scope and deliverable are defined prior to contract agreement
  • Monitor progress against agreed Contract deliverables and time frames
  • Ensure changes to scope are reflected in Sub-consultant agreements

Monitoring & Controlling

  • Monitor time, cost and quality of the project
  • Establish, implement and manage recovery and mitigation plans
  • Assess the project resources have been appropriately allocated by the relevant disciplines
  • Manage recovery and acceleration plans based on progress trending
  • Dependency Management


  • Review of Enterprise Advantage
  • Review of Project Summary Report
  • Review of Project Dashboard
  • Produce monthly client progress reports
  • Prepare executive summary for Enterprise Advantage

Project Closing

  • Confirm that the project has delivered in accordance with the baseline and baseline changes
  • Draft Project Closure Report

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.


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, Sharjah.

Technical Competencies / Qualifications / Experience



  • Degree qualified in an engineering or architectural discipline
  • Minimum of 7 years of post graduate professional experience
  • Knowledge and experience of design process is mandatory
  • Excellent communication skills in written and spoken English
  • Ability to liaise with a wide variety of staff and Clients at all levels essential
  • Computer literate in the essential M’Soft software, ie Word, Excel
  • Able to prepare competent technical reports of acceptable technical and presentational quality
  • Able to manage the drafting of successful responses to bids within their area of expertise
  • Able to estimate pricing/timing associated with projects
  • Clear knowledge of work procedures, and ability to communicate those to others
  • An effective team member able to apply knowledge gained
  • Flexible and enthusiastic and able to make sound judgements
  • Able to discuss in detail with clients the local business (Divisional) technologies and markets
  • Appreciation of the commercial aspects of project management
  • Self motivated and able to work as part of a team and under own initiative


  • Administrative skills
  • 7 years work experience within the Middle East
  • Proven project management skills having had responsibility for completion of projects to time and cost
  • Good leadership qualities and gains respect from colleagues

Behavioural Competencies



  • Ability to listen and assimilate information quickly and effectively
  • Self starter
  • Articulate/good communicator
  • Confident
  • Collaborative
  • Seeks continuous improvement

Salary & Benefits:


We offer an excellent package which includes:

  • A competitive salary
  • 22 working days annual leave
  • 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

Apply and the Process:


We are in the process of shortlisting the candidates and will advise you on your status by the end of May 2017.

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