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Project Manager - Special Projects

  • Job reference: FG-005876
  • Sector: Construction, Programme Management
  • Location: Riyadh Province
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Faithful+Gould is currently looking for a Project Manager - Special Projects with experience in  managing the delivery of large scale residential projects in the Middle East. This is a senior position that requires professional ability and inherent motivation.  You will have the skills required to direct meetings, introduce discussion to encourage thinking on the wider commercial context and be responsible for the tasks assigned to members of your project team.  You are willing and able to perform duties diligently to the quality standards set by the Company and conform to the Company’s policies and business systems and be committed to their implementation and continuous improvement at all times.Your experience, guidance and knowledge should place you as a Project Management subject matter expert in providing significant benefit to the project delivery team and Client.


SNC Lavalin’s Faithful+Gould business is one of the world’s leading integrated project and programme management consultancies, with over 2,400 professionals operating worldwide.

Our aim is to protect and maximize our clients’ interests throughout the planning and delivery of projects, ensuring they are delivered on time, on budget. We pride ourselves on collaborating with client teams and developing long-term relationships.

Key services include - Project management, programme management, project controls, commercial management, cost management and expert scheduling and construction planning.

Our industry is going through a digital transformation and we have been investing in and pioneering digital methods to improve all aspects of our service. We have focused our digital transformation around platform modernization and product development and through standardization and automation, we are achieving efficiencies that are directly passed on our clients who benefit from a consistent quality of service as well as the savings.


Active in the Middle East for over 20 years, we have offices in the UAE, Qatar, Oman and Saudi Arabia. We hire and retain only the best people in the industry. Our success is built on recruiting – and then developing – brilliant people from a broad range of professional and cultural backgrounds. It’s precisely this diversity of talent that sets us apart.

Acquired by SNC Lavalin in 2017, we also have an extensive depth of geographic exposure across 50 countries and the breadth of 53,000 experts. As one of the largest engineering contractors, we have access to 17,000 staff in the Middle East making us one of the largest multidisciplinary consultancies in the region.


  • Meet the Challenge, you always seek out new learning opportunities to ensure your technical skills and knowledge are current. You assist/mentor more junior colleagues and peers with their development.
  • Aware, you have an understanding of the wider SNC (F+G) regional goals and an awareness of the dynamics of relationships with colleagues and clients.
  • Delivers, you develop delivery plans for projects, involve others and ensure objectives are met.


  • A Team Player, you contribute to a positive, friendly environment, helping to set the tone for colleagues. You help build relationships across teams and with clients.
  • Engaging, you contribute concisely and effectively with clients and other consultants. You respect other points of view and seek out the best result in discussions.
  • Adaptable, you challenge the status quo and perform to a high standard in an uncertain environment, in pursuit of performance improvement.




  • Monitor, review and ultimately take responsibility for the content of the project master programme.  Ensure the structure of the master programme is in line with the envisaged or agreed project WBS and provide strategic guidance to the schedule formulation.
  • Monitor and oversee progress status updates of the master programme and where necessary liaise with project stakeholders to lead delay mitigation strategies and improvement initiatives.
  • Ensure that procurement of consultants and contractors is completed to meet with the master programme and the delivery of the project
  • Monitor and ensure the contract programme under the construction contracts is in place, fully reviewed and approved by the necessary project stakeholders and that all revisions and or progress updates are thoroughly reviewed and accepted.
  • Take an active and leading role in the control of ‘time’ on the project, ensuring a protocol and full review of early warnings is in place, and generally ensure a project structure, and personal ownership of changes, is implemented.

Construction Management

  • Manage the relationships between all project stakeholders to facilitate effective communications and outcomes
  • Ensure that the consultants and contractors adhere to the requirements of the Programme management systems and delivery information and reports as specified
  • Manage the design team and site delivery team performance of delegated responsibilities
  • Establish an effective and universal strategy to address major issues that may arise with the site delivery team
  • Ensure the supervision team and site delivery team receives the necessary stakeholder decisions in a timely fashion
  • Establish a mechanism to ensure collaborative problem solving with the site delivery team, which will involve regular dialogue with contractors, team working and risk-sharing
  • Chair and lead progress meetings with the contractor and supervision consultant to pro-actively manage the project and mitigate any delivery issues prior to it impacting delivery.
  • Monitor the delivery of Contract Administration services by others, and ensure such is protecting the Client as far as possible.  Pro-actively monitor this service to ensure active claims protection and management is in place through the issue of contractual correspondence and record maintenance.


  • Invest in sound people management principles to ensure that the team of staff, contractors and other partners works well and provides a supportive environment for the achievement of project and individual objectives
  • Uphold the values of the Company through your actions and assist to enforce Company standards at all times
  • Demonstrate clear leadership
  • Manage the welfare and motivation of all company direct reports, providing leadership, guidance and encouragement
  • Mentor and guide direct reporting staff to grow, improve, develop and together with Senior Management set clear career and role objectives.
  • Plan for and undertake annual performance reviews in line with company processes.

Client Management

  • As a senior team member for the company assigned to the project you will have responsibility to manage and facilitate a pro-active and positive relationship with the Client.
  • Lead the process of Client engagement, through regular meetings, presentations and discussions during the project delivery.  Be comfortable leading such scenarios and exhibit exemplar communication skills, representing the company well and in a professional manner in all cases.
  • Develop and maintain excellent relationships with client representatives, consultants, contractors and other project stakeholders.


  • Receive and review detailed reports on the project from the design and site delivery team.
  • Establish formal reporting arrangements on project progress for the Client and Company.
  • Maintain up-to-date project  sheets and resumes for the project team for use by the Company.

Experience and Qualifications



  • 10+ years total experience and have a track record of working on large scale mixed-use projects for a Project Management Consultancy for at least 5 years, and ideally have  5+ years’ experience of working in the region.
  • A degree in a construction related discipline and hold a membership/chartership from a construction related professional body.
  • Strong written and spoken communication skills.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment.

Rewards and Benefits


We offer an excellent package which includes

  • A competitive salary
  • Accommodation allowance
  • Transportation allowance
  • 22 calendar 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

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