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Senior Project Manager

  • Job reference: ME-005577
  • Sector: Buildings, Urban Development
  • Location: Dubai

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Due to continued growth, the Property Sector is looking to recruit a Senior 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 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
  • 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 Clients at all levels
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel
  • Thorough understanding of planning / scheduling
  • Be able to show 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
  • Delegation skills
  • Administrative skills
  • Presentation skills
  • 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
  • Bidding experience

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 team
  • Attention to detail
  • 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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