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Water Lead/Project Manager, UAE

  • Job reference: ME-005632
  • Sector: Water
  • Location: United Arab Emirates
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The pipeline and opportunities for strategic and major projects in UAE for Atkins Transport & Infrastructure (T&I) Division are significant. An opportunity exists for a driven, ambitious and self-motivated person to take a critical role in growing Atkins T&I Water Business across UAE. The successful candidate will work closely with UAE Clients of T&I in wining work in UAE for the Water sector. The work will include, delivering Client engagement, bid management and managing the delivery of Projects to our Clients. The individual will also be required to manage a team of between 10 to 20 people in Abu Dhabi.
We are currently looking for a Water Lead with a minimum of 12/15 years’ experience in the water engineering sector with prior experience in UAE working with clients such as Dubai Municipality, DEWA, ADSSC or ADWEA as a plus.
The role is based in Abu Dhabi, UAE but will also requires working and travel throughout UAE and possibly across the wider region (including KSA, Qatar, Oman or Bahrain) and when required, sometimes at short notice. Potential candidates must therefore be in a position to travel and work occasionally across the Middle East.
You will be required to provide the senior interface between project ownership and delivery. You will be required to act as the single focal point of contact with the Client, possibly across multiple project packages, to ensure that the desired project objectives are delivered. You must have adequate knowledge and information about the business and the project in order to make informed value-add decisions for both the Client and the Company.
Target the UAE Water Market to build sustainable strategic relationships to yield significant benefits to both the clients and Atkins, by anticipating their future requirements and developing compelling value propositions through internal capability and external professional collaboration.  Leading proposals and projects on behalf of Atkins.
Further, you are expected to conduct yourself in line with the core values of the business and lead by example in maintaining the Atkins culture:
  • Integrity; we act with honesty and integrity in everything we do
  • Client service; we are dedicated to creating value and delivering service excellence
  • Teamwork; we work together to achieve common goals
  • Innovation; we strive to deliver innovative solutions
  • Commitment; our people are our strength and we value the Atkins family and community  

Minimum Requirements:

Drawing on your existing client and projects experience, you will be responsible for monitoring the project direction and coordinating throughout the project life-cycle to project completion.
The Water Lead will be a qualified professional capable of providing planning, leadership, direction and technical expertise to manage complex tasks and multidisciplinary projects.
The Water Lead must have a minimum qualification BSc, BEng, BA or equivalent, have Chartered status and more than 12/15 years experience with preferably more than 5 years working in the Middle East region.
Experience working in the UAE is required and previous experience in KSA or Oman or Qatar or Bahrain is preferable. 
The Water Lead will also be responsible for maintaining and enhancing the company reputation with our clients and developing effective long term client relationships thus identifying and developing new opportunities for the Group.
The minimum requirements are:
  • B.S. or M.S. in Civil, Chemical or Environmental Engineering
  • Experience in leading on large design & build water/wastewater or desalination projects
  • Proven success in the delivery of large capital projects within scope, time and budget
  • Track record of leading and winning major work opportunities.
  • Ability to influence for results
  • Excellent communication skills and stakeholder engagement.
  • Effective IT and communication skills in report writing, presentations and holding effective conversations
  • Proven ability to lead, organize and direct large multi-national organization
  • Extensive market, client and sales experience.
  • Able to demonstrate experience of building effective networks both internally and external to the organisation.
  • Able to demonstrate experience of developing strategic relationships with clients and finding ways to add significant value to the client’s agenda.
  • Entrepreneurial in deeply understanding client needs and identifying high margin service offerings to cater for their particular issues and needs.
  • Track record of leading and implementing change.
  • Able to build and develop new relationships with clients and partners and establish professional collaborations.
  • Strong presenting, negotiating and influencing skills.
  •  Experience of Key Account Management.
  • A pro-active decision maker with a confident yet diplomatic operating style - someone who deals easily with cultural diversity.
  • Demonstrable experience of successfully operating within a target driven environment. Someone who consistently achieves and often over-delivers their targets.
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 consultant
  • Training - Atkins develops individuals through a portfolio of training and development courses designed to help you make the best of your abilities and talents. 
Apply and the Process:


Candidates will be screened based on the above criteria and contacted accordingly

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