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Senior Project Manager


Abu Dhabi, UAE

The Senior Project Manager is responsible for the overall direction and management of assigned design contracts. This includes building and maintaining professional relationships with internal stakeholders, clients, other consultants and contractors as well as managing the overall project coordination and delivery in line with planned timelines and budgets. They are required to lead, direct and develop project managers, deputy project managers, and assistant project managers through proactive and inclusive mentoring and oversight.

Job Duties

Responsible for the overall direction and management of assigned design contracts.

Establishes and builds professional relationships with Clients, other Consultants and Contractors.

Understands and develops Client Project Brief, work breakdown structure, packaging of delivery and programming of works..

Effectively manages Client expectations.

Owns the preparation and implementation of the Project Management Plans, Design Management Plans and Project Quality Plans in coordination with the assigned project team.

Ensures on-schedule completion within or below budget in accordance with contractual obligations.

Responsible for all Contract activities and commercial performance to meet project goals & objectives.

Responsible for managing Safety and Quality performance of projects.

Produces regular effective project reports to both Client and AECOM – weekly and monthly with program updates

Owns Change Management and Risk Management on the project

Ownership of invoicing and support collections minimizing DSO and working towards meeting profit, contingency and cashflow targets for the project.

Manage and mentor junior project management staff assigned to them, including personal development.

Undertake a range of business development activities including leading preparation of proposals / attending interviews and presentations / networking events etc

Specifically, the Senior Project Manager is responsible for:

Acts as the Company representative for all day to day Contract matters with the internal teams and the Client during the project execution. Understands and develops Client’s Brief. Negotiates changes to the scope of work with the client, internal teams, sub-consultants and contractors, managing procurement strategies and appointment of contractors. Responsible for following up on instructions & commitments associated with the project.

Takes an active, personal role in the establishment, implementation and management of project Quality, Safety and Risk Management Systems and Procedures.

Establishes the program requirements for all areas of the project, and monitors the draft and final deliverables for adherence to these criteria.

Works with the Project Director to develop design budgets, schedules and plans for the various elements of a project.

Supports the Project Director in the Procurement of other Consultants and Contractors either for the delivery of the works or on behalf of the Client.

Assists the Project Director in devising and execution of actions plans to rectify potential cost overruns or schedule delays, or to accommodate significant changes to the scope of work.

Liaison with Technical Services and Shared services personnel for delivery of design, costs, schedules and overall project support.

Establishes regular meeting to review package status, formulate action items and follows up on close out.

Works proactively, constructively and fairly with all parties to ensure the successful execution of the project,

Performs other responsibilities associated with this position as may be appropriate.

Minimum Requirements

Specific Skills Required

Good working knowledge of Internationally-accepted Project Management, construction industry principle and practices / safety / quality management systems.

Good basic understanding of Construction Law. Seeks advice as appropriate.

Good knowledge of design processes and systems – previous design experience preferred.

Good knowledge of current construction technology.

High level of critical thinking, problem solving, numeracy and English literacy skills.

Good negotiation skills.

Ability to work in a matrix organisation.

Clear verbal communication skills.

Uses diplomacy and tact in discussions with other parties. Contributes to team building and enhancing morale across the team / project.

Promotes equality and recognises diversity in managing people. Understands local and international multi-cultural aspects of the UAE.

High level of computer literacy

Preferred Qualifications


A Bachelor’s Degree in a Construction-related subject, such as Construction Management, Engineering, Architecture, or equivalent

Specific Project Management training & qualification and Membership of a Chartered Institution preferred.


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