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Associate Director -Cost Management

  • Job reference: R-030872
  • Sector: Atkins
  • Location: Abu Dhabi

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Associate Director Cost Management: (UAE)

Faithful+Gould are seeking to expand the commercial services team based from UAE.  You will lead a team of QS’s / Commercial team for delivery of large projects – typically retail (Malls), and/or mixed-use schemes and/or hospitality and leisure and/or infrastructure projects, plus support country management in both win work capacity and client care.

Candidate can be in Abu Dhabi or Dubai, but willing to work across UAE in countrywide role.


QS Degree from recognized university

Professional Membership i.e. MRICS

Essential Criteria

In-depth knowledge and experience commercial management of projects at both pre and post contract stages

Middle East construction market experience in last 4-6 years preferable

PQS / client-side previous experience in Middle East of min 4 years with experience in cost planning, procurement and tendering, contract administration etc.

Good contract, commercial and financial understanding, minimum 10 years post qualification experience

Excellent written English for preparation of task orders, contract letters and communications

Good negotiation skills to agree sub-contracts with third parties

Previous experience in government departments/client-side roles

Large company and project financial control systems use and understanding

Large company’s internal governance procedures will be an added factor

Good attention to detail and ability to review invoices and contracts prior to issue

Must have previous experience of FIDIC Contracts and CostX QS software or similar used for preparation of cost plans and BoQs


Contract interpretation and advice/action

Client and stakeholder management

Executive level reporting

Internal programme management

Internal governance management

Managing and assisting technical teams to prepare task orders / work packages

Reporting and leveraging on project commercial performance incl internal profit and loss

Ensure time charge hours properly captured and invoiced on time

Managerial / Client facing position

Supporting win work strategy including bid writing and key account management

The Individual

Strong contractual, commercial and financial knowledge

Good communication skills

Experienced in client’s presentations / submissions regarding cost management deliverables

Politically aware

Team player, team leader

Ambition to develop themselves and the business

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.

Rewards & Benefits

  • We offer an excellent package which includes:
  • A competitive salary
  • Transportation allowance
  • Medical and life insurance cover
  • 22 calendar days annual leave
  • Medical and life insurance cover
  • Company gratuity scheme
  • Discretionary bonus scheme
  • Annual flight allowance to point of origin
  • Employee Assistance Programme – 24 hour free advice on financial, legal and family care specialists and also access to personal health, fitness and nutrition consultants.