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Associate Director

  • Job reference: FG-003179
  • Sector: Management Consultancy, Planning, Programme Management
  • Location: Dubai

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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 maximise 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 focussed our digital transformation around platform modernisation and product development and through standardisation 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.. 

The Role:

CTBH are looking for an experienced and astute claims management consultant based in our Dubai office. Candidates will have experience leading a team, being client facing and have a strong personality with excellent analytical, problem solving, planning and contract management skills as well as experience with FIDIC / other forms of contract. Experience in commercial negotiations, dispute resolution and providing expert advice in multiple local and international jurisdictions.

Responsibilities and Duties:
  • Preparation and defence of construction claims and management of disputes
  • Preparation and advice on contractual terms and arrangements and procurement routes
  • Preparation of expert advice, reports and presentations 
  • Forensic investigation into the causes of delay and preparation of the claims narrative
  • Preparation, negotiation and defence of claims and counterclaims in respect of extension of time (EOT), loss and expense, disruption, prolongation, and relief from liquidated damages. 
  • Dispute resolution advice and assistance, including preparation of documentation in support of arbitrations, mediations and other ADR procedures. 
  • Commercial management of large projects 
  • Risk management experience
  • Managing teams of Consultants as necessary
  • Liaising with clients including Lawyers and assisting in the provision of services to the Employer's clients
  • Local experience and contacts and the ability to positively contribute to business development
  • Participating in and contributing to seminars, external training, and the publication of learned articles
  • Keeping up-to-date with current techniques of claims and project data analysis
  • Management and professional development of staff
  • Delivering services regionally
Desired Skills and Experience:
  • 15 - 20 years’ experience, including UAE / GCC Experience 
  • Qualifications :  QS Degree, Engineering Degree, Building Degree and / or Legal Degree
  • Experience on a wide range of building and engineering projects
  • Experience in Dispute resolution, arbitration, mediation and litigation support 
  • Professional contractual and claims preparation, advice and assistance 
  • Expert witness experience would be an advantage
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal
  • Project and/or construction management  
  • Contracts administration
  • Team management and leadership

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