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Associate Director

  • Job reference: R-055456
  • Sector: Atkins
  • Location: Riyadh

Associate Director Cost Management: (KSA)

Faithful+Gould are seeking to expand the commercial services team based from KSA.  You will lead the pre contract  team of QS’s / Commercial team for delivery of large projects based in Riyadh HQ – typically Residential 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.


  • QS Degree from recognized university

  • Professional Membership i.e. MRICS

Essential Criteria

  • Proven track record of delivering pre-contract estimating services across the GCC

  • Thorough understanding of working closely with the Employer in formulating capital expenditure budgets

  • Must have the previous experience of managing a QS measurement studio or cost estimation team

  • Cost planning of projects throughout the project lifecycle

  • Benchmarking and comparative analysis experience is essential

  • Cost analysis and life cycle costing of infrastructure components

  • 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 cost, 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

Rewards & Benefits:

We offer an excellent package which includes:

  • A competitive salary;

  • Accommodation allowance;

  • Transportation allowance;

  • Annual leave;

  • Medical and life insurance cover;

  • Company gratuity scheme;

  • Discretionary bonus scheme;

  • Flight allowance

  • Employee Assistance Programme – 24 hour free advice on financial, legal and family care specialists and also access to personal health, fitness and nutrition consultants

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.

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.