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Commercial Director

  • Job reference: FG-005679
  • Sector: Infrastructure
  • Location: Riyadh Province
Faithful+Gould are seeking to appoint a Commerical Director to work on a major master planned mixed-use development in Riyadh, KSA.  The successful candidate will lead the early start team of up to 5 QS’s who are working as the Programme Management Consultant, together with providing overarching commercial advice to the Client and other stakeholders.  You should have experience in procurement, management and administration of design consultancy, project management consultancy, cost consultancy and construction contracts.  You should be well versed in the pro-active management of change, and should ideally have experience of managing and leading the development masterplan cost plan, liaising with the Client on the strategic business plan.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Managing a small team of quantity surveyors;
  • Client and stakeholder management;
  • Provide strategic advice on business partnering, joint ventures and the like;
  • Executive level reporting;
  • Internal programme management;
  • Update and report on the masterplan cost plan and spend against budget;
  • Prepare monthly commercial reports;
  • Maintaining rolling cost and cash flow forecasts;
  • Oversight of Contract Administration, inclusive of design consultants and contractors within the programme;
  • Managing and assisting technical teams to prepare variation orders/work packages;
  • Reporting on project performance;
  • Leveraging project commercial performance;
  • Cost and value engineering;
  • Liaising with Faithful+Gould procurement team;
  • Contract interpretation and advice/action;
  • Reviewing draft contract agreements, inclusive of scope of services/works;
  • Develop, review and update a change management system and procedures that capture complete, accurate and consistent baseline documents, and ensure changes in design and construction and any other change are controlled in accordance with the contract documents and/or programme controls procedures;
  • Oversee the change process to ensure uniformity of application across all existing contracts of the programme and the projects for design details, material approvals and other related items;
  • Create and implement an internal Change Management Plan, Change Log, and associated governance processes;
  • Monitor changes and potential changes across the programme against the contractual and scope baselines;
  • Evaluate cost implications of changes to contracts that are determined as necessary to implement;
  • Alert the Employer of any actual, perceived or expected departure from contractual requirements and prepare analysis of potential issues, resolution options and related recommendations;
  • Proactively supervise all aspects of contracts within the programme including, but not limited to: monitoring contract compliance, terms and conditions, supervising and reviewing overall performance of service level agreements, managing receipt and documentation of change requests and coordinate the review process by appropriate programme stakeholders, ensure that contract related changes / variations are communicated to appropriate stakeholders, delivery of contract deliverables, payment procedures and management reporting;
  • Contribute to risk management process and review meetings;
  • Ensure time charge hours properly captured and invoiced on time.
Essential Criteria:
  • In-depth knowledge and experience of the commercial management of complex projects at all stages of the design and construction;
  • Middle East construction experience added benefit, delivery experience in Saudi Arabia would be a differentiator;
  • Knowledge of FIDIC forms of contract;
  • Good contract, commercial and financial understanding, 10 years post qualification experience;
  • Excellent written English for preparation of contract notices, letters, variation instructions, cost reports and communications;
  • Good negotiation skills to agree contracts and variations with third parties;
  • Large company & project financial control systems use & understanding;
  • Good attention to detail and ability to review payment applications, certifications and contracts prior to issue.
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 successful candidate should be:
  • Degree qualified in Commercial Management / Quantity Surveying;
  • RICS chartered or equivalent qualification;
  • Have knowledge of KSA contract law;
  • Able to work as part of a team and show good teamwork skills;
  • Have previous experience of working on large mixed-use developments;
  • Ideally based within KSA or be willing to relocate upon acceptance of the position.
The Individual:
  • Degree in Quantity Surveying from recognised University;
  • Must have previous experience of FIDIC Contracts;
  • Strong contractual, commercial and financial acumen;
  • Must have consultant and/or client background for minimum of 5 years;
  • Middle East experience preferred;
  • Project management acumen;
  • Good communication skills;
  • Politically aware;
  • Team player, team leader.
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 Well-Being Programme – 24 hour free advice on financial, legal and family care specialists and also access to personal health, fitness and nutrition consultants