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Design Manager

  • Job reference: FG-006558
  • Sector: Buildings, Construction
  • Location: Abu Dhabi

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The Design Manager will provide advice and assurance to the end user throughput the entire villa Design process, they will also challenge Vendors to meet objectives around budget, quality and construction timelines. 

  • DM is accountable in ensuring the concept and detailed designs for each villa are captured as per the end user’s requirements. 
  • The Design Manager will support the preparation of reports, drawings, specifications and review of tender documents. He or she will report to the Head of Department.


In this role, you are required to provide the interface between project ownership and delivery. 

  • You are required to act as the single focal point of contact between the end user, consultants and the Construction Contractor(s), about design, ensuring the desired project objectives are delivered. You must have adequate knowledge and information about the business and the project to make informed value-add decisions for both the Client and the end user.
  • Further, you are expected to conduct yourself in line with the core values of the business and lead by example in maintaining the Faithful+Gould culture

You will be responsible for at least the following areas and duties in your role 
  • Providing the report with recommended list of Design Consultants to the Customer
  • Reviewing Design Consultant’s Contract
  • Conducting QA review of both concept and detailed Design and ensuring Design meets budget requirements
  • Ensuring the Design process recognizes current legislation, standards and codes of practice, where appropriate
  • Striving to eliminate health and safety risks in the Design and financial risks during construction
  • Supporting, understanding and advising the Customer as to the requirements and his/her obligations in the development of a building Design
  • Ability to manage workload and time efficiently


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 to 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.


  • A minimum of 10 years’ experience in Design of residential housing in the with at least 5 years’ experience in the Middle East region. 
  • Possesses in-depth knowledge of all aspects of residential construction Projects in UAE including local Design guidelines, industry practices and authority regulations.
  • Arabic speaking professionals preferred.

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