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Programme Controls Director

  • Job reference: FG-004927
  • Sector: Construction, Programme Management
  • Location: Saudi Arabia

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Function & Scope

 

This position reports directly to programme manager and the purpose of this position is to provide oversight and management which includes attending projects meeting, supervising & assigning work to scheduling staff, and coordinating with other departments staff, consultants, and associated stakeholders. Principle duties consist of managing, directing, controlling, and updating of programmes wide Master Project Schedule (MPS) and all related tasks of several large capital improvement projects from planning through executing, controlling, monitoring, and closing. Significant construction projects are ranging from subways, light rails, railways, expressways, local roads & drainage, bay crossing, ports, medical facilities, schools, stadia, and utilities, etc. This is accomplished by providing superior guidance and exceptional direction to the management of large capital projects.

 

Principal Responsibilities

 

Manage Master Project Schedules (MPS) by participating as a proactive leader of project team members, developing master project schedules, allocating project cost/resources uncertainty which will be used as their baselines. Direct scheduling team members, coordinate with other department staff and stakeholders for schedule, cost, and resources’ baseline and updated information. Determine and analyse both schedule and cost variances between baseline and updated schedule periodically. Propose mitigating plans for eliminate or minimize the negative impact to stakeholders. Perform administrative and construction support functions by participating in management team meetings, advise direct supervisor regarding issues affecting execution and completion of capital projects, provide input to the performance evaluations of project team members, and coordinate with operations to ensure capital project accomplish their objectives. Representing PMO by attending and/or making presentations at meeting, organizing and/or leading meeting or discussing on issues, providing feedback on all incoming and on-going capital projects, coordinating with other departments ensuring smooth cooperating within PMO, Stakeholders, and Consultants.

 

Relationships

 

Human Collaboration Skills: Recommendations regarding policy development and implementation are made and/or recommended. Evaluate client satisfaction, develop cooperative associations, and utilize resources to continuously improve consultant services, and maintain company business objectives.

 

Freedom to Act: The employee normally performs the task by following established standard operation procedures and/or policies, requests supervisory assistance only when necessary. Special projects are managed with little oversight and assignment may be reviewed upon completion. Performance will be reviewed and evaluated periodically.

 

Communication Skills: Ability to communicate in English, orally and in written form clearly and effectively. This includes in client facing meeting and staff training. Ability to write professional letters, executive reports precisely and effectively. Ordinarily, such education is obtained at the college level or above. However, it also can be obtained from experience, post-graduate education, and self-study.

 

Recommendations regarding policy development and implementation are made and/or recommended. Evaluate client satisfaction, develop cooperative associations, and utilize resources to continuously improve consultant services, and maintain company business objectives. The employee normally performs the task by following established standard operation procedures and/or policies, requests supervisory assistance only when necessary. Special projects are managed with little oversight and assignment may be reviewed upon completion. Performance will be reviewed and evaluated periodically.

 

Decision Making

 

Must have the ability to be a critical thinker and problem solver, especially under pressures from challenging clients in fast paced environment.

 

Faithful+Gould is one of the world’s leading consultancies providing integrated project and programme management services for construction and engineering projects, with a turnover in excess of £200 million.

 

Faithful+Gould worldwide has access to 2,300 consultants, of whom 400 are located in the Middle East across six offices. We have successfully delivered commercial advice and management support for over 65 years to clients in Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East, UK, and North America. We are a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Atkins Group, the design and engineering company.

 

Active in the Middle East for 18 years, Faithful+Gould combines in-depth knowledge of the region with the ability to draw on our global resource and constructive expertise, to deliver the most challenging of projects. With registered companies in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait, this makes us one of the strongest international construction consultancies in the region.



Requirements (Competencies)

 

Formal Education: Assignments require broad knowledge in a general professional and technical field. Knowledge is normally acquired through (4) years of college resulting in a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Civil Engineering, Project and/or Construction Management, Planning or a related field.

 

Technical Skill: Duty requires advanced skills and knowledge of understanding both sequences of construction and operation of Primavera P6 software for at least 10 years. Independent judgement and decision-making abilities are necessary to apply both managerial and technical skills effectively.

 

Experience: A minimum of fifteen (15) years of experience in the combination of project management, construction management, project controls or planning and administration of the construction of subway, rail transit, expressway, local road & drainage, stadia, ports, hospital facilities, school, and related utilities system including at least five (5) years of supervisory experience. In addition, a minimum of fifteen (15) years of hand-on experience of operation of primavera software with large scale construction projects.

 

Supervision: Assignments require solid supervising skill and strong monitoring experience for a regular group of scheduling staff including furnish input on hiring/disciplinary actions and work objectives/effectiveness, evaluate staff abilities, train scheduling staff, and realign work as needed.

 

Knowledge:

  • Project and construction management including control principles and systems
  • Primavera P6 software experience and able to demonstrate skills and train staff effectively
  • Risk analysis and management
  • Detailed Procurement, Pre-Construction, and Construction project scheduling practice, principle, and analysis
  • Advanced Critical Path Method (CPM) schedule and analysis skills
  • Cost estimate, cost allocation, cost forecast, and cash flow
  • Resources estimate, allocation, levelling, and forecasting, etc.
  • Standardise project reports to monitor schedule progress, expenditures, resources usage, and variances
  • Forecasting and trend analysis methodology, required for updating project schedules and estimates
  • Construction claim avoidance and claim resolution techniques
  • Project life cycle of conceptualization, planning, execution, controlling, monitoring, and closing

 

Abilities:

  • Experience in creating and managing EPS, WBS at all level
  • Learn Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software
  • Develop project status and control reports including cost and schedule analysis
  • Communicate effectively in English, both orally and in writing
  • Plan, organize, direct, and supervise the work of others
  • Prepare monthly status reports addressing project scope, schedule and cost effectively
  • Interpret project documentation to produce integrate planning solutions
  • Learn a project team of diverse individuals through successful implementation of a project
  • Mentor and motivate planning/scheduling staff
  • Review and prepare correspondence and complete reports
  • Identify problem areas and evaluate, recommend, and implement alternative solution to mitigate complex issues and problems

 

Behaviours

  • Establish cooperative working relationships with clients, supervisors, staff, stakeholders, consultants, contractors, etc.
  • Ability to work in a challenging, multi-cultural environment
  • Learn management procedures, policies, and agreement of the company
  • Be resilient with a “can do” attitude and able to work under pressure
  • Be collaborative and able to work across regional and business boundaries
  • Be focused on delivering to agreed objectives and standards
  • Assert independent views and challenge when appropriate
  • Challenge the status quo

 

Additional Information

 

Position may require travel throughout the GCC region. This could include long term secondment into client’s or project team office.

 

Rewards and 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;
  • 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

 

Apply and the Process

 

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