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Project Controls Director

  • Job reference: R-027426
  • Sector: Atkins
  • Location: Riyadh

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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.
Due to continued success in the country we are now seeking an experienced PMO/ Programme Director to join our already established team in Riyadh, Saudi to oversee a major programme of work.

This role will have full oversight and line management authority of the Planning, Risk, and Reporting functions to provide senior level coordination and direction in order that the following key elements are achieved:
• Act as primary point of contact for Client for schedule, risk, and reporting matters.
• Advise the client on all aspects of planning, schedule, and project control according to best industry standards
• Conduct executive level presentations to the client management team to brief on the status of the programme, individual projects
• Develop programme weekly and monthly executive dashboards.
• Provide strategic planning for the programme with respect to high-level milestones and critical path.
• Provide direct oversight and direction to planning/scheduling, risk management, and reporting.
• Effectively communicate the programme schedule to all stakeholders.
• Work with associated teams to develop, periodically review, and improve project controls processes and procedures to be adopted across the Programme to achieve a consistent and coordinated approach, including:
o Planning structure approach for PMO and PMC
o Development of WBS and activity codes
o Performance monitoring and reporting
o Input into the Programme Management Information System (PMIS)
o Risk Management
o Schedule Management
o Lead effort to analyse all schedule related data, identifying issues and opportunities and provide solutions to ensure all programme schedule objectives are met.
o Generate and implement methods for gathering and interpreting pertinent project information with analysis focused on identifying and mitigating or resolving negative impacts.
o Liaise with cost management team to integrate cost and schedule data.
o Attend weekly and monthly meetings with Employer and other stakeholders.
o Reporting - Interface and challenge PMC’s, Contractors and Design Consultants on their reports. Evaluate and escalate where necessary areas of concern.
• Oversee the development and maintenance of the Programme baseline schedule.
• Lead the development of the weekly and monthly reports & dashboards and report variances against milestones.
• Develop and monitor programme KPIs.


• Minimum 15 years related experience in Project Management and Project Controls.
• Must have a consultant and/or client background for a minimum of 5 years in a PMO capacity.
• Must have a minimum of 5 years Middle East experience preferred.
• Fluent in English (read, write and speak).
• Project management acumen.
• Politically aware.
• Team player, team leader.
• Extensive strategic planning
• Arabic speaking is an advantage but not essential.

Rewards and Benefits
We offer an excellent package which includes:
• A competitive salary
• 25 calendar days annual leave (based on 5 day working week)
• 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.