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Project Director

  • Job reference: ME-006212
  • Sector: Buildings, Construction
  • Location: Nairobi

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As part of our Middle East business strategy, we are currently looking for experienced Project Director (Education/Healthcare Projects) to join our team in Kenya to lead a major project.

Responsible for managing and leading a diverse team of professionals including Project Managers, Engineers, Construction Managers, Planner/Schedulers, Quantity Surveyors, Contractors and other supporting services.

Drawing on your existing education or healthcare projects experience, you will be responsible for managing the project direction and coordinating throughout all project life-cycles and final handover to the client.

Core Responsibilities

  • Lead the Integrated Project Management Team to develop the strategy and execution plan on the project
  • Deliver on all technical and commercial aspects of the project as per the contract requirements
  • Manage the client relationship and key stakeholders
  • Be proactive in offering solutions to issues and opportunities.
  • Deliver the financial objectives for the project
  • Manage all project risk and contingencies
  • Ensure compliance with the Atkins/F+G Business Management System
  • Direct staff and resources to meet project delivery requirements
  • Manage the Project Manager’s performance of delegated responsibility
  • Business development to ensure repeat business
  • Be point of contact for Faithful+Gould in East Africa
  • Lead bids for other projects in East Africa
  • Provide the principal point of contact with the clients’ senior representatives for the delivery of project services
  • Develop and maintain close working relationships with relevant project, technical, financial and commercial staff which may include direct hires and contractors.
  • Develop close working relationships with other Faithful+Gould business heads, locally and internationally
  • Develop effective working relationships with colleagues within the region and internationally to maximize the cost base and technical delivery capability
  • Support the Project Manager in the resolution of problems
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.

Core Requirements

  • Western educated to a minimum of Bachelor's degree in engineering, construction management or architecture
  • Chartered with a western recognised institute (to include but not necessarily be limited to APM, ICE, RICS, CIOB, AIA and RIBA).
  • A minimum of 15 years post graduate experience
  • A minimum of 10 years operating at senior management and director level
  • Experience in leading on major Education/Healthcare programmes of works
  • Proven success in the delivery of large healthcare capital projects within scope, time and budget
  • Experience in the planning, managing and successfully delivering on projects involving numerous stakeholders
  • Effective IT and communication skills in report writing, presentations and holding effective conversations
  • Experience of leading a business and having responsibility for a P&L account
  • Proven ability to lead, organize and direct large multi-national organization


  • 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 agree objectives and standards
  • Assert independent views and challenge when appropriate
  • Willing to challenge the status quo

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