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Keywords / Skills : Project Director, Design, Director, Engineering Head, Design Studio

15 - 25 years
Posted: 2018-09-06

Job Description
What will my responsibilities look like in this role?

To manage architectural/engineering design projects within the parameters of time, budget and quality. The position will customarily be supported by a Project Manager and Design Manager. 

Your responsibilities would include but not limited to details as provided below: 


• To provide leadership and direction to the Project Delivery Team ensuring timely and effective decision making

• To act as focal point for all future developments and changes proposed for current and future projects

• To ensure the effective implementation of Procedures and Best Practice in line with the requirements of the business

• Appointment and commercial management of all required sub-consultants or other services

• To carry out the day-to-day management of the Project.

• Establish and manage project scope and objectives

• Resolution of technical and commercial disputes

• Identify and manage project specific risks

• Develop and maintain internal and external communication plans and maintain responsibility for all external communication

• Coordinate the services being provided by all parties, including other Business Sectors and sub-consultants.


• To provide front line communication and contact with the Client effectively managing Client expectations and ensuring Client satisfaction in line with the project scope

• To provide strategic advice for the Client with respect to overall development issues

• Liaison with the Client and Project Stakeholders

• Provide the principle point of contact with the client for the delivery of the Project services, and through which other Business Sectors and sub-consultants operate.


• To coordinate an overall schedule of meetings

• To specifically ensure that workshops deliver requirements

• Ensure the quality and timeliness of service delivery to clients

• Preparation, management and implementation of the project schedule with particular emphasis on:

• Statutory Authority approvals

• design reviews

• efficient delivery of project milestones

• Communication with Project Stakeholders including issue of schedule where appropriate


• Oversee claims management

• Overall Financial management of the project including:

         o Preparation and maintenance of the Project Cost Plan

         o Cash collection

         o Management of Change Control

         o Maintain agreed cash flow objectives by billing in accordance with the agreement.

• Preparation of and responsibility for performance measurement and cost reports and in particular the Monthly Project Review.

• Review deliverables against the resource and project schedules to establish performance against spend and programme to enable an accurate cost to complete to be maintained.

• Establish and maintain the administration and finance requirements through Deltek.

Scope & Quality:

• To direct policy on the standard and quality of outputs

• Preparation of the overall project brief and project management plan and manage delivery against the plan

• Ensure that contractual deliverables are produced to the quality standards required, issued on time and in compliance with the clients requirements

• Monitoring quality of the work with respect to Project/Client requirements


• To establish, implement and maintain a Project Reporting Plan

• Report to SSH senior management by exception

• Chair and Issue meeting minutes of all formal project meetings with external and internal parties

What do I need to apply?

• Minimum 15 years’ experience in Project Management of the design of building projects.

• Strong building design experience gained from International Consulting Companies

• Must be a fully qualified Project Management Professional

• Experience in Middle East is a preference.

• Developed Engineering Design skills along with an indepth understanding of the design process and interfaces between design disciplines.

• It is essential that the correct individual must be able to demonstrate extensive experience of, delivering building projects in the Middle East from concept through to detailed design as part of a multidisciplinary design team.

• Excellent command of English (written and spoken).

• Proficiency in verbal and written Arabic is an advantage but not essential.


• Must possess an Architectural and/or Engineering Bachelor’s degree

• MSc / MBA degree in Construction or Project Management preferable

About Company

SSH specialise in the delivery of world class, design-led projects in the MENA region. We are a multidisciplinary firm with a 50 year track record and expertise in architecture, engineering, infrastructure, interior design and project management.

We are respected project leaders, trusted international partners and reputable employers. Our aim is to raise the profile of sustainable design and engineering throughout our region by offering an exceptional blend of quality, innovation and value.

SSH (formerly Salem Al-Marzouk and Sabah Abi-Hanna) was founded in Kuwait in 1961. Since then, we have expanded to become one of the MENA region’s leading Architecture and Engineering firms.
We played a key role in the planning, design and delivery of modern Kuwait’s infrastructure. We have led many landmark projects that have re-shaped the nation’s skyline, enhanced its urban fabric, improved transportation networks and promoted economic growth.
Today, SSH International employs 500 people and has offices in Kuwait, Oman, Abu Dhabi and South Africa. We are currently ranked at number 97 in the world by World Architecture Magazine and at number 8 in our region.
We place a strong emphasis on design integrity and combine this with our unparalleled working knowledge of the region. These qualities have made SSH a trusted strategic partner of the world’s leading design firms.
SSH has always recruited high calibre people who bring expertise and innovation to every project. We have also maintained a strong ethical approach to running our business.
With 50 years’ experience, we have an exemplary track record and we remain firmly committed to raising the profile and quality of architectural and engineering projects throughout our region.

Our Vision
To be the architectural and engineering consultant, strategic partner and employer
of choice in the MENA Region
Our Mission
In order to realise our vision we will:
Provide regional leadership in delivering high standards of quality and value to our customers.
Collaborate with the world's leading designers, as projects require, delivering exceptional design and engineering services.
Continue to raise our international and regional profile through innovation and the proficient delivery of landmark projects.
Promote a performance-based culture throughout our whole business structure.
Employ and empower the best people in a creative environment to ensure we meet our customers' design and development challenges.
Support our people within an extended family work environment and we will promote a healthy work / life balance.
Ensure that openness and integrity are always at the core of everything we do as we strengthen relationships built on trust.
Build long term shareholder value through the realisation of our vision.

Company Values
SSH will operate within strict legal and ethical guidelines in all of our activities. We will provide a challenging and rewarding environment for all employees and maintain a sharp focus on professional excellence, Health and Safety and environmental awareness.
We will strive to maintain and extend our creative, design, technical, process and commercial advantage over our competitors. Our collaborative approach will be reflected throughout our organisation and ensure that our customers and partners regard us as the ‘Go to Guys’ for design and project delivery throughout the region.

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