Technical Director -MEP & Utilities

Technical Director -MEP & Utilities

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Job Description

Job Description

SNC Lavalin's Program Advisory Atkins business is one of the largest multidisciplinary, multi sector engineering design consultancies in the world and is part of the SNC Lavalin Group.
We provide a full range of design, engineering and project management services for buildings, transportation and other infrastructure programmes.
Atkins in the Middle East now employs around 2,000 staff serving Gulf clients across all market sectors from offices in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Doha, Dubai, Jeddah, Kuwait City, Manama, Muscat, Riyadh, and Sharjah.

Department: Site Operations - KSA (SOKSA)
Location: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Reports to: Site Operations Director - KSA

Role Summary

Functional Relationships
  • Site Operations Director (SOD)
  • Technical Director (Buildings & Civil) (TD)
  • Projects Director (PsD)
  • Project Directors (PDs)
  • Resident Engineers (REs) / PMs
  • Construction Supervision Team
  • Operations Services Lead (OSL)
  • Project Controls Manager (PCM)
  • SOKSA QA/QC Manager (QM)
  • SOKSA Bid Teams
  • Design Project Managers (DPMs)

  • Induct, train, and lead the team of the discipline staff.
  • Develop and evolve team structure, appoint and empower line managers
  • Interview and recruit discipline staff and organise the requirement for each project site.
  • Implement Quality / HSE management systems relevant to all areas of MEPU works.
  • Monitor the progress of the work of the discipline staff and determine any training requirements.
  • Conduct regular site visits monitor performance of the MEPU staff and raise necessary issues to SOD.
  • Mentor discipline staff on required improvement of process, procedures and technical skills.
  • Encourage discipline staff to identify safety issues and raise Safety Observations
  • Assist discipline staff to regulate and control the MEPU works and ensure compliance with relevant quality procedures throughout the project.
  • Guide and assist discipline staff in the development of process control sheet for MEPU works on new projects, in conjunction with the QM.
  • Arrange leave cover for the discipline staff and ensure that projects are properly administered.
  • Coordinate external, internal and site surveillance audits with the QM.
  • Assist and perform internal / external audits, prepare audit reports and monitor the close out / corrective action of findings / observations / non-conformance notices raised.
  • Assist and perform Site Surveillance Audits (Technical), prepare surveillance audit reports and monitor the close out / corrective actions of findings / observations raised.
  • Organise and perform project design reviews at various stages as required and formulate comments.
  • Organise and perform reviews of tender documents and prepare design and contractual comments arising.
  • Guide and assist the project REs and discipline staff in submittal reviews including contractor design drawings, shop drawings, materials and alternative proposals.
  • Monitor and perform objective verification of the quality and consistency of reviews undertaken by the discipline staff.
  • Monitor and assist in the testing & commissioning of all systems and ensure that all systems are functional and meet or exceed the criterion set in the contract documents.
  • Monitor and perform objective verification of project documents at handing over to ensure completeness and that reviews are thorough.
  • Assist the respective project REs and discipline staff in resolving technical issues, claims, disputes arising and requiring input for satisfactory close out.
  • Assist the project REs and discipline staff to ensure that all statutory authority NOCs / permits / design approvals are available at start-up of project.
  • Provide assistance to the project REs and discipline staff when required with Local Authorities for approvals, inspections, permits etc.
  • Monitor performance of Contractors / Suppliers and record evaluation at project close-out.
  • Review technical feedback received from projects and collate, distribute and circulate across all projects.
  • Extend support to discipline staff to avoid contractor claims for cost and /or delay.
  • Guide and assist discipline staff in the close out of non-conformance notices (NCNs) and site inspections notices (SINs) and review the corrective actions proposed by the contractor.
  • Guide and assist discipline staff in the final inspection for certification and handing over the works.
  • Liaise with the QM for the effective implementation of the quality management systems and site supervision provision activities.

  • Ensure MEPU discipline staff implement Quality / HSE Management Systems.
  • Assist discipline staff in the development of process control sheets for each MEPU activity as per Project Quality Plan (PQP) to ensure compliance with Quality Management Systems.
  • Liaise with the discipline staff for all external and internal audits and ensure the effective implementation of Quality Management Systems.
  • Assist discipline staff at the project close out stage and verify the testing & commissioning, final inspection & snagging, submission of documents at handing over are as per the contract documents.
  • Liaise with the respective project REs and ensure requirements for the issuance of Taking-Over Certificates are fulfilled.
  • Support project discipline staff to review any significant variation that may have an impact on the overall design and supervision delivery process.
  • Liaise with the project supervision team, coordinate and resolve any issues of concern.
  • Analyse current methods of site supervision and provide recommendations for continuous improvement

  • Liaise with Clients to support approvals of discipline staff if required by the RE.
  • Attend meetings Clients (as required).
  • Guide and assist the project team in the preparation of any technical reports / recommendations as required by Clients for any project specific issues.
  • Discuss with Clients any potential concerns regarding approvals of submittals, significant claims, variations, project discipline staffing
  • Liaise with Clients for the necessary approval of samples if required by the PD / RE.
  • Explore with Clients any potential leads for future job opportunities for the business.

  • Participate in regular management meetings
  • Provide technical input to SOKSA bids, including narratives and assessments of resource requirements
  • Act as Bid Director on selected bids
  • Attend, input to monthly Project Review Board meetings
  • Lead the identification of MEPU recruitment requirements / participate in selected panel interviews
  • Coordinate with PDs to develop regular project resource forecast inputs for overall SOKSA resource planning
  • Develop and implement protocols for cross fertilisation of ideas / issues arising / lessons learnt between projects
  • Develop and implement protocols to enhance Design / Site collaboration, feedback, training
  • Develop and implement protocols to enhance Site collaboration with PMC / SNC-L

  • Coordinate leave request of discipline staff, arrange leave cover.
  • Monitor discipline staff sickness / other absences from projects, address apparent abuse
  • Maintain and update leave records of discipline staff in conjunction with OSL / PCM
  • Manage disciplinary issues in conjunction with OSL, PDs, QM, HSED
  • Conduct regular internal team meetings of discipline staff and record / circulate minutes and actions.
  • Identify, organise, and conduct training for the discipline staff.
  • Organise and ensure timely completion of annual and mid-year Performance Development Reviews for all MEPU discipline staff.
  • Conduct annual and mid-year Performance Development Reviews of senior discipline staff and monitor progress against objectives set.
  • Ensure timely completion of all mandatory training by all MEPU discipline staff.
  • Prepare and circulate regular MEPU discipline summary reports on resourcing, leave arrangements, issues arising etc.

We offer an excellent package which includes:
  • A competitive salary
  • Accommodation allowance
  • Transportation allowance
  • 26 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

Job Details

About SNC-Lavalin

SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. is a Canadian company based in Montreal that provides engineering, procurement, and construction services to various industries, including mining and metallurgy, oil and gas, environment and water, infrastructure, and clean power.

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