AECOM Senior Project Manager in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Business Line Program Management

Position Title Senior Project Manager

United Arab Emirates - Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi

Job Summary

Job Summary

The Senior Project Manager is responsible for the overall direction and management of assigned design contracts. This includes building and maintaining professional relationships with internal stakeholders, clients, other consultants and contractors as well as managing the overall project coordination and delivery in line with planned timelines and budgets. They are required to lead, direct and develop project managers, deputy project managers, and assistant project managers through proactive and inclusive mentoring and oversight.

Job Duties

  • Responsible for the overall direction and management of assigned design contracts.

  • Establishes and builds professional relationships with Clients, other Consultants and Contractors.

  • Understands and develops Client Project Brief, work breakdown structure, packaging of delivery and programming of works..

  • Effectively manages Client expectations.

  • Owns the preparation and implementation of the Project Management Plans, Design Management Plans and Project Quality Plans in coordination with the assigned project team.

  • Manages the coordination, interface and interactions with internal disciplines and teams within AECOM and with 3rd parties in relation to Technical, Financial, Safety, Quality, Programme and other elements of a project, to ensure successful execution of the PM scope of services.

  • Ensures on-schedule completion within or below budget in accordance with contractual obligations.

  • Responsible for all Contract activities and commercial performance to meet project goals & objectives.

  • Responsible for managing Safety and Quality performance of projects.

  • Produces regular effective project reports to both Client and AECOM – weekly and monthly with program updates

  • Owns Change Management and Risk Management on the project

  • Ownership of invoicing and support collections minimizing DSO and working towards meeting profit, contingency and cashflow targets for the project.

  • ePM project manager responsible for commercial management, deployment of resourcing, cost monitoring and control, and putting in place mitigation measures for corrective actions required.

  • Manage and mentor junior project management staff assigned to them, including personal development.

  • Undertake a range of business development activities including leading preparation of proposals / attending interviews and presentations / networking events etc

Specifically, the Senior Project Manager is responsible for:

  • Acts as the Company representative for all day to day Contract matters with the internal teams and the Client during the project execution. Understands and develops Client’s Brief. Negotiates changes to the scope of work with the client, internal teams, sub-consultants and contractors, managing procurement strategies and appointment of contractors. Responsible for following up on instructions & commitments associated with the project.

  • Takes an active, personal role in the establishment, implementation and management of project Quality, Safety and Risk Management Systems and Procedures.

  • Oversees establishment of Package / Project specific briefs and scoping documents, contracts and procedures. Assists the Project Director on matters that cross between interfacing elements, projects or Business Lines.

  • Oversees the financial and commercial management of the project internally to achieve project targets monitoring on weekly control of deployment of resources, costs, achievement of contracted deliverables, compliance to contractual obligations, monitoring of risks and change control.

  • Establishes the program requirements for all areas of the project, and monitors the draft and final deliverables for adherence to these criteria.

  • Works with the Project Director to develop design budgets, schedules and plans for the various elements of a project.

  • Supports the Project Director in the Procurement of other Consultants and Contractors either for the delivery of the works or on behalf of the Client.

  • Assists the Project Director in devising and execution of actions plans to rectify potential cost overruns or schedule delays, or to accommodate significant changes to the scope of work.

  • Monitors and reports to management on the progress of all project activity within the program, including significant milestones, and any conditions, which would affect project cost or schedule. Supports or develops recommendations and action plans to resolve issues affecting or likely to affect the successful execution of the works.

  • Liaison with Technical Services and Shared services personnel for delivery of design, costs, schedules and overall project support.

  • Establishes regular meeting to review package status, formulate action items and follows up on close out.

  • Works proactively, constructively and fairly with all parties to ensure the successful execution of the project,

  • Performs other responsibilities associated with this position as may be appropriate.

Minimum Requirements

Specific Skills Required

  • Good working knowledge of Internationally-accepted Project Management, construction industry principle and practices / safety / quality management systems.

  • Good basic understanding of Construction Law. Seeks advice as appropriate.

  • Good knowledge of design processes and systems – previous design experience preferred.

  • Good knowledge of current construction technology.

  • High level of critical thinking, problem solving, numeracy and English literacy skills.

  • Good negotiation skills.

  • Ability to work in a matrix organisation.

  • Clear verbal communication skills.

  • Uses diplomacy and tact in discussions with other parties. Contributes to team building and enhancing morale across the team / project.

  • Promotes equality and recognises diversity in managing people. Understands local and international multi-cultural aspects of the UAE.

  • High level of computer literacy

Person Specification (Behavioural Attributes)

  • Leads by example - Creates an inclusive work environment based on trust and respect. Demonstrates strong people manager/coaching skills. Continues to look for opportunities to grow and help others grow.

  • Demands excellence - Able to work through ambiguity to drive team performance. Sets standards and delivers high-quality work.

  • Safety and integrity always - Ensures team operates with high standards of integrity. Makes safety a priority.

  • Collaborative - Works with employees to ensure success with internal and external client delivery.

  • Innovative - Executes new and creative solutions which advance internal and external client's objectives.

  • Strategic - Identifies opportunities for long-term relationship with clients by anticipating cross-functional solutions and other opportunities.

  • Clear and frequent communications - Communicates often in an inspiring way, ensuring other’s viewpoints are solicited and considered. Listens and learns from others.

  • Execution and results - Drives a team that achieves results through strong focus on execution and measurement.

  • Prioritize, focus and accountability - Aligns resources to critical business needs and delegates where appropriate, escalates issues as necessary to senior leadership to impact results. Ensures decisions are implemented, evaluated and takes accountability for results.

  • Fact-based decisions - Seeks out factual information and assesses risk to make the best possible decision.


  • Minimum 8 to 15 years of related work experience, a broad general engineering background, and previous Middle East design and construction management experience on similar or related project types is required.

Preferred Qualifications


  • A Bachelor’s Degree in a Construction-related subject, such as Construction Management, Engineering, Architecture, or equivalent

  • Specific Project Management training & qualification and Membership of a Chartered Institution preferred.

What We Offer

AECOM is a place where you can put your innovative thinking and business skills into high gear and work alongside other highly intelligent and motivated people. It's a place where you can apply your skills to some of the world's most challenging, interesting, and meaningful projects worldwide. It's a place that values the diversity of our areas of practice and our people. It's what makes AECOM a great place to work and grow. AECOM is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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Job Category Program and Project Management

Country United Arab Emirates

Position Status Full-Time

Requisition/Vacancy No. 165683BR