Senior Design Manager (Architectural background)

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SA - Riyadh
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Job Description:

Parsons is looking for an amazingly talented Senior Design Manager to join our team! In this role, you will join a professional Project Management Team that is involved in multiple projects on a program being developed by Diriyah Gate Development Authority.  Anchored to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of At Turaif, it is intended to become a world-class cultural heritage destination for the people of the kingdom and for visitors looking to discover the essence of Saudi Arabia. Phase 1 consists of a 7.5km master plan separated into 5 districts, each with a blend of asset classes all of which are being designed in the Najdi architectural style and are well underway so you will be joining the program at an exciting and challenging time.

What You'll Be Doing:

  • Provides management and direction to the design consultants to ensure coordination and consistency between design and construction phases within Diriyah Gate Phase 1.

  • Oversees task order initiation, approval and execution under the design framework agreement.

  • Manage the design consultants in fulfilling its contractual obligations in relation to scope and on time deliverables.

  • Identify and record scope changes in accordance with the change management plan.

  • Lead and record daily/weekly design progress meetings with the design consultants and Client and interface coordination meetings with assets PMCs.

  • Schedule and actively participate in public realm value engineering and constructability reviews.

  • Preparation of weekly and monthly reports on task orders progress, opportunities and blockers.

  • Manage design risks by updating the risk register on weekly basis, liaising with the design consultants & Client to develop mitigation measures and escalating issues.  

  • Support the Procurement Team with the preparation of requests for proposal (RFP) and invitation to tenderers (ITT) procurement packages.

  • Work closely with the Senior Project Manager and Commercial and Procurement Team to resolve any existing or anticipated problems related to resources, quality of work, schedule performance or productivity.

  • Support Commercial Director with evaluation of consultants variations, claims and extension of time claims.

  • Actively participate in and champion the Continues Quality Improvement by reviewing processes efficiency, arranging regular lessons learnt and making improvement recommendations.

What Desired Skills You'll Bring:

  • Ability to work within established processes and to timelines set to deliver the design to meet downstream deadlines for procurement and construction.

  • Proven ability to perform in a supervisory/managerial capacity, excellent written and oral communications skills, and a thorough knowledge of industry practices and regulations are required.

  • Strong discipline towards keeping contemporaneous records to provide an accurate audit trail for timelines set, decisions taken and agreements made.

  • Ability to manage and influence stakeholders from the client and consultant organizations to achieve successful outcomes.

  • Ability to negotiate and contain conflicts.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to effectively interact with a diverse group of stakeholders.

Minimum Clearance Required to Start:

  • Previous experience working for a PMC within a large program with multiple consultants and a large client team.

  • Bachelor’s degree in architecture (or related field) and typically 10+ years of related work experience in a supervisory and managerial role.

  • 5 years’ experience in the middle east including 2 years’ experience in Saudi Arabia.

  • Professional membership of a recognised relevant organization.

  • Must also possess a thorough knowledge of current technology and the capabilities and efficiencies of specific engineering software (AUTOCAD, Civil 3D, Revit) for use in completing engineering assignments.

Minimum Clearance Required to Start:

Not Applicable/None

Parsons is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in the workplace. Minority/Female/Disabled/Protected Veteran.

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