Project Manager (Design) – Water & Wastewater

Khatib & Alami - Sharjah ,United Arab Emirates

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Experience Needed:
More than 12 years
Career Level:
Job Type:
Full Time
1 open position
About the Job

Job Summary

The job holder is a senior member of the Water & Environment Sector team in K&A. He is involved in the management of Water & Environment related design projects of moderate complexity, including team management, technical management, schedule and cost control, quality management, risk management and client management throughout the project lifecycle. He is accountable for the delivery of Water & Environment design projects of moderate complexity in accordance with project budgets and schedules while satisfying all technical and quality projects requirements. While doing so, the jobholder is the main client counterpart and ensures client requirements are handled in a professional manner, while maintaining a positive and reputable company image in all interactions. The jobholder is expected to progressively support and work on more complex projects, as needed. He shall stay abreast of the latest trends and developments in the project management space and adopt best project management practices, where applicable.


  • Develop and seek approval for project budget baselines, including man-hour costs, expenses and contingencies
  • Manage project budgets and resource allocation, ensuring the adherence to allocated budgets, for Water & Environment design projects of moderate complexity
  • Collect and analyze client requirements for Water & Environment design projects of moderate complexity
  • Manage client relations, including managing project expectations and sharing project progress and issues / risks
  • Ensure client satisfaction with Water & Environment design deliverables
  • Manage Water & Environment design projects of moderate complexity, including schedule and cost control, team management, client management and risk management
  • Develop project management plans, including schedule baselines, project scope baselines, man-hour estimates, quality plans, budgets and risk plans for Water & Environment design projects of moderate complexity
  • Develop scope baseline, detailed work breakdown structures, project activities and critical path charts for Water & Environment design projects of moderate complexity
  • Provide input on project procurement needs, including external specialty suppliers, as needed
  • Lead internal and external project kick-off meetings and ensure stakeholders are aligned
  • Manage the design teams during the execution of design projects across all design stages, including concept design, schematic design, draft final design and construction documents
  • Coordinate with technical design team leaders for addressing clients’ technical issues, reviewing designs, obtaining approvals, etc. for Water & Environment design projects of moderate complexity
  • Lead the coordination with other design departments to integrate designs at all stages (e.g. Structural, Mechanical, Electrical, Buildings, etc.) for Water & Environment design projects of moderate complexity
  • Support the Quantity Surveying team with the preparation of tender documents, such as BOQs, specifications, Conditions of Contract, etc.
  • Manage sub-consultants and ensure deliverables are in accordance with scope, schedule and budget
  • Perform quality assurance and ensure the quality of design deliverables is consistent with K&A standards
  • Guide design verification, peer reviews and other quality control activities
  • Lead design validation and reviews with client counterparts and authorities, as needed
  • Provide support during the tender process, including managing bid queries, support in evaluation of bids and support of clients during the negotiation and award process, as needed
  • Support during the supervision stage, as needed, including responding to contractors’ RFIs and solving design conflicts, in coordination with local design support teams
  • Work with design support in Geographies to support projects, such as client coordination, authorities approvals
  • Liaise with the Contracts Department to resolve any contractual issues for projects of moderate complexity, as needed
  • Manage changes in project scope, potential risks and contingency plans, as needed
  • Guide the preparation of invoices for K&A’s deliverables, in coordination with Resident Managers and local Finance teams
  • Prepare periodic project progress reports, raising major issues&
Job Requirements


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Civil / Environmental Engineering
  • Master’s Degree in Engineering or Project Management is preferred
  • PMP certification is a preferred


  • Knowledge of Water & Environment design, covering specializations
  • Solid knowledge in all aspects of project management
  • Excellent knowledge of project management software
  • Strong budget management skills
  • Strong analytical and problem solving capabilities
  • Good understanding of quality control and risk management
  • Good communication skills
  • Good interpersonal and leadership skills
  • Ability to elicit cooperation from a wide variety of stakeholders, including senior management, clients and various departments
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English


  • 12+ years of experience in the Water & Environment design Industry in a top tier regional / multinational engineering consultancy or project management firm
  • Strong experience and track record in managing Water & Environment design projects
About this Company

Khatib & Alami (K&A) creates, designs, supervises and manages projects that have the potential to better society. We build on our proven multidisciplinary expertise and offer regional urban planning and comprehensive architectural and engineering consulting services. K&A... (More)

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