Practice Lead – Highways & Utilities wanted at ATKINS – Abu Dhabi

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ref: ME-006115
Roads & Bridges
Abu Dhabi
The new Design and Engineering Division (D&E) in Atkins Middle East & Africa Business brings together the capabilities of talented engineers, architects and other professionals facing the Transportation, Real Estate, Water and Defence markets.

We have a requirement for a Practice Lead Highways & Utilities to be appointed to lead the team in Abu Dhabi. This role plays a key part in the overall practice team, shaping our overall technical competency and direction of the established highway and utilities teams.

The Practice Lead Highways & Utilities (PLHU) will work with the Deliver Work Director and the Market Directors using their business plans to develop a highways team resource plan which includes GDC resource. The PLHU will also maintain staff development and training plans for the team. Develop the new skills and capabilities in the practice to address the new sectors and services such as Intelligent Mobility. The PL will undertake the above activity whilst ensuring target utilisation and productivity is met within the practice.

Principle Requirements

Experience in management or leadership role, preferably in the same sectors or alternatively in comparable areas of technical and professional delivery.
Lead a practice recognised for technical excellence and demonstrate ability to flexibly respond to business needs
Proven track record of successful delivery of major infrastructure projects from concept to detailed design and completion of construction
Strong collaborative behaviours to interface with clients, other members of the D&E team, GDC and other suppliers.
Whilst experience and knowledge of the Middle East market and in particular the highways and utilities sectors is a distinct advantage, it is not an absolute requirement for the role.

Key Responsibilities

Technical leadership on large multi-disciplinary project delivery
Build and motivate a team and demonstrate good leadership qualities
Manage and report on business performance and assist in the preparation of budgets and forecasts
Ensure compliance with Health & Safety regulations and ensure that a good Health & Safety culture is engendered within the office.
Staff recruitment, retention and development making sure staff reach their performance potential
Develop a highly motivated and performing team creating opportunities for the development of individuals
Provide technical expertise on a variety of large engineering projects
Oversee designs and budgets and drive projects from tender to delivery in a multi-disciplinary environment
Lead single discipline bids and provide significant input into multi-disciplinary bids
Continue to build relationships with existing clients, securing repeat business and identifying additional business opportunities
Increase your networking profile with both internal and external clients