Associate - Utilities Full Time
WSP Group

Ash Shariqah [Sharjah], United Arab Emirates | Bachelor's Degree | 15+ years | Full Time | Male or Female | Utilities | Construction

Job Summary

An Exciting opportunity to work for WSP Middle East as an Associate in the Utilities team.The Associate role is accountable for the operational performance, technical and people leadership of their team and discipline projects across WSP Middle East (ME). The role holder will also be responsible for the Senior Infrastructure Project Manager (PM) role for selected multi or single disciplinary projects. The role holder must take a ‘hands on’ approach to all aspects of the role.

A graduate with at least fifteen (15) years of experience delivering utilities infrastructure assets including all aspects of the water cycle (potable water, wastewater, irrigation, stormwater, district cooling) as well as power distribution and street lighting assets. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in complementary infrastructure fields such as roads design. The candidate should have experience of managing multidisciplinary teams and working in the GCC region.

Job Responsibilites

Business Leadership
• Responsible for the leadership and support of their team
• Ensure that Health & Safety is embedded into all work practices in line with company policies
• Ensure the right resources are utilised effectively at the right time across their team and projects. Including engaging with the Complimentary Resource Centres (CRCs) to ensure that communication and design processes are continually improved
• Input into the recruitment and selection process
• Conduct meaningful inductions, performance management reviews and personal development plans that support the development of individuals and the business
• Contribute to succession planning and career development across their team
• Support the development and delivery of training and awareness sessions as required
Contribute to the development and implementation of the business unit (BU) strategy
• Provide regular project status and financial performance updates to line manager
• Attend and lead team and project meetings, cascade relevant information and encourage feedback from team
• Input into setting and delivering P&L BU budget and forecasts
• Lead by example and ensure QMS and Project Lifecycle compliance across their team and projects.
• Support the companies approach to Sustainability and ensure that the Sustainability strategy is implemented across the team

Business Development
• Input into business development activities through participation in external market profile raising activities and functions
• Actively develop internal and external client relationships
• Contribute to the Key Account Management (KAM) programmes via line manager, with the aim of increasing client intelligence to develop win solutions and support unique selling points
• Support the ‘Prospect to Project Process’ for lead projects and overseeing the process for direct reports
• Act as Prospect Manager on selected projects
• Provide technical support to respond to prequalification documents, Request for Price (RFPs) and other client inquiries
• Contribute to the financial build-up of resources and lump sum pricing items for prospects where required

Project Leadership
• To act as PM on selected projects by managing the successful delivery of high quality multi and single disciplinary projects
• Ensure that own projects adhere to Project Lifecycle and that projects led by direct reports adhere to Project Lifecycle
• Input into the formation of the contractual relationship between the business and the client; taking the process from proposal to contract, utilising the advice of the support functions
• Engage with the CRCs at the Prospect stage through to completion to ensure the most cost efficient delivery of their projects.
• Complete proactive project planning, stakeholder and risk management takes place across projects
• In conjunction with the PD identify, assess and manage major project risk and secure the best commercial return from the projects in their portfolio
• To ensure statutory and regulatory requirements are met
• Support the delivery of project P&L budgets, forecasts and working capital targets for own projects and projects led by direct reports
• Support the accurate and timely recognition of revenue for own projects and projects led by direct reports
• Support the overseeing and delivery of the process of working capital management from inception to completion within set deadlines; This includes the timing of invoicing, the review of Work in Progress (WIP) and the collection of outstanding invoices from clients whilst utilising the advice of the support functions as necessary
• Contribute to the completion of monthly management project reports to be issued by set deadline

• Focus on the delivery of the technical design drawings and specifications to the required regulations and quality standards
• Develop the technical capabilities of direct reports
• Provide technical solutions on projects
• Initiate and participate in design peer reviews in alignment with the QMS system
• Provide support and guidance to Technical Working Group (TWG)
• Keep up to date with industry developments with respect to own discipline and understand and appreciate the basic technical principles and drivers of other disciplines

Job Requirements

• BEng (Hon) degree with minimum 15 years post graduate experience
• Member of Professional body associated with discipline
• C.Eng preferred although not essential
• Experience and proven ability to lead and manage an engineering team and multi-disciplinary projects
• Experience of Microsoft Office
• Comprehensive experience of technical design and associated discipline software

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