Job Summary

    The Design Manager leads the design teams during design delivery and manages design activities of projects in K&A. The Design Manager is the main counterpart of Project Managers and key support in client interactions. The Design Manager works closely with Project Managers for the review and validation of design deliverables and monitors the checking and reviews of all design phases and ensures the proper implementation of all related adjustments and revisions. The Design Manager conducts design value engineering in coordination with the Project Manager and design teams. The Design Manager supports the Project Manager with budget, schedule, client, technical, and quality management activities on projects.


    • Support the collection of internally available data to support project execution
    • Lead one or more design teams during design delivery
    • Lead discussions with clients to determine criteria guiding design, including budgets, preferences, etc.
    • Develop concept designs, including all required drawings and reports, for projects of high complexity, for discussion with clients
    • Guide the refinement of selected design options into schematic and draft final designs, including all required drawings and reports
    • Lead the coordination with other design specializations (e.g. Architecture, Structural, Mechanical, Electrical, Transportation ) to coordinate design requirements across disciplines for design projects of high complexity across all design stages (conceptual, schematic, detailed), as needed
    • Closely work with stakeholders for design value engineering for projects of medium to high complexity, as needed
    • Closely work with Project Managers for the review and validation of design deliverables for projects of medium to high complexity with clients and authorities, capturing feedback and obtaining approvals, as needed
    • Closely work with the Quantity Surveying Department for the development of tender documents, including specifications, Bills of Quantities and Conditions of Contract, and provide support during the tender process, as needed
    • Closely work with project teams for reviewing design deliverables of design projects of medium complexity, including conducting detailed reviews and checks and the issuance of checking reports, as needed
    • Coordinate the review of complex designs with Principals and Associate Principals, in coordination with design teams and Project Managers
    • Support Project Managers in developing, reviewing and updating work programs and man-hour estimates and in managing changes in project scope, schedule or budgets, as needed
    • Support Project Managers in managing project budgets, resource allocation, and project schedules, as needed
    • Support Project Managers in managing project contractual risks, as needed
    • Support Project Managers in managing external suppliers and subcontracts and in ensuring the adherence of their deliverables with the project scope, schedule, and budget
    • Assist Project Managers in monitoring and managing the projects’ budget and schedule, as needed
    • Provide support to Project Managers in developing periodic progress reports, as needed
    • Assist Project Managers with implementing quality control policies and procedures on design deliverables and conduct peer review on team members’ deliverables
    • Support during the supervision stage, as needed, including responding to RFIs and solving design conflicts, in coordination with local design support teams

    Qualification, and Skills Required to Execute this Role

    • Civil Engineering Degree
    • Specialization in Roads & Highways design
    • Chartered Professional Engineering certification or equivalent is preferred
    • In-depth knowledge and proven track record in the roads & highways design field
    • Understanding of international highway engineering standards and codes
    • Good communication and presentation skills
    • Good interpersonal skills
    • Proficiency in spoken and written English; Arabic is an advantage


    • 13+ years of experience in design in a top tier regional/multinational engineering consultancy firm
    • Strong experience in large and complex highway projects
    • Exposure to global best practices and trends in the Roads & Highways design domain
    • Experience in the UAE is preferred