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Saudi Arabia and the UAE's top 10 construction jobs of January 2019

Dar Al Riyadh, Khansaheb, and Ramboll are among the top employers of the month

Saudi Arabia and the UAE's top 10 engineering jobs of January 2019 have been revealed [representational image of Dubai].
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Saudi Arabia and the UAE's top 10 engineering jobs of January 2019 have been revealed [representational image of Dubai].

Close to 2,000 jobs are currently up for grabs across the GCC in the construction and civil engineering space.

This may come as no surprise given the flurry of big ticket announcements across the region in 2018, namely in Saudi Arabia, where the ambitious Vision 2030 economic agenda has spawned planned giga-projects, such as the $500bn (SAR1.9tn) Neom, the sprawling Qiddiya entertainment city, and the Red Sea project.

All of Saudi Arabia's developments target local, regional, and international tourists as the kingdom looks to position itself as a tourist and cultural destination, bringing with it huge opportunities for the region’s builders.

The new year also brings a new budget for Dubai. HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, approved the 2019 budget with planned expenditure worth $15.5bn (AED56.8bn) earlier this month.

Infrastructure projects account for $2.5bn (AED9.2bn) of the total budget, which is based on population growth figures; a commitment to consistent infrastructure development; the objectives of Dubai Plan 2021; and the benefits of hosting Expo 2020 Dubai.

READ: Dubai budgets $2.5bn for infrastructure ahead of Expo 2020

In this article, Construction Week rounds up the top 10 construction jobs that are available across the region – including the busy markets of Saudi Arabia and the UAE – as we enter 2019.

Candidates must apply for all jobs through BuildingMENA.com, the Middle East's only construction-focused recruitment portal.

1. Projects director / construction manager
Al Kobraish Investment and Constructions Co

Al Kobraish Investment and Constructions Co is looking a full time projects director/construction manager in Abha, Saudi Arabia. Reporting directly to the managing director and/ or chief executive officer, the right candidate will lead a team of engineers and project managers.

They will be responsible for the preparation of the instruction manual for the project’s work (step by step processes and deadline to complete the project work), as well as guidelines of project implementation.

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Previous experience of working in Saudi Arabia is a must.

Apply for the job here.

2. Construction manager
Saleh Constructions

Dubai-based Saleh Constructions is on the hunt for a full-time Dubai-based construction manager. The right candidate must manage and oversee the day-to-day construction management of the project, ensuring also all changes to specifications, work scope, and drawings are documented.

The ability to monitor construction productivity, schedule performance, and investigate reasons for less than satisfactory performance is also a must.

Apply for the job here.

3. Project manager
Dar Al Riyadh

Dar Al Riyadh is looking for a full-time project manager with hands-on experience on residential high-rise buildings projects to work out of Riyadh.

The right candidate must be able to plan, implement, and finalise the project according to strict deadlines and within budget. This includes acquiring resources and coordinating the efforts of team members in order to deliver the project according to planned specifications.

The right candidate in their new role must also define the project objectives and oversee the quality control throughout its life cycle.

Apply for the job here.

4. Buildings liaison engineer
Eram Engineering

Eram Engineering is looking for a buildings liaison engineer to work on Jeddah’s Campus and Research & Technology Park.

The role includes managing day-to-day issues related to facilities and interact with end-users to tackle their concerns, providing improvement schemes for operations efficiency and energy consumption.

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Among other duties, candidates must be able to liaise with suppliers, contractors and relevant stakeholders.

Apply for the engineering job in Riyadh and other Eram roles here.

5. Project manager
Khansaheb Civil Engineering

Khansaheb Civil Engineering requires a project manager to work full-time out of Dubai. Responsible for the overall control, delivery, and commercial performance of the project, the right candidate must be able to use internal and external resources – highlighting needs and implementing plans to meet these criteria.

The ability to develop and maintain relationships with the client, consultant, and their representatives, as well as all internal and any other external bodies, is also critical. The right fit must be able to take ownership of the successful delivery of the project, in accordance with health and safety standards and guidelines.

Among other key responsibilities, the right candidate must produce reports for senior management on the overall progress of the works.

Apply for the job here.

6. Construction/ project development director
MBR City

Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum City’s mixed-use community is looking for a construction/ project development director.

Developing business plans and opportunities that support the development of the department, the right candidate must lead and develop the projects team to establish and manage the strategy for the department, whilst improving the quality of services.

Among other key responsibilities, the right candidate must have a strong understanding of delivery and commercial activities through the different phases of asset development.

You can apply for this role here.

7. Senior civil / structural engineer
Dar Consulting Engineers

Dar Consulting Engineers is looking for a senior civil structural engineer for one of its project management consultancy schemes in Saudi Arabia.

Candidates should have relevant work experience to be considered for the role.

Apply for the job here.

8. Construction manager
Moranti Group

US-headquartered engineering construction company Moranti Group wants a full-time construction manager to join its team in Riyadh. Preparing the site and liaising with other construction professionals such as architects, engineers, buyers, estimators and surveyors before construction works start, the right candidate must be able to develop the programme of work and strategy.

The ability to communicate with a range of parties, including the client, subcontractors, suppliers, the public and the workforce, is another key requirement.

Apply for the job here.

9. Project director
El Seif

El Seif is looking for a project director to join the construction and engineering firm on a full-time basis. Developing adequate work systems and procedures to ensure efficient project implementation, the right candidate will handle the responsibility for the delivery, profitability, and quality of the project outcome.

The ideal candidate must have a bachelor’s degree or diploma in civil engineering, and 12 years’ project management experience – at least seven of which in a managerial position.

Proficiency in written and spoken English and Arabic is a must.

Apply for the job on BuildingMENA here.

10. Project director
Ramboll

Ramboll is on the hunt for a project director for buildings to work full time out of Dubai. The prospective candidate is expected to act as a role model and implement strong processes, professional governance, a high performance culture and a commitment to delivering excellence for clients.

Project direction is a leadership role with accountability for setting and delivering the project strategy and providing governance to the project – ensuring the interests of Ramboll, the client, the project team and suppliers are aligned.

A full time project director will typically take responsibility for projects of Category A and B, highly complex, and/or large value contracts.

Apply for the role here.

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