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Parsons Corporation Design Director in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Job Description:

Parsons is looking for an amazingly talented Design Director to join our team! In this role you will get to join a leading professional engineering, construction, and cost management team working on mixed use and hospitality projects in the Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

What You'll Be Doing:

  • Under the direction of the Project Director, leads design management activities for a large luxury hospitality project in accordance with the project schedule. This includes directing and coordinating consultant activities in accordance with project/client procedures, scope of work, and contract specifications. Serves as the primary point of contact with the client for all design related activities for the project. Prior experience must include significant design management assignments at the Principal Project Manager level. Experience should also include operations management of personnel and facilities. Relocation to the job site may be required.


  • Acts as the Company representative with the client and selected consultants, designers and contractors during the program execution.

  • Negotiates changes to the scope of work with the client and key consultants, designers and contractors.

  • Participates in negotiations with regulatory agencies and in public meetings in support of clients.

  • Oversees establishment of Design Management Plan, Master Plan Baseline Program, Pre Tender Estimates, Cost Plans, Tender Packages, Scope of Services and other documents as required.

  • Establishes the program requirements for all areas of the project and monitors the draft and final deliverables for adherence to these criteria.

  • Responsible for the development and distribution of a one to two-page description of the project to all members of the project team for reference.

  • Assigns responsibility for executing design management plans to key subordinates after careful assessment of how to utilize their qualifications and strengths.

  • Provides input to performance reviews and development plans for subordinates. Field responsibilities may include labor relations, local procurement and payroll operations, etc. if required.

  • Mobilizes company resources, through liaison with support departments, other offices, or subsidiaries, to create project teams capable of completing effective, quality work.

  • Discusses the qualifications required of the key project positions in specific detail with the profit center and department managers.

  • Collaborates with the office facilities staff to address project space requirements.

  • Works with the key project individual to devise and execute action plans to rectify potential cost overruns or delays, or to accommodate significant changes to the scope of work. Advises the client and company management of any such changes.

  • Promotes technical and commercial excellence on the project through the application of Quality Assurance processes.

  • Monitors and reports to management on the progress of all project activity within the program, including significant milestones, and any conditions, which would affect project cost or schedule.

  • Establishes weekly meetings to review project status and formulate action items.

  • Performs other responsibilities associated with this position as may be appropriate.

What Required Skills You'll Bring:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Architecture / Engineering and typically 20+ years of related work experience is required.

  • The incumbent should have a broad general technical and business background, as well as previous design management experience on similar or related large-scope project types.

  • Professional registration may also be required.

What Desired Skills You'll Bring:

  • Proven ability to perform in a management capacity, excellent written and oral communications skills, and a thorough knowledge of industry practices and regulations are also required.

  • In addition, one must be knowledgeable of current technology and how it can be effectively utilized on the project.

Minimum Clearance Required to Start:

Not Applicable/None

Parsons is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in the workplace. Minority/Female/Disabled/Protected Veteran.

About Us

Parsons is a digitally enabled solutions provider focused on the defense, security, and infrastructure markets. With nearly 75 years of experience, Parsons is uniquely qualified to deliver cyber/converged security, technology-based intellectual property, and other innovative services to federal, regional, and local government agencies, as well as to private industrial customers worldwide.

Parsons is an equal opportunity, drug-free employer committed to diversity in the workplace. Minority/Female/Disabled/Protected Veteran/LGBTQ+.

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