Project Controls Director

Job title: Project Controls Director

Company: Jacobs

Job description: We showed you how we are solving the world’s greatest challenges by transforming intangible ideas into intelligent solutions for a more connected, sustainable world?

Transportation affects every aspect of daily life, no matter where you are in the world! Jacobs is made up of a team of multi-disciplinary rail experts who work on complex projects around the globe. We are driven by the extraordinary as well as the seemingly mundane, working with our partners to make the world more connected and more sustainable for everyone.

At Jacobs, we push the limits of what is possible to make the world smarter and more connected. For the Etihad Rail project that means delivering a new 650km freight rail network across the United Arab Emirates from the Saudi Arabian border to the Indian Ocean, connecting major industrial ports and economic hubs across the way and redefine logistics and transport in the region, providing a modern, safe, efficient and sustainable network. This is a transformational project for the United Arab Emirates and the wider gulf region, providing a transportation backbone for freight and passengers as part of the UAE’s strategic growth plan.

Are you interested in being part of a world class rail project in the UAE and making a major contribution within an iconic project? Make a difference, lead controls for a nation transforming program, develop a team of managers and work alongside a highly motivated team of professionals in a fast-paced environment in the UAE freight and passenger railway network on behalf of Etihad Rail. The railway will redefine logistics and transport in the region, providing a modern, safe, efficient, and sustainable network which will connect the seven emirates of the UAE to its neighbouring GCC countries.

As the Program Controls Director, you will play a leading and pivotal role in supporting the project executives, functional leaders and Construction Directors in monitoring and controlling the course of the Program. You will exercise independent and professional judgment in solving problems, coordinating, and illustrating issues as they relate to schedule and cost variances. You will communicate with the Client’s Representative to illustrate and advise actual verses planned progress and develop and own processes for systematic monitoring review and reporting of project metrics. These processes are to ensure that project governance, is effective and fit for the purpose of making timely and effective decisions during the project. You will be responsible for managing and analysing data, expertly reviewing and critiquing reports and submissions by the Contractors whilst reviewing the Earned Value reports for the project and succinctly summarize reports and present the analysis to executive management. You will have overall responsibility for the day to day relating to all project controls activities including in summary; high level processes, systems, conducting appropriate meetings, providing appropriate reports required to monitor and control the overall schedule which will also consider changes relating to cost and risk changes. You will have autonomy in keeping the program leadership informed of the program schedule and significant events that may jeopardize the project outcome. You will be providing critical thinking and independent assessment where needed to verify the program direction and be participating in key management meetings, creating presentations of the current status of various parts of the project.


As a successful candidate you will have a degree in Engineering or a related discipline with extensive experience in Project Controls on various contract types. You will have worked on mega projects ($multi billion in scale) with the ability to critique and challenge objectively and with confidence and guide staff on project controls related issues. You will have experience in hands-on use (at high-level) of planning, reporting and cost control systems tools and techniques. You will have in-depth working knowledge of major rail, transit, transportation, or other heavy civils projects. You will be proficient in Primavera P6 and have strong written and oral communication skills in the English language. Middle East experience is desirable.

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With safety and flexibility always top of mind, we have gone beyond traditional ways of working so you have the support, means and space to maximise your potential. You will uncover flexible working arrangements, benefits, and opportunities to do good too – from participating in our global giving and volunteering program, to exploring new and inventive ways to help our clients make the world a better place. No matter what drives you, you will discover how you can cultivate, nurture and achieve your goals – all at a single global company.

Start your Jacobs career with a company that inspires and empowers you to deliver your best work so you can evolve, grow and succeed – today and into tomorrow.

Please note: If you are being represented by a recruitment agency you will not be considered, to be considered you will need to apply directly to Jacobs.

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Location: Abu Dhabi

Job date: Tue, 14 Dec 2021 23:15:53 GMT

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