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VAC4352 - Senior Project Manager - Marine & Infrastructure

Division Project Management
Location Dubai, U.A.E.
Closing Date 03-Oct-2019
About the Business

DP World is a leading enabler of global trade and an integral part of the supply chain. We operate multiple yet related businesses – from marine and inland terminals, maritime services, logistics and ancillary services to technology-driven trade solutions.

We have a portfolio of 77 operating marine and inland terminals supported by over 50 related businesses in 40 countries across six continents with a significant presence in both high-growth and mature markets. We aim to be essential to the bright future of global trade, ensuring everything we do has long-lasting impact on economies and society and creates a better future for everyone.

Our dedicated team of over 37,000 employees from 110 countries cultivate long-standing relationships with governments, shipping lines importers and exporters, communities, and many other important constituents of the global supply chain, to add value and provide quality services today and tomorrow.

We make sure cargo keeps moving so people have the things they need, when they need them, helping economies grow and nations prosper. It’s an important job, and one that requires smart, proud, passionate people working all across the world – people who are not afraid to innovate and find new ways of driving our business forward. We foster a culture of collaboration, innovation and respect. Our global workforce is made up of 45,000 people with over 110 different nationalities who bring their experience and expertise together, allowing us to be a global leader.

By thinking ahead, foreseeing change and innovation we aim to create the most productive, efficient and safe trade solutions globally.


About the Role

The Senior Project Manager is accountable to:

  • Manage, execute and deliver multiple UAE and global projects across DP World’s portfolio throughout the project cycle, including the project definition, design, construction, commissioning, and hand over; and
  • Ensure projects are delivered to meet the agreed requirements and expectations of the End Users.


Key Accountabilities


The Senior Project Manager is responsible for:

  • Managing the delivery of multiple projects in UAE and globally across DP World’s portfolio;
  • Delivering all projects on time, on budget, and quality as per the agreed scope of works;
  • Collaborating with key project stakeholders (including Business Development, Engineering, Operations, Legal, Insurance, Commercial, Finance, and Business Units) to ensure adequate budgeting, planning and successful delivery of projects;
  • Reporting progress throughout the lifecycle of projects to all project stakeholders (including but limited to weekly and monthly progress reports);
  • Delivering projects as per the processes and procedures defined in the department’s Project Implementation Manual (PIM); and
  • Ensuring all documentation related to each phase of the project is completed in a timely manner as described in the department’s PIM.


All projects follow the pre-defined phases as per the department PIM. The Senior Project Manager will be responsible for certain tasks in each phase; as explained herein:


In this phase, the Senior Project Manager will:

  • Support civil feasibility studies in collaboration with the Business Development Dept.;
  • Be responsible for the technical activities of any required procurement related to pre-project feasibility and due diligence requirements; and
  • Support the review process of Concession Agreements related to Group Planning & Project Management Dept. activities in collaboration with the Business Development Dept.


In these phases, the Senior Project Manager is responsible for:

  • Defining the project requirements in collaboration with the project stakeholders;
  • Conducting the following procurement/tender activities:
    • Defining the scope of works;
    • Ensuring value engineering and innovation initiatives are conducted to optimize project costs;
    • Provide the required technical support to the procurement process for consultancy and construction;
    • Review and provide feedback on the proposed tenderers list prepared by the Vendor Management section;
  • Providing technical support for obtaining permits and approvals;
  • Providing technical support for lender’s negotiations (if applicable);
  • Establishing project teams with clearly defined roles and responsibilities;
  • Working in collaboration with the insurance department to ensure all relevant insurances are in place prior to the commencement of construction works; and

Identifying and assessing project-related risks to ensure adequate risk mitigation strategies are in place.


In this phase, the Senior Project Manager is responsible for:

  • Managing all aspects of project construction to ensure delivery on time, on budget, and quality as per the scope of works;
  • Monitoring and controlling project risk register to mitigate any potential time and cost impact;
  • Managing projects resources (Tactical and Implementation Teams);
  • Managing construction contracts from the perspective of project scope and deliverables, payments, variation orders, and claims;
  • Obtaining approvals from relevant stakeholders for any “Change Request”;
  • Ensuring that the highest levels of safety are applied in all activities;
  • Ensuring maximum time is spent in site offices (across multiple projects) to monitor progress and control quality.
  • Ensuring the completeness of all documentations from contractors and consultants related to payments; and

Reviewing and approving all project invoices and associated payments from contractors and consultants.


In this phase, the Senior Project Manager is responsible for:

  • Ensuring all project deliverables have been verified and completed;
  • Approving the take-over certificates from the contractor;
  • Handing over the project to the End User (including but not limited to operating manual, as-built drawings, training, etc.) and obtaining relevant approvals from the End User;
  • Managing and completion of any snag list;
  • Ensuring “Lessons Learnt” documentation is completed in a timely manner;
  • Ensuring “Vendor Performance” documentation is completed in a timely manner; and

Ensuring all project-related documents are adequately archived for future reference.


In addition to the projects-related tasks, the Senior Project Manager is responsible for:

  • Providing all necessary support to the End User during the defects liability period;
  • Providing any ad-hoc support to the Business Units for activities related to the Group Planning & Project Management Dept.;
  • Providing any ad-hoc support to the Group Planning & Project Management Dept. for process improvement and best practice initiatives;
  • Applicable if role has direct or indirect reports - responsible for the management and leadership of an engaged team, promoting collaboration and ensuring that each is developed and evaluated against goals and objectives which are aligned, specific, measurable, attainable yet challenging, realistic and time bound.
  • Act as an ambassador for DP World at all times when working; promoting and demonstrating positive behaviours in harmony with DP World’s Founder’s Principles, values and culture; ensuring the highest level of safety is applied in all activities; understanding and following DP World’s Code of Conduct and Ethics policies.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned. 


Qualifications and Experience

In order to give credible support to the organisation and be successful in this role, the ideal candidate will have the following:


  • Bachelor (or higher degree) in Civil Engineering (BEng (hons))
  • Knowledge of and relevant training in Project Management (PMP or PRINCE2)


  • Minimum of 15 years of experience in construction projects, with project management experience responsible for budget, schedule and quality of construction activities;
  • 10 years of experience in marine developments or infrastructure projects;
  • Proven track record of development and administration of marine works contracts;
  • Proven track record of delivering value engineering, innovation, and cost saving initiatives;
  • Track record of working in and directing project teams;
  • Proven ability to demonstrate a drive for results and accountability of business needs;
  • Proven ability to resolve project-related issues, decision making, and prioritizing deliverables;

    Proven proficiency in MS Office products and experience with presenting to project stakeholders and senior management.


  • Project management;
  • Contract administration;
  • Risk management;
  • Stakeholder management;
  • Time management
  • Value engineering;
  • Cost control and reporting;
  • Documentation archiving
  • Attention to details and multi-tasking;
  • Technical knowledge of container terminal construction and operations;
  • Strategic thinking, problem solving and decision making;
  • Data analysis;
  • Market intelligence – construction related;
  • Ability to work autonomously;
  • Proactive approach.


Other Information

The employment benefits package is reflective of the location for this position.


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