Design Manager (Civils) - Rail/Metro

Country/Region:  SA
Field:  Engineering

Riyadh, SA

Type of Contract:  Permanent
Level of experience:  15-20 years
Job number: 

SYSTRA is one of the world's leading engineering and consultancy groups with 65 years of experience and employing more than 10,500 employees across 80 countries.

In Saudi Arabia, SYSTRA has been ever present for more than 20 years and continues to expand and play its part in helping the Kingdom achieve its 2030 vision. With 400+ employees SYSTRA is involved in many of the Kingdoms iconic projects.


As our Mobility & Railway business continues to grow, we are currently seeking a Design Manager or our upcoming projects here in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

As a multi-disciplinary design manager, the chosen candidate will lead the delivery of a robust, integrated rail system design. This person will be responsible for the management and governance of all technical and engineering aspects of the different railway projects under this programme and will work with key rail stakeholders to guarantee successful project delivery.

Key Responsibilities:

Responsibilities will include but are not limited to the following:
- Providing technical guidance, governance and day-today coordination related to design review activities for contractual conformance
- Drafting and reviewing the status and adequacy of the design review plan to ensure continuing suitability and effectiveness
- Receiving, distributing, and tracking design reviews of the consultants/DB contractors design submittals for the duration of design and construction
- Contributing to the successful delivery of the project by leading and coordinating cross-discipline interfaces from a technical design perspective
- Ensuring appropriate processes and skills are in place to assure the safety and integrity of all engineering deliverables and projects
- Developing and managing a large multidisciplinary team of design engineers to raise the level of their technical capability and understanding
- Regularly engaging with the project senior management team when determining the allocation of resources (design/engineering) to support the project and initiating changes when necessary
- Providing leadership, direction and guidance to staff to ensure quality technical services are provided that meet both the project and client requirements
- Identifying risks and opportunities associated with coordination (e.g. differing time scales for developing inter-related design solutions) and reporting back to the project senior leadership team
- Identifying, reviewing and advocating changes (variations) to designs in terms of technical capability, cost effectiveness, scope, durability and maintainability of design solutions

Person Specification:

- Bachelor degree in Civil Engineering or related technical discipline
- Minimum of 15 years of experience in design and construction of major Metro Rail infrastructure projects at feasibility, outline detail design, and construction stages
- Successful track record in technical design review on major Metro Rail Projects for civil and systems related disciplines
- Knowledge of rail, metro or related project design, project, design assurance and safety management principals
- Experience of managing risk and opportunity and administering change on projects
- Demonstrated ability to train, mentor and develop staff in technical engineering design excellence
- Ability to educate clients in all aspects of systems engineering
- Responsive to changing requirements, flexible and able to work under pressure
- Proven ability to communicate effectively, work collaboratively with others, inspire and to add value to projects
- Strong capacity to resolve conflicts and reach an agreement with external and internal stakeholders
- Full professional proficiency in English (verbal and written, including technical writing)
- Excellent communication, relationship management and influencing skills and effective collaboration with multiple stakeholders

- Professional Engineer, Chartered Engineer or a member of a relevant engineering institution
- Knowledge of design-build principles
- International exposure and cross-cultural experience. Knowledge of Middle East is highly beneficial
- Arabic Language is an advanta