Head of Project Management

Last Updated: 28th November 2017 (over 4 years ago)

United Arab Emirates


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Age Range
55 to 64

Qualification Level

Arabic, English, French


Dynamic and results-oriented team leader holding a strong track record of performance in turnaround and high-paced organizations. Utilizing keen analysis, insights and team approach to drive organizational improvements and implementation of best practices , having superior interpersonal skills, capable of resolving multiple and complex operational issues and motivating staff to peak performance. With a history of over 20 years of successful experience, providing fiscal, strategic and operations leadership in uniquely challenging situations within the construction and property development industry. Skilled in leading, mentoring and motivating multinational cross-functional teams, eliciting superior performances and managing multi-million dollar projects , meeting top-line and bottom-line objectives. Commercially and technically astute inspirational leader and outstanding team player, who through a collaborative approach creates robust strategies to translate vision into achievement, demonstrating strong analytical, problem-solving and decision-making skills with a passion for work well-done together with quality and ability to build productive partnership coupled with excellent Managerial capabilities.


Northway University
Master of Science in Civil Engineering

   Oct 2013
— Nov 2014

The Syrian University
Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering

   Sep 1976
— Jul 1982


Self Employed
Freelance Consultant

   Oct 2016
— Current

Overseeing multiple development projects is UAE and Lebanon; consist of residential and commercial developments.
The scope of consultancy include preparation of detailed project brief, review financial model and liaising with the Architect of record during design development from concept to schematic and detailed design

Head of Project Management

   Oct 2014
— Sep 2016

This position holds the overall responsibility for the execution and completion of Real Estate Investment projects within approved budget and time line and ensures it's alignment with the business objectives of the company by providing the required leadership.

Main Responsibilities:
 Establish and approve policies, processes and procedures and set standards and benchmarks for (PMD) the Project Management Department.
 Lead strategy planning for (PMD) unit covering design development and construction management, engineering services, contracts and planning, and project administration, approving them for implementation.
 Develop annual plans and budget for (PMD) unit and project-specific budgets in alignment with the strategic business objectives of the organization.
 Oversee project execution and manage potential variances from performance, quality, time lines and budget.
 Manage and monitor end-to-end Consultant and Contractor management, including review, finalization and appropriate communication of contractual terms to concerned project stakeholders to ensure smooth execution of projects.
 Ensure the adherence to contract, covering quality, plans, timelines, staffing, change orders, H.S.E and regulatory reporting requirements and compliance with reports.
 Ensure the alignment of (PMD) unit and its financial objectives to the strategic goals of the division and the organization, impacting the bottom line.
 Review and negotiate contracts in relation to design and engineering, Identify potential cost reduction opportunities.
 Negotiate or approve contracts and agreements with vendors, distributors, state agencies and other organizational entities.
 Oversee and direct Development and Project Management Directors on all local approvals and entitlements.
 Lead meetings with Consultants and Contractors and the project management team to determine deliverables, finalizing and approving them for implementation.
 Conduct other duties and special projects as required.

Area Manager

   Jan 2014
— Oct 2014

Main Responsibilities:
 To successfully manage all pre and post contract activities pertaining to the Abu Dhabi Company with full profit and loss responsibility.
 Responsible for the effective management of all contracts by application of coherent, standardised policies aligned to the strategic goals of the company.
 To be the focal point of contact for specified clients relating to all Company activities (Building & Civil).
 To effectively communicate the company direction to Section Heads and Project Management and provide appropriate support such that agreed business objectives will be realised.
 Provide consistent leadership and support to Section Heads and Project Management that reflects the companies culture and diversity
 Empowering key Senior Staff whilst retaining overall responsibility.
 Undertake annual performance review of key stakeholders to ensure that their objectives are aligned with own.
 Ensure company policies are communicated effectively on all contracts and promote continuous improvement.
 Communicate effectively with HR Administration to ensure that Company has the competencies to deliver the Business Plan objectives.
 Promote Company Brand to existing and potential Client base. Identify potential clients, develop relationships.
 Advise CEO on succession planning based on internal career development.
 Set and agree objectives for key staff aligned to job appraisals.
 Ensure commercial objectives for individual projects are aligned with resource levels.
 Work closely with commercial team and project management to ensure budgeted margin levels are being realised.
 Review monthly commercial reports with project management team and report in meeting with CEO.
 Responsibility for all key subcontracted packages with particular emphasis on Health and Safety. Advise CEO of any potential problems in sufficient time for the issues to be addressed.
 Agree target budgets with Contract Management.
 Produce bi-annual report reflecting current status to assist CEO in the formulation of direction and policy.
 Undertake short to medium term forecasts for Staff and advise CEO of any shortfall/surplus linked to future order book and projected scheme completion dates.
 Interface with joint venture partners where applicable.
 Manage the tendering process and allocate sufficient, suitably experienced staff to work within the Estimating Department to produce high quality, competitive tenders.
 Work winning within the specified business sectors.
 Perform as a member of the Executive Committee to deliver Company Vision.
 Team building and leadership.

Vice President – Senior Project Director

   Nov 2010
— Dec 2013

Main Responsibilities:

 Led a cross functional team of professionals comprising of Project Directors ,Development Managers, Project Managers, Commercial Managers, Sales & Marketing Managers and CRM Managers.
 Developed master plans and designs coordinating the appointment of consultants and contractors.
 Created and implemented project brief, vision, and mission, working with designers, country teams, consultants and contractors.
 Monitored components to ensure alignment with overall vision. Feasibilities, Manage budgets, risks, sales, marketing and customer relationships.
 Managed construction activities, including asset class developments, infrastructure, landscaping, and parks.
 Led on asset management for retained assets and branding, sales & marketing for non-retained assets.
 Identified and documented risks at each asset class level and implement mitigation measures.
 Secured Board approvals and ensure thorough documentation, direct senior-level developers, project personnel, sales and marketing professionals and customer relationship managers.

Due to the situation in Syria, the works on the ground on Khams Shamat & Airport Road Developments had to be put on hold in January 2013 while we continued with Design Development from our HQ in Dubai.

Consequently beyond January 2013, I was overseeing the following projects:

 Mall of the Emirates Expansion was undergoing a redevelopment worth $272 million titled ‘Evolution 2015′, the project will provide for more stores, dining and entertainment options at the mall. It was scheduled for completion by 2015.

 Al Zahia Development a joint venture with Sharjah Holding is an integrated mixed-use community, featuring a range of villas, apartments and commercial units. Ideally located in new Sharjah in close proximity to Sharjah University City, Sharjah International Airport, SAIF Zone and the major road links to Dubai and the Northern Emirates.

Projects Director

   Feb 2010
— Oct 2010

Main Responsibilities:

 Developed and managed client relationships, networking at tradeshows and events.
 Created alliances with local and global suppliers and monitored suppliers’ and contractors’ performance.
 Oversaw project operations, evaluated specifications, managed budgets, allocated resources (personnel and equipment) and resolved issues to keep projects on track.
 Delivered status reports related to on-going work, evaluating work onsite. Aligned activities with executive objectives .Reviewed contracts and commercial affairs.
 Directed project manager teams and honed staff skills with targeted training.

Manager Projects

   Sep 2000
— Feb 2010

Main Responsibilities:

 Negotiated agreements and managed pricing strategy and tenders as well as QHSE and internal audits.
 Directed numerous large-scale projects, overseeing bids, design, pricing, supply chains and proposals.
 Worked closely with clients and colleagues to manage feasibility, partnerships, cost planning, design development, value engineering, planning, and onsite activities. Managed scope and regulatory compliance.
 Built required human resources capabilities through recruitment, training and promotion of talent.
 Assessed contractual and legal risks associated with various projects and implemented effective remedial measures.
 Managed in-house assets owned by the group in UAE, to include operating, maintaining, and upgrading.
 Technically managed the consortium for Dubai Metro’s bid in 2005

Project Manager

   May 1991
— Sep 2000

Senior Project Engineer

   Jul 1989
— Apr 1991