Project Manager, Capital Construction

Job Number
Posting Date
March 13, 2019

Position Summary

UAE Nationals are encouraged to apply

New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) seeks to appoint a Project Manager, Capital Construction reporting to the Executive Director, Facilities & Projects.

The Construction Projects Manager functions as a key member in delivering the projects promptly in line with the approved construction project program. S/he directs all construction projects from inception to completion in NYUAD Campus. S/he responsible for delivering projects on schedule, budget and quality standards. S/he will be creative and passionate about the built environment and possess a good work ethic and positive attitude. The manager demonstrates a strong commitment to green building standards in all projects by adhering to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards and Estidama. S/he will be reporting to Executive Director, Facilities and Projects and S/he collaborates effectively with internal and external stakeholders.

Key Responsibilities

Coordination and Supervision

  • Plan, direct, coordinate, and lead the implementation of the project to ensure that its goals and objectives are met within the prescribed time frame and funding parameters
  • Provides leadership and technical input for the NYUAD capital program
  • Oversees the evaluation of infrastructure status and need for rehabilitation and/or replacements that are consistent with the building infrastructure, systems and services
  • Manages and oversees consultant/contractor including budgets, invoicing, scope adherence, amendments, overall program delivery ensuring compliance with approved project brief, cost plan, statutory regulation and industry best practice
  • Monitors and controls progress, cost and budget throughout the project and defect liability period in accordance with approved program, cost plan and quality standards
  • Manages client requests, reviews, approvals, schedules and other communications as well as project close-outs
  • Analyzes bids and works with Procurement to select vendors, contractors, and consultants respecting the Supply Code of Conduct
  • Reviews and negotiates contracts and change orders with contractors
  • Oversee the NYUAD master plan, and manages the capital projects program
  • Performs other such duties as may be assigned from time to time
  • Engage key stakeholders such as staff, faculty and operational heads to develop project briefs by engaging Facilities Management, EHS, Public Safety and Security and IT/AV to ensure operability, buildability and maintainability of the project is factored

Fiscal Responsibilities & Best Management Practices

  • Must have strong client relations skills and the ability to work well and collaborate with an in-house interdisciplinary team including technology, security, facilities, and purchasing
  • Develop and track cost plans to include project design, build, operational, maintenance and lifecycle costs and provide periodic updates to management
  • Must have the ability to work well under pressure
  • Prior supervisor responsibility
  • Strong attention to detail and financials

Resource Management

  • Excellent project planning skills
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Establish work schedules and workflow
  • Supervise staff, and monitor and evaluate the performance

Strategy and Communication

  • Chair project meetings and workshops to drive the project program
  • Strong organizational, problem solving, presentation and analytical skills
  • Manage complex projects, priorities and meet deadlines and budgets whilst maintaining quality standards
  • Must be customer focused on understanding and appropriately responding to client’s needs
  • Write annual reports to the funder and other divisions
  • Risk assessment capabilities
  • Ability to establish priorities


  • Assist with other initiatives as determined by the Executive Director Facilities and Projects

Required Education:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, or other related to Construction and Project Management fields

Preferred Education:

  • Certification: AIA and LEED certification are desirable
  • PMP Qualified or affiliation with CIOB or RICS 

Required Experience:

  • Minimum Seven years’ relevant experience or equivalent
  • Working knowledge of building codes and standards
  • Understanding of Contracts such as FIDIC, NEC Engineering and Construction
  • Experience in handling multiple tasks and projects concurrently
  • Previous experience with higher education construction and/or renovation projects with financial management responsibility is essential

Preferred Experience:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills
  • General knowledge of all MS Office Suite programs such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Strong presentation and meeting preparation skills
  • Superb written communications
  • Provides technical and engineering support in the area of project planning, design, and construction

Other Information

NYU Abu Dhabi is a degree-granting research university with a fully integrated liberal arts and science undergraduate program in the Arts, Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, and Engineering. NYU Abu Dhabi, NYU New York, and NYU Shanghai, form the backbone of NYU’s global network university, an interconnected network of portal campuses and academic centers across six continents that enable seamless international mobility of students and faculty in their pursuit of academic and scholarly activity. This global university represents a transformative shift in higher education, one in which the intellectual and creative endeavors of academia are shaped and examined through an international and multicultural perspective. As a major intellectual hub at the crossroads of the Arab world, NYUAD serves as a center for scholarly thought, advanced research, knowledge creation, and sharing, through its academic, research, and creative activities.