Associate Director - Desalination


VacancyID: 12135
Location: Middle East - United Arab Emirates - Abu Dhabi
Type: Permanent
Closing Date:10/01/2018


Can you help societies thrive in a world we cannot control?
Can you anticipate the unforeseeable, perceive the unexplainable, and plan something unbelievable?
Can you design the unthinkable?
Can you think international and still act local?

WSP are looking for an Associate Director – Desalination with a seller doer attitude who is capable of selling the Desalination team’s capabilities and executing the projects we are awarded.


The key objectives of the role will be to;-
• Lead a team of engineers capable of performing all consultancy tasks related to RO, MSF and FO desalination
• Utilise your experience & knowledge to successfully represent the owner or the EPC company during the design & construction phases of desalination projects
• Take responsibility for the commercial aspects of your team, including the forecasting of hours, the reporting of progress on projects against forecast and can provide commentary on the commercial aspects of my team’s performance
• Share your technical expertise & understanding how the technical aspects affect the commercial operation of a desalination project so you can successfully represent the financier throughout the design, construction & warranty phases of desalination projects
• Execute engineering consultancy tasks within the desalination market. Manage & direct projects, document preparation, including standards & specifications, drawings & technical information
• Utilise your extensive network within the Middle East to generate work and sell your skill sets & those of our business to Banks, Municipalities, Ministries, Other Government Entities, Developers & EPC Contractors
• Stay close to your network to understand when future projects are likely to begin, the market drivers behind the projects and the customer drivers behind the requirements
• Aanalyse technical content of projects, technical ability of the team and commercial risks before proposing an opportunity or beginning a project
• Accurately forecast hours for engineers on desalination projects, report the actual progress against the forecast & provide reasonable commentary for the inevitable divergences.

How will you know when you are successful in this role?
• WSP’s market share in the desalination market is growing and we are developing new relationships with clients to bring in new business
• The team delivers projects on time & on budget having sold the projects at a margin acceptable to the business
• Clients are happy with my output & pay on time
• The water team is engaged and continues to grow sustainably
• You have a global network with WSP and know who to contact for opportunities
• Financial forecasts are accurate and you retain tight control on the finances of your team


In order to meet the challenge you will have the following skills and experience
• I have 10+ years’ experience in the design and execution of SWRO projects, performing tasks such as;
- tender preparation for EPC/IWP projects
- technical review of tenders from developers
- design review of SWRO process plant
- Technical advisory services for lenders & investors
- Project management of desalination projects
- technical due diligence activities
• Have 5 years+ experience of leading and developing a team
• Have in depth knowledge on the desalination market within the Middle East and understand EPC/IWPP & IWP agreements from the technical standpoint
• Have a detailed understanding of how water trading markets across the Middle East region operate, including the structure of WPA’s
• Have a detailed knowledge of desalination construction projects, can reliably review and pass judgement & recommendation on schedules & project plans
• Understand & am capable of witnessing commissioning tests, performance tests and reliability runs throughout the commissioning and warranty periods of a desalination plant
• Hold a Mechanical Engineering degree
• Chartered with an international institution
• PMP certification is desirable
• Fluent in English is essential, Arabic would be beneficial.

We would like to speak with creative, positive, people focused individuals who are proactive and results-driven. If have a passion for new technology, and thrive upon ‘thinking out of the box’ to develop and deliver solutions to complex problems, then WSP is the place for you
WSP is one of the world's leading engineering professional services consulting firms. We are dedicated to our local communities and propelled by international brainpower. We are technical experts and strategic advisors including engineers, technicians, scientists, architects, planners, surveyors and environmental specialists, as well as other design, program and construction management professionals. We design lasting solutions in the Property & Buildings, Transportation & Infrastructure, Environment, Industry, Resources (including Mining and Oil & Gas) and Power & Energy sectors as well as project delivery and strategic consulting services. With 1400 talented people in 8 offices across the Middle East, we engineer projects that will help societies grow for lifetimes to come.


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