Associate Director – Design – Water/Theme Parks

Job Overview

At Mace, our purpose is to redefine the boundaries of ambition. We believe in creating places that are responsible, bringing transformative impact to our people, communities and societies across the globe. To learn more about our purpose, culture, and priorities, visit our strategy site.

Within our consult business, we harness our unique combination of leading-edge practical expertise and project delivery consultancy to unlock the potential of every project.

The project:

This is an opportunity to work on one of the largest programmes in Saudi Arabia. This unique project consists of major mixed-use development including sports facilities, entertainment, and arts along with all associated infrastructure.

Mace is currently providing programme management and looking for high-calibre experienced professionals to lead integrated teams throughout each phase of the project.

Our values shape the way we consult, and define the people we want to join us on our journey:

Safety first – Going home safe and well:

  • You will be a leading advocate of Mace’s value of safety first, and be accountable for leading and maintaining exceptional safety, quality, cost, programme, sustainability and compliance standards for the design resources you manage.
  • You will possess advanced technical expertise in local health and safety rules and regulations relevant to project portfolio.
  • You will champion a diverse and inclusive working environment, and understand the importance of the wellbeing of the people you manage.

Client focus – Deliver on our promise:

  • Act as the day to day operational manager for any design managers or other design management resource deployed to projects.
  • You will be responsible for leading the delivery of design management to deliver key strategic outcomes and sub-function KPIs, directly influencing strategic development.
  • You will be the main point of contact for client design issues, ensuring relationships are managed and maintained.

Integrity – Always do the right thing:

  • You will implement and execute the design management system, processes and protocols to meet statutory, legal, and contractual requirements.
  • You will directly influence long term development of strategy for a function or business unit (BU), creating a sustainable business future.
  • You will commit to making a positive impact for our people, our clients, and our planet, and take ownership for holding others to account who do not uphold the Mace values.

Create opportunity – For our people to excel:

  • You will mentor, coach, and develop your project team and provide an environment to share knowledge and experience.
  • You will actively network, innovate, and seek understanding of best practice, utilising the full depth of knowledge of Mace group, the centres of excellence, Mace way control centre and knowledge hub.
  • You will use your network to identify talent, lead recruitment, and manage the development, retention and mobility of people, and support our people to achieve their highest potential.

You’ll need to have: 

  • Excellent knowledge and application of design management systems, design risk management and mitigation, prefabrication/build strategies. Business planning and communication. Good knowledge of all design disciplines.
  • Expertise in the formulation of design workflows, design scheduling and design deliverables.
  • Expertise in delivering different typologies and complexities.
  • Proactively manage internal budgets and fees, delivering agreed outcomes.
  • Excellent knowledge of the construction and consultancy industries.
  • Good knowledge of building safety legislation, building standards, construction contracts, professional appointments and health and safety legislation.
  • Excellent communication, organisational, presentation and writing skills.
  • Maintains impartiality and takes pragmatic approach evaluating evidence.
  • Ability to delegate, lead others, take initiative and make appropriate decisions.
  • Strong technical knowledge to challenge projects/design/proposals.
  • Leads others effectively.
  • Ability to influence and persuade senior management towards a desired course of action.
  • Continuous improvement and resilience through training and business improvement activities.
  • Mentors and develops individuals, sharing knowledge and experience.
  • Champions and operates within an inclusivity environment.
  • Membership professional body (RIBA, MICE, CIBSE, CIOB, RICS, CIAT).
  • Post graduate qualifications (MA, MSc, PGD etc.) or equivalent.

You’ll also have:

  • Extensive experience in the successful delivery phase of projects and programmes in the construction sector.
  • Deep construction and consultancy expertise.
  • Knowledge of building safety legislation, building standards, construction contracts, professional appointments and health and safety legislation.
  • Leadership and management experience of large, diverse teams.
  • Experience of managing relationships with key senior stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of how carbon and sustainability considerations will shape the outlook of the projects you are working on.
  • Continuous Professional Development (CPD) record of continual learning/development.
  • Demonstrable building safety competence for higher risk buildings.
  • Expert knowledge of single design discipline.
  • Developed experience analysing risk and opportunity through design management processes.
  • Work with industry leadership, professional bodies and affiliations (CLC, CIBSE, RICS, RIBA, ASFP etc.)
  • BIM literate (BIM 360, Navisworks, AutoCAD, Bluebeam, Visilean, 4D – Synchro, P6)
  • Seeks out opportunities for service differentiation and implements tested processes.
  • Operation of diverse functional teams and complex stakeholder management.
  • Actively enhance the team’s knowledge and improve their interdependencies and communication skills.
  • Interest in supporting the Mace network for design management functional support.

Mace is an inclusive employer and welcomes interest from a diverse range of candidates. Even if you feel you do not fulfil all of the criteria, please apply as you may still be the best candidate for this role or another role within our organisation.

We are also open to discussing part-time, flexible, and hybrid working options if suitable within the role.