Area Engineering Manager - Planning & Studies, Ras-Al-Khair

Requisition ID: 269898 

  • Relocation Authorized: International - Family 
  • Telework Type: Full-Time Office/Project 
  • Work Location: Ras Al Khair 

Company Overview:

Since 1898, we have helped customers complete more than 25,000 projects in 160 countries on all seven continents that have created jobs, grown economies, improved the resiliency of the world's infrastructure, increased access to energy, resources, and vital services, and made the world a safer, cleaner place.
Differentiated by the quality of our people and our relentless drive to deliver the most successful outcomes, we align our capabilities to our customers’ objectives to create a lasting positive impact.
We serve the Infrastructure; Nuclear, Security & Environmental; Energy, and Mining & Metals markets. Our services span from initial planning and investment, through start-up and operations. Core to Bechtel are our values – ethics, safety, quality, people, culture, relationships, innovation and sustainability, and our covenants – integrity, respect, collaboration, trust, and delivery. They are what we believe, what customers can expect, and how we deliver.


Position Summary

Jubail is one of Bechtel’s most remarkable achievements—a city built from the sand up, requiring vast resources and logistical planning on an unprecedented scale. It the biggest civil engineering project in modern times—and it's getting bigger. Bechtel has managed the Jubail project, located in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia, since it began in the mid-1970s. Saudi Arabian Bechtel Company (SABCO) serves as the Management Services Contractor (MSC), or “owner’s representative” for our client, the Royal Commission (RC). We are the Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) managers, managing design submissions from local AE firms, and overseeing the actual construction work being performed by local contractors and sub-contractors in Jubail and Ras-Al-Khair Industrial Cities. In June 2021, Bechtel’s contract with the Royal Commission was renewed for another 5 years with work focusing on building new residential communities, iconic buildings/ bridges, major site preparation, commercial buildings, mosques, schools, hospitals, sports facilities, clinics, universities, utility services and infrastructure (electrical sub-stations, lift stations), roads and highways, port & pipeline expansions, and more. 


The work location for this position is at Ras-Al-Khair which is located about 100 KMS north of Jubail Industrial City. You will be required to commute Jubail - Ras-Al-Khair - Jubail daily using the available transportation facility /shuttle bus service. The accommodation will be provided at Jubail Industrial City. Free breakfast and lunch is currently provided for Ras-Al-Khair assignees during workdays.


Major Responsibilities:

Reporting to the RC Manager of Planning and Studies (also referred to as: Manager of Planning and Technical Specifications), the Area Engineering Manager – Planning & Studies is responsible to monitor and coordinate the progress for all studies being undertaken by the Royal Commission Engineering Department in Ras-Al-Khair.

In addition, this person will coordinate and oversee the work of the following niche specialist teams including;

  • The Pipeline Corridor Compliance Team,
  • The Corrosion Monitoring Team,
  • The Industrial and Commercial Investment Development Technical Coordination Team,
  • The Third-Party Stakeholders Coordination Team,
  • The Standard Technical Documentation Team

The work will require management of a team of Project Engineers and Specialists and close coordination the broader Engineering Department and with other departments and external stakeholders.


  • Primary focus of all requirements stated herein is for Ras Al Khair Industrial City (RIC) however, it MUST INCLUDE: Coordinating, aligning, engaging, collaborating, supporting its SABCO counterparts in Jubail Industrial City (JIC) - this in turn is a reciprocal requirement of JIC towards RIC.

NB: This may occasionally extend to other RCJY cities however, in the case of JIC-&-RIC it is mandatory because of their geographic proximity to each other, as well as their interdependencies, co-

dependencies, synergies and the marketing and branding strategies followed by RCJY as well as for the fact that both cities are managed by the same SABCO Entity. In other words from a SABCO and

RCJY perspective the cities are not contesting against each other e.g. sometimes other cities may take the lead in certain key studies while other play an important support role.

  • Maintains and periodically updates the technical credibility of the city Master Plan and the supporting technical, economic, sustainability and innovation studies / strategies / plans.
  • Solicits input from all Royal Commission departments and then advises and guides the Royal Commission management on what new studies are required at any time.
  • Takes ownership of all new studies and specialist activities area and work with the Project Engineers to develop Task Releases to consulting firms (A/E’s).
  • Presents studies and projects to the client Planning Committee, management team and key stakeholders and/or as required.
  • Coordinates with planning departments and Engineering disciplines to identify and recommend new projects as required to maintain the function of key infrastructure for existing and future industries within the Ras-Al-Khair Industrial City.
  • Reviews and ensures quality of A/E submittals.
  • Manages the Project Engineers and Specialists in their activities and provides operational support as well as guidance on technical issues.
  • Reviews and approves the scope and cost estimates for all Task Releases.
  • Ensure that Project Engineers and Specialists meet their Work Plan goals in budget and schedule
  • Prepares the cash flow budget for the annual work plan; monitors and resolves variances
  • Participates in weekly staff meeting and monthly area review meetings to report on project performance and resolution of issues
  • Requests and manages off-project support, if deemed necessary
  • Manages and acts as the Authorized Representative for several Technical Services Contracts, including coordination of Contract Change Orders as required.


Skills and Qualifications:


Essential Technical: 

  • University degree in preferably in: Civil Engineering or Urban-Regional-Town Planning coupled with experience/qualifications in Applied Finance-&-Investment and/or Real Estate Development and/or Strategic Planning.
  • Chartered and Register Professional by National/ State/ Provincial Agencies – must NOT BE Expired!
  • 15-years minimum actual design experience including 5 years leading and managing various multi-discipline design projects, studies and reports e.g. White Papers, feasibility studies, front end engineering design.
  • Demonstrate minimum of five (5) years bottom line involvement in the economics of infrastructure and industrial project development.


Essential Behavioral:

  • Fluency in English (spoken and written). 
  • Very high level of oral and written communication skills.
  • High level of skill interfacing with and presenting to senior stakeholders.
  • Strong directional leadership, people management and persuasive communication skills.
  • Capable of dealing and interacting with disputing people and situations.
  • Multi-tasking co-ordination skill while executing complex and disputing project /program execution.
  • Demonstrated experience in coaching and mentoring


Preferred Technical:

  • Experience with Stakeholder Management including 3rd Party utility companies and government departments.
  • Knowledge of Sustainability principles and key sustainability guidelines and certification organizations, including LEED, BREAM, CEEQUAL etc.
  • Knowledge of Engineering software applications as related to the design of infrastructure and buildings including, but not limited to: Autodesk suite of CAD, design and analysis tools, BIM, GIS.
  • Execution planning / financial management / planning and organizing.
  • Demonstrated experience with preparation of consultant fee proposals and technical services contracts.
  • Familiarity with Quality Management Systems based on ISO:9001 standards as applied to engineering design.
  • Familiarity with Engineering Design and Construction practices.
  • Familiarity with Design Guidelines, Design Standards, Specifications, Standard Drawings, Standard Pay Items and the application of these in the execution of Engineering design and project execution.
  • Experience with preparation and monitoring of engineering performance and progress reporting (EPPR).
  • Demonstrate successful implementation of mentoring programs for young engineers.
  • Sufficient knowledge of computers to monitor schedule of work and track completion of outstanding tasks.
  • Understanding and familiarity of the roles played by other departments, stakeholders, regulators on projects including basic construction practices and the economics involved for project delivery.


Preferred Behavioral:

  • Conflict resolution skills.
  • Tolerant, inclusive and covers diversity.
  • Excellent skills in the development of collaborative working relationships across a wide range of departments and entities.
  • Accountable, responsible, nurturing and team building
  • Arabic language is desirable but not essential



Shaping tomorrow together

Bechtel is one of the most respected global engineering, construction, and project management companies. Together with our customers, we deliver landmark projects that foster long-term progress and economic growth. Since 1898, we’ve completed more than 25,000 extraordinary projects across 160 countries on all seven continents. We operate through four global businesses: Infrastructure; Nuclear, Security & Environmental; Energy; and Mining & Metals. Our company and our culture are built on more than a century of leadership and a relentless adherence to our values, the core of which are safety, quality, ethics, and integrity. These values are what we believe, what we expect, what we deliver, and what we live.

Bechtel is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, national origin, disability, citizenship status (except as authorized by law), protected veteran status, genetic information, and any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

In accordance with the laws of Saudi Arabia, Bechtel has adopted mandatory COVID-19 safety protocols for all work locations in the country. These requirements may include vaccination and testing. Any and all offers of employment with Bechtel in Saudi Arabia are expressly conditioned upon the applicant’s willingness and ability to comply with all COVID-19 related safety laws and Bechtel protocols in place at the time of a candidate’s start date. A candidate’s failure or refusal to comply with such laws and protocols renders an issued offer null and void.
This requirement cannot be waived by a recruiter, manager, or supervisor. Your submission of an application for employment with Bechtel in Saudi Arabia constitutes your understanding and acknowledgment of this express condition.