Head of Projects & Integration - 3401805

Aldar Academies
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    Aldar Academies
  • 1 - 10 Years
  • UAE
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Job Description

Head of Projects & Integration

Reporting to Director of Strategy and Innovation

Job Purpose

Responsible for overseeing the successful development, delivery and day to day management of all Aldar Education Projects and Programmes Leading the internal project management and strategy deployment function for Aldar Education, providing leadership, coordination, and management support to the project planning process and greater PMO function

Key Accountabilities

Project Prioritization

Lead on the development and tracking of the project prioritization matrix, ensuring the competing priorities of the project team are effectively prioritized to meet the organizations goals

Responsible for rationalizing and defending the project prioritization matrix, regularly presenting findings to EMT to gain a central consensus

Maintain close coordination and supervision between project resources to ensure seamless delivery of the projects as per scheduled timelines

People Management

Provide central leadership, coaching and development support to the project team

Managing external contractors, consultants, projects, project teams, and managing the quality and timeliness of outputs

Provide mentoring support to the project team, establishing a clear succession plan for the function

Project Control

Manage risks and plan for contingencies to ensure minimal impact on deliverables, establishing a transparent communication process to escalate, manage and resolve issues

Identify and manage internal dependencies across key functions and with external suppliers and regulators where appropriate

Main Duties

Relationship Management

Establish and maintain close working relationships with internal and external contacts including the project team, staff, local authorities, suppliers, consultants, and contractors

Influence internal stakeholders to achieve the desired outcomes

Ensure that the relationship between Aldar Education and its key external stakeholders is positive and constructive

Project Planning

Lead on the development of internal project processes and risk mitigating controls

Lead on project managing all major M&A initiatives from implementation planning to final delivery

Evaluate the outcomes of the project as established during the planning phase and assessing the risk in delivery across each individual project managed by the team

Define the scope of the project in collaboration with senior management

Create a detailed project plan which identifies and sequences the activities needed to successfully complete the project, mapping out interdependencies between project tasks and critical path milestones

Determine the resources (time, cost, equipment, etc) required to complete the project

Develop a schedule for project completion that effectively allocate the resources to the activities

Review the project schedule with senior management and internal stakeholders directly impacted by the project activities, maintain and revise the schedule as required on an ongoing basis

Ensure planning takes place with the relevant departments to ensure effective design and delivery scheduled for projects under direct supervision

Determine the objectives and measures upon which the project will be evaluated at its completion

Project Implementation

Execute the project according to the project plan

Develop forms and records to document project activities

Ensure that all project information is appropriately managed and documented in accordance to policy

Monitor the progress of the project and make adjustments as necessary to ensure the successful completion of the project

Update stakeholders in the organization on the progress of the project

Review the quality of the work completed with the project team on a regular basis to ensure that it meets project standards

Project Communications

Develop and lead regular project update presentations to the EMTs, business partners and company executives concerning different phases of a project, project updates, etc

Develop and maintain project team and executive dashboards for individual project with the goal of keeping both the project team and EMT updated on project progress


Qualifications, Experience & Skills

Minimum Qualifications

Relevant Bachelors degree; MBA or equivalent from a reputed university

Minimum Experience

Minimum of 8 years experience in Project Management Education experience is preferred

Job Specific Knowledge & Skills

Recognised formal project management qualification (PMPAPMPPrince2P30 or equivalent) is desirable

Developed projectprogramme management and planning skills and experience

Strong organizational skills with the ability to simultaneously manage multiple complex projects

Ownership of the organisations Project Delivery Approach, its implementation, establishment and iteration

Team management experience with the ability to manage project teams as well as the PMO

Experience of prioritisation matrixes and working with the business to determine appropriate project prioritisation

Ability to juggle different projectspriorities and deliver high quality outcomes under pressure

Capability to provide timely, accurate and relevant project and portfolio reporting as agreed

Ability to work with senior leaders whilst being hands-on and execution-oriented in a complex operational environment

Experience of resource planning against the prioritised portfolio of projects

Excellent communication skills - reporting and verbal

Fully conversant with written and spoken English

Excellent attention to detail, both written and numerical, and commitment to quality

Advanced IT skills in relation to Word, PowerPoint and Excel and MS Project or other project tools

Have the ability to influence people at all levels across multiple functions to drive projects to completion

Profile Summary

Type:Company Job

Deadline:13th Aug 2025

Company Profile

Aldar Academies, a division of Aldar Properties PJSC, is a leading provider of private education in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. We provide inspiring learning environments, combining the very best academic, arts and sporting facilities with the highest standards of teaching. From a single school with 250 students in 2007, Aldar Academies now operates six schools in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain with over 4700 students. With over 700 employees we have planned projects to grow our current schools and build new ones to increase our student capacity to over 14,000 in the next 4-5 years. All our schools are rated Band A by the Abu Dhabi Education Council.
All Aldar Academies schools offer a British curriculum, which has been adapted to the needs of students in the UAE, ensuring that all our students have access to an international education in a stimulating, multi-cultural setting where academic achievement is nurtured alongside personal development. Operating as integral parts of the communities to which they belong, each of our six primary and secondary schools allows students to find and pursue their passions and prepare them for a future of success.
Aldar Academies schools are, at pre-school and primary level, The Pearl, Al Mushrif and Al Muna; serving both pre-school, primary and secondary age students are Al Ain International School and Al Yasmina, which operates from FS1 to Year 13. Al Bateen Secondary School serves the needs of secondary school students in the heart of Abu Dhabi and offers the IB Diploma Programme in Years 12 and 13.

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