Design Transformation Lead Buildings

As a provider of multi-disciplined technical services to the built environment, Atkins Middle East is committed to design excellence in the delivery of first-class solutions which combine, innovation, imagination and best practice. Atkins is positioned to play an important role, providing technical solutions within the UAE to many of the challenges presented by developing land for the built environment.

As a result, we are currently seeking a Design Transformation Lead for the Built Environment to join our team. This position is within our Middle East, UAE Design and Engineering (D&E) business and will cover all aspects of buildings design and construction supervision design support. The successful candidate will and work closely with our design transformation team and other functions within Atkins business.

We are seeking an enthusiastic and motivated Individual to assist in the step change transformation of our design offerings that will develop solutions that allow our teams to maximise the potential of existing software in delivering our designs and investigate the use of items such as design automation and Artificial Intelligence to deliver our projects.


The successful candidate would be expected to be part of a design transformation team seeking short, medium and long term measurable goals in transforming our design offerings with the use of automation at its core.

  • Develop short, medium and long term design transformation measurable projects and goals for the UAE Busines. The design transformation changes should not impact the delivering to the highest quality standards

  • Upskill resources on the outcomes of the projects

  • Engage with and liaise with other teams within the business on technical aspects of these projects

  • Keep up-to-date with current methods and the latest research in infrastructure and land development


  • 10+ years post-graduate experience.

  • Degree in a field of Architecture or Engineering related to building design or equivalent professional qualification.

  • Proven track record in the delivery of buildings projects to a high standard within the Region

  • Possess a great degree of knowledge and experience in the use of design softwares used within the design of Building projects

  • Ability to transfer this knowledge to colleagues within the business

  • Excellent report writing and presentational skills

  • Confident and professional manner and communication style, and the ability to communicate effectively with colleagues, clients and stakeholders

  • Proficient IT skills (Microsoft Office and specialist software)

Rewards and Benefits

We offer an excellent package which includes:

  • A competitive salary

  • Accommodation allowance;

  • Transportation allowance;

  • 22 calendar days annual leave;

  • Medical and life insurance cover;

  • Company gratuity scheme;

  • Discretionary bonus scheme;

  • Annual flight allowance to point of origin

  • Employee Well-Being Programme – 24 hour free advice on financial, legal and family care specialists and also access to personal health, fitness and

SNC Lavalin’s Atkins business is one of the largest multidisciplinary, multi sector engineering design consultancies in the world and is part of the SNC Lavalin Group.

As one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies with a leading track record in the defence sector, Atkins are ideally placed to respond to this market. We have a broad establishment and proud, 50 year history throughout the Middle East region.

We provide a full range of design, engineering and project management services for buildings, transportation and other infrastructure programmes.

Atkins in the Middle East now employs around 2,000 staff serving Gulf clients across all market sectors from offices in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Doha, Dubai, Jeddah, Kuwait City, Manama, Muscat, Riyadh, and Sharjah.

Active in the Middle East for over 20 years, we have offices in the UAE, Qatar, Oman and Saudi Arabia. We hire and retain only the best people in the industry. Our success is built on recruiting – and then developing – brilliant people from a broad range of professional and cultural backgrounds. It’s precisely this diversity of talent that sets us apart.

Acquired by SNC Lavalin in 2017, we also have an extensive depth of geographic exposure across 50 countries and the breadth of 53,000 experts. As one of the largest engineering consultants, we have access to 17,000 staff in the Middle East making us one of the largest multidisciplinary consultancies in the region.

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