Principal Urban Designer - #16626


Date: 3 weeks ago
City: Riyadh
Contract type: Full time

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.

Due to the tremendous growth occurring, we currently have an opportunity for a Principal Urban Designer to work in a multidisciplinary team of designers and engineers. The fast-paced work environment enables team members to work on a variety of projects. This is an ideal opportunity for an individual looking to develop their international experience with a world-renowned multidisciplinary consultant.

About AtkinsRéalis

Created by the integration of long-standing organizations dating back to 1911, AtkinsRéalis is a world-leading professional services and project management company dedicated to engineering a better future for our planet and its people. We create sustainable solutions that connect people, data and technology to transform the world's infrastructure and energy systems. We deploy global capabilities locally to our clients and deliver unique end-to-end services across the whole life cycle of an asset including consulting, advisory & environmental services, intelligent networks & cybersecurity, design & engineering, procurement, project & construction management, operations & maintenance, decommissioning and capital. The breadth and depth of our capabilities are delivered to clients in key strategic sectors such as Engineering Services, Nuclear, Operations & Maintenance and Capital. News and information are available at or follow us on LinkedIn.


  • Contribute to the design and delivery of a variety of projects often happening concurrently.

  • Take ownership of medium to large scale design and production packages under the supervision of the Design/Project Director.

  • Organize and graphicly develop client presentations.

  • Work to a programme for deliverables and advise senior staff of any issues which may affect delivery.

  • Work within agreed design standards and parameters with senior staff.

  • Ensure the quality of deliverables meet the expectations of senior staff.

  • Work within a multidisciplinary, multicultural team.

  • Undertake technical co-ordination with other disciplines.


  • Degree of post graduate qualification in urban design, urban planning landscape architecture, or related field and preferably with a professional affiliation (or eligible for membership)

  • Candidates will ideally have minimum 15 years relevant working experience in urban design, urban planning and master planning

  • Lead the production of high-quality urban planning, design and master planning project submissions in the UAE, KSA and the wider Middle East and Africa

  • Lead in the preparation of technical bids and fee proposals for master planning and urban design projects and other major infrastructure projects where appropriate

  • Strong design and graphics capabilities and ability to communicate ideas via various visual and graphic media including hand and computer graphics

  • Fully conversant with Adobe Creative Suite with demonstrable graphics and visualisation skills

  • Competent in PowerPoint, MS Word, Excel and AutoCAD

  • Experience in working with a multidisciplinary team desirable

  • Strong design management, report production and coordination skills

  • An understanding of sustainability issues within the public realm. (LEED or similar experience and advantage)

  • Excellent communication skills in written and spoken English

  • Capable of working on own initiative or as part of a larger multidisciplinary team

  • Have a logical and organized approach to project delivery of project outputs

  • Will be required to travel within the Middle East region to projects in a variety of geographical locations, including Saudi Arabia

  • Developing and maintaining relationships with clients, attending meetings, workshops and seminars

  • Other duties associated with the main role and responsibilities will be requested from time to time

Rewards & Benefits:

We offer an excellent package which includes:

  • A competitive salary

  • Accommodation allowance

  • Transportation allowance

  • Annual leave

  • Medical and life insurance cover

  • Company gratuity scheme

  • Discretionary bonus scheme

  • 22 working days annual leave (based on 5 days working a week)

  • Flight allowance

Equal Opportunities Statement

Atkinsréalis is committed to eliminating discrimination and encouraging diversity amongst our workforce. We aim to provide quality and fairness for all job applicants and employees and not to discriminate on grounds of gender, marital status, age, race, ethnic origin, religious conviction or disablement. We oppose all forms of unlawful treatment and discrimination. Our aim is for the company to be representative of all sections of society and that each employee feels respected and able to give their best. We are committed to a policy of treating all our employees and job applications equally.

We pursue this commitment by:

  • Having clear and concise procedures and guidelines for both line managers and employees to ensure policies are fully understood and implemented.
  • Complying with the relevant employment legislation and codes of practice.
  • Ensuring that all existing employees, potential employees, colleagues and customers are treated equally and with respect.
  • Ensuring that the workplace is an environment free from discrimination, harassment, victimization and bullying regardless of an individual’s gender, marital status, age, race, ethnic origin, religious conviction or disablement.
  • Making all decisions relating to recruitment, selection or promotion according to the employees’ ability.

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