Group Head
Aldar Academies
Abu Dhabi, UAE
منذ 4 يوم


Aldar Education is currently seeking to join our growing family of owned and operated schools in the UAE.

This is an exciting opportunity to join the highly successful Aldar family of schools and to help shape the future of Abu Dhabi’s leading school group.

The successful candidates will be closely aligned with our core values and ethos and possess a genuine understanding and appreciation of the values of the region.

Responsible for overseeing the successful development, delivery and day to day management of all Aldar Education Projects and Programmes inclusive of M&A activities.

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.

Director of Strategy and Innovation

  • Lead prospective business M&A activities with the goal of supporting Aldar Education’s growth ambitions. Leading M&A activities from conception all the way to the completion of transaction through the establishment of multi-functional teams and internal sounding boards.
  • Lead all preoperational school and business unit M&A / tender integrations from supporting the assessment of the suitability of potential targets / tenders to ensuring an acquired target / awarded bid is seamlessly and efficiently adopted into the greater Aldar Education group to benefit from a shared service model.
  • 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 organization’s 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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

  • Relevant Bachelor’s degree; MBA or equivalent from a reputed university
  • Minimum of 8 years’ experience in Project Management. Education experience is preferred.
  • Recognised formal project management qualification (PMP / APMP / Prince2 / P30 or equivalent) is desirable
  • Relevant Bachelor’s degree; MBA or equivalent from a reputed university
  • Minimum of 8 years’ experience in Project Management. Education experience is preferred.
  • Recognised formal project management qualification (PMP / APMP / Prince2 / P30 or equivalent) is desirable
  • Developed project / programme management and planning skills and experience
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to simultaneously manage multiple complex projects
  • Ownership of the organisation’s 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 projects / priorities 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
  • Aldar Education is committed to the safeguarding of children and young people, and any offer of appointment will be subject to any relevant medical checks and clearance from appropriate safeguarding authorities.


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