Onsite Construction Manager - UAE Projects

Ralph Appelbaum Associates Ralph Appelbaum Associates Employer:
London, GBLocation:
Sun, Nov 27 '22Posted on:

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Ralph Appelbaum Associates is seeking a full-time Senior Project Manager for on-site deployment for a 18-20 month period.

RAA is a family-owned, multinational firm founded in 1978 and is the world’s largest corporation dedicated to the planning and design of culture centers, learning environments, exhibitions, and related visitor  attractions. Our portfolio includes approximately 700 completed commissions in 50 countries. RAA has won every major international award for design and communication, including the National Design Award (USA), the Art Prize (UK), in addition to over 300 other awards for its work. 

The Onsite Construction Manager will be a highly motivated problem-solver with a proven history of successfully running projects in museums, exhibitions, and other cultural and corporate visitor center projects from conception to completion. The position is responsible for ensuring that each project is completed on time, on budget, and to the highest standards. This role will focus on new project work in the UAE so experience in this area is critical.

This role is responsible for the exhibition construction management of large complex projects in the UAE. The candidate must be self motivated, have excellent communication skills, and maintain a diplomatic tone with client teams. The candidate must be comfortable coordinating within client stakeholders located in multiple timezones. The candidate will review and develop construction plans requested by the client and oversee the work done by the main exhibition contractor. The candidate must be self motivated and will review and approve Shop Drawings & Submittals, and monitor progress of the main exhibition contractor in compliance with approved design documents,  plans and deadlines.

This role will be fulfilled out of RAA’s London or Berlin Studio, with permanent onsite deployment for the duration of the construction stage of work. 


  • Oversee the management of the exhibition construction stage of work for a large and complex cultural project, located in the UAE;

  • Implement the responsibilities of exhibition construction manager as indicated in the RAA contract, work plans, staffing plans and project fees;   

  • Establish and manage contracts with sub-consultants and freelancers;

  • Execute project progress, and ensure milestone deliverables conform to contractual requirements;

  • Identify out-of-scope work, and work with client and/or client representatives to establish additional services;

  • Attend key client presentations;

  • Communicate project status to clients, stakeholders, and key project participants;

  • Understand roles and tasks for all disciplines in order to balance workload within budget parameters;

  • Where applicable, work with the RAA management team on new business proposals;

  • Maintain personal utilization targets; 

  • Review and approve Shop Drawings & Submittals. 


  • BA, other advanced degree, or equivalent years of experience in architecture, interior design, or other comparable field;

  • 10+ years of experience in project management of exhibition construction projects;

  • 5+ years of experience in a comparable management-level role;

  • 5+ years of experience (or demonstrated project management skills) in at least one sizeable project in the GCC;

  • Excellent time and task management and organizational skills;

  • Strong negotiation, management, and leadership skills;

  • Ability to read and understand architectural drawings in Vectorworks and/or Revit;

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and Google Workspace;

  • Knowledge of Deltek Vantagepoint a plus;

  • High degree of familiarity with contract documents and subcontract documents, including typical terms and conditions;

  • Demonstrated on-time and on-budget project delivery;

  • Experience working concurrently with multiple stakeholders;

  • Ability to work efficiently across a wide range of activities and projects;

  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills;

  • Ability to travel internationally with flexibility to spend short periods of time in the home country of the project;

  • Shall have sound knowledge of all operational aspects of the exhibition fabrication and installation stage of work;

  • Fluency in English language both written and spoken is required;

  • Fluency in Arabic is highly desirable.

How to Apply:

Unfortunately, due to the volume of applications we receive, we cannot personally respond to each applicant. Qualified candidates will be contacted via email regarding our interview process. To apply for this role, please either use the Archinect online job application option or send a cover letter, CV, and portfolio to

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