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Project Principal

Job Profile

Mott MacDonald in India is one of the most diverse management, engineering and development consultancies for over past 45 years having capabilities and experience in advisory, buildings, industry, infrastructure, environment, social development and water sectors.

We have over 1000 staff engaged in planning, developing and delivering projects from six principal offices and over 22 project offices.

We are a diverse practice and a track record featuring many landmark projects such as the Delhi Metro, Delhi International Airports, Dedicated Freight Corridor, Shell R&D Centre Petrochemical Investment Regions and a number of prestigious industrial projects in ranging industry sub-sectors.

We are making our mark in many areas of business and industry, serving not only the burgeoning domestic demand but also the Mott MacDonald Group's wider customer base in core markets such as industry, water, urban development and education. Our Indian business is the Group's lead focus of industrial expertise, especially in chemicals, pharmaceuticals, automobiles, FMCG and textiles where we lead the field in business case planning, business conceptualization, strategy, financial and demand modelling, engineering design, project management, and procurement and validation services.

Who are we

We provide an array of key services for India's major markets – from business case to development planning to engineering design and project management. As well as being able to cover all stages of a project's cycle, we can offer lifespan assistance via our project management experts.

Our wide range of customers include national and local governments, public and private utilities, industrial and commercial companies, investors, developers, banks and financial institutions, international as well as bilateral funding agencies and private entrepreneurs.

What we do

Engineering, procurement assistance and construction management (EPCM -
Industry, Building, and Urban infrastructure)

• Basic engineering
• Detailed engineering
• Procurement assistance
• Validation services
• Construction supervision
• Project management
• Quality and safety audit

Advisory (Industry and Infrastructure)

• Business case planning
• Opportunity scanning
• Market research
• Entry strategy
• Financial Modelling
• Location selection
• Master Planning
• Lender's advice
• Due Diligence
• PPP structuring
• Technology sourcing/identification
• Business and Asset Valuation

Where are we
Mott MacDonald has its principal offices in Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad and Mumbai (Andheri). They are managed through sector divisions headed by key staff members

Job Description


Responsible for ensuring that adequate measures are in place to enable a project or multiple projects to be executed safely and to appropriate quality standards whilst ensuring technical and commercial success.

Key Competencies

  • Provides in-depth knowledge and leadership in an area of Project and Programme Management

  • Demonstrates a thorough understanding of statutory, contractual, technical, and commercial considerations and ensures solutions meet with those obligations and client needs

  • Leads a team of experienced project managers, project co-ordinators and proposal managers

  • Encourages, develops, and coaches team members to produce creative and innovative solutions to problems

  • Identifies and clarifies client priorities and monitors outputs of teams to ensure client requirements are met across range of projects

  • Gives clients confidence in own skills and knowledge by backing-up suggestions with client focused rationale

  • Challenges clients’ own ideas, based on own in-depth knowledge, if more effective solution could be used

  • Monitors and controls a programme for planning, scheduling, and producing deliverables across a number of individual projects

Key Responsibilities and Deliverables

  • Provides over all leadership to a project or portfolio of projects

    • External role

      • Authority and governance

      • Customer care at senior level

      • Maintain regular contact

      • Address key concerns of clients

    • Internal role

      • Project vision and clear direction

      • Project champion

      • Consider the “big picture”

      • Setting standards and benchmarks

      • Challenge and support

      • Helping to resolve key problems

  • Ensure clear and unambiguous communication with all external and internal stakeholders

  • Deal with interface between the project and company’s management

  • Provide a channel for issue escalation by the project manager

  • Responsible for commercial success by managing

  • Establish project risk and opportunity register

  • Establishing our costs for new bids

  • Assess fees and finalise bids

  • Agree on robust project execution plan

  • Establish, monitor, and control - project budget including profits and working capital management

  • High level supervision of

    • Appropriate safety and quality standards

    • Internal and external project objectives

    • Technical review

    • Variations and claims

    • Use of opportunities to maximise income

  • Regular financial reviews and ensure adequate measures to resolve problem areas

  • Prepare for and attend regular Project Control meeting with a project team

  • Prepare for and attend Project Steering meetings with the clients and other stake holders

  • Resource planning and monitoring with respect to a project timelines and on multiple projects

  • Early warning on demand surge or down time of resources and equip/ prepare contingency plans including development of outside resource base

  • Select checking of important deliverables and guide the team members for continuous improvement on quality and productivity

  • Sign off major packages such as FEED, Basic Engineering, Detailed Engineering etc.

  • Create effective successor and be a role model

Candidate Specification

Qualifications and Experience

  • A Graduate or post graduate in engineering with full time course from a reputed engineering institute / university

  • 20+ years of experience in Project and Programme management

Desired Software Skills

  • Use of MS-office suite of software

  • Familiarity with software on MS-Projects and Primavera

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