Project Leader

Jeddah, Riyadh, Dubai, Remote
Advanced degree
Functional areas

About Emkan

Emkan is a leading human capital consultancy and education development company headquartered in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. We provide exceptional and specialized consultancy services to public, private, and third sector entities across KSA and the Gulf Cooperation Country (GCC) region; and work on a range of projects across our diverse range of consultancy services. Please visit our website to learn more about our services, projects, and Clients at

Job description & summary

Emkan Project Leaders direct and lead high-performing teams, and continually model and display exceptional project and people management skills to deliver the results we intend.

Project Leaders play a key role on Client engagement fronts; working closely with Executive Leadership, Managers, and working teams to manage projects, to identify, define and address Client needs and requirements. By supervising the working team’s research activities, conducting comprehensive analysis, and formulating recommendations, our Project Leaders ensure that our clients are presented with transformative, bespoke strategies and plans that are effective, implementable, deliver value and create positive, long-lasting impact.

Moreover, Emkan’s Project Leaders work collaboratively with the Head of Department and Managers to further enhance the Department’s resources, operational processes and practices applied, and build the team’s capacity. Our Project Leaders play a significant role in overseeing and accomplishing Departmental objectives by mentoring and managing staff and enhancing systems and processes in place. Additionally, they work alongside the team to upgrade Emkan modules, frameworks, and templates as required.

Project Leader’s key roles and responsibilities

Manages projects takes initiative & delivers results by taking full ownership & accountability

  • Fully lead the project with little supervision from the Managers / Executive Leadership team
  • Lead project management, including timeline, deliverables, and budget
  • Follow up on Client invoicing & payments

Cultivates & sustains business development & productive working relationship with Clients, Partners & External Stakeholders

  • Be the significant point of contact on projects and when communicating with Client
  • Maximize satisfaction of our Current Clients
  • Lead proposal writing and pricing for business development
  • Fosters client relationships with Client project teams
  • Supports the resolution of Client issues
  • Identify and foster business development opportunities

Build team members’ capacity, and department resources and processes

  • Support in recruitment efforts (e.g. participating in interviews & making recommendations)
  • Develop the capacity of team in projects
  • Deliver internal training & knowledge transfer sessions
  • Complete assigned Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) & duties

Contributes to enhancing Emkan’s IP, brand & offerings

  • Innovate the upgrading of Emkan modules, frameworks & templates
  • Contribute to Emkan thought pieces
  • Actively participate in 1 Emkan committee

Skills required

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in Arabic and English; with the ability to professionally interact with all levels of management, team members and leadership both internally and externally
  • Demonstrated leadership skills to manage small, medium, and large-scale project teams, both internally at Emkan team and externally with Clients
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Office (especially PowerPoint, Excel, and Word)
  • High ability to work individually and collaboratively with others
  • High ability to work effectively under pressure in a fast-paced environment, across multiple tasks and projects, and able to meet tight deadlines
  • Possesses strong strategic thinking and business acumen

Qualifications and Experience sought

  • 4+ years’ experience in management consulting, education, and/or relevant experience; with at least 2 years minimum in a senior, client-facing role
  • Masters / postgraduate degree in relevant specialism (e.g., education, business) preferred; outstanding track record and scholastic achievement and awards from a top tier university (preferred)
  • Passion for education and human capital development
  • Knowledge of Saudi educational & human capacity development landscape and ecosystem (preferred)

Job information

Firm: Emkan Education

Location: Jeddah, Riyadh, Dubai, Remote

Education: Advanced degree