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Head of Automation and Digitalization

NEOM Neom, Saudi Arabia Posted: 13 Jun 2024


  • Salary unspecified
  • Zero income tax location


  • Hybrid
  • Visa Provided


  • Experience: Senior
  • English: Professional


About the job Role Purpose

To build and nurture a future-oriented organization that is pioneering, cutting-edge and perfectly embodies the NEOM core value of being ‘An Accelerator of Human Progress’, enhancing NEOM’s standing as the world’s safest and most secure place to live and work. The Design and Construction Sector is a forward-thinking and innovative department on a mission to revolutionize the construction industry. With a strong focus on execution speed, cost-efficiency, and environmental sustainability, we are actively seeking an exceptional Director of Automation and Digitization to join our dynamic team and spearhead the integration of automation and digitalization innovations into project delivery. The role will require a high level of interpersonal skills, diplomacy and a culturally appropriate attitude that perfectly embodies the NEOM mindset of diversity.

Duties And Responsibilities

  • Develop and execute a comprehensive strategy to identify, evaluate, and integrate automation and digitalization technologies into our construction projects.
  • Responsible and accountable for delivering initiatives that align with the Sector’s mission of building faster/more efficiently, more cost-effectively, and with a reduced carbon footprint.
  • Lead a team of experts in automation and digitalization, providing guidance and mentorship.
  • Foster a culture of innovation and continuous improvement, encouraging the exploration of cutting-edge technologies that can be applied to our projects.
  • Oversee the implementation of automation technologies, such as 3D concrete printing, and Real Estate Digitalization Tools for interior configuration and visualization. Ensure seamless integration into ongoing construction projects.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams, including engineering, architecture, sustainability, and project management, to identify opportunities for automation and digitalization enhancements. Drive cross-functional collaboration to achieve project goals.
  • Establish and track key performance indicators (KPIs) to measure the impact of automation and digitalization initiatives on construction efficiency, cost reduction, and environmental sustainability.
  • Engage with external partners, technology vendors, research institutions, and industry associations to stay informed about emerging trends and potential collaborations.
  • Incubate and leverage relationships with academic institutions, research partners, hardware / software vendors and tech startups to identify emerging trends and potential collaborations for NEOM.
  • Participate in department staffing needs (e.g. interviewing, hiring, new hire and ongoing training, annual evaluations, etc.)
  • Lead preparation of business and investment cases for potential investments/JVs.

Knowledge, Skills And Experience

Minimum 20 years' experience in relevant field of expertise (i.e. automation, digitalization, robotics etc), with minimum 10 years senior management experience. This position requires a dynamic individual with a proven track record in implementing automation and/or digitalization solutions, paired with strong leadership skills and the ability to meet aggressive timelines. Strong problem-solving abilities. Visionary thinking and the ability to develop and execute long-term strategies. Excellent communication and stakeholder management skills. Results-driven mindset with a focus on meeting ambitious deadlines. Passion for sustainability and innovation in the construction industry. Outstanding leadership and organizational skills. Competent collaborator and skilled cross-functional communicator.


Minimum BS/BA in (Engineering) or related field; Master’s degree preferred.

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About NEOM

NEOM is a bold vision for the future, aiming to redefine livability, business, and conservation. As a global hub, it is set to become a community powered by diversity and talent across 14 key sectors. With a focus on sustainability, innovation, and economic diversification, NEOM is building a new economic model for the world.

Benefits at NEOM

    • Access to cutting-edge projects and technologies in a diverse and talented international workforce.
    • A community-driven environment prioritizing wellness and sustainability, with recreational activities and natural landscapes.
    • Opportunity to contribute to global challenges and be part of a visionary project aiming to make the world a better place.