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Head of Construction

Position Title: Head of Construction
Location: Singapore

Position Title: Head of Construction

Location: Singapore

Your role 

The incumbent will be responsible to lead and manage a team of construction project manager professionals across APAC. The role will ensure consistent, predictable and scalable solutions to world class safety, schedule, quality and commercial project delivery outcomes. They will adopt a partnership-based approach with both internal and external stakeholders to execute the delivery of design and construction projects.

What you’ll do 

  • Reporting to the APAC VP of Design Engineering and Construction, the candidate will be based in Singapore and will lead a team of construction project delivery managers across APAC.
  • Partner with the APAC Head of Design to deliver data centre capacity aligned with business unit strategic direction.
  • Lead the overall management of site delivery teams and monitor against agreed outcomes and activities.
  • Implement off site fabrication and manufacturing solutions to the design and delivery phase of capacity delivery where appropriate
  • Implement and scale repeatable and predictable processes to ensure accurate project tracking, reporting and risk management mechanisms 
  • Lead the direction and monitor the performance of GC’s, OEM’s and external consultants that are engaged across the region.
  • Act as the focal point of management for regional safety, schedule and cost performance during the delivery phase.
  • Procure and execute delivery strategies that are consistent with company practices, ensuring suitability for local country implementation
  • Implement and lead a world class safety culture with internal stakeholders, general contractors, equipment vendors and the wider supply chain
  • Excellent project management skills, the ability to manage multiple projects, project manage team members and vendors seamlessly.
  • Ability to work with many groups and disciplines within the organization including executive management, operations, sales and finance.
  • Program/Project Management of design and construction vendors from initiation to closeout for new facility construction, upgrades of existing facilities, and other related construction work.
  • Prepare budgets and forecasts related to anticipated design and construction expenditures.
  • Development of project program and scope documents that are aligned with business objectives and value-engineering philosophies
  • Work with Sales for customer enquiries and site visits for sales opportunities.
  • Be a cross functional partner with internal teams to enable seamless end to end delivery
  • Preparation of requests for proposals.
  • Evaluation of proposals and recommendations to management regarding vendor selection.
  • Expected to closely track progress (scope, budget & schedule) of all design and construction-related projects from inception to completion. Ability to communicate progress to both internal and external stakeholders.
  • Monthly progress reporting.
  • Initiating and maintaining design & construction standards that provide for cost effective facilities.
  • Initiating and maintaining a historical construction cost database that captures the scope, schedule and cost of all completed projects.
  • A good understanding of advanced electrical, mechanical, security / monitoring, and fire detection/suppression systems.
  • An understanding of standard practices in the design and construction industry.
  • A good familiarity with basic building code requirements.

What you’ll need 

  • Bachelor's degree (BA/BS) from a four-year college or university and a minimum of six years of related project management experience of technically complex projects required.
  • Min 15 years construction delivery experience – either trade, general contractor, consultant, design engineer etc. 
  • Be a construction industry safety thought leader
  • Professional License (Architect or Engineer) desired.
  • Ability to comprehend, analyse, and interpret complex business documents, design drawings, construction drawings, construction specifications, design and construction contracts, project schedules and detailed budgets / estimate summaries.
  • Ability to project manage effectively.
  • Ability to make effective presentations and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers and the public.
  • Requires a high level of commitment to customer service, whether co-workers or clients.
  • Ability to analyse and solve problems involving several options with limited information. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram or schedule form and to work independently. Requires advanced analytical and quantitative skills.
  • Demonstrate ability to work well under pressure with a proactive approach to unusual occurrences.
  • Requires good organizational skills, attention to detail and an openness to new ideas and procedures.
  • Experienced in the use of MS Office software and AutoCAD.
  • Decisions made with understanding of procedures, company policies and business practices to achieve general results. Responsible for setting and meeting work unit and/or project deadlines.
  • Requires general knowledge of design and construction terms and principles and contracts.
  • Requires the ability to review and analyse budgets and estimates.


A bit about us

Digital Realty brings companies and data together by delivering the full spectrum of data center, colocation and interconnection solutions. PlatformDIGITAL®, the company's global data center platform, provides customers with a secure data meeting place and a proven Pervasive Datacenter Architecture (PDx™) solution methodology for powering innovation and efficiently managing Data Gravity challenges. Digital Realty gives its customers access to the connected data communities that matter to them with a global data center footprint of 300+ facilities in 50+ metros across 25+ countries on six continents. 

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What we can offer you

Our rapidly evolving business sector offers the opportunity to be part of a courageous and passionate team who work together to understand and meet the changing needs of our global customers. 

Join us and you’ll be part of a supportive and inclusive environment where you can bring your whole self to work. As part of our team, you’ll get to work with people from different business areas, challenge the way we do things and put your ideas into action. We’ll also give you plenty of development opportunities so you can build a rewarding and successful career with us. 

Our Compensation Philosophy

Digital Realty offers its employees a highly competitive compensation package, excellent benefits, and an environment that recognizes and rewards your contributions. Central to our compensation philosophy is rewarding our employees for achieving the values and objectives aligned to the company's overall goals and values.

This is an exciting time to join our business so apply now and make your mark on our future.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.

Digital Realty is an equal opportunity employer, EOE/AA/M/F/Vets/Disabled.  All applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or protected veteran status, or other status protected by law or Company policy.

Digital Realty is a publicly traded company (NYSE: DLR) with investment grade ratings from all three major ratings agencies.

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