Manager, Strategy and Planning

Date: Jan 27, 2023

Location: Saudi Arabia

Company: King Abdullah University of Science & Technology

Manager Strategy and Planning SNA


Job Purpose

Reporting to the Vice President, a Strategy and Planning Manager is a critical leadership and management role within the department. The incumbent is expected to understand the university's strategic direction and act as an organizational expert for a range of strategic initiatives led by the Vice President, ensuring alignment between these initiatives and national priories.

In this position, a Strategy and planning manager is required to maintain knowledge of emerging trends in the kingdom and utilize this knowledge to educate the department on opportunities to develop strategic initiatives that support and drive business results.

The incumbent is responsible for overseeing and managing all Strategy and Planning Office aspects. Primary responsibilities include managing cross-sector partnerships, designing, and implementing improved strategic and operational planning processes. These processes should enable progress against strategic and operational objectives to be measured, evaluated and effectively communicated to internal and external stakeholders, and used as the evidence base to develop further plans.

Major Accountabilities

Strategy and Planning

Define, plan and implement robust short- and long-term strategies for SNA programs and operations to align with new business and organizational strategy and objectives. Design and implement University-wide tools and platforms which facilitate increased In-Kingdom engagement and promote a structured and measured approach to national and global alignment Design and implement improved performance monitoring processes, evaluation, and reporting against strategic and operational plans that enable SNA to scrutinize, provide evidence for impact and effectiveness, and ensure its strategic decision-making is informed by evidence. Align monitoring and evaluation processes with ongoing organizational and national initiatives. Supporting VP SNA and departmental staff to build robust, measurable work plans through which delivery can be managed and achieved.

Advise relevant stakeholders on opportunities pertinent to the department’s goals and operations; provide recommendations and innovative solutions that contribute to SNA goals, address business needs, and further its mission.

Work with teams across the department to identify gaps and improvement opportunities.

Establish the necessary project management processes and tools for achieving operational plans.

Provide SNA with project management expertise to support the department with implementing

performance monitoring tools, process changes, and other projects.

Strategic Relations and Development

Work with Senior Management to align outreach and engagement strategies with business objectives.

Establish, develop, and foster strategic contacts and associations with relevant partners and follow up proactively on engagement ideas. Scan the environment for relevant partnership opportunities and determine how partnerships will meet strategic goals.

Create a systemic, process-driven approach to partner outreach and relationship management. Design and organize events to further relations and collaborations with stakeholders and partners. Identify and pursue other relevant opportunities to promote KAUST and SNA programs within the Kingdom.

Oversight and Performance Evaluation

Monitor timelines and progress of activities to ensure efficient, on-time delivery of work within the

approved budget.

Ensure all activities conducted support SNA’s mission and strategic priorities and foster continuous improvement and innovation.

Monitor and report on outcomes of projects and initiatives

Assess and address any issues or concerns that may impact the success of Strategic Initiatives.

Provide transparent and timely reporting to all stakeholders and ensure they are regularly engaged

for directives, consultation, and input.

Any other responsibilities required by Senior Management.

Person Requirements


Strong skills in short- and long-range planning, program and project management, facilitation and

collaboration.  Sound strategic thinking and consulting skills in guiding the department toward workable strategies and solutions.

Excellent organizational and prioritization skills with the ability to initiate and drive improvements,

while working under pressure and under strict deadlines.

Proven ability to execute on strategy and make clear-eyed assessments

Excellent managerial and interpersonal skills with ability to supervise, motivate, support, and

collaborate with different teams. 

Excellent ability to delegate responsibilities while maintaining organizational control.  

Excellent budget, time management, and oversight skills. 

Flexibility to manage constantly changing priorities and timelines and adept at working cross functionally to implement programs and outreach.

Excellent strategic, verbal, and written communication skills with the ability to foster clear and goal oriented exchanges with various audiences. 

Ability to understand complex environments and work effectively in both informal and highly formal


Demonstrated political acumen and ability to work with the highest levels of leadership. 

Experience exercising judgment and discretion when dealing with sensitive information. 

Strong attention to detail and result-oriented.  

Fluency in English (oral and written); Arabic desirable.


BSc/BA in Business Administration, Information Technology, Marketing, Finance or a related field;

MSc/MA/MBA is a plus with a preference for Ph.D.


Minimum of 8-10 years of relevant experience in the sector of Corporate Strategic Planning,

Management Consultancy or related field.

Progressive experience in strategic relations and partnerships