Hong Kong's construction industry has reached saturation point in recent years so more engineers have been looking for overseas opportunities, especially in Macau, the mainland and the Middle East. Gemini Personnel is helping a leading construction and engineering consultancy recruit a senior highways project manager to run a project in the Middle East. Based in Bahrain, key responsibilities will be to lead a team of engineers in the technical delivery of medium to large highway schemes and to act as a liaison with the clients. Aside from the basic requirements of managing the delivery of projects to meet time, quality and budgetary targets while exceeding clients' expectations, an essential part of the role involves assisting with the marketing of client services through meetings, bid and proposal preparations, and general promotional activities. 'Once you are there, you will be based on the same project, but there will be a certain degree of localised travel for meetings within the UAE region,' said Wan Pang, a senior executive consultant for construction and property services at Gemini. The project manager will be responsible for the supervision of highway and infrastructure work, ranging from viaducts, tunnels, bridges and interchanges to major and minor roads and highways. Mr Pang said that most of the work would be based on new designs which would be integrated into existing road and other infrastructure networks. The London Stock Exchange-listed engineering company is looking for a civil engineering graduate with at least 10 years of postgraduate experience in design and at least five years of corporate experience in planning, design, contract and construction services. The individual needs to be a sound communicator who enjoys working in a team leadership role. After an initial search on Gemini Personnel's database, Mr Pang said he believed the chances of recruiting someone in Hong Kong were positive. 'Hong Kong has also undergone quite a few transport infrastructure changes over the years and many of these projects have been quite substantial in value,' he said. The job's main challenge will be working in a physically challenging environment, especially when dealing with the hot, dusty conditions of the Middle East. But the rewards are substantial, including satisfying the clients' original brief by completing the project on or ahead of schedule and within budget. 'This challenge is all the more rewarding when you stop to consider that projects are carried out to ever-receding profit margins and increasing quality demands and pressures from clients,' Mr Pang said. He added that the main satisfaction came from being able to see designs transferred from technical drawings into reality and in knowing that you were an important part in making it all happen.