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Director (AIT Solutions)
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Field of study
February 28, 2019
Contact Info:
Tel no. (66-2) 524-5019
Fax no. (66-2) 524-5056
Only applications of shortlisted candidates will be notified and invited for interview.
Work Location: Asian Institute of Technology                                                 
School/Office:  AIT Solutions
Number of people to supervise:                110
Reports:  Executive Director, AITS

Job Description:

This Director Position is a leadership role that assists the Executive Director of AIT Solutions in developing and executing AITS’s long as well as short-term plans. He/She will help carry out the following responsibilities: (i) Developing a strategic plan to advance AITS's mission and objectives, and to promote revenue and growth as an organization; (ii) Overseeing AITS’s operations to ensure cost-effective management of resources, clients’ satisfaction, and superior project quality; (iii) Steering AITS to greater success and shall oversee, manage and direct all current and future projects through his/her inspirational leadership, managerial, analytical, and professional skills; (iv) Developing and maintaining successful relationships with internal stakeholders and external partners, and has the ability to develop, retain, and attract a high performing team as well as to effectively negotiate with multiple levels of executive management within prospective client organizations; (vi) Using in-depth knowledge and insight of key competitors to create compelling reasons for prospective clients to engage with AIT Solutions; (vii) Attending board meetings with the Advisory Board.

Duties and Responsibilities: 

Strategic Leadership. Shall assist the Executive Director in:

  • Developing a strategic plan to advance the AITS's mission and objectives and to promote growth as an organization. 
  • Identify problems and opportunities and address them; bring those which are appropriate to the President of AIT and Board members and/or its committees; and, facilitate discussion and deliberation.
  • Plan, develop, and implement strategies for generating resources and/or revenues, initiating new projects, for AIT Solutions.
  • Informs the Board and its committees about trends, issues, problems and activities.

Business Focus. Shall assist the Executive Director in:

  • Overseeing project initiatives and attend meetings for and communicate as well as maintain the relationship with other AIT professionals, partners and external resources involved in the development of projects.
  • Act as an evangelist for new and emerging engineering technologies by identifying and working with key stakeholders.
  • Ensure the AITS is appropriately organized and staffed and to have the authority to hire and terminate staff as necessary to enable it to achieve the approved strategy.
  • Promote and review the consulting service offering and engagement processes 
  • Attend meetings with clients/partners for business development.
  • Collect feedback from clients and partners, and drive improvement and innovation programs, in strong collaboration with external stakeholders.

Service and Operational Excellence Leadership. Shall assist the Executive Director in:

  • Ensure that the AITS’s technology, engineering, environment, development, and management solutions meet clients’ requirements for quality, efficiency, and effectiveness.
  • Resolve issues (with a great sense of urgency and escalation ownership for the business- critical ones) and find options to meet new business requirements.
  • Approve AITS operational procedures, policies, and standards. 
  • Make sure the project complies with legal requirements

Financial Leadership. Shall assist the Executive Director in:

  • Measuring and reporting on actual financial performance as compared to the budget, as well as forecasting future performance.
  • Provide the appropriate review and payment of service invoices, ensuring that unit costs and usage align with business consumption and contractual agreements.  
  • Ensure that expenditures of the AITS are within the authorized annual budget of the AIT.
  • To assess the principal risks of the AITS and to ensure that these risks are being monitored and managed.
  • Responsible and accountable for financial management and outcomes.
  • Present financial status to Unit Heads of AITS at quarterly finance meetings.

People Leadership. Shall assist the Executive Director in:

  • Demonstrates an attitude that is defined by taking responsibilities and loyalties very seriously. Assumes a sense of personal accountability for one’s direct results as well as co-workers’ actions, without seeking to blame or provide excuses for failures.
  • Enthusiastically keeps on top of seemingly chaotic demands, rapid and overlapping priorities and displays intensity for getting everything done now.
  • Honors interpersonal commitments, maintains the courage of high-minded convictions, values living rightly and plays by honorable rules.
  • Emphasis is on appropriate compromise, demonstrating tact, maintaining emotional control and interpersonal tolerance rather than making demands.
  • Promote AITS through social media, expert blogs, written articles and personal appearances at seminars, training, and conferences.


  • Oversee the Unit Head of ACECOMS to effectively plan, manage, organize, execute and lead in the unit activities.

Habitech Centre Duties:

  • Oversee the Director of Habitech Centre to effectively plan, manage, organize, execute and lead in the unit activities.

ILAB Duties:  

Shall Assist The Executive Director in guiding the innovators/ researchers at AIT Solutions, expanding the online knowledge platform and technology commercialization: 

  • Connecting the ideas/ innovations to emerging industry trends and identify the most significant/ feasible/ scalable opportunities.
  •  Developing sound/ strong solutions and business models.
  •  Guide in identifying the areas of funding from local and international agencies.

Online Knowledge Platform Duties:

  • Through the Knowledge Lab, guide and develop new approaches to expand on existing online knowledge platform
  • Promotion of existing program offering Professional Masters in Structural Design of Tall Buildings.
  • Identify relevant partners within AIT as well as external parties (universities and/ or corporates) in developing and expanding online program offerings.

Job Specifications:

  • Ph.D. in Engineering or relevant field with at least 20 years of professional experience.
  • Age below 50-year.
  • A rich experience of managing and executing projects.
  • Demonstrated technical leader.
  • Top candidates will have an exceptional business acumen, enabling them to operate
  • credibly with senior most operating leaders.
  • Strong collaboration, influencing, and negotiation skills are required. Use change
  • management techniques to convince and influence.
  • Ability to stay abreast of emerging technology and assess immediate vs long-term application either internally for the AITS, the associates or for our clients, partners, and broader stakeholders.
  • Strong skills in developing and managing capital and expense budgets
  •  Having adequate experience of building and leading high performing teams in a cross-cultural context.
  • Excellent verbal and written English communication skills.
  • Having broad experience in managing projects throughout Asia.
  • Must have an entrepreneurial spirit.

Job Performance Standards:

  • The Director shall know in detail about AIT’s policies and procedures and shall adhere to them when engaging in projects.
  • Support active and positive approaches to working with employees.
  • Contribute to a fair and equitable work environment.
  • Ensure that all employees have a work plan and performance objectives that identify the tasks/activities and expected results for future performance.
  • The performance of each employee is fairly assessed, at least annually, at the end of the work plan or performance period
  • Follow decentralized and participative management style to encourage team members to generate a maximum number of ideas. 

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