Director Innovation

Ad Dammām


Ad Dammām


Salary (including base, housing, transport), Flights, Bonus, Schooling

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Job Summary

Head of Smart City Technology and IoT (inc Erp & IT)
The Head of Smart City Technology and IoT is a strategic leadership role responsible for overseeing the development, implementation, and management of smart city technology initiatives and Internet of Things (IoT) projects. This position plays a crucial role in driving innovation, enhancing city infrastructure, and improving quality of life for guests through the integration of cutting-edge technologies.

Experience Required
You will have worked for a major real estate developer, hospitality operator or technology company/consultancy shaping the technology for the most advanced and sustainable cities of future.

Key Responsibilities
Strategic Planning and Leadership
  • Develop and implement a comprehensive smart city technology strategy aligned with the city's vision and goals
  • Provide visionary leadership to drive innovation and transformation in city services and infrastructure.
Project Management and Implementation
  • Oversee planning, execution, and monitoring of smart city projects, ensuring alignment with established objectives and timelines
  • Collaborate with internal departments, external partners, and stakeholders to facilitate project implementation and integration of IoT solutions

Technology Evaluation and Adoption
  • Research and evaluate emerging technologies and IoT solutions relevant to smart city initiatives
  • Identify opportunities for technology adoption and innovation to address urban challenges and improve city services
Data Management and Analytics
  • Develop data management strategies to collect, analyze, and leverage data generated by IoT devices and smart city systems
  • Utilize data analytics and insights to optimize city operations, enhance decision-making, and improve service delivery.

Partnership and Stakeholder Engagement
  • Cultivate strategic partnerships with technology vendors, research institutions, government agencies, and community organizations
  • Collaborate with stakeholders to foster a supportive ecosystem for smart city initiatives and ensure alignment with community needs.

ERP & IT Infrastructure
  • Implement robust ERP systems that are futureproof and fit for purpose.
  • Ensure compliance with privacy regulations and standards to safeguard sensitive information collected by smart city systems.

  • Engage with stakeholder and colleague to raise awareness and promote understanding of smart city initiatives
  • Provide educational resources in shaping the future of the city.

  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Urban Planning, or related field; advanced degree preferred
  • Proven experience (10+ years) in technology leadership roles, with a focus on smart city initiatives and IoT projects
  • Strong understanding of urban planning principles, city governance, and public administration
  • Expertise in project management methodologies, technology evaluation, and data analytics
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to collaborate effectively with diverse stakeholders
  • Knowledge of cybersecurity best practices, privacy regulations, and compliance standards related to IoT and smart city deployments
Marco Cassandro


Marco Cassandro

Managing Director - International Clients

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