CV, UAE Based Construction Operations Director

I am currently available for work
Serial No: 17475

Skills keywords: contract managment, jeopardy managment, post contract managment, pre contract, project managment
Short Bio:

A rounded professional with 25 years experience within a diverse Construction environment on a global level on projects up to $1 Bill.
A pragmatic while dynamic approach within senior operational positions focused on schedule and costs management optimizing stakeholders interests.

A successful business unit director with P&L responsibility delivering Board/Stakeholders objectives reporting to President/CEO and working seamlessly with Legal, CFO,HR Supporting Operations for Capital Projects.

Current location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates - View on map
Nationality: UK
Preferred Sector of Employment:  , Oil, Gas and Energy, General Management
Spoken languages: english
Location I am interested in working: Anywhere
List the countires you have a visa to work in: United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom


B.S.c. Civil

Contract administration/claims management]

PMI Certified USA

Career Summary

Windrock Group
Consultant Oil Sector
Oct 2013 – October 2014

Proposal/contract/commercial services supporting projects:

Iraq/Afghanistan/Mozambique – Development services for various green field Oil & Gas facilities.

Working with the CEO I was responsible for developing detailed cost models for a Modular Refinery with a flow through capacity of MT1000 per day for the Kashkari Oil Concession in Afghanistan.

Responsible for sourcing and pricing the refinery hardware specific to the demand and crude characteristics based on the optimum finished products spectrum primarily sourced from Russia and Kazakhstan with some elements from China.

In addition identifying the site location at the concession location working with the Ministry concerned with the extraction and production of the field and costing the full site development from the secured site perimeter, crude bulk storage tanks, finished product bulk storage tanks, power generation, gas supply, sulphur plant, accommodation with full life support facilities, offices, access roads, holding areas, warehousing and workshops and fuel despatch terminal.

Northern Iraq and Erbil projects were primarily focussed on Pre Engineered single span steel structure facilities involved with Gas expansion programs for power generation with some concession field projects with additional bulk storage tanks and workshops.

I was responsible for sourcing and management of the SME’s required for the engineering and project management of all projects plus the sourcing, costing and design for the imported structures and tankerage elements.

Iraq based projects have ceased due to the current security issues.

Mozambique content was specific to speculative unsolicited pricing for Anadarko and ENI who are the main stakeholders on the LNG fields and subsequent 10 train LNG plant.

Elements contained but not restricted to:

 Modular Refinery

 Crude feed and Bulk storage

 Pipeline feeds

 Pre Engineered Steel Structures

 Finished Product Bulk storage

 Gas Plant

 Sulphur Processing

 Power Plants

 Water Treatment

 Overall site development

 FEED services

 Accommodation Security perimeters

 Access roads and holding areas

Mezzan Holding Co
Projects Director
June 2012 – Oct 2013

Recruited as Snr Projects Director with a specific brief to design and build several complex processing plants in Afghanistan plus the closing out of a state of the art processing facility in Jordan.

Countries of operation were primarily within Afghanistan/Jordan/Turkey/Kuwait/Iraq Reporting directly to the Group C.E.O. Mr. Garry Walsh.

Headquartered in Kuwait Mezzan Holding operates primarily within the F.M.C.G./Beverages and Pharmaceutical markets.

My initial job description covered all aspects of setting up an internal PM team having full P&L responsibility encompassing Design/Engineering functions engaging design consultants and all management of construction related contracting companies incorporating:

Specific elements but not restricted to:

 Ensuring best industry project management procedures

 Mentoring existing company staff when required

 Assessment of existing company engineering and maintenance capabilities

 Project management integration with ERP IT team at HQ

 Sourcing and recruiting core PM team

 Sourcing and evaluation of sector Consultants

 Local and Federal Authority clearance and permitting

 Facilitation of main grid power where available

 Design and Build of Power Plants where necessary

 Contract/Scope/Schedule/Specifications for Contractors

 Evaluation of Specialist Automated System/Equipment Vendors

 Civil and site development

 Vendor sourcing and negotiating with Structural Pre Engineered building suppliers

 M.E.P. specialist companies, sourcing and award

 Water treatment plants design and vendor award

 Waste water treatment plants design and vendor award

 CO2 plant gas plant

 Dry ice design and build

 Cold storage

 Gas plant

 SCADA vendor management and commissioning

 Re negotiating with Vendor suppliers to enable commissioning works to be completed at the Jordan Processing plant

 Commissioning

Fastrack Construction, Oman
Operations Director
August 2010 – June 2012

Fastrack, a Niche ‘Design & Build’ company operating within the Oil and Gas sectors deploying large Pre-Engineered Steel Structures [multiple mass storage and workshop facilities for field operations all large open single span units for optimum floor area usage]

Reporting to the M.D. supported the proposals team with technical and practical solutions for clients primarily involved within the O&G service industry as well as operators.

Typical projects were site based accommodation and workshop facilities as well as military projects upgrading storage and hanger capabilities.

Post project award I worked closely with suppliers on detailed designs and engineering developing final shop drawings and budgets through the fabrication and installation phases.

All projects were within Oman.

Syncon Ltd Afghanistan
Commercial/Construction Director
July 2008- 2010

Syncon was set up in early 2008 with expectations of building a diverse service group partnering with International companies entering into the Afghan market. Construction being the foundation of the structure.

I was recruited to head up all contractual and construction activities within ISAF, USACE and AFCEE, contractors throughout Afghanistan specialising in Steel Structures and associated civil and Infrastructure works within US and ISAF bases:

 Design & Build Fuel Bunkerage Facilities for JET A1 Airside Services

 Metric Ton 30,000 Bulk Storage Facilities in Kabul

 Helicopter refuelling bays at several Air force Facilities

 Installation of twin fuel feed pipelines

 Waste Water and Drinking Water Treatment Plants

 C130 hanger plus a variety of smaller Pre-Engineered units utilising L.G.S. systems as per USACE specifications

 Air Side Civil extensions to Aprons within Kandahar/North KIA Airbase Including drone Hangers

 Modular and conventional R/C Accommodation

Commercial Consultant
Nov 2006-June 2008

Jeopardy/Claims Management for Developers and main contractors on various 5 star hotels and residential developments.

Working as an independent consultant based out of the UK for clients here in the UAE.

Assignments varied from supporting cost consultants on the Intercontinental/Crown Plaza development from Nakheel/Sub developers and private investors with diverse issues that involved intense legal and authority negotiations and pain staking forensic research required to close out commercial settlements.

NORR group.
Operations Manager Post Contract Professional Services
2005 – Nov 2006

Responsible for the staffing and management of all Post Contract Professional services on multiple signature projects in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Qatar.

NORR typical scope would encompass standard site PM plus ID and fit out as well as Contract Administration in cases where Cost Consultants were not engaged.

As an Architectural practice the senior management recruited myself to instill standard and good commercial procedures and practices as it was understood the standard RE and associated teams were not contractually proficient and required assistance and mentoring concerning client side contract administration.

Several projects were in serious delay and I was tasked with the job of analyzing all elements of delay/change order and overall project status and implemented focused micro performance programs to bring the projects to closure.

Responsible for the day to day management of the department personnel including all hiring through a very difficult period.

Principle Projects:

 The Atlantis Palm Island

 EMAAR * 4 projects with 4 four towers plus podiums

 JBR hotel

 Marina towers

 The Waves

 Delta towers

 Khalifa [Burj] Tower Dubai

City Builds Ltd & E.P.M.S
Senior Project Manager
2002 – 205

Teaming with E.P.M.S. out of USA I reported to the CEO who had an ongoing agreement with CH2MHILL throughout Europe setting up specialist site acquisition and permitting teams mitigating the convoluted permitting process throughout the different Federal and Local authorities for Wireless Networks and Fibre Networks sites and routes.

Leveraging on my experience gained with the Global Crossing European project I sourced and managed specialist site acquisition companies in every EU country and major cities.

T.E.N. a Venture Capital company in New York engaged my services to work with the state owned rail network in Russia with instructions to evaluate all assets and the state of repair of the infrastructure from Moscow central rail station to Vladivostok and compile budgetary costs to refurbish same to a condition fit for use to receive a Lucent high performance Optronics transmission system.

Lucent requested my services to evaluate costs and time frames for a second phase of a National [Military HQ Abu Dhabi] Optronics Network which involved contractor pricing and competence levels which allowed me to complete a detailed project schedule for the contract documentation along with a comprehensive BofQ and terms.

These assignments were as a result of client recommendations based on my work with Lucent/Global Crossing and Bechtel


Primary responsibilities included setting up ROW and site acquisition specialist teams throughout Europe for Telecoms operators and vendors.


 T.E.N. Russian Trans Eurasia Networks

 U.A.E. Fibre Network (UAE Military)

Global Crossing/Lucent Technologies
European Project Director
1999 – Jan 2002

Total contract value: $3 Bill

Reporting to the European Board of Lucent and working directly with the Clients VP Operations for the European Build consisting of multiple real estate construction and infrastructure installations throughout Europe.

In addition to the Global Crossing project I worked as the Clients Representative sitting on the steering committee monitoring the progress of the prime contractor [Bechtel] and dealing with the contractual elements on the German construction joint development project VICAME.

Bechtel Construction EAMS:
Construction Manager
1994 – 1999

Supporting several proposal teams throughout EAMS and ASIA in addition to major

Projects in the Telco/Power/Oil sectors.