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CV,Seasoned South African Construction Manager Looking at Sub Sahara

I am currently available for work
Serial No: 7177
(01/06/1947, male)
List top 5 skills: consruction management, contract management, mentoring, people management, team building
Short Bio:

As can be seen from my CV I started as a Trainee Surveyor and have worked through the ranks over the last forty eight years, peaking as a Director for Murray and Roberts Civils.
The disciplines I have worked in although primarily Roads, Earthworks and associated Civils, have also covered a major Sewerage System in Botswana, Gaborone West Infrastructure Development as well as a large Irrigation System for rice growing in Madibira, Tanzania.
From 1978 to 1991 I served on the Board of Sladden International Botswana (Pty) Ltd.
Since leaving Murray and Roberts Civils in 2004 I have been freelancing.
Work done during this period:
Assisting with Tendering and Project Management for Bovani Construction.
Assisting with the start up of a large project in Botswana for Sladden International.
2008 to October 2010 Construction Manager for Hatch Africa on the Railway infrastructure for a new Iron Ore Mine at Sishen South Northern Cape.
November 2010 to April 2012: Senior Construction Manager for Raubex Construction. This was a permanent position with the promise that I would go on to a yearly contract basis when I turned 65 years old. Raubex were unable to fulfil this promise due to their small workload.
April 2012 to Present: Requested by Hatch Africa to complete the Sishen West Expansion Project as the E.P.C.M Construction Manager: This consisted of:
• 30km of Railway Line including Plate – laying and Overhead Tracking Equipment, and Signalling. It also involved the Jacking of a major tunnel under the existing Sishen Saldanha Ore line.
• A Rail over River Bridge and a Rail over Road Bridge.
• 2 No Electrical Sub-stations.
• Relocating of 11 Kms of a 66kva power Line.
This Project was completed in June 2013.
Although Hatch has had me on standby pending the award of another Rail Project from Transnet, which to date has not happened I was released by them as of 02 August 2013.08.10
I am now available to commence work immediately.
I am registered as a Professional Construction Manager and awaiting registration as a Professional Construction Mentor.
Due to my age I would obviously work on a year to year contract basis or on a Project basis.
I would also be willing to work in a Training or Mentorship role.
Regards

Pete Mullen
079 883 8192

Current location: 

Gauteng, South Africa - View on map

Spoken languages: 

english

Locations I am interested in working:

South Africa



Professional Profile

Professional Construction Manager with 48 years’ experience in the industry. Spent the last 30 years in Senior Management / Executive positions. As Contracts Director for Murray and Roberts Civils I managed large to mega projects throughout Africa. Responsible for an annual turnover of R130 million P/A in 2001 with a staff compliment in excess of 50. Strong project and resource management capabilities; served on Bursary and Training Boards. Sound knowledge of contracts. Achieved success in the resolution of many contractual issues.

Education

1996

Stellenbosch University

Construction Management Programme

1967

Bulawayo Technicon

National Technical Certificate (Part 3)

Professional Courses / Training

2012 Legal Liability for Projects Diploma

2010 A3 Safety Diploma from Anglo America

Professional Registrations / Memberships

• South African Council for Project and Construction Management Professionals.(PROFESSIONAL CONSTRUCTION MANAGER)

Computer Skills

• Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) • Microsoft Projects

Areas of Expertise

• Construction management.

• Contract management. • High level client liaison.

• Construction mentorship and training.

• Construction Tendering

• Project Management

Career History

1. 2012 – JULY 2013

Hatch Africa

Johannesburg, South Africa

CONSTRUCTION MANAGER

Responsibilities

• Overall construction Management of the Sishen West Expansion Project.

• Reporting directly to the Senior Project Manager.

• Directly managing 4 main Contractors: roads and earthworks, plate laying, signalling and power.

• Constructing rail, road, water pipelines, power lines and 2 electrical substations. Total Value Approximate value: R1, 2 billion.

• Effectively managing and coordinating various discipline Supervisors.

• Chairing weekly progress meetings with all the Contractors as well as 1 client meeting per month.

• Chairing daily team meetings.

• Continuously monitoring and managing the overall project schedule.

• Micro Managing via daily progress meetings with Contractors who slip on the schedule.

• Proactively managing all interfaces between various project contracts.

• Assessing all Contractor’s method statements and risk assessments in order to ensure safe working conditions.

Achievements

• Successfully jacked a major rail under rail culvert during an 11 day shut of Orex line.

• Successfully commissioned the 25km long Western Deviation Railway on time.

• Reduced the risk of delayed commissioning by initiating the restructuring of the main Contractor’s organ gram.

• Successfully completing the Project.

2. 2010 – 2012

Raubex Construction

Pretoria, South Africa

SENIOR CONSTRUCTION MANAGER

Responsibilities

• Reporting directly to the Managing Director.

• Effectively managing a staff of 30+ people.

• Tendering for and supervising various roads (for SANRAL) and mining projects throughout RSA with a value of R600 million.

• Assessing and grading staff (assisting the Managing Director and the HR Manager).

• Assisting with the introduction of a new costing system.

Achievements

• Introduced staff assessments and grading.

• Successfully averted a R1 million loss by giving early warning to the client that the project was under budgeted.

3. 2008 – 2010

Hatch Africa

Johannesburg, South Africa

CONSTRUCTION MANAGER

Responsibilities

• Reporting directly to the Senior Project Manager.

• Supervising the construction of the rail infrastructure for the new iron ore mine at Sishen South (value: +/- R550 million).

• Directly managing 4 main Contractors: roads and earthworks, plate laying, signalling and OHTE (Overhead Track Equipment).

• Effective management and coordination of the various discipline Supervisors.

• Chairing weekly progress meetings with all the Contractors as well as 1 client meeting per month.

• Chairing daily team meetings.

• Continual monitoring and management of the overall project schedule.

• Proactively managing all interfaces between various project contracts.

• Assessing Contractor’s method statements and risk assessments in order to ensure safe working conditions.

Major Projects

Sishen South Rail:

• The Project involved the construction of a 17km railway including 2 major structures and 17 culverts as well as a loco maintenance shed. I also facilitated the construction of the load out station.

Achievements

• Accelerated the project by the introduction of sectional hand-over. This meant that the plate laying Contractor could start sooner.

• Overcame materials shortage for the formation by the introduction of drilling, blasting and crushing.

4. 2004 – 2008

Various Companies (Freelancing)

South Africa and Botswana

PROJECT / CONTRACTS MANAGER

Responsibilities

• Reporting to the Managing Directors / Owners.

• Assisting with tendering, budgets and project management on a freelance basis.

• Appointed by Roadcrete Construction as a Project Manager on a 1 year contract to manage 2 infrastructure projects.

• Employed on a month-to-month basis by Sladden International Botswana to negotiate for and start up a village water supply project in North West Botswana and assisted the MD / Owner in the lodging of a contractual claim on another project.

• Employed on a month-to-month basis by Bovani Construction to assist the MD / Partner with tendering, cash flows and project management.

Clients

• Roadcrete.

• Sladden International.

• Bovani Construction.

5. 1993 – 2004

Murray and Roberts Civils

CONTRACTS MANAGER / CONTRACTS DIRECTOR

Responsibilities

• Successfully managing projects in Botswana, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda and South Africa.

• Headed the Bursary Selection Board and was a member of the Training Committee (I was invited on to the Board in 1994).

Major Projects

• Parts of the Trans-Kalahari in Botswana 260kms of road from Ghanzi to Sehitwa.

• Irrigation project in Tanzania. This involved a 17km river diversion, Head-works construction and canalisation over 17,000 hectares.

• Construction of a major road in Uganda.

• Emergency reopening of roads in Mozambique.

• Construction of sections of the N1, N3 and N2 toll roads in South Africa.

Career History: Previous Positions

6. FREELANCER

Murray and Roberts Civils : Commissioned to do the Tender for the new International Airport in Beirut, Lebanon.

1992 – 1993

7. FREELANCER

Assisted small to medium Contractors with tender preparation

1991 – 1992

8. OPERATIONS MANAGER

Concor Technocrat

1991

9. DIRECTOR

Sladden International

1984 – 1991

10. GENERAL MANAGER

Natal Transport

1981 – 1984

11. SITE AGENT / DIRECTOR

Sladden International

1979 – 1981

12. SHAREHOLDER/DIRECTOR

Mulmar Construction

1975 – 1978

13. SENIOR SURVEYOR / SITE AGENT

Fowler Construction

1974 – 1975

14. SURVEYOR / SENIOR SURVEYOR.

Murray and Roberts Roads and Earthworks

1972 – 1974

15. SENIOR SURVEYOR / SUB-AGENT CIVILS

Cosgrin

1969 – 1972

16. SENIOR SURVEYOR / SUB-AGENT CIVILS

Cosgrin

1969 – 1972

17. SURVEYOR

Andrews Brothers Construction

1968

18. STUDENT DRAUGHTSMAN

Rhodesian Railways

1968

19. TRAINEE SURVEYOR

Hawthorn, Holmberg and Watson

1965

Key Strengths

• Track record of meeting timelines and expectations.

• Used to working under pressure and meeting strict deadlines.

• Able to handle change and adapt to new situations.

• Logical approach to analysing problems and determining key issues.

• Excellent communication and presentation skills.

• Ability to relate well to others and establish good working relations.

• Management skills and leadership / mentoring capabilities.

Endorsements

“Pete is both proactive and organised in his approach to daily tasks as well as longer term construction planning. He has a very positive approach to resolving technical and contractual matters…His maturity, conscientiousness and construction experience brings invaluable experience to any project. As such Pete is recommended for any construction project, regardless of complexity or remoteness of location.”

Flip Gouws, Senior Project Manager: Infrastructure Rail and Transportation, Hatch