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Mar 2013Present

Talent Acquisition Advisor - Middle East


AECOM is a global, fully integrated infrastructure firm with nearly 100,000 employees operating around the world. A Fortune 500 company, our revenues reached US$19.2 billion during the 12 months ended June 30, 2014. We serve clients in more than 150 countries, with a project life-cycle offering that spans design (including planning, architecture and engineering), construction, finance, operations and maintenance.

As Talent Acquisition Advisor, my role is to partner with the business during the tender stage to secure the right talent to meet our Client's needs and expectations.

Some of the Major Projects bid recruitment that I have worked on include Riyadh Metro, Makkah Metro, Doha Expressway, and Hamed International Airport.

Oct 2010Mar 2013

Senior Executive - HR

Voltas Limited

Voltas Electro-mechanical Division (EMD) - International Operations has been operating in the Middle East for the last 35 years and has delivered iconic projects such as the Ferrari experience, Formula 1 race track, Burj Khalifa, Emirates Palace Hotel, Al Udeid Air Base, and many more. A TATA GROUP company, Voltas has created a niche for itself as one of the most professionally-managed MEP contractors.My primary responsibility involves talent acquisition for EPC (Engineering, Procurement & Construction) Electro-Mechanical Projects & Services in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.

I was primarily responsible for Talent Acquisition for the UAE & Bahrain offices and also support other international locations including Saudi Arabia, Oman & Qatar. My role involved,

• Managing entire recruitment life cycle i.e. from receipt of manpower requisition to physical on-boarding of the recruited staff.
• Working with the Line Management Functions to understand their recruitment needs and to develop, gain agreement to and implement recruitment policies and plans to meet these in the most effective way.
• Strategic recruitment involving headhunting successors for key positions as advised by the Top Management. Pro-actively understanding business needs, studying attrition data and maintaining an active database of CV’s.
• Market intelligence involving comparator mapping for the MENA region, studying project life cycles through online & print media and identifying prospective talent for future recruitment.
• Ensuring PMPI (Process Management & Process Improvement) & company’s Recruitment Policy is being adhered to all time to ensure right people are being recruited for the right position at the right market premium.

Sep 2009Sep 2010

Team Leader (Construction & Human Resources)

Management Solutions International

Company Profile:

Management Solutions International (MSI) was formed in Dubai in 2005 as an extension of our successful executive search business in Asia. In 2001, TMP Worldwide, the largest independent firm focusing on recruitment advertising and communications and ranked among America's top digital agencies, purchased Management Solutions Incorporated. In 2003, our senior management bought out a part of TMP’s business in Asia and took the company private. MSI has offices in New York, Dubai, Bangkok and Vietnam.

Job role and responsibilities:

I joined MSI in Sep 09 and was entrusted with the responsibility of developing a new vertical i.e. Construction and Oil & Gas and effectively build a strong client and candidate database. I am responsible for business development, contracts (T&C) negotiation, candidate sourcing, implementing effective client relations and delivery, head hunting, conducting initial cv screening and technical interviews, setting up meetings between the client and shortlisted candidates, conducting reference checks, liaise with the clients with regards to the offers/ employment contracts and finalise the placement, do regular follow ups with the client and placed candidates to ensure higher retention rate, invoicing and collections.

May 2005Jul 2009

Senior Consultant

Beresford Blake Thomas Ltd

Company Profile:

Founded in 1990, BBT is known across the world as a global provider of quality recruitment solutions. Part of Randstad, the world’s second largest HR and staffing services group, BBT provides temporary and permanent staff to hundreds of organisations across the globe with over 700 members of staff working in 50 offices across 5 continents. The company was recently rebranded as “Randstad Middle East”.

Career Path:

Senior Consultant - January 2007 – July 2009 (2 years 7 months)

Consultant - September 2005 – January 2007 (1 year 5 months)

Trainee Consultant - May 2005 – September 2005 (5 months)

Job role & responsibilities:

  • Recruitment of technical professionals for the Middle East & North African construction markets.
  • Business development and acquisition of new clients within the Middle East and North Africa region.
  • Handling ongoing Recruitments for various clients within Middle East & North Africa region, including private and semi government real estate developers, private quantity surveying companies, project managers, building and infrastructure contractors. In this regard, my involvement includes: -

oAdvertising the vacancies locally and internationally using various media.

oCo-ordinating with the resourcing consultants based in the global BBT offices located in over 50 locations worldwide and source suitable candidates from various sources.

oPreparing Job Descriptions based on the information provided by the client.

oCarrying out initial screening of applications and interviewing candidates to access competencies, skill level, etc.

oScheduling the interviews with the client.

oMaking an initial offer to the candidates on behalf of the client where required.

oNegotiate offers by partnering with client/candidate.

oManage candidate process and act as a candidate advocate.

oManage and coordinate offer process, including reference checks, offer letter generation and offer acceptance / declines.

oProvide after sales support to both the client and candidate.

Nov 2004Apr 2005

Associate Consultant

Ma Foi Management Consultants Ltd (Randstad India)

Company Profile:

Ma Foi Randstad (formerly known as Ma Foi Management Consultants) is a part of Randstad, the world’s second largest HR services company. Founded in India in 1992, the company has grown into a full spectrum HR services provider for clients worldwide. Ma Foi has provided a variety of HR services to thousands of organizations that include more than 250 organizations in Fortune-500 list.


·Recruiting candidates for Non IT contractual jobs for companies like Unilever, Tata Tele Services, Bharati Infotel, 3M India Ltd, Tata AIG, TNT Logistics, Acer, IBM India, and Bharathi Computel.

·Interacting with the clients for mandate specifications, scheduling and co-coordinating the interviews.

·Analyse and screen resumes and applications to ensure suitability for client requirements, conduct initial round of interview, mapping the profile to the job specifications.

·Validating and counseling the candidates with regard to the contractual nature of the job, create awareness and clarify FAQ’s.

·Creating job adverts for job sites

·Sourcing relevant c.v’s from job sites, job postings, walk In’s, database search and networking.




Middlesex University

Middlesex University, UK. Dubai Campus (Mode of study: Part Time)

Completed four core modules (Post Graduate Diploma in HRM)

Dissertation Topic: 'Managing effective training and development in an economic downturn'. (Submission: Nov 2010)

Secured Student membership of CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) UK. Membership number 22812118


Bachelor of Business Management

SDM College of Business Management



  • Hands on experience in Microsoft Office Suite (Word & Excel)
  • Very good experience of 4.5 years in the usage of recruitment & database management software “CV Plus” at Beresford Blake Thomas (Randstad Middle East)
  • Nine months experience in database management software “ACT” at MSI HR Consultants
  • Over one month plus exposure to recruitment & database management software, “HireCraft” at MSI HR Consultants
  • Possess strong research, headhunting, negotiation and interpersonal skills


  • Writing:English, Hindi and Kannada
  • Speaking:English, Hindi, Kannada, Konkani and Tulu


·Music, Snorkeling, Traveling, Squash, Cricket and Philately


Oliver is a qualified HR professional with an overall experience of five years, which includes over four years in the UAE in contingency (contract & permanent) recruitment for Construction (Civil & MEP), Banking, Insurance, IT, Telecom, Retail and BPO sectors. He has worked with internationally reknowned HR consulting companies like Ma Foi Management Consultants and Beresford Blake Thomas (Ranstad) and  Management Solutions International (MSI). He has handled recruitment for Quantity Surveying, Estimation, Commerical, Contracts, Construction Claims and Planning related positions. He has strong hands on experience in recruiting technical professionals for real estate developers, contractors, engineering consultants, project mangement and private quantity surveying companies based in the Middle East and North Africa. 

He is very positive, self motivated and career minded individual, who employs a consultative approach to placements and persistence in sourcing candidates for difficult/unusual job specs. He is currently working as Senior Executive - HR at Voltas Limited (A TATA Enterprise), one of the leading MEP Contracting companies in the Middle East. He is primarily involved in manpower planning, talent acquisition and talent retainment