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Summary

An experienced professional from Business Administration and Civil Engineering discipline, with over 13 years of invaluable managerial experience. Highly focused with a comprehensive knowledge and understanding in the areas of Operations , Compliance and Project Management. A consistent track record of successfully employing best business practices that improve efficiency, reduce operating costs and wastes whilst increasing productivity. Seeking for an Executive Management or Consultancy role.

Work History

Aug 2011Present

Operations Manager (Roll Forming & Manufacturing)

BlueScope Fiji

Responsible for leading a team of 35 staff at the main manufacturing facility in Suva, while also managing an additional 4 support staffs at 2 distribution offices in the Western and Northern division. Being part of the senior lead team I am actively involved in strategic planning, processes and policies formulation, business decisions and customer relations. I provided leadership and management support to all operational functions.

Strengths:

  • A hands-on management style which fosters a culture of teamwork, shared mission and a dedication to excellence.
  • Recognized for identifying and implementing simple solutions to complex problems.
  • A change agent who has reinvigorated under-performing teams and improved quality.

 Achievements:  

  • Spearheaded a comprehensive review of company practices to redesign and execute a process of accountability, establishing strict and sustainable targets against which all processes, practices and staff were evaluated.
  • Devised and implemented initiatives to maximize plant productivity which resulted in a reduction of overtime by 5%, while maintaining high levels of motivation and cohesiveness among staff.
  • 25% increase in productivity and 10% increase in net margin over the financial year without an increase in staff number.
  • Researched, sourced and installed key new equipment and extensive staff training programs.
  • Improved relationship between senior management and union members, cultivating a positive new atmosphere of communication and tolerance.
Mar 2008Jul 2011

Compliance Manager (Quality, Health, Safety & Environment)

BlueScope Fiji

Reported directly to the Country Manager, I was responsible for overseeing the daily compliance functions related to quality, health, safety and environment pertaining to company’s corporate guidelines, local and international regulations and standards. In my capacity as a consultant, I took stewardship and governance of the compliance system providing functional, technical and process leadership to the Fiji business. 

Strengths:

  • Highly adept in identifying gaps and/or risk exposure in operations as well as developing and implementing strong systems of checks-and-balances.
  • Recognized for being both reactive to developments in regulatory and governance environment and proactive in the area of compliance training.
  • Motivated, coached and inspired at all level to consistently deliver operational excellence by exploiting the compliance framework and boundaries.

 Achievements:  

  • Delivered an excellent record of no lost time and medically treated injuries (LTI and MTI) for 4 consecutive years through extensive staff education and awareness in workplace health and safety.
  • Negotiated Operations buy-in and executed machine safety upgrade projects like interlock guarding and isolation systems which contributed to a 70% reduction in man-to-machine interaction lowering the risk of injury significantly.
  • Created a solutions focused work culture fostering a continuous improvement approach through staff engagement, motivation and empowerment.
  • Dramatically increased efficiency through major redesign of all work stations, storage and dispatch areas through successful implementation of lean manufacturing processes and staff training. 
  • Transformed technical documents including instruction manuals and standard and safe operating procedures into simple process maps and visual/pictorial flow charts for enhanced operator understanding.
Sep 2004Feb 2008

Project Manager (Pre-Engineered Buildings)

BlueScope Fiji

Led and managed project teams from design phase through construction and closeout. Coordinated and reviewed the work of Architects, Engineers and Contractors. Monitored schedules, costs, quality and construction safety performance. Handled change orders, claims review, negotiations and project documentation. Managed risk in major projects and ensured mitigations were successfully implemented. Proactively engaged in communication with key stakeholders at all times.

 Strengths:

  • Excellent communication, organizational and relationship management skills to foster positive work environment and strong team building culture. 
  • Result driven professional with a strong history of on-time, on-budget and high-quality project deliveries.
  • Proven risk management and change management expertise with the ability to support multiple projects with medium to high complexity.

 Achievements:  

  • Led 12 design-and-build projects to successful completion with contract values of FJ$400,000.00 – FJ$5,000,000.00 and managed 8 other major commercial projects in the capacity as the Contracts Administrator providing support to other Project Managers.
  • Added 5-7% to bottom line by negotiating and settling cost claims due to design changes, scope variations and sub contractor schedule delays.
  • Drove implementation of project best practices to solve complex design, construction and operational issues, while ensuring on-time delivery and client satisfaction.
  • Developed and managed strong working relationships with the design consultants, contractors and clients to ensure all milestones and deliverables were met as planned.
  • Successfully managed multiple project schedules, project financial reports, team evaluation, coaching and mentoring – hiring/releasing human resources, training and performance.
Nov 2003Aug 2004

Project Coordinator (Building Solutions)

BHP Steel Fiji

Prepared and evaluated the accuracy and effectiveness of the working drawings and specification. Actively resolved onsite project issues in consultation with Project Managers and Contractors. Conducted site inspections and provide technical backup feedback and support to clients.

Jun 2002Oct 2003

Structural Drafting Technician (Engineering Consultants)

Engineered Designs - Consulting Civil & Structural Engineers

Carried out structural and architectural drafting and detailing of concrete, steel and timber structures for commercial and residential buildings. Conducted site measurements and liaised with Local Authorities, relevant Architectural and Structural Consultants on projects.

Education

Feb 2014Nov 2015

Master of Business Administration - MBA 

The University of the South Pacific

Association of MBA's (AMBA) accredited qualification with a core focus on Operations, Projects, Finance and Strategic Management. GPA 4.04/4.50

Aug 2013Dec 2014

Certificate IV in Frontline Management

Federation University Australia

Core focus on Team Leadership and Management 

Feb 2000Jun 2002

Diploma in Civil Engineering

Fiji National University

Core focus on Structural Engineering and Contracts Management. GPA 3.53/4.50

Professional Development

Fiji National University (National Training and Productivity Centre)

  • Lead Quality Management Systems Auditor
  • Effective Operations and Production Management
  • Lean Six Sigma
  • Implementing Continuous Improvement
  • Managing Teams at the Workplace
  • Establishment of LMCC
  • OHS Modules 1,2,3 & 4
  • OHS Risk Management
  • Microsoft Project

BlueScope Steel

  • Business Leaders Safety Coaching Program
  • Leader Essentials Program
  • Project Management Training

The University of the South Pacific (Pacific TAFE)

  • Developing Workplace Training Plan
  • Effective Planning and Scheduling

Fiji Employers Federation

  • Project Management & Managing Teams 

Awards

2015 - Glo-Bus Industry Champion - Strategic Management - The University of the South Pacific

2014 - Topper & Outstanding Candidate - BlueScope Leader Essentials Program - New Zealand Steel

2011 - Zero Harm Award - Health & Well Being - BlueScope Australia & New Zealand

2011 - Health & Safety Community Award - Community Garden Project - New Zealand Steel

2010 - Health & Safety Improvement Team Award - New Zealand Steel

2009 - Health & Safety Improvement Award - Isolations  - New Zealand Steel

Referees

Mr. Stuart Hill, National Manufacturing Manager, Fletcher - Dimond New Zealand (Former GM/Director - BlueScope Fiji)
Mobile: +64 275 958 040
Email: StuartHi@dimond.co.nz

Mr. Andrew Goulding, Project Director, Matrix Constructions Papua New Guinea
Mobile: +675 7158 7933
Email: andrew.goulding@matrix.com.pg

Mr. Nitesh Prasad, Director, NAL Civil & Structural Engineers Limited, Auckland, New Zealand
Mobile: +64 21 258 4857
Email:Nitesh.Prasad@nalengineers.com

Mr. Abdul Saheem, Engineering Manager & Assets Rehabilitation Program Consultant, Vital FSM PetroCorp, Federated States of Micronesia
Mobile: +691 922 1015
Email: Abdul.Saheem@fsmpc.com