Executive on the move: Project and/or Construction Director (electrical power plant, transmission and distribution industry)

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Nationality: South African
Total years experience: 30 Years

Discipline: Electrical Engineering (Heavy Current) (Degree, GCC – Factories, Electrical/Pr. Eng – Professional Engineer (ECSA)//Member of the South African Society for Professional Engineers (SASPE)/SAIEE). Industry in: Governmental, Social and Utility Services, years of experience range: More than 30 years, annual package range: Over and above R4.5 mil. Gender: Male. Ethnicity: Caucasian/White. Nationality: South African.

Respected professional by international Partners, Clients and Competitors. Considered a professional in the field of Capital Programme Management and Project Management; knowledge and experience to successfully establish and manage a major construction capacity and capability to compete locally and internationally (expanded business to be one of the 3 major players in the South African Power Industry within 3 years of establishment); extensive knowledge and experience of ultra and major Capital Programme Management, Project Management, Commercial Management and Construction Management (senior leadership and management in one of the world’s most successful electrification programmes); extensive knowledge and experience in Business, General & Performance Management (led approximately 15 500 staff, R 2.1 billion capital expenditure and R 3.1 billion operating expenditure R 21.5 billion revenue per annum). During his period with Eskom, the Custodian of the Eskom Project Life Cycle Model and Chairman of the Eskom Programme and Project Management Steering Committees; successfully managed the Eskom Electrification Programme for a number of years from inception.

Candidate location: South Africa

Home & other languages: Afrikaans, English, ,

Designation: Managing Director

Highest qualification type: Degree

University: University of Pretoria

Company size: ’51 – 200

Division: General and Operations Management

Seniority level: Owner / Partner / VP / CXO / Director / Group Manager

Gender:                                    Male

Ethnicity:                                 Caucasian/White

Nationality:                              South African

If non South African, please specify your status to work in South Africa: Have a valid Zambian work permit

Highest Formal Qualification:  B.Eng Electrical / Electrical Goverment Certificate of Competency

Other Formal Qualification:    Management Development Programme from the University of South Africa, School of Business Leadership

Current / most recent job title?

Country Director

Primary purpose of current/most recent position:

Leadership and management of the assets, operations in Southern Africa.
Establish and maintain sound business relationships with all stakeholders.
Business development on new project opportunities.
Successful implementation of all capital investment projects

Core elements or functions that must operate effectively in order to achieve primary purpose:

• Identify and develop hydro and solar power opportunities in Zambia (and neighbouring countries, e.g. Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, DRC, Tanzania, etc.);
• Management of a Utility Power organisation in Lusaka;
• Board member of a Hydro Power Company and key Utility Power Company representative ;
• Develop and maintain Utility Power Company relations with authorities and government bodies, Energy Utilities and other industry participants;
• Ensure successful operational performance of the JV-companies;
• Identify and develop power market opportunities (e.g. solar, etc.) in Zambia, Mozambique and other neighbouring Countries; and
• Support the JV-companies in their commercial operations.

Description of self, along with greater purpose and passions:

More than 33 years of professional experience that includes:-
• Senior leadership and management in engineering, project management, general management in the electrical power plant, transmission and distribution industry
• Senior leadership and management in the leading South African technology service provider
• Senior leadership and management of project and execution management in the history of the largest South African capital expansion programme
• Senior leadership and management in one of the world’s most successful electrification programmes
• Recognised for his successful relationships with International Partners and Clients
• Senior leadership in establishing and successfully manage a major construction capacity and capability competing with large local and international competitors

Ideal business title: 

Project and/or Construction Director responsible for major capital investment in the energy industry

Key responsibilities and accountabilities of ideal position:

Senior leadership and management in engineering, project management, general management in the electrical power plant, transmission and distribution industry. Senior leadership and management of project and execution management

Skill area of competence:

• Extensive knowledge and experience of ultra and major Capital Programme Management, Project Management, Commercial Management and Construction Management
• Extensive knowledge and experience in Business, General & Performance Management
• Considered a professional in the field of Capital Programme Management and Project Management
• During his period with Eskom, the Custodian of the Eskom Project Life Cycle Model and Chairman of the Eskom Programme and Project Management Steering Committees
• Successfully managed the Eskom Electrification Programme for a number of years from inception
• Knowledge and experience to successfully establish and manage a major construction capacity and capability to compete locally and internationally
• Respected professional by international Partners, Clients and Competitors

Career summary:
Currently the Country Director for Power Utility Company(Zambia) Limited for Zambia & Mozambique leading the development of  activities and projects in these countries.
Prior to this new appointment, he was an independent professional providing services to various Clients in the Power Industry focusing on a) business and performance management, b) capital programme management, c) project & construction management.
For 5 years he was the Managing Director of the Mechanical, Electrical & Instrumentation and Power Business Units at a major multi-disciplinary competitor in the first-tier construction sector in Southern Africa with more than 14 000 employees and the capability to manage a range of projects of any scale.
Prior to leaving Eskom after 26 years he held the Senior Executive leadership position leading the approximately 18 000 Megawatt generation and transmission capital expansion programme of Eskom being the 13th largest electricity utility in the world by generation capacity that serves 95 % of the electric power to South Africa and 45% to the African continent.
During the middle to end of the 90s he successfully managed one of the largest electrification programmes in the world.

Where would you like to be in your career in the next 5 to 10 years, what would you like to have achieved?
Being able to have added tremendous value and contributed greatly to the improvement of people’s standard of living

What are your strengths?
Excellent communication, interpersonal and presentation skills at all levels and with different cultures; Lateral thinker, intuitive but analytical decision maker, effective strategist and skillful negotiator with entrepreneurial acumen.  Assertive but diplomatic in handling sensitive and controversial issues; High ethical standards and strongly believes that everyone must be treated with equal respect, underpinned by fairness, honesty and trust; Interacts well on a one-to-one basis and in a group situation, both as leader and in a key support function.  Believes strongly in team work and able to ignite passion and encourages the right behaviour; Places high value on staff development and growth as well as intellectual capacity; Enjoys a challenge.  Flexible and innovative in applying knowledge and experience to different circumstances and environments; and             Effective at multi-tasking.  Disciplined and well organised.  Excels under pressure and in deadline situations.
What are your weaknesses?
Office politics – hate it!!;  patience (last in the row)
Ideal company (culture and values):

Reputable company in the energy market actively involved improving the economy and general standard of living of people. Value system – customer satisfaction, candour, professionalism, people/employee relations, dynamic, honesty & integrity, innovation and enthusiasm

What do you absolutely love doing?

To be involved in and lead, manage and direct project opportunities which benefit the lives of people

Motivation to move (please select):  Seeking a challenging career opportunity in Africa or other continent for the next 5 to 8 years which will enable me to utilize my extensive experience and skills at a leadership level

Location Preference: I am open to positions both nationally and internationally.

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