Freelancer: Project Management and Eng. Consulting, Ref: 383431 – Online Interview Questions

Ref: 383431

Nationality: South African
Highest Formal Qualification: Master of Business Administration (MBA), Univ of Bedfordshire (UK), ECSA - Professional Engineering Technician (Pr Eng Techni)
Annual Package Range: South African Rand - ZAR 1.15 mil - 1.3 mil, per annum
Total years experience: 11-15 Years

Current / most recent job title?

Freelancer: Project Management and Eng. Consulting

1. Primary purpose of current/most recent position:

Primary purpose was to plan and manage engineering, procurement, construction and safe delivery of mining capital projects. This includes providing world class project management services, including project plan and schedule preparation, resource planning, engineering and design development, cost estimation, cost control, material procurement, construction works, QA/QC monitoring, and start-up and commissioning works, for all Capital Projects efficiently and effectively, in order to ensure the achievement of customers’ needs, expectations and requirements and safety goals within the budget and timeframe according to company’s policies and procedures.

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

Providing world class project management services, including project plan and schedule preparation, resource planning, engineering and design development, cost estimation, cost control, material procurement, construction works, QA/QC monitoring, and start-up and commissioning works, for all Capital Projects efficiently and effectively, in order to ensure the achievement of customers’ needs, expectations and requirements and safety goals within the budget and timeframe according to company’s policies and procedures.

3. Description of self, along with greater purpose and passions:

I have held several senior strategic engineering and managerial roles in the mining industry and have provided governance and assurance, applying controls to ensure legal compliance in accordance with the mine health and safety act and minerals, petroleum, and resource development act.

I am a strategic leader who is self-driven with an ability to influence others to voluntarily make decisions that are analytical.

4. Ideal business title:

Project Director or Executive

5. Key responsibilities and accountabilities of ideal position:

Establishes an appropriate, integrated organizational structure, including off project functional and specialist support. Defines & communicates roles, responsibilities and authorities to project team and members/partners and the customer to ensure project completion in a safe manner, within budget, on schedule, and in conformance with the appropriate standards, specifications and applicable regulatory requirements.

Ensures scope, design basis and objectives are defined, best practices/lessons learned reviewed, detailed work plans, schedules, budgets and procedures are established. Including; Execution Plan, Contract Management Plan, Plan for addressing critical cross functional work processes and systems etc.

Ensures integration of work plans of multiple execution units or entities, such as joint ventures. Promotes the use of construct-ability reviews during project execution.

Monitors and controls all contractual commitments to ensure that all work is being performed in accordance with the specifications, drawings, and terms of the contract, that a trend program is in place, that change orders and claims are processed in a timely manner.

Implements and maintains a change management control system. Ensures that all customer communications on the prime contract are documented. On behalf of the customer, manages contractors on construction management projects.

6. Skill area of competence:

Leadership
Communication
Planning Skills
Time Management
Risk Management
Negotiation Skills
Subject matter expertise
Technical/Engineering skills
Agile management experience

7. Career summary:

16 Years mining: 8 Diamonds, 3-Gold and 5-Platinum

8. Achievements:

Appointed Non-executive Director of the TEBA Board and Chairman: Social & Ethics committee in 2016, The Employment Bureau of Africa (TEBA) Limited. Also serves as a trustee on the TEBA property Trust.

Successfully delivered Category 1 to 4 projects including 2014 to 2016 social and labour plan infrastructure projects for Anglo American Platinum.

Won the Logistics Achiever Gold Awards in 2010 for Setchaba Carriers – a Unitrans and De Beers Consolidated mines partnership (Load and Haul Contract). Awards are hosted annually by Logistics News to recognise professionalism and excellence in the effective application of strategic, tactics and operational logistic and supply chain management principles, concepts and practices in Southern Africa.

9. What do you absolutely love doing?

Managing projects to delivery.

10. Ideal company (culture and values):

I would like to work for a company with the following key values honesty, integrity and hard work. A company that embraces diversity.

ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS:

Where would you like to be in your career in the next 5 to 10 years, what would you like to have achieved?

To get to an executive level.

Write down two achievements from primary school, two from high school, two during college/university, and two post-college/university, with at least one of the two business-related.

When he won the Logistics Achievers Gold Award for De Beers in 2010.

What’s the most interesting thing about you that’s not on your resume?

Mainly about delivering projects on time and in the budget.

Tell me about a time when you had to get to the root cause of a problem to make a decision.

Engineering – when we have a huge break down that the plant is not operating I fix the problem so that it does not occur again. I follow the root causes to a point.

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