Project Director / Country Manager

Last Updated: 7th October 2019 (over 3 years ago)

United Kingdom


Phone Number


Age Range
55 to 64

Qualification Level

English, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish


Experienced Country Manager with more than 25-years progressive experience in project management for the construction industry, maintenance, and operation of complex contracts including, highways, high-speed railways, tunnels, bridges and urban development in 8 countries.

Chartered Civil Engineer, bilingual in English & Spanish able to lead operations and establish a sustainable business from a zero position within competitive markets. Including, HR and legal management, commercial management, budgetary control, business structuring, search & negotiation of joint venture agreements, bid preparation, contract negotiations, and opening new markets.


MBA Business School, La Coruña, Spain
Master in Business Administration

   Aug 1993
— Dec 1994

Ministerio de Educacion, Spain
Master in Civil Engineering

   Feb 1990
— Dec 1990

Universidad de Rosario, Argentina
Civil Engineer

   Mar 1980
— Dec 1986


Astaldi SpA
Country Manager / Chairman of the Board AGN HAGA AB

   Jun 2019
— Current

• As Charmian of the Board of AGN HAGA (Astaldi 40% - Gülermak 40% - NRC 20%) Provides leadership and governance of the Board, Ensures that the Board as a whole plays a full and constructive part in the development and determination of the Group’s strategies and policies.
• Planning and conducting board meetings effectively.
• Provide support to the Project Managers in the execution of the contracts, actually Construction of the West Link project with Trafikverket
• As a Country Manager, establish country relationships, contacts, systems, processes and procedures in line with company guidelines to ensure a sustainable presence in the country.
• Manage every aspect of our newly expanding operation in-country

Astaldi Spa
Senior Project Manager

   Aug 2017
— May 2019

• Conducting meetings with the Client to determine project intent, requirements, and budgets
• Directing changes to the project scope and cost and implemented appropriate change management processes to keep the project on track.
• Overseeing all project activities both on-site and off-site and making sure they are completed as per the schedule
• Coordinating with field operators, the client, and designers
Project in Execution:
“Redevelopment of the tracks layouts and the auxiliary infrastructure of E59 Railway line – Section from the border of Lower Silesia to Leszno”. Rehabilitation of 35 km of railway, double track, and two stations. Client: PKP-PLK. Budget of the contract: 486,763,140.75 PLN.

Country Manager (Based in Poland)

   Mar 2012
— Jul 2017

Establishing and leading all operations for this Poland subsidiary from start with full responsibility for all operations and activities, including:

• Business Management - understand strategy, decision-making, manage tender department, and find local partners and legal operations.
• Leadership and People Management - attract, motivate, coach and develop team members at headquarter and each site.
• Project Management - manage successful projects with the Project Managers, risks, costs and project teams.
• Financial Management - budget, forecast, review financial statements and manage business metrics. Interact with bank representatives.
• Communication - communicate, project voice, speak with senior management and Clients.
• Review status reports prepared by project personnel. Prepare project reports for management, client, or others.

Project in Execution:

• Construction of a new building for the Regional Courts of Ruda Sląska, Poland. Construction of new build of 7.500 m2.
• Construction of new logistic and office building for MPWIK, Wroclaw, Poland. Construction of 9.000 m2 new building.
• Construction new road in Konin, Poland. Construction of 7 km of new urban road, included lighting, sewage, sidewalks and bicycle paths.
• Construction of a new building for the Regional Courts of Połck, Poland. Construction of new build of 8.300 m2.

Ezentis Infraestructuras
Country Manager (based in Romania and Hungary)

   Jan 2008
— Feb 2012

Leading company subsidiaries in Easter and South Europe and Balkans countries, with full responsibility for all operations and activities.

Main Duties:

• Directing various business departments to ensure the smooth running of the company. (Tender department, financial and legal department and production)
• Resolving contractual and commercial issues and disputes.
• Training and leading a large team, providing discipline and performance feedback. Involved in the recruitment and mentoring of new staff.
• Using automated computer systems to monitor control.
• Assisting company accountants in the formulation of forecasts and budgets.
• Maintaining excellent relationships with, partners, subcontractors and Clients as Ministry of Development and Bucharest City Hall in Romania, NIF in Hungary
• Having regular meetings with representatives of EBRD in Romania and World Bank in the Republic of Moldova.
• Ensuring compliance with relevant legislation.
• Writing up accurate financial reports for senior managers.
• Acting as Project Director and Contractor Representative in the main contracts

Major construction projects executed within the period:

• Expressway M43, Szeged. FIDIC contract with NIF (Ministry of Transportation) in Hungary. Construction of 9 km of Highway in Consortium with Hidepito and Szeviep from Hungary. Budget € 133m included the bridge over Tisza River.
• Rehabilitation of DN6, Alexandria – Craiova, lot 2: km. FIDIC contract. (Romania) Construction of new 15 km of Highway. Budget € 35.6m in consortium with Romestrade from Romania.
• Moto GP Circuit in Balaton Ring. (Hungary). Construction of the new circuit, access and stands. Budget € 50m.
• Bucharest Historic Center Rehabilitation. FIDIC contract, Budget € 30.8m, (Romania).
• Braila Historic Center Rehabilitation. FIDIC contract, Budget € 18.6m, (Romania).
• WWTP and WTP in Smolianski Ezera. Construction of the new Waste Water Treatment Plant, and new Water Treatment Plant and canalization for the Smolianski Ezera municipality. Budget € 22.4m, (Bulgaria).
• Rehabilitation of R-14 Balti-Sarateni road. Moldova. Reconstruction of 15 km of road. Budget € 14.9m. (Republic of Moldova)

Project Director, Spain

   Mar 2003
— Dec 2007

As a Project Director of the consortiums, ensure that projects were delivered in a timely manner and that clients are satisfied with the outcome of the task.

Main Duties:

• Responded to client inquiries, negotiations and maintained good client relationship.
• Managed financial aspects of the project and identified cost saving opportunities.
• Reviewed and improvised defect management procedures.
• Hired subcontractors and oversee the entire scope of work.
• Guaranteed that project was delivered within timelines and budget.
• Monitored project progress and addressed any delay problems.
• Confirmed that project meet quality standards and client expectations.
• Managed complex projects from start to finish

Construction of the following railway project:

• High-Speed Train Madrid – Levante, “Minglanilla – Embalse de Contreras”, Construction of 8 km of new railway with three bridges and 2 tunnels of 1.523 m and 733 m each one. Budget € 83.4m.
• High-Speed Train “Eje Atlantico de Alta Velocidad, Tramo: Portas – Vilagarcia” Construction of 7 km of new railway, one bridge of 1.250 m and a tunnel of 2.400 m. Budget €76.3m.
• High-Speed Train Madrid – Levante, “Access to Murcia City”, Budget € 61.7m.

Elsamex International
Project Director (Based in Mumbai, India)

   Mar 2001
— Feb 2003

Project Director in “Operation and Maintenance of Mumbai – Pune Expressway and other assets” in Mumbai, India. (110 km of concrete expressway, with four double tunnels and one single tube tunnel.) in consortium with Shinde Development and I.R.B from India.

Main Duties:

• Established and maintained strong client relationships. (M.S.R.D.C.)
• Advised on method statements and suggested necessary improvements and modifications.
• Ensure that project was running within timelines and budget.
• Monitored project progress and addressed any delay problems
• Supervised project team to complete the project within assigned timelines and budget.
• Developed training programs for the project team.
• Developed project report for client review and approval.
• Managed financial aspects of the project and identified cost saving opportunities.

Project Manager (Ciudad Piar, Venezuela)

   Jan 2000
— Feb 2001

Project Manager in “Iron Concentration Plant” in Ciudad Piar, Venezuela ($450m)
Designed to process 12 MTPA of iron ore and obtain 8 MTPA of Concentrate including supply of storage and handling facilities for low grade iron ore, high grade iron ore and concentrate


   Jun 1985
— Dec 1999

- Executed two Wind Farms construction, Vicedo 25.000 kw and Paxareiras 39.600 kw at F. Gomez y Cia, Santiago Compostela (1998 – 01); evaluated and monitored the performance of subcontractors to ensure product quality.
- Executed a variety of multi-million Euro highway as Project Manager for COPYC, S.A., Argentina (1995 – 98); oversaw staff and contractors while interfacing with, and reporting to management on a daily basis.
- Provided leadership, motivation and direction to staff in numerous multi-million Euro projects as Site Manager for companies in Spain and Argentina (1985 – 95).

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