Construction Manager

Last Updated: 20th March 2018 (over 4 years ago)

United Kingdom


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Age Range
55 to 64

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Nationality: English
Home Base Thailand / Philippines
Notice required: Available immediately
UK Passport
DoB 10th January 1958

Over 20 years of international management experience has developed and reinforced Graham’s skills and strengths in the construction industry. His main strengths being project, contract, and personnel management and has excellent problem solving and analytical skills. Working contract to contract raises unique project problems to overcome with new ideas..

Graham is highly motivated and a good communicator, enjoying involvement with challenging projects where time is of the essence. In China (Qingdao and Wuhan) Graham was given a crash programme with a five-month deadline, to construct and fit out two Metro Superstores. The work was completed within programme and to budget.

Graham has excellent all round construction knowledge and has a wide range of experience in all aspects of construction including new build, refurbish/maintenance, external works and high end fit out. He can offer any employer his experience of working with multinational labour forces and offers loyalty, hard work, and good judgement in the performance of his duties with a firm but fair approach whilst adhering to safe site practices. Experience of working for the Client and for the Contractor has taught Graham the needs of both parties and he has no doubts that his professional capabilities enable him to fulfil any senior construction management position.

Graham has an in depth knowledge and experience of contract and related laws, disputes, arbitration and litigation with a track record of inordinate success.

• Fully conversant with FIDIC contracts, writing contracts and Particular conditions
• Substantial International Experience working overseas for Main Contractor and Client side in UK, Europe, China, Hong Kong, Africa, Middle East, Thailand and Oceania
• A good manager with experience of recruiting, training, motivating and developing staff
• Form excellent working relationships with colleagues and clients at all levels
• Substantial project management skills and capable of handling numerous assignments simultaneously ensuring all targets and deadlines adhered to
• Strong business acumen gained from exposure to a wide variety of commercial and operational environments
• Adaptable and flexible, able to function successfully in alternate ethnic environments
• Not easily frightened or put off
• Able to get things done, often with very limited resources
• Can recognise problems quickly and willing to take responsibility for corrective measures
• Excellent communications skills & strong relationship skills
• Speaks basic Thai and Putonghua
• Strong Leadership
Graham is fully qualified as Master Mason with extensive knowledge – both technically and practically of all building trades.

• Project management
• High End Fit outs
• Contracts and Claims – successful claims for US$23m for civil contractor in Nigeria through courts, AED57m for contractor in UAE, US$35m for Chinese contractor in Korean arbitration.
• Contractual correspondence
• Construction contracts
• Finance
• Office support
• Risk management
• Cost control
• Proactive
• Recruitment


Educational Summary

   Dec 0000
— Dec 2017

• Online MBA Project Management
• BSc Operations Management
• Upper 2nd Class BSc Building Studies – Leeds University UK
• 3 year Nebosh safety course at Sheffield University (night class)
• 5 years apprenticeship in paving & masonry
• Gold medal in 1977 for highest achievement (Northern England) in Building Studies awarded by Vic Feather


Employment History

   Dec 0000
— Dec 2017

June 15 – Project Director (PLM) FOX World Theme Park, Malaysia. – [Fit Out Contractor]
Graham sourced all suppliers and contractors, local and international for the fit-out of Fox World, coordinated their programmes and negotiated contracts, costs, responsibilities and fees
• Budget & cost control
• Site coordination
• Drafted the initial work plan
• Determined necessary resources
• Manage quality to achieve and exceed FOX requirements

May 14 – February 2015 – Senior Contracts Manager. CMIIC (SinoConst) Al Ruwais LNG Plant – [Contractor]
CMIIC requested Graham to rejoin them on a short term contract. Graham assembled, wrote and negotiated throughout arbitration a successful USD35m claim for contractor Sinoconst for their LNG Al Ruwais project in the UAE

July 13 – April 2014 – Project Director. LT Project Management. Fisherman’s Wharf (Macau) – [Client / Developer]
Graham was requested to join LT Project Management to move Fisherman’s Wharf Project forward from the design phase into the construction phase.
• Three Luxury 5 star hotels / casinos
• Dinosaur museum, 2 Theatres
• LPG station and a Marina

July 11 – June 13 – Senior Project Management Advisor / Contracts Manager. CMIIC (Sinoconst) (New Caledonia / Worldwide) – [Contractor]
Sinoconst is going international and Graham’s major role was to build relationships with Clients. He was employed as site-based Contracts / Commercial Manager and advisor to the Senior PM at Koniambo Nickel Processing Plant in New Caledonia. Graham had to advise and support an internationally inexperienced management team who had very little experience on contractual issues and conditions outside China; and protect the Contractor against an extremely inflexible Client.
Key Roles
• Advising the PM team
• Resolving disputes
• Day-to-day contractual advice and claims assistance
Graham was also involved in a BMW plant in Shenyang China as an advisor to the PM and travelled to Qatar, Bahrain and USA on business development.

Oct 10 – June 2011 – Project Manager KAFD - Dar Al Riyadh, (Saudi Arabia) – [Client]
A D&B project for King Abdullah in Riyadh, with 30+ high rise buildings; each with 5 basement levels.
Graham was Project manager for seven (7) mixed use high rise buildings between 30 and 74 floors which were under simultaneous construction.

Mar 07-June 10 – C.O.O., Thailand. Campbell Kane, The Point Yamu Hotel (Thailand) – [Property Developer]
This Development consists of 50+ extremely high quality luxury villas (US$2m – US$18m build cost) each with individual Owners and Contractors, an extremely high end luxurious 63 room hotel now operated by Como along with 12 associated 8 - 12 bedroom hotel villas, a recording studio, a Marina, clubhouse, RO Plant, tennis courts and all infrastructure and landscape on the cape. Designers include Philippe Starck & Denniston.
Graham was also responsible for overseeing The Bay which is part of the Cape Yamu development.
Key Responsibilities
• Developed and managed CKT Business Plan
• Overseeing day to day operations of each department (Operations, HR, Business Development, Legal, Accounting).
• Overseeing day to day operations of construction projects
• Provided leadership in project development, constructing and managing residential units.
• Ensured all new projects were well researched and exhaustive consultation and involvement of all the Clients was undertaken in order to ensure quality
• Managed and mentored departmental staff
• Liaised with the Chief Finance Officer in order to attract the support of Financial Institutions and investors in the hotel project and ensure its growth and independence as a separate business unit

Sept 04 - Mar 07 - Projects Director, (Dubai – Hepher Project Management) – Client / Contractor]
Media One Hotel (Contractor) - $150 million 43 storey design & build mixed use tower consisting of a 270 room 4 star hotel along with 3 floors of fine dining, 5* gymnasium, business centre, sauna and other service features plus 20 floors of office space. (Project completed)
Zabeel High Tech Theme Park – Hepher Project Management – Project Director (Contractor) - Although a late involvement on this project Graham was drafted in to manage an established Dubai based Construction Company (CCC) and responsible for the overall project management to ensure the successful completion of this Theme Park.
Project Director on two 42 floor residential towers in Abu Dhabi – Responsible for all project deliverables and ensured that work was carried out per client’s specification

May 03-Sept 04 – Operations Manager for Sultan Ahmed Rahman Contracting Co. (SARCO – Dubai) – [Contractor]
Graham relocated from Nigeria at the request of his previous Managing Director, to join Sarco as Operations manager. Graham managed all site personnel, logistics management for all operational procedures including writing contracts for plant and plant hire, labour recruitment, placement and hire, contracting and subcontracting.

May 2001 to May 2003 - Operations Manager for Monier Construction Company Ltd (Port Harcourt, Nigeria - Africa) – [Contractor]
Operations Manager for a large German owned Construction Company (Trapp) reporting to the British M.D.
• Day-to-day running of all Company Satellite offices
• Managed and reported on all the sites around West Africa
• 200km of roads between Ikot Abassi and Calabar, 2 concrete bridge projects, and general construction projects for SHELL oil, water treatment plants and associated pumping stations.

June ‘00 to Apr 0’1 – (One Project Contract) Project Manager for Metro (Wholesale warehouses) Construction (China) – [Client]
Graham was employed by Metro (Macro in some areas) Construction (Germany) as their sole foreign representative for Qingdao and Wuhan sites in China which were running concurrently. These were extremely fast track, US$20m projects being only 5 months from laying out the sites to opening to the public. Scope of duties
• Procuring of contractors and materials, both locally and internationally
• Dealing with local government offices and bureaus & obtaining all permits
• Coordinating the Chinese contractors and sub-contractors, all site safety management to BS standards and regulations
• Accounting for, and releasing all monies.
(Projects completed)

Nov '98-June ‘00 – Senior Project Manager for Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceutical Plant (Shanghai, China) – [Client]
Graham was Senior Project manager of the production section for this pharmaceutical plant including super flat concrete floors and extremely high quality clean room construction. (Project completed)

April 1998 to Sept 1998 – (One Project Contract) Construction Manager for Shanghai Links Golf & Country Club (Jack Nicklaus Golf course and Exec Community, Shanghai, China) – [Client]
• Designed and supervised 30,000m of deep and primary drainage for the golf course.
• Coordinating the earthmoving, shaping and landscaping package with the block paved infrastructure, ensuring the highest standards of quality were achieved at all times.
(Project completed)

June 96-Feb 98 – (One Project Contract) Superintendent for Nishimatsu, Costain, China Harbour JV. (HK$ 2.4 Billion Infrastructure Contract. Hong Kong CLK Airport) – [Contractor]
Graham was responsible for supervising a multinational workforce consisting of over 300 mainly Indian, Chinese and Nepalese tradesmen, on all the associated works for 65,000m of pressurised ductile iron pipework including all earthmoving and excavation. (Project completed)

1986 to 1996 - South Yorkshire Construction (Owner) UK – [Contractor]
Graham employed 53 men on various projects. Cost, procurement and time management were of utmost concern, as was quality of work and materials. The procuring of materials became a major role as the company grew. Subcontracting to several companies including:
• Mowlems (building and civil), constructing two water treatment plants and two English Estates Industrial Parks in South Yorkshire.
• Rochford Hall Construction, constructing three gasoline stations and two pumping stations in Derbyshire and Leicestershire
• Lilley Construction and Standen Construction fitting out 12 apartment blocks in Sheffield, South Yorkshire and all external Groundworks.
• Other work undertaken covered a wide variety of contracts from repairing the runway at USAF Upper Heyford to constructing anchor system retaining walls for government projects in Derbyshire.
Working on various contracts around the UK and Europe, contracts included approximately 500,000m2 of block paving in Nijmegan (Holland), a US$80m Royal Navy dry dock in Gibraltar.

1978 to 1986 – Apprentice Mason for Rothervale Construction – [Contractor]
After leaving university, Graham completed a five-year apprenticeship with Rothervale Construction.

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