CV – Resume

Swindon, Wiltshire, UK · +44 7771 776752 · ahmed@itfindit.com

Chief Information Officer · IT Director · Head of IT · Programme/Project Manager

Talented and commercially astute, business focussed Management Professional with international experience and expertise in project and programme leadership, risk management, strategic planning, and directing technology deployments, managing complete project life cycles and enhancing operations through change management and process improvement. Ability to liaise among business and technical stakeholders at all levels.

KEY ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Signed up UK construction companies to secure contracts in excess of £100 million.
  • Re-engineered IT that saved in access of $3 million against Opex, thereby saving Capex.
  • Planned and initiated an enterprise mobile IT strategy worth in excess of £3 million.
  • Facilitated 10% increase in sales and 50% reduction in shrinkage.
  • Planned and delivered, Wales first ever motorway video streaming project.

IT Operations ▪ Strategic Planning ▪ Service Delivery ▪ Project/Program Management ▪ Negotiations ▪ Cost/Budget Control ▪ Service Management ▪ Resource Allocation ▪ Process Improvement ▪ Prince 2 Methodologies ▪ ITIL ▪ Infrastructures ▪ Change Management ▪ Staff Development

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

WALES INTL GEN TRADING & CONTRACTING CO, Kuwait     March 2010 – Current

CIO/Programme Manager

Wales Intl is a Kuwait based company specialising in civil engineering and intelligent transport systems.

I am in charge of ensuring that appropriate systems are developed to support the company and its clients.

  • Accountable for a budget of £20 million and for dealing with risks/issues/opportunities.
  • Managed Invitation to tender (ITT)/ Request for Proposals (RFP)
  • Represent senior executives at team meetings and provide support and feedback.
  • Managed feasibility study (£12 million) for an Intelligent Transport System (ITS). Responsible for liaising with key suppliers and the department of transport, airport authority, public transport and for ensuring that Kuwait was ready to build a multi modal fully integrated transport system.
  • Ensured that appropriate UK construction companies were found to sign ‘agency agreements’ with my employer to secure construction contracts in excess of £100 million.
  • Developed project management processes and tools to capture, prioritise and manage requirements.
  • Reduced costs for Global IT supply chain by implementing web-based procurement solution and streamlining supply chain process.
  • Created project specifications, plans, budgets, schedules and operational policies and procedures, including business continuity and disaster recovery.
  • Procured and delivered appropriate IT systems (£8 million) to meet the requirements for the above projects ensuring that the system was both scalable and ‘future proof’ to accommodate any additional products and services that Wales International might need to undertake.
  • Projects completed include ITS feasibility, WAN network remediation, Local ‘In house’Data Centre migration to outsourced cloud based Data Centre including data storage, Migration of Symposium Call Center Server – ( v. 4.2 ) to Contact Center Manager Server 5 and reconfiguration and assessment of options, Avaya call pilot unified messaging rollout, Migration from Google Apps to Microsoft Office 365 (Microsoft Managed Cloud based product included Exchange Email, PC to PC calling, Video Conferencing, team collaboration sites, SharePoint Intranet supporting up to 300 sites and other enhancements), Cadweb project collaboration and document management SAAS rollout.

CIO EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, Framingham, MA, USA                 October 2009 – October 2010

UK Project Manager

The CIO Executive Council is comprised of hundreds of leading CIOs globally, who together form a peer advisory resource for assisting each other.

  • I was responsible for setting up the UK project office (£500K)
  • Consulting and advising UK based CIOs while managing existing relationships.
  • Reported and discussed project status with senior executives and highlighted improvements.
  • Appraised staff against ‘agreed targets and objectives’ and discussed annual appraisals with senior executives

 THE ENVIRONMENT AGENCY, Bristol, UK                                         July 2008- June 2009

Senior Project Manager

The Environment Agency is the public body that looks after the environment and ensures that we can leave a better environment for future generations.

I was responsible for providing expertise for transformational projects that needed ‘turn around’ due to difficulties during ‘business as usual’ and ‘Special projects’.

  • Planned and initiated a vision of an enterprise wide mobile IT strategy delivering applications worth in excess of £3 million.
  • Managed investigation into Oracle irecruitment module for internal/external applicants and won acceptance of new solution proposal for a tactical fix.
  • A new national induction process adopted following consultations and submissions I made to the HR team.
  • Saved £800K by terminating a project, deliverable by alternative means and by transforming process for enterprise adoption of mobile handhelds.
  • Redesigned process for new starters that improved the delivery lifecycle process.

MIDLAND SERVICE STATIONS, Birmingham, UK                                    January 2007 – June 2008

Programme Manager

Midland Service Stations is a £12M retail/service organisation with 4 locations.

I Evaluated IT systems, identified areas for improvement and managed improvement project.

I also planned and managed technology projects.

·         Evaluated technologies and negotiated purchase of new tank and pump management system, CCTV with integrated EPOS, and web-based financial systems.

·         Integrated new systems with MS Exchange, data storage, and automatic backup systems.

·         Facilitated 10% increase in sales and 50% reduction in shrinkage.

·         Security system facility reduced break-ins by 80%, with projected savings of £400,000 in first 3 years.

ALANDICK & CO., LTD., Cheltenham, UK                                January 2005 – September 2006

Head of IT

AlanDick is a £330 million global communications infrastructure provider. I directed all IT operations and supervised staff of 70 and administered £10-15 million budget.

  • Introduced ITIL as the service management & Prince2 as the project management office (PMO) framework and chaired a steering committee to improve related technical performance and service levels.
  • Saved $3 million by migrating all sites to BT-based global MPLS VPN.
  • Arranged and managed key projects in areas such as infrastructure development, rectification and improvement, Full ITIL Service desk procurement and implementation including Bangladesh Service Desk, Citrix Farm and Presentation Server 4.0 migration Project ,Citrix farm migration, Exchange migration, Microsoft SharePoint collaboration portal Procurement & implementation, Cheltenham HQ cabling, MS Live communications, Watchguard firewall & intersite VPNs, Remote access solution incorporating Active Cards and VPNs, Hyperion Data Warehousing Project & the ERP Hardware & Software refresh programme to IFS 2003 & IBM PSeries.
  • Improved profitability by re-organising IT operations as added-value contributor instead of cost centre.
  • Introduced a “money saving ideas site”, that was rolled out within the global IT function & accepted by the Global supply chain Director as a means of capturing global savings across all departments and presence within countries
  • Supplier management & consolidation remained a priority during my tenure that allowed us to successfully save substantial amounts of finance and create partnerships rather than creating supplier/client relationships
  • Authorisation and control of all supplier invoices and compilation of financial budgets

RIVERLEAF LTD., Newport, South Wales, UK                                       May 2003 – November 2004

Managing Consultant

Riverleaf Ltd was an IT consultancy providing advice and assistance to deliver IT systems that delivered value for money and a lower total cost of ownership for selected clients.

I recommended and implemented IT solutions for clients that improved performance and efficiency.

Selected engagements included:

  • Directed rollout for XP migration across the South West and South Wales within a budget of £1.3 million.
  • Managed rollout of desktop migration on behalf of Orange from Windows NT4 to XP Professional and Exchange/Outlook 2000. Urgent replacement for departed Project leader.
  • Migrating Laptops/Desktops from Lotus 4.5 to 5.0 ensuring existing data and settings are kept.

ITFINDIT Ltd., Newport, South Wales, UK                                              April 2001 –  February 2003

Managing Consultant

IT consultancy that provided business services to smaller firms to support their IT planning and selection of IT systems.

  • Saved client £100K on procurement of new IT system through effective negotiations.
  • Presented presentations on “E-Commerce” and “Making the Internet work for you” for the Chamber of Trade, University of Wales and Entrepreneur Action.
  • Lecturer at University of Wales, for Network Applications and Business Application Packages.
  • Accredited Hewlett Packard, Compaq and Microsoft Certified Partner.

CAREER NOTES: Previously held positions of Assistant Engineer at WS ATKINS (1999-2001) and Assistant Network Administrator at AVANA BAKERIES (1997-1999). Details available on request.

EDUCATION

BSc (Hons) in Business Information Technology, University of Wales (1999)

BTEC HNC in Business / Finance, University of Wales (1997)

Professional Development

Prince2 Practitioner Certificate (2005-2010)

ITIL Foundation Certificate (V2)

CompTIA A+ Certified Computer Service Technician

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Technical Skills: Windows, UNIX, AIX, Novell Netware, LAN/WAN, VPN, MPLS, TCP/IP, WNS, DNS, network infrastructure/protocols/hardware, systems analysis & design, thin client systems, databases, data warehousing, mainframes, MS Office, Project, Visio, Visual Basic, SQL, SQL Server, Veritas Backup Exec, FrontPage, Lotus Notes & SmartSuite, Zenworks, AS/400, GroupWise

 Affiliations: Member Institute of Engineering and Technology (MIET)

WALES INTL GEN TRADING & CONTRACTING CO, Kuwait March 2010 – Present

Chief Technical Consultant (Full time)

Wales Intl is a Kuwait based company specialising in civil engineering and intelligent transport systems.

I am in charge of ensuring that appropriate systems are developed to support the company and its clients.

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