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Project Manager

Edmonton, AB, Canada
March 07, 2019

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Issam Chehimy, MEng

Edmonton, AB 780-***-****

IT Project Manager

Technologically sophisticated, driven IT Project Manager with 12+ years' success leading leveraging advanced numerous methodologies and tools to deliver full scope management of a robust portfolio of complex telecommunications and IT projects within strict time and budget constraints.

Goal-orientated leader with business and commercial acumen, adept at directing high-performance, multi-faceted teams to transform key strategies to measurable deliverables. Engaging and collaborative, able to forge and strengthen strong professional relationships with stakeholders, vendors, sponsors, and clients to build consensus, gather requirements, and seize profit-making opportunities. Passionate about remaining at the forefront of evolving technology and streamlining processes, best practices, and systems to optimize performance and efficiency.

Highlights of Expertise

IT Project Management

Networking Governance

Team Leadership

Stakeholder Engagement



Fiber Optic Cabling/DC

Site Management

Change Management

Software Engineering

Staff Performance / KPIs

Network Security


Risk Management

Digital Transformation

Application Management

IT Auditing / Compliance

Conflict Resolution

Professional Experience

Nesma Telecom & Technology, Riyadh, KSA


Led all aspects of change management, client communications, risk, conflict resolution, and compliance to maximize outcomes. Optimized performance by introducing high quality, customized processes and enhanced communication plans for critical projects. Liaised with planning, engineering, procurement, and operations teams to identify and balance internal and external resource allocation. Successfully oversaw site inspections and external build contractor performance to align scope, quality, and schedule with company best practices. Interfaced with construction managers, sales, and procurement teams by evaluating the SOW and delivering the services cost and projects plan.

Pioneered end-to-end scope of critical projects with values of over $10M, including specialized hospitals for ministry of national guard, Sharma Project, Rosewood SPA, and Resort Riyadh, and Jabal Omar Development Project (5 x 5 stars Hotels in Makkah: Hilton suits, Conrad, convention, Hyatt, Marriott).

Drove a dynamic, driven team of professionals and company PMO assets to achieve targets within time and budget limitations.

Optimized cost and resources utilization through key cost saving initiatives and strategic ideas, resulting in completion within budget for all projects.

Built and strengthened client relationships to profit from business opportunities and represent needs and goals.

Accomplished highest standards of work and quality with minimal costs, managing program financials and strategies in accordance with corporate policies and tools.

Fransabank Group, Beirut, Lebanon

SENIOR IT AUDITOR (2008 – 2011)

Reporting to the Head of Internal Audit, led all aspects of control for ERP Project Implementation to guarantee a high standard of completion.

Optimized outcomes by supervising end-to-end IT audits and Information System reviews, aligning results with established standards and optimizing IT and other operational controls.

Ensured high quality final product by evaluating and testing design and architecture of the old and new solutions, conformity of IT security plans, and compliance of controls with the established security policies and procedures.

Maximized the reliability of information systems and environment by pioneering cutting-edge, thorough strategic planning and audit objectives.

Identified risks, delivered independent appraisal of all software and hardware systems, and provided in-depth technical assistance to audit staff members.

InfoTelec, SEL, Beirut, Lebanon

PRE-SALES ENGINEER (2007 – 2008)

Effectively promoted product to customers and at field events, such as conferences and seminars, successfully transforming prospects into sales.

Increased customer satisfaction by troubleshooting and resolving technical issues of assigned accounts across all stages of the sales process.


Master of Engineering, Operating System, Network, and Telecommunications


Engineering Leadership Certificate (Enrolled- Expected in June 2019)

Cornell University

Professional Development

Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) (2019)

PMI Member Since 2017

First Aid Ticket (2018)

Order of engineers & Architects – Lebanon Member since 2009

Oder of engineers- Saudi Arabia since 2011

PMP Study Facilitation Program PDU's 35, Vinsys

Data Center Solutions, Conteg

Technical Design for Pre-terminated Solution, Corning

Fiber Optic Technical Training, Corning

Copper Cabling Technical Training, Corning

Time and Stress Management

Certificate of Appreciation (NT&T and Cisco) 5th eHealth Conference, Cisco

Cisco Sales Expert, Cisco

Cisco Express Foundation for Account Managers, Cisco

Fracarro Sales Essentials, Presales Engineer

ERP Implementation Training, Fransabank

Information Systems Security: 'Success, Failures, and Solutions', Association des banques au Liban (ABL) Seminars

Advanced IT Auditing, iSACA Seminars

Business Continuity Plan, iSACA Seminars

Language Proficiencies

French (Fluent)

English (Fluent)

Arabic (Fluent)

Main Projects

Nesma Telecom and Technology (NT&T) is a full-service communications technology company managed by a dedicated team of directors, senior managers, expert IT engineers, professional consultants, and certified skilled developers who are driven by nothing but dedication, accuracy, commitment, trust, and integrity. All this serves one purpose, which is meeting their clients’ needs and fulfilling their requirements. After being an internet service provider, NT&T got enough experiences, and skills to be able to provide all IT, telecom and Low current systems to their customers. Many departments work under the umbrella of NT&T:

i.Business Solution: consultancy, infrastructure, Data center, Network, storage, virtualization, …

ii.Information services: Business process management, customized software developer, information management systems, ERP, CRM, …

iii.Media and Entertainment: Broadcast systems, Studios, Newsrooms, TV production control, Audio Production, Lighting, education interactive systems, …

iv.Other Departments

I am listing below the most important project, I had the opportunity to manage and be involved through all the Project management phase and the knowledge areas.

1.Project Name: Rosewood Resort and SPA

Customer: Rosewood

Project Description: a 300 + rooms and suites, in a 5 stars luxurious Hotel in the North side of Riyadh.

IT Scope, Solution and Vendors:

Data Center Facilities, Cooling, UPS system, Raised Floor, FM 200, and others (Schneider)

Cabling Network: Data copper cables and Fiber Optic (Leviton)

Active Data Network (HP)

Wi-Fi (HP)

Telephone system (Mitel, Cetis)

Servers and Storage (HP)

Network Security (Fortinet)

IPTV (Locatel)

CCTV (Schneider)

Duration: 2 years

Main Challenge: One of the most challenging projects, due to the engagement of many stakeholders (Main contractor, Electromechanical contractor, consultant, customer, Operator, Sub-contractors). Integrating the systems, Resources, communications, was the main challenges.

2.Project Name: JODP Project, Jabal Omar Development Project, Phase I.

Customer: JODP

Project Description: 10 Towers, distributed into 5 x 5 Stars Hotels, and Operated by different Operators (Hilton Suites, Convention, Conrad, Hyatt, and Marriott)

IT Scope, Solution and Vendors:

Cabling Network: Data copper cables and Fiber Optic (Leviton)

Active Data Network (HP)

Wi-Fi (HP)

Telephone system (Mitel, Cetis, Vtech)

Servers and Storage (HP)

Network Security (Fortinet)

IPTV (Locatel)

Duration: 3 years

Main Challenge: having different systems specifications, coming from different Operators, when I, as project manager, was trying to make my deals with the vendors, and preparing my team on a specific technology. The main Key of success that I had the chance to negotiate and convince the operators to go with a unique vendor. The tight budget obliged us to have a long negotiation with the vendors to have a high discount.

3.Project Name: King Abdullah Port (KAP)

Customer: National container Terminal (NCT) and EMAAR.

Project Description: King Abdullah Port is the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s newest port facility, located in King Abdullah Economic City. It is a full-service commercial port with a highly strategic location. The Port will deliver world-class service by means of state-of-the-art computer systems and a highly experienced staff.

IT Scope, Solution and Vendors:

Data Center Facilities, Cooling, UPS system, Raised Floor, FM 200, and others (Schneider)

Cabling Network: Data copper cables and Fiber Optic (Corning)

Active Data Network (Brocade)

Wi-Fi (Aruba)

Telephone system (Mitel)

Servers and Storage (HP + EMC)

Network Security (Fortinet)

Access Control System (KABA)

CCTV (Avigilon)

Load Balancer (F5)

DHCP, DNS (Infoblox)

Proxy (Bluecoat)

Other Systems

Duration: 2 years

Main Challenge: a state-of-the-art Information Service Systems with a large amount of change orders. Communicating with the Operator, customer, contractor, developer, in addition to a tight schedule, the variance in scope was the main challenges.

4.Project Name: Aramco – Ajyal Housing Project

Customer: Aramco

Project Description: a housing project of 700 Executive Villas, for Aramco, the main Oil Saudi company, and the ministry of petroleum and minerals.

IT Scope, Solution and Vendors:

Cabling Network: Data copper cables and Fiber Optic (Corning)

Wi-Fi (Aruba)

Telephone system (Huawei)

Duration: 5 Month

Main Challenge: the main challenge was to find the certified resources for this project and this customer.

5.Project Name: Saudi Investment Bank (SAIB)

Customer: Saudi Investment Bank (SAIB)

Project Description: Saudi Investment Bank is one of the banks operating in Saudi Arabia.

IT Scope, Solution and Vendors:

Providing a Telephone system solution for the Head office and branches (Mitel)

Duration: 2 years

Main Challenge: Project coordination, finding human resources to work remotely outside the Normal banking Operation hours.

6.Project Name: Tawuniya Insurance

Customer: Tawuniya Insurance

Project Description: Tawuniya Insurance is an Insurance service provider that provide Medical, Cars, Corporate and other types of insurance

IT Scope, Solution and Vendors:

Cabling (Corning)

Racking solution (Panduit)

Servers (HP)

Storage (EMC)

Tape Library (Oracle)

ERP (Oracle)

Duration: 2 years

Main Challenge: the main challenge was to coordinate the schedule with the main contractor of the new head office for Tawuniya insurance company

7.Project Name: National Guard Specialized Hospitals (Medical Cities)

Customer: National Guard Health affairs (NGHA)

Project Description: 5 Medical cities based in 4 cities, including hospitals, service buildings, housing buildings, and government buildings.

IT Scope, Solution and Vendors:

Data Center Facilities of 290 Racks (Emerson)

Data Center Pre-Terminated Fiber Optic Solution (Corning)

Cabling (Passive) Network (Corning)

Racking Solution for the MDF Rooms of about 3200 cabinets (Conteg)

Active Data Network (Cisco)

Wi-Fi Solution (Cisco)

Telephone System (Cisco)

Servers and Storage (Cisco & EMC)

Network Security (Juniper)

IPTV (Fraccaro)

CCTV (Tyco)

ACS (Tyco)

Load Balancer (A10)

DHCP, DNS (Infoblox)

Proxy (Bluecoat)

Other Systems

Duration: 3 years

Main Challenge: Multiple remote sites, Materials Submittals for approvals, scope, cost, schedule, Resources, Integration with the existing Systems, critical Data Migration, stakeholders.

8.Project Name: Sharma Project

Customer: Royal Guard

Project Description: A New city in the middle of the Desert of Saudi Arabia,

IT Scope, Solution and Vendors:

Pulling a 750 KM of Fiber Optic within 15 days, including all the termination, Splicing, testing and commissioning,

Duration: 15 days

Main Challenge: Schedule, coordination with the security forces, managing the Sub-contractor resources.

9.Project Name: Ministry of Interior Projects

Customer: Ministry of Interior (Saudi MOI)

Project Description: through 8 years, I have managed many projects for Saudi MOI.

IT Scope, Solution and Vendors:

Data Center Facilities

Cabling (Passive) Network

Active Data Network

Wi-Fi Solution

Telephone System

Servers and Storage

Network Security

Other Systems

Duration: Through 8 years

Main Challenge: Depends on the project, and stakeholders.

10.Project Name: Saudi South Border Project

Customer: Saudi Border Guard

Project Description: Providing Head end, Middle ware, and IPTV for the south Gard border housing and governmental building.

IT Scope, Solution and Vendors:

IPTV & Headend (Fraccaro)

Duration: 9 Month

Main Challenge: Resources, cost, and schedule.

11.Project Name: Half-moon Hotel and Resort

Customer: Half-moon

Project Description: Luxurious Hotel and resort in the eastern region of Saudi Arabia

IT Scope, Solution and Vendors:

IP Telephony System (Mitel)

Duration: 4 Month

Main Challenge: Schedule.

12.Project Name: Nesma And Partners Projects

Customer: Nesma and Partners

Project Description: Nesma and Partners, is a sister company for Nesma Telecom and technology and for 8 years, I had the opportunity to manage many projects for this contractor.

IT Scope, Solution and Vendors:

Data Center Facilities

Cabling (Passive) Network

Active Data Network

Wi-Fi Solution

Telephone System

Servers and Storage

Network Security

Business Process


Operating Systems


Other Systems

Duration: through 8 years

Main Challenge: depends on the project and stakeholders

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