Sign in

Manager Plant, Machinery, Logistics, Heavy equipment fleet management

Kannur, Kerala, India
April 01, 2019

Contact this candidate


Prakash N. Chakkara

Phone: +91-812*******, e-Mail:

Profile Snapshot:

General Manager/ Profit centre head Automobile Engineer with Masters in Management Outstanding man-management skills Oil & Gas, Construction & UN missions Rig-moves, Heavy-lifts, Heavy equipment fleet management Facilities & Estates management Budgets, Capex & Opex, Revenue generation & Expenditure analysis ISO & Six Sigma


Top-notch Plant & Logistics Manager with over 25 years international experience in managing Automotive & Heavy equipment, Rig-moves, Heavy-lifts & Transportation, Camps, Facilities & Estates etc. Professionally qualified Automobile engineer with postgraduate qualifications in Management. Extensive knowledge of Middle East markets; concurrently managed operations to support major Oil & Gas and construction projects in Oman, Qatar, UAE, Saudi Arabia & Libya

Commercially astute Profit-centre head with excellent skills in Strategic planning, Financial planning, Capex proposals, Opex budgets, Feasibility studies, Viability analysis, Change management, Business process improvement, Resource optimization etc.

Handled high-profile management roles: –

oHead of Plant & Logistics of top-notch construction companies in GCC – Wade Adams (Middle East), Gulf Contracting Co., Ghantoot Oman

oHead of largest Plant hire & heavy equipment company in Brunei – managed operations in Heavy-lifts & transportation, Plant hire, Estates, Camps & facilities etc.

oHead of Transport on United Nations missions in Africa & Eastern Europe – managed transportation of fuel and relief material throughout the operations theatre, under severe war-torn situations

oHead of Transport on the largest turnkey drilling project in the world – managed fleet & transport on Lekhwair Turnkey Project of Petroleum Development Oman (PDO), handling Rig-moves, Heavy-lifts, Over-dimensional cargo etc.

Highly conversant with Safety & Quality standards and specifications in the Oil & Gas industry. Extensive experience in managing Plant & Logistics on projects for Petroleum Development Oman (PDO), Qatar Petroleum (QP), Brunei Shell Petroleum (BSP), Brunei Liquefied Natural Gas (BLNG) etc.

Strong technical skills in Mechanical, Hydraulic, Pneumatic, Electrical & Electronic equipment. Optimize asset ownership costs through designing effective management systems – Preventive & Predictive Maintenance (PPM), Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS), Root Cause Analysis (RCA), Standardised Task Equipment Maintenance (STEM), Integrated Modular Exchange (IMEx) etc.

Outstanding capabilities in Project Logistics – optimize Import & Export procedures, Customs formalities, Shipping & warehousing processes, Bulk material transportation, Heavy-lifts, Storage yards etc.

Strong skills in Fleet standardization, Asset life-cycle management, Revenue-Expenditure analysis, Operations management, Utilization statistics, Fleet procurement & disposal etc. Proven capabilities in designing state-of-the-art management systems to ISO standards, incorporating Six Sigma tenets for operating to tangible performance matrix. Impressive track record of achievements – delivered outstanding results on all assignments handled

An inclusive team leader capable of motivating multi-cultural team to excel, with a pragmatic management approach: "Time" is the most critical resource and “Safety” is a crucial ‘productivity management tool’

Adept team-builder across a multi-cultural environment, excellent record of QHSE management, strictly adhere to Service-level Agreement (SLA) and excel in Key Performance Indicator (KPI) targets

Employment history:

Feb 2015 to Feb 2017 – Plant & Logistics Manager at Ghantoot Transport & Gen. Cont., OMAN

Head – Plant & Logistics; responsible for establishing complete Plant and Logistics systems. Manage procurement, commissioning and operations of Earthmoving equipment & Heavy vehicles, Asphalt & Wet-mix production plants etc.

Designed and implemented logistical systems including Resource planning, Transport management, Equipment rentals, Fleet deployment, Haulage contracts, Plant hire rate formulation etc. Established Plant infrastructure, management systems for fleet operations, production plants, maintenance management, fuel management etc.

Established Plant division as a Business Vertical, with scientific organizational structuring, well-defined policies, processes & procedures, operations management systems, budgets & forecasts etc. Achieved comprehensive accountability in operations resulting in effective cost control

Generate Plant & Equipment master plan, determine on Rent-Lease-Buy options, liaise with Project managers to compile Plant schedule for projects and consolidate Project logistical requirements, Service-level agreements etc.

Designed state-of-the-art operations management systems on ISO platform; developed database systems for equipment deployment, work-time monitoring, invoicing systems, fuel management, maintenance management etc. Initiate business process improvement measures to facilitate seamless migration to ERP platform

Designed and integrated Fuel management systems to achieve fool-proof accountability, covering fuel purchase, issues, inventory management, re-order levels, buffer stock etc. Integrated fuel systems with operational data capture for effective service scheduling, operations logging, equipment time management, efficiency evaluation etc.

Design and implement state-of-the-art management systems to establish accountability in equipment maintenance through a network of central and site workshops. Implemented comprehensive shop-floor management systems for repair job-time management, maintenance quality assurance, mechanic efficiency evaluation etc.

Establish network of material & spares supply sources through a network of suppliers on a ‘Preferred Service Vendor’ platform

Dec 2012 to July 2014 – Group Plant Manager at Gulf Contracting Co., QATAR

Head of Plant & Transport – managed 3,000-strong heavy equipment fleet with a multi-cultural workforce. Provided equipment and logistical support for major projects throughout Qatar, managing operations in full conformity to Oil & Gas standards

Profit centre head responsible for strategic planning, asset procurement & disposal, operations management, processes & procedures etc. Rationalized operating expenditure and achieved month-on-month enhancement in operating revenue and profits – winning accolades from top management

Advise Board of Directors on Plant policies and Business strategy; oversaw transformation of Plant department as an independent profit centre; integrating fleet of Heavy equipment & vehicles, Static equipment, Scaffolding, Power tools, Project logistics etc. as a Business Vertical

Liaise with project heads to compile Project Plant schedule, generate Plant & Equipment master plan and determine on Rent-Lease-Buy options; consolidate Project logistical requirements, finalize service/ haulage contracts, manage service-level agreements etc.

Designed comprehensive state-of-the-art operations management systems for equipment deployment logging, work-time monitoring, invoicing systems, vehicle registrations, insurance, licensing, third party certifications, driver trainings etc., in line with ISO systems; initiated business process improvement measures to facilitate seamless migration to ERP platform

Achieved comprehensive accountability in resources management through scientific time management systems for equipment deployment logging, shop-floor management etc.

Streamlined spares and services procurement through a team of dedicated suppliers, on a ‘Preferred Service Vendor’ platform, resulting in enhanced efficiency and cost savings of over 35% - won accolades from top management

Sept 2009 to Dec 2012 – Plant & Transport Manager at Wade Adams (Middle East) Limited, QATAR

Head of Plant & Transport department, reporting to Group head based in UAE; managed company assets in Qatar, with complete profit accountability

Managed fleet of over Heavy equipment, Construction machinery, Static equipment etc., providing support for major roads and infrastructure projects

Generate Plant & Equipment master plan in consultation with Project managers. Consolidate logistical requirements and finalize equipment rental and haulage contracts. Achieved major commercial success through Preferred Service Vendor arrangement – grossed savings of Qatar Riyals 5.6 million, winning accolades from top management

Managed production plants, including Asphalt, Concrete & Wet-mix – responsible for raw material, quality, mix-designs, production, maintenance, transportation, laying etc.

Incorporated Six Sigma strategies; achieved all round efficiency enhancement through strategic planning, strict adherence to policies, processes & procedures

Nov 1995 to June 2008 – General Manager at Jay Deep Corporation, BRUNEI

Head of profit centre, driving business operations in Plant-hire, Heavy equipment rental, Rig moves, Heavy-lifts, Project logistics, Quarry mining etc.

Logistics management for Brunei Shell Petroleum off-shore operations, as a consortium member of MJVI, managing operations at Muara & Kuala Belait ports, handling ODC, Heavy-lifts, land based Rig moves, offshore supply bases, logistics yards, warehouses etc.

Developed business strategies which established the company as the market-leader in Brunei; introduced the concept of Outsourced Fleet Services, wherein plant & heavy machinery, vehicles, power tools, logistical services, camp services etc. for the end-to-end management of major construction project

Managed fleet of over 1,000 heavy plant & earthmoving equipment; implemented scientific fleet management systems like CMMS, PPM, TPM, RCM, RCA, IMEX, STEM etc. – reduced unscheduled equipment downtime to less than 3%

Experienced in operation & maintenance of marine vessels including Platform Supply Vessels, Dredgers (cutter-suction, clam-shell & dragline), floating garbage traps etc. Oversee crewing, voyage planning, cargo operation, fuelling etc. Implemented Energy Efficiency Operational Indicator (EEOI) & CO2 emission tracking systems, in line with International Maritime Organization (IMO) guidelines

Adopted HSE standards to achieve one of the best safety standards in the country. Led operations through TQM cascade programs and ISO certification

Aug 1993 to Sept 1995 – Consultant Transport Operations – Contracts with United Nations missions in Africa & Eastern Europe

Responsible for complete contracted transportation for United Nations missions in Africa and Eastern Europe, providing logistical support for UN missions, affiliated agencies and NGOs

Design 3PL management systems for transportation of fuel and relief supplies for two major UN missions in Africa, UNOSOM (Mogadishu, Somalia) & UNAMIR (Kigali, Rwanda). Led task force for designing transport systems for UNMIBH (Bosnia)

Restructured and re-engineered Transportation & Logistics System to enhance reliability, supporting UN mission operations in over 75 locations across Somalia and Rwanda, overcoming severely hostile conditions

Implemented resource tracking and monitoring on GPS-enabled systems for effective tracking and tracing of equipment and cargo throughout the operations theatre

Coordination with the various Army contingents for security cover for vehicle convoys hauling fuel and relief material

June 1992 to Aug 1993 – Operations Manager at Al Khalij Heavy Eqpt. & Engg. LLC, OMAN

Head of Transport & Logistics for the largest Turnkey Drilling project in the world – Lekhwair Turnkey Project of PDO - a 24 X 7 X 365 operation. Responsible for Rig moves, Heavy lifts, Over-dimensional cargo (ODC) transportation, Heavy-lifts, Cross-country haulage, Fleet management, yards & warehouses etc.

Management of 800-strong heavy equipment management including equipment selection, Fleet operations, maintenance, spares procurement, HSE management etc.

Set benchmarks in Operational Excellence and Safety management, including the fastest land-based rig move in PDO history, 1.5 million man hours with 'Zero Lost Time Injury', etc.

Maintained close interaction with Volvo, Sweden to provide terrain-specific feedback on desert application of Volvo vehicles. Obtained extended warranties and goodwill services from Volvo Sweden

Dec 1986 to June 1992 – Service Centre Manager at Pioneer Auto & Engg. Works, INDIA

Established complete operational framework, including designing service infrastructure, management systems, process & procedures, key performance indicators etc. for the complete operation

Credited with the introduction of scientific preventive maintenance packages, a market first in the late-1980s, responsible for establishing the company as the market leader

Responsible for consistently achieving over 50% annual organization growth, from inception, including diversification into fabrication and coach building operations


Graduate Diploma in Automobile Engineering – Davar Institute of Technology, India – 1984

Postgraduate Diploma in Management – A V Shetty Management Institute, India - 1986

Management consultancy assignments:

August 2008 to December 2008 – Management consultancy for Almuftah Group, Qatar for establishing a Heavy equipment rental company; scope of the assignment included: -

Market surveys for a comprehensive Feasibility Study and Viability Analysis for establishing a Heavy Equipment & Plant hire business in Qatar

Prepared a detailed Business profile, including Feasibility report, Business plan, Financial plans etc. for the proposed project

Provide a working paper on Business strategy, Market placement, Fleet progression plans, Management systems profile, backward integration recommendations etc.

Computer proficiency:

Excellent proficiency in Windows, Lotus Suite, MS Office - Access, Excel, Word, PowerPoint etc.

Good knowledge in ERP systems, Oracle MIS databases, Web-integrated network etc.

Certifications & trainings:

Defensive Driving - Level III (Trainer level) – Shell Global Standard EP2005-02161- SP-02

Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TGD) – ASC certified

Operational Safety Management in Heavy Equipment Operation

Hazards & Effects Management Process (HEMP)

H2S Alive (Enform Certified)

Accident & Incident Investigation

Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) – ASC Certified

Permit to Work (PTW)

Information Technology in Business Management

Personal Vitae:

Nationality: Indian

Passport Details: Indian passport - G 4650749, issued at Qatar; valid up to 23-03-2024

Driving Licenses: Oman, Qatar, Libya, Brunei, India & UN Driving permit

Marital Status: Married with 2 adult daughters

Languages Known: English, Hindi, Malayalam, Tamil and Malay

Contact this candidate