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Head of global networks

Guildford, Surrey, United Kingdom
October 13, 2019

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, 078**-****** WILLEM PRETORIUS


A versatile and solution focused Infrastructure Project Manager, with extensive experience, expert technical

knowledge and a sustained record of success; heading operations, project delivery, delivering transformational

change and designing/implementing large-scale solutions. A proficient strategist, who prioritises developing strong

relationships that are built on trust and respect, in addition to building effective and capable teams to facilitate the

delivery of complex projects.

A skilled communicator thrives at the interface between the business and the technical world; transforming

requirements into technical specifications and explaining technical constraints and possibilities in simple terms. Both a

team player and an independent thinker, with valuable analytical, problem solving and decision making skills and the

ability to interact/liaise with senior leaders and 3rd parties to ensure needs are identified and fully addressed. A `can

do` professional with a dynamic, hands-on ethos: Now seeking a related Project management role, where expertise,

experience and enthusiasm will bring immediate value. KEY




IT Infrastructure/Network Management

Project Management

Supplier/Vendor Management and Outsourcing

Strategy, Direction and Delivery

Testing and Quality Assurance

Contractual Agreements/Commercial Acumen

Compliance and Governance

Operational Management

Mergers and Acquisitions

Cost/Profit Management - SLAs, KPIs

Employee Leadership and Mentoring

Project lifecycle management

Influencing and Reporting to Board Level

Financial Analysis and Budget Control



Managing projects globally ranging from infrastructure integration projects to office upgrades and moves.

Leading a specialist team of Engineers to deliver the migration from three WAN suppliers to one preferred

supplier; successfully overcoming multiple, complex technical challenges to achieve the migration on time


to set parameters

Providing adept management, as the key contact, for the design and delivery of 7 Global Data Centres;

ensuring all merger requirements were recognised and fully addressed Ensuring delivery of at least two major acquisitions each year over different, international regions;


risks and delivering all required business and IT synergies Building 3 regional teams to support daily operations within TMF; providing resource and Stakeholder

management to achieve delivery on local/Global projects and standard processes over the Global estate


Jan 2015 to Nov 2018 IT Director - Networks

TMF Group

Context: TMF group is a leading independent financial services organisation specialising in offshore

services. The

company has 8000 users spread over 130 offices globally Key Achievements:

Providing expert advice and guidance to the strategic development/direction of Global Networks, Services


Projects within TMF, involving; ideas development, forward planning, research, analysis and evaluation,

problem solving and resolution and the focussing of technical and business objectives Working closely with all key stakeholders, including senior management and 3rd Party suppliers, to


and review existing processes/network requirements and ascertain business needs going forward:


numerous developments/service improvements and interacting with other departments to plan and


new services and ongoing support

Providing adept management of internal teams of 15 network engineers to ensure the provision of high

availability infrastructure & applications, encompassing multiple tasks including; Vendor management,


standardisation, Risks/Incident management, Service and Problem review, Escalation of issues, Project

specification and delivering on the Continuous Service Improvement Plan Acquiring companies ranging from 250 users over 5 offices to 800 users in 3 offices; ensuring the


to interconnect the companies are established, and providing the underlying network infrastructure to


for the internal merger of the offices

Building, supporting and guiding in-house, `Delivery and Transition` teams through full-cycle projects to

formal acceptance; consistently having a `hands on` approach to team leadership/training and building a

culture of management based on ensuring clear communication is maintained at all levels as well as

motivating, encouraging, training, and explicitly recognising individuals strengths Addressing gaps in service and skill from existing network service providers, and ensuring the best


service to the business resulting in faster resolution of network incidents that has reduced resolution


by 65%

Overseeing the network integration of newly acquired companies and related Merger and Acquisition

activities, including: Due diligence on existing estate; Technical reviews; Planning integration activities,

and the

execution of network integration

May 2006 Jan 2015 Senior Team Leader - Networks, Security and Telephony TMF Group (Equity Trust)

Key Achievements:

Continually providing analysis/review of existing processes and systems and successfully providing


management and continuous service improvement within the company - defining budget requirements,

making recommendations, identifying potential risks and achieving all related project timelines Providing secure leadership on a daily basis and working effectively with company`s senior management


ensure delivery of related services across the company Being responsible for the management of a global network of 100+ offices; including the design, implementation/support of all global network infrastructure such as: MPLS, Secure Internet based VPNs,


LANs, Firewall, Internet security and IP telephony Successfully delivering key global infrastructure projects, including: The design and implementation of


telephony; the integration of Equity Trust and TMF global WANs, and leading Global Wide Area Network

design and implementation

Having overall responsibility for all network related activities for Merger and Acquisition projects

Providing a point of contact for all 3rd line network related issues, whilst managing outsourcing partners


leading contract negotiations


Feb2006 May 2006: Networking Consultant, Contract 5 Provided consultancy services to local business, ranging from financial services companies to trading


June 2004 Feb 2006: Communications Specialist, Itex (Jersey) Ltd Technically managed a large client with complex network, involved network installation and troubleshooting

Nov 2002 Jun 2004: Technical Specialist, Itex (Jersey) Ltd Technical advisory role to clients ranging from network infrastructure to desktop and server solutions


Multiple `in-house` and IT/Management related courses taken whilst with TMF details available on


References Available on Request

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