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Manager Design

Athens, Attica Region, Greece
October 31, 2019

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Nikolaos Koutsonikas

Greece •M: +30-697******* / Qatar •M: +974-********

Personal Details:

Date of Birth: 04/12/1966 •Place of Birth: Greece

Nationality: Greek •Gender: Male •Civil Status: Married Accomplished civil project management specialist with solid expertise in design and construction management, on major property, transportation and infrastructure projects, exceeding stakeholder expectations. Skilled problem-solver with flair for implementing smart solutions and systems. Extensive construction cost and time management experience with the ability to keep teams focused and productive. Deft at completing multiple projects simultaneously while adhering to scope, cost, quality, and safety standards, working within demanding environments. Excel at interacting with broad populations, including senior management, staff, clients, and external contractors. Proficient with both predictive and agile approaches, Lean Design and Lean Construction. Proven expertise in:

• Resonant Leadership & Coaching

• Project Planning & Analysis

• Change Management

• Contract Administration/KPIs

• Leading /Coordinating Technical Teams

• Design /Construction Management

• Risk/Quality Management

• Cost Containment and Reduction

• Budgetary & Cost Control

• Technical Consultancy


Arcadis - Hyder Consulting Middle East Limited, Qatar Associate Director / Senior Project Manager/ Project Manager

(Public Works Authority (PWA) Ashghal), 2013 to 2018 Lead multi-billion-dollar GEC Doha Local Roads and Drainage Programme Contract 2 (C2) in Doha, Qatar with +120 design and supervision projects for residential infrastructure upgrade and consultancy services of


Secure construction contract award by managing the development of designs and tenders within time and budget. Adhere to all quality standards and ensure completeness for project designs and records. Administer construction contract, develop programme schedule and ETC, prepare and update risk register, conduct impact assessment, and collaborate with concerned teams to finalise claims. Lead international multidisciplinary teams and increase engagement of Arcadis global excellence centers. Monitor projects by coordinating with site supervision teams and updating client on design activities by reporting, also formulate close out reports.

Key Contributions:

Represented the organisation, tactfully negotiated client claims worth $28M and secured $3.6M more than initially anticipated.

Delivered all projects, within time and budget, by leading more than 200 staff members in Qatar as well as at offshore locations, while conforming to client requests for substantial changes implementing agile practices (scrumban).

Oversaw design and tender delivery, completion, and post-construction contract award by coordinating with construction supervision team as design office representative.

As a result the company signed two consecutive extensions of the initial contract. Nikolaos Koutsonikas


GAIAKOM Consultants Engineers, Greece

Team Leader {Ministry of Public Works (M.E.G.R)}, 2012 to 2013 Formulated design for optimisation of National Road Axis of Chalkida – Psachna – Istiaia –Edipsos (section from chainage 27+700 up to St. Anna’s Bypass).

Ensured project’s success through development of design and implementation study; reviewed calculations, drawings, and design models/documents to ensure quality, functionality, and accuracy of road design. Organised meetings with the ministry to provide updates on project progress and resolve queries/concerns. Assessed constructability of design, developed understanding, identified shortcomings, and ensured quality of the design documents.

Key Contributions:

Coordinated design offices, ensuring timely delivery and acceptance of the design by the client

(Ministry of Public Works); achieved savings of up to €5M utilizing Value Engineering techniques. Mongolia MCC (Millennium Challenge Corporation), Mongolia Team Leader {Millennium Challenge Account (MCA)}, 2011 Led tender evaluation for the construction of four lane 3.4km long road from Uliastai Junction to Bayanzurkh Tollgate with estimated budget of $13.5M and four lane 15.9km long Bayanzurkh Tollgate to Tereljpark intersection with budget of $20.8M.

Evaluated tenders and developed detailed evaluation reports, inclusive of all five stages of evaluation. Assured effective resolution of tender queries and provided adequate response to questions on tender circulars. Analysed tender and formulated detailed tender analysis report, tender financial report, and provided recommendations for contract award.

Key Contribution:

Evaluated tender and identified a case of corruption within both tenders, timely updated senior management, resulting in the cancellation of tenders.

Exposed corruption, identified the leakage, and cancelled the tenders protecting MCC from wrongly awarding projects.

MORFI S.A, Greece and Romania

Director of Construction Department, 2008 to 2011

Steered numerous residential projects (villas) across Athens/Greece and Bucharest/Romania, managing all aspects of construction till the last interior details. Enforced control over construction management of luxury residential and commercial units while strictly adhering to budget of €32M. Audited the design to ascertain constructability, quality, fulfilled all contractual obligations, conducted quantity estimations, assured quality/cost control, and achieved profitable deals with Buyer – Clients.

Key Contribution:

Negotiated with sub-contractors, performed value engineering through use innovative solutions and the use of sustainable materials, and achieved early completion and handover of the properties, with secured cost savings of 15% of the baseline budget. ADO S.A, Greece

Design & Project Management Director, {Ministry of Public Works (M.E.G.R)}, 2007 to 2008 Managed the implementation design and Tender Documents for the National Road Schimatari – Chalkida, a 9.2 km dual carriageway expressway, with service roads (12 km), 2 interchanges, street light, road signs and markings, signalling, 16 overpasses and underpasses. Construction budget: €50M. Nikolaos Koutsonikas


Coordinated with design teams and led design management, reviewed calculations, created models, drawings, as well as design documents for quality, accuracy, constructability and completion of road design. Conducted technical review, prior to submission. Led BoQ, quantity calculation/rate analysis in pre-tendering and post-tendering stage. Enforced strict cost and time control of the design projects. Key Contribution:

Delivered the motorway design on time and according to the requirements, allowing the Ministry to tender and proceed with construction in a short period and without delays. The project handed over to public after 12 months.

DHV - ADO J.V, Romania

Team Leader / Road Expert, 2006 to 2007

Headed project for designing, tendering and constructing motorway (TEN) to bypass the towns of Deva and Orastie on the route of National Road 7 in mid-western area of Romania. Construction Budget: €140M. Designed 32,8km four lane motorway; reviewed and updated existing design, including desk study and initial review, standards, field investigations, maintenance plan, execution of IFC drawings, design of communications system, and design for relocation of utilities. Coordinated design teams from three countries, to achieve the best result for project. Prepared Inception, Interim and road design execution reports. Assisted the Client (RNCMNR) with all EU/ISPA demands and procedure application. Key Contribution:

The design met all the contractual agreement’s milestones and delivered as promised.

Performed under a double role both as a Team Leader and as a Road Expert. ADO S.A, Greece

Senior Highway Engineer, (LAMDA DEVELOPMENT) 2005 to 2006 Headed the project for preliminary Design for the creation in the existing Olympic radio-television center

(IBC) of a new shopping center “GOLDEN HALL” on Kifissias street, and managed the project for elaboration of traffic design for the commercial and recreational center of Maroussi “ATHENS MALL”, Athens, Greece Provided, on both projects, design coordination, assured seamless communication with all shareholders and the sponsor, led project management of the contract and supervised the onsite implementation. Key Contribution:

The differentiator was the speed along with excellent organization & planning of construction activities & respective personnel.

HILL International – ADO J.V, FYROM

Consultant - Civil Engineer, 2005

Provided technical assistance to the development of the local infrastructure (FIDIC Yellow Book) Spearheaded the design audit, defined and prioritised projects, prepared technical specifications as well as tender documents, and bill of quantities. Evaluated tenders and formed recommendations for award of tenders, interim reporting, and progress reporting. Enforced tender process, awarded contacts, and managed site supervision of five projects following FIDIC GCC requirements (water supply and sewage). Assured active participation and support in follow-up committees, also provided technical assistance to State institutions.

Key Contribution:

Contributed to the increase absorption of the EU funds by on time and according to the specifications delivery of the assigned projects, improving quality of life of the residents. Nikolaos Koutsonikas


HILL International – ADO J.V, Bulgaria

Consultant - Road Engineer, 2004 to 2005

Steered transit roads rehabilitation project III, Lots 3, 4, 8 & 9 (FIDIC Red Book), rehabilitating approximately 245 Km of motorways as part of €31M works contract. Organised, conducted, and completed successfully designed audit - review under delegated authority from Employer, also conducted tender documents auditing (inclusive of BoQ, SCC, and GCC). Ensured conformance to technical specifications and the environmental terms through quality procedures and application of Conditions for civil works contracts (FIDIC) during construction. Provided contracting authority with support and assistance for managing project. Supported communication with governmental and local administrations as well as other third parties during execution of contracts to secure authorisations. Monitored progress and performance of contractors/sub-contractors. Key Contribution:

Evaluated the execution of contracts as per financial and technical requirements.

Performed thorough audit of the existing designs and tender documents, eliminating any discrepancy from the requirements and the FIDIC conditions of contract. Additional experience managing numerous projects as Director / Road Expert / Auditor / Deputy Contract Manager, and Project Manager / Design Coordinator (1999 to 2004) for various organisations. EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATION

Master in Civil Engineering, University of Patras, Greece Project Management Professional (PMP) PMI, Project Management Institution Agile Certified Practitioner (ACP) PMI, Project Management Institution PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

MME UPDA Project Manager - Grade A, Qatar (2017) Project Management Institution (2013) PM2 Alliance (2019) Hellenic Institute of Transportation Engineers, (2002) Designers Register Department, Greece (1996) Hellenic Society of Civil Engineers, Greece (1995) Technical Chamber of Greece (1994)


Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) Preparation Course (2019), Athens Inspiring Leadership through Emotional Intelligence, Case Western Reserve University (2019), online Successful Negotiation: Essential Strategies & Skills, University of Michigan (2019), online Risk Management Professional (RMP) Preparation Course (2017), Doha Project Management Professional (PMP) Preparation Course (2013), Athens MS Project 2010 Preparation Course (2013), Athens

New Models of Business in Society, University of Virginia (2013), online Model Thinking, University of Michigan (2013), online FIDIC - International Contracts Course (2004), Dublin Modern Project Management (2003), Athens

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