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Project Engineering

Bath, Pennsylvania, 18014, United States
May 01, 2012

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Francesco Zana

Address: Alcide De Gasperi **, ***25 Gazzaniga (BG), Italy

Mobile (Egypt): + (2) 019*******

Mobile (Italy): + (39) 346******* / + (39) 335*******; Phone (Italy): + (39) 035*******


Project Director / Procurement Director / Director of Engineering

• Versatile and accomplished Senior Executive Engineering Professional offering over 22 years’ experience in the areas of International Capital Projects, Project Management, Engineering, Feasibility Studies, Steel Structures Design, Material Handling and Procurement Management in the Engineering and Manufacture & Production industry

• Green Card holder with authorization to work in Europe & United States; extensive leadership & management skills and rich exposure to multimillion dollar Projects Management

• Skilled in leading Project Transformations and utilizing Procurement Knowledge, Strategic Insight and Sharp Planning Skills to manage Operations and meet top line and bottom line objectives

• Outstanding track record in maintaining delivery time, quantity, quality and service levels in all the projects handled throughout Career Span

• Recognized for hands-on experience in coordinating and directing projects, making detailed plans to accomplish goals and directing the integration of technical activities

• Implementing and executing successful strategies leading to effective operational excellence and improved work ethic, culture & performance

• An excellent communicator fluent in Italian, English and French (French scholastic) and a top negotiator with the ability to work under pressure in fast-paced, time sensitive environments. Proven ability to interact effectively with people of diverse nationalities and comfortable working in a multi-cultural set-up

Core Competencies

International Capital Projects, Project Management, Engineering, Feasibility Studies, Steel Structures Design, Material Handling, Procurement Management, Equipment & CAPEX Function, Project Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), Procurement Strategies & Plan, Design Engineering, Engineering Calculations, Project Cost Control, Capital Budget Coordination, Mechanical / Process Flow Sheet Preparation, Request for Quotation (RFQ) Preparation and Project Bid Assistance

Major Projects across Career Span in Italcementi Group


To develop basic structural design and technical specifications:

• Libya: Gazalah New Kiln Line : 2x5,000 tpd - $900M

• Bulgaria: Devnya New Kiln Line 7,000 tpd - $380M

2003 – 2008:

To design and execute capital projects for the cement plants:

Martinsburg (West Virginia):

• Semi-Indirect Firing System Kiln#9-$0.8M

• Colored Cement feasibility-$8M

Logansport (Indiana):

• CKD to Finish Mills-$1.5M

• Kilns Baghouse-$10.35M

Speed (Indiana):

• Alkali-Bypass-$3M

• Kiln Baghouse-$10.3M

Nazareth (Pennsylvania):

• New Belt Conveyor from quarry to the plant-$25M

• Slag Addition to Finish Mill-$0.6M

• New Bypass Line-$4.8M

• New Packing Plant 4,000b/h-$3M

• New Limestone Crusher 1,000mtph-$7M

• New Cement Dome 80kt-$15M

• New Clinker Cooler 4,500mtpd-$13.5M

Picton (Canada):

• New Baghouse for Kiln#3-$8M

• New Clinker Dome Roof-$3M

1994 – 2003:

To design and execute projects in the cement plants:


• Ankara: Stock Hall revamping-$10M

• Ankara: Finish Mill#3 upgrade-$5.5M

• Ankara: New Limestone Crusher-$1.145M

• Ambarli: New Cement Grinding Centre 600kt/y of cement-$26M

• Afyon: New Electrostatic Precipitator-$2M

• Trakya: Cement mill#3 Revamping-$2.5M

• Balikesir & Trakya White Kiln Line feasibility


• Rezzato: New Kiln Line feasibility study-$100M


• Agadir: New White Kiln Line feasibility


• Arrigorriaga: New Cement Mill-$11M

• Malaga: Chopped Tyres-$2.5M

• Bilbao Plant Slag Grinding Center-$51M

Canada (Picton, Ontario)

• Plant Expansion Project 4,000mtpd-$85M (project postponed)

• Raw Mill Hoppers-$8M

• New Secondary Crusher-$2M

• High Efficiency Separator FM#6-$1.8M


• Takli :New Kilns Commissioning

• Asia Cement: Due Diligence


• Lagos: Cement Terminal Revamping Feasibility Study and Due Diligence

1991 – 1994:

To design steel structures for the cement plants:


• Design several steel structures for all the cement plants


• Provide a preliminary structural design for a new cement plant at Yazd

United States:

• Design steel structures for Stockertown Plant Expansion


• Design ductwork for a Hot Gas Recuperation at Halyps


• Design steel structures for a New Cement Mill at Bussac

Career Progression

Procurement Manager – Equipment & CAPEX Sep 2009 – Present

Italcementi Group, Egypt

With an annual production capacity of approximately 75 million tons of cement, Italcementi Group is the world’s fifth largest cement producer

• Responsible for proper equipment handling and capital expenditure (CAPEX) function of projects costs US$30 M per annum and pursuing the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO)

• Coordinating with 18 buyers (Mechanical and Electrical) and proposing procurement strategies and plans for equipment categories

• Conferring with management, production and marketing staff to discuss project specifications and procedures, identifying business enhancement and establishing agreements with qualified suppliers

Deputy Manager – Civil & Structural Engineering Main Projects Jan 2009 – Jun 2009

Italcementi Group, Head Quarter, Italy

• Coordinated main responsibilities and activities for main projects over $30M

• Analyzed technology, resource needs and market demand to plan and assess the feasibility of projects

• Coordinated Design Civil Engineering works (civil and industrial buildings, structures in general, roads, sewers, aqueducts, harbours and water works, garbage dumps, etc) in concrete and metal carpentry

• Defined the optimal configuration of civil engineering works and infrastructures, as well as of the relevant construction and structural diagrams

Director of Engineering & Projects at ESSROC Jul 2003 – Dec 2008

Italcementi Group, United States of America

• Responsible for the Capital Projects, for an average budget of $60M and in charge of both Engineering and Project Management

• Spearheaded a team of 9 engineers, including electrical and automation engineers, to cover all the aspects of the major capital projects starting from the Feasibility Study up to the Commissioning

• Liaised with CTG (Central Technical Group located in Italy), representatives for the coordination of various project reviews

• Provided ESSROC linkage for projects managed by CTG to maintain in-house ownership and technical knowledge

Project Engineering Manager Jan 1994–Jul 2003

Italcementi Group, Head Quarter, Italy

• Prepared feasibility studies including the profitability of the investment, material balance, the RFQ to assist the bidding process and time schedule

• Followed the preparation of the plant layout and executed basic and detailed engineering

• Prepared budgets, bids & contracts and directed the negotiation of contracts and monitored cost control

Educational Qualifications

• Mechanical Engineering – Specialized in Structural Design Nov 1982 – Apr 1988

University of Brescia, Italy

Professional Trainings

Organization model, management and control of Italcementi SpA; Leadership Training, Supply Chain Training, Professional Project Management for Capital Projects-Penn State University (US), Contracts reading & writing (PLANT and Design Build), Key Steps in Negotiation, PCA Cement Kiln Process Fundamentals, Methods of Calculation in the Structural Engineering, Steel in Constructions, Introduction to Cement Industry, English and French language courses, Strategy of Enterprise and Organizational Planning, Organizational Structure and Processes of Job Execution and Management of the Human Resources.

Personal Details

Date of Birth: 14th August, 1962; Nationality: Italian; Marital Status: Married; Driving License: Italian, American & Egyptian driver’s license; Languages: Italian, English and French (French scholastic)

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