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Kenneth Choo

Kenneth Choo

Operations Manager
Auckland, New Zealand
Summary

Encouraging manager and analytical problem-solver with talents for team building, leading and motivating, as well as excellent customer relations aptitude and relationship-building skills. Proficient in using independent decision-making skills and sound judgment to positively impact company success. Dedicated to applying training, monitoring and morale-building abilities to enhance employee engagement and boost performance. Detail-oriented with over 10 years of experience in planning, commissioning and supervising newbuilding projects for offshore drilling clients. Communicates effectively with clients to achieve shared goals with minimal revisions. Internationally mobile with Singapore citizenship and New Zealand residency. Available now for global assignments.

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years of post-secondary education
23
23
years of professional experience
Work History

Operations Manager

Tarakona Limited
06-2017 - Current
  • Co-founded and launched the company (www.tarakona.nz)
  • Developed and implemented daily operations plans such as employee assignments and promotional strategies.
  • Evaluated upcoming program plans to forecast expected resource needs.
  • Optimized organizational operations and facilitated decision-making by examining problem-solving concepts, including quantitative methods and techniques.
  • Forged and cultivated productive relationships with community members and potential partners.

Project Manager

Olim Limited
03-2017 - Current
  • Co-founded and launched the company (www.olim.nz)
  • Developed and initiated projects, including managing costs, schedule and performance.
  • Identified plans and resources required to meet project goals and objectives by setting realistic timelines and checkpoints.
  • Updated operational methods, oversaw accounting procedures, tracked information and compiled data to improve efficiency.

Installation & Commissioning Electrical Supervisor

National Oilwell Varco
02-2014 - 02-2017
  • Led and trained talented team of 20 electricians and trainees by actively communicating project information, remedying issues and delivering positive feedback.
  • Addressed estimates, project requirements and risk management to facilitate execution of commissioning plans.
  • Completed timely project management within budget constraints on multi-faceted problems for executive leadership, while fostering meaningful relationships with contractors.
  • Conducted walk-throughs with clients prior to project close, completing punchlists and answering all questions.
  • Continuously inspected job sites for observation of safety protocols by staff and subcontractors.

Installation & Commissioning Engineer

National Oilwell Varco
07-2007 - 02-2014
  • Deployed on newbuild rig projects in China, UAE, and Singapore.
  • Developed commissioning procedures and ensured successful completion of all pre-commissioning and mechanical completion activities for NOV integrated drilling equipment and controls.
  • Liaised with engineering staff on special projects to assist with configuration, installation and interoperation of system equipment.
  • Analyzed engineering designs and suggested improvements and modifications.
  • Educated and trained new hires on company processes, eliminating process gaps.
  • Followed all company guidelines regarding safety procedures when out in field.

Project Executive

Jurong Shipyard (Sembcorp Marine)
04-2006 - 05-2007
  • Developed boundary P&IDs ad commissioning procedures for marine and drilling systems for Maersk Completer newbuild jack-up rig
  • Compiled daily field report, detailing all key activities and outlining project progress for stakeholders.
  • Managed equipment vendors to ensure completeness for all required vendor commissioning documentation.
  • Managed the preparation and submission of all Inspection & Test Reports and Punch Lists for all disciplines.
  • Continuously inspected job sites for observation of safety protocols by staff and subcontractors.

Production Manager

Hwa Leong Private Limited
06-2003 - 04-2006
  • Managed a production team of 50 multi-national individuals (comprising of engineers, welders and fitters) in the fabrication of pipes and outfittings for newbuild and repair offshore marine vessels.
  • Overcame obstacles and variables to maintain production efficiency, meet deadlines and achieve high levels of profitability.
  • Applied lean practices to balance workflow and eliminate unnecessary steps.
  • Revitalized operational structures and procedures to successfully control turnover and waste, enhance output and boost overall quality.
  • Managed documentation of and training on production procedures and work instructions.
  • Directed improvements in safety, product quality, service and cost efficiency.
  • Designed and implemented a computerised drawing management system resulting in time reduction to generate cutting plans from 2 days to an hour for all jobs.
  • Designed and implemented an integrated computerised invoicing system between the Production, Human Resource and Finance departments; resulting in time reduction to billing from one week to a day for all jobs.

Engineer

Jurong Shipyard (Sembcorp Marine)
01-2002 - 06-2003
  • Verified construction documentation conformed to quality assurance standards and client requirements on the Global Santa Fe (Transocean) Development Driller 1
  • Recommended design modifications through on-site interference analysis to resolve site interface issues between Production department and the client.
  • Reviewed project goals and objectives on monthly basis with project manager and design team.
  • Performed on-site field surveys and wrote technical narratives to document processes and design changes.
Education

Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) Computer Simulation, Finance

Lincoln University
1992-02 - 1996-04
Skills

Negotiation

Complex problems analysis

Site acceptance testing

Work flow planning

Subcontractor coordination and oversight

Project safety

Effective written and verbal communication

Team leadership

Installation and Commissioning

Site Management

PRINCE2

Shipyard/Heavy Industry operations

Certification

PRINCE2® Foundation Certificate in Project Management, 6th Edition, Axelos

2021-01

Amphion Controls, National Oilwell Varco

2011-08

PLC Course (Application of SIemens STEP7) Intermediate, National Oilwell Varco

2009-03

Fundamentals of Industrial Hydraulic Drives, Ngee Ann Polytechnic

2008-09
Software

Microsoft Office

Languages

English

Mandarin

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In the business world, the rearview mirror is always clearer than the windshield.
Warren Buffett
Timeline

PRINCE2® Foundation Certificate in Project Management, 6th Edition, Axelos

2021-01

Operations Manager

Tarakona Limited
06-2017 - Current

Project Manager

Olim Limited
03-2017 - Current

Installation & Commissioning Electrical Supervisor

National Oilwell Varco
02-2014 - 02-2017

Amphion Controls, National Oilwell Varco

2011-08

PLC Course (Application of SIemens STEP7) Intermediate, National Oilwell Varco

2009-03

Fundamentals of Industrial Hydraulic Drives, Ngee Ann Polytechnic

2008-09

Installation & Commissioning Engineer

National Oilwell Varco
07-2007 - 02-2014

Project Executive

Jurong Shipyard (Sembcorp Marine)
04-2006 - 05-2007

Production Manager

Hwa Leong Private Limited
06-2003 - 04-2006

Engineer

Jurong Shipyard (Sembcorp Marine)
01-2002 - 06-2003

Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) Computer Simulation, Finance

Lincoln University
1992-02 - 1996-04