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Meet Andrew Liong

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Posting date:3/24/2021 1:32 PM

Andrew Liong is a Project Manager based in Singapore. He joined SNC-Lavalin’s Engineering, Design & Project Management (EDPM) business to progress in a role and learn new skills through hands-on involvement. During his four-year tenure, Andrew made a career change from quantity surveying to project management, where he continues to upskill to stay sharp.

I started my career as a Quantity Surveyor after graduating from university, briefly working with another company before joining SNC-Lavalin. I was keen on taking on a more active role at work, one that was more challenging and engaging. SNC-Lavalin provides a platform for us to explore opportunities, change career paths and develop capabilities according to our interests. When the opportunity came up, I requested an internal transfer to the Project Management team. It’s like the saying goes, "if you don't' ask, you won't get!"

My main responsibility is to manage the construction of projects to ensure they are completed on time, on budget and of the highest quality. Having a clear understanding of the objective, scope, project details, and the application of well-designed governance structure and processes are crucial to achieving success. Communication is also an essential skill for Project Managers. Depending on the project scope, I will typically lead a team of consultants and contractors. This requires the ability to communicate with multiple parties clearly and effectively, particularly when we are racing against time.

The first-ever project I worked on as a Project Manager is my most memorable. It was a 120,000sqft office fit-out! At the time, I felt like I was biting off more than I could chew because of the sheer scale and intensity of the project. Looking back, it was the best experience I had throughout my relatively short and ongoing career. People learn the most after making mistakes, and I can attest to that. Since then, I have worked on several new projects, from data centres to new ramp-up warehouses; each has been an opportunity for me to further hone my skills.

Clients trust Project Managers and Consultants to deliver leading capabilities and value-add. To be able to constantly deliver the best results for our clients' projects, it’s important we keep learning and equipping ourselves with the latest tools and approaches. For many, the widespread lockdowns have been an opportunity to invest in self-development and learn new skills. I recently acquired a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification, something I have always wanted to obtain, but never had the time to do.

I love working here because SNC-Lavalin supports the development of its employees. The Company’s strong track record positions us well to be involved in some of the most exciting and challenging projects, which provides great opportunities to learn on the job. Surrounding myself with brilliant people that are recognized experts drives me forward and inspires me to never stop learning.

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