Five minutes with: Ameet Sardesai
Ameet Sardesai, director – engineering, Al Fajer Facilities Management
What does your role involve?
As the newly-appointed director of engineering at Al Fajer Facilities Management, I oversee and lead a team of more than 100 engineers and technicians across six disciplines, namely MEP, civil maintenance, pest control, water tank cleaning, landscaping, and painting. I am involved and responsible for every aspect of the engineering division, including business development and meetings with clients.
What do you love most about your job?
I love that my role allows me to [combine] my 30 years of practical experience with my managerial, leadership, and commercial skills. I worked for five years at the engineering office of the FM company looking after the Dubai facilities of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and this gave me skills to motivate and support my colleagues.
What is the most challenging aspect of your job?
We set very high standards for our engineers and our challenge is to recruit the right people and maintain and improve on these already high standards. Every day, I challenge everyone to be looking for new ideas and solutions. We have also introduced KPIs into our engineering contracts.
What has been your most memorable project so far?
When I first joined Al Fajer FM, I went undercover with the water tank cleaning team – they didn’t realise I was the department director – and spent a 12-hour shift working on-site with the team. I cleaned the tanks with them, climbing inside, and disinfecting – all to understand the role that they carry out and to work shoulder-to-shoulder with them.
Where do you see the FM industry in five years?
The industry in the region is in its formative years, and there is a huge growth potential in the FM sector. An exponential increase in infrastructure will directly translate in tremendous demand for world class FM services. In the next five years, this will drive the need for the FM industry to rapidly evolve its work to match to world-class standards and meet expectations from local, regional, and global clients.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
There is little ‘spare’ time when you are in the TFM industry, but when I’m not in the office or thinking about the many aspects of engineering, I spend time with my family. I’m passionate about cooking healthy food.