CW Oman Awards 2018: KEO director on winning 2016 Project Manager honours

David Green, a project director in KEO's design division, outlines the impact of being crowned Construction Week Oman Awards 2016's Project Manager of the Year

KEO's David Green was named Construction Week Oman Awards 2016's Project Manager of the Year.
KEO's David Green was named Construction Week Oman Awards 2016's Project Manager of the Year.

David Green, project director in KEO International Consultants' design division, outlines how winning Construction Week Oman 2016 honours has shaped his career over the last two years.

Green was named Project Manager of the Year at the Construction Week Oman Awards 2016.

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The accolade was awarded to Green in recognition of his organisational ability and his commitment to keeping his teams focused on delivery.

Construction Week’s panel of industry judges described Green as an experienced and committed project manager with the ability to remain cool, calm, and collected.

The KEO project manager was also applauded for his organisational ability, his self-discipline, and his keen sense of project fundamentals and prioritisation.

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Ahead of the Construction Week Oman Awards 2018 ceremony, which will be held on 12 March in Muscat, Green outlines how the award has impacted his career. 

How did winning the Construction Week Oman Awards honour impact KEO’s prospects and performance in 2017? 

As a validation of the very good work our teams produced, it reinforced my own confidence a bit. I do believe that having just the right amount of confidence is one of the most important attributes of any team leader.  

Successful outcomes are typically the result of well-qualified teams with a leader that is focussed on removing all obstacles from their path, and letting them deliver excellent results.  

Recognising the qualifications of the team, and stepping out of their way when necessary, certainly requires confidence in one’s own judgement.    

How has your role at KEO changed since you won the award?

After receiving the award, my title was revised from senior project manager to project director – not as a direct result of the win, but to better reflect my role of leading multiple simultaneous projects. 

So, my role did not actually change, and I am very happy about that because it is exactly the role I want to have, and that I really enjoy doing. 

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What is your forecast for the Omani construction market in 2018, and what are KEO’s plans for this year?

KEO continues to seek out the right opportunities in Oman. We are invited into a lot of tenders, but it continues to be a challenging market for us.  

I personally think there is a bit too much emphasis on lowest price and not enough consideration given to value for price.

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What are the kind of projects that you and KEO will look to work on this year? 

It seems like good opportunities will continue to present themselves in the upmarket multi-residential housing, hospitality, mixed-use, education, and transportation sectors.  

These are all areas of strength for KEO, so we should remain well positioned for exciting new opportunities.

What are your top tips for the nominees of Construction Week Oman Awards 2018? 

One should carefully consider their own strengths, explain those well in easily understood terms, and then hope to stand out in what will undoubtedly be a well-qualified field of candidates.   

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