Sharad - Assistant General Manager (Civil & Structural)


Location: Mumbai

Year joined in: 2003

Position joined as: Lead Engineer (Civil)

Tell us about your job

My job is to lead and direct my 175-strong team in delivering engineering services on our projects and ensuring we adhere to quality, integrity and productivity requirements whilst remaining on schedule and within budget.

What inspired you to become a civil and structural engineer?

First and foremost my father, who was himself a civil engineer. And then the realisation that it’s the civil engineer who actually ‘builds’ plants, buildings, infrastructure and monuments, converting dreams into reality.

What excites you about the work you are doing now?

Providing high quality engineering support to Petrofac’s mega projects, as well as collaborating with various Petrofac offices and construction teams around the world to deliver projects safely and successfully.

I also enjoy seeing my teammates grow and develop as leaders.

Tell us about your journey through Petrofac.

When Petrofac’s Mumbai office opened in 2003, I was the first to join the civil department. We developed our capability and experience working on projects such as Kashagan in Kazakhstan. Fourteen years later, we’ve successfully delivered numerous proposals and projects, working with the most advanced plant-design software, delivering excellence in engineering.

What has been the highlight of your time at Petrofac?

Without doubt, the maturing of our teams in all engineering disciplines for engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) projects.

How has Petrofac supported your ongoing development?

Petrofac provides us with an enabling work environment and culture that is easily the most exciting and the best amongst the companies I have worked with. Being part of a capable team and managing engineering solutions for large projects has given me the best possible on-the-job training.

I’ve also completed management development and leadership excellence training, prepared by our organisational development department, to hone my skills for the future.

What has been your key learning at Petrofac?

People are our most valuable asset. If we work as a team with mutual trust, complete ownership and a collaborative approach, anything is possible.

What are your hopes and aspirations for the future?

To deliver agile yet flawless engineering on projects which are recognised as best practice models for EPC projects.

What advice would you give someone thinking about a career in civil and structural engineering at Petrofac?

If working on complex engineering challenges that require intense planning and teamwork excites you, then Petrofac is the right place for you!