Naveen Kesarwani has recently joined Engenium and is currently working for our Newcastle office in New South Wales as a Project Controller. Naveen talks about his role at Engenium, his past experiences and why he chose to pursue a career in project controls. Get to know Naveen with our quick chat interview.

What are your areas of speciality and expertise?

Project Controls, which mainly includes Cost Management, Schedule Management, Scope Management, Change Management, Risk Analysis and Project Reporting. I have also been involved in commercial aspects such as contracting and subcontracting. In some earlier projects I have been involved in project life cycle process, project value analysis and gate reviews.

I have worked on projects for Fortune 500 Companies like Exxon Mobil and Reliance Industries. My construction experience has been versatile. I have worked on big civil projects like Westconnex’s New M5, the NCIG Coal Terminal and process plants such as a petrochemical refinery complex, gas plants, steel manufacturing, paperboard mill, the National Optical Fibre Backbone Infrastructure (NOFBI), petroleum outlets and a residential township for 10,000 people.

What projects are you currently working on?

I’m currently working with Origin Energy on the Eraring Power Station Ash Dam Upgrade.

What do you enjoy about working at Engenium?

What I like most at Engenium is the personal touch. The hierarchical structure is very flat and people are very accessible - unlike a lot of other big organisations.  Here we are a team of very specialised and likeminded people.

What inspired you to pursue a career in your field?

I have had a great affection for numbers since my childhood days. However, after graduating in Civil Engineering and working in the construction industry I felt like I was losing my affiliation with numbers. By staying in project controls I realised I could still maintain this interest. Also, in my early career, I noticed the importance of project controls and how it influences and supports a project’s decision making.

What is something you love to do outside of your work life?

As mentioned earlier, I love playing with numbers as well as watching news and current affair programs on television. In my leisure I like to read articles on Australian and global economics, real estate and investment. Lately my wife and I have developed an interest in cruising.

What makes you laugh?

By nature, I am a very serious bloke but sometimes my inside child comes out. Australia’s funniest home videos used to be one of my favourite shows. I also love watching comedy movies.

Who inspires you?

Traditionally, the construction industry has been very tough and people don’t often get much time for their personal life. That’s why I have great respect for all who work in this industry and still lead a very balanced life. I admire every successful person who promotes a good work-life balance.

What is your favourite quote?

I have always believed there is no substitute to hard work and I know it always pays at the end. So my favourite quote is ‘Labour never goes unrewarded’.