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Albert Smit

Contact

(03) 365 4328

albert@theprojectoffice.co.nz

Qualifications

B.Sc Construction Management

Albert Smit

Skills

Stakeholder Relationship Management

Having worked on some of Africa's and Asia's largest projects, Albert has experience of working with multiple stakeholders from different countries and multiple cultures. He has a clear understanding of international communication management to streamline project delivery from concept to closeout.

Project Planning & Scheduling

The majority of the projects delivered by Albert during his career have been of a fast track nature. The margin for error is low when time is of the essence and this has skilled Albert in strategic and detailed forward planning to pre-empt and address risk and formalise the delivery of projects through their project lifecycles.

Contract Administration

Albert's experience of working on a number of international projects means he has gained experience on several contractual agreements. He is skilled in reviewing and tailoring contracts to suit unique project and demographic requirements. This includes negotiations with stakeholders across country borders to adapt contracts to cater for multiple legislative regimes.

In Previous Lives

After graduating in 2000, Albert spent a short time working for construction companies. He then joined one of the leading project management consultancies in Africa where he later served on the board. He was instrumental in the delivery of projects throughout South Africa, Africa, Mauritius and Asia, ranging from several hotels and leisure developments, retail and commercial projects.

Following a holiday to New Zealand, Albert relocated to Christchurch in 2013 where he has settled with his wife and son.

Client Projects

MGM Ho Tram - Vietnam

Albert was a project director for the delivery of the first full casino and hotel development in Vietnam. The project included a 500 bed 5-star hotel, slots and 100 table casino facilities, conference facilities and 7 restaurants. Due to the remoteness of the project location, the project included potable and waste water treatment works, industrial laundry and uniform handlers, banking and financial facilities. Total building area was some 160 000 m².

The project was delivered with design input from consultants based in 4 different continents and construction peaked with some 5000 staff on site.

Liberty Promenade Shopping Centre - South Africa

Albert worked as the project director on the refurbishment and extension of one of South Africa's busiest shopping centres.

The project entailed the upgrade of an existing shopping centre (53,581m² GLA) and an addition of 24,000m². The works included the construction of a new food court and subsequent relocation of existing food court, a new cinema (8 theatres), additional shopping area, replacement and re-alignment of all existing shop fronts, strengthening of the existing structure and replacement of all finishes (including ceilings and floor tiles) to all public areas. This was achieved whilst keeping the shopping centre open to the public and minimising the impact on trading.

Le Telfair and Long Beach Hotels - Mauritius

During his time in Mauritius, Albert was involved as a project manager on the delivery of 2 hotels. Le Telfair hotel is situated in the south of the island and is a 5 star 158-bedroom hotel. Long Beach Hotel is situated on the east coast and is based on the old site for Le Coco Beach hotel that was demolished as part of the project. Long Beach Hotel is a 255-bedroom 4-star hotel.

Why I Love What I Do

Albert loves the out of ordinary challenges associated with project management that requires lateral thinking and out of the box solutions. His passion lies in dealing with stakeholders to resolve challenges and implementing subsequent systems or resolutions to streamline the delivery of projects through their lifecycles.

"There are no problems in life, there are challenges. Each challenge is a solution in the making."

 

Albert Smit

Senior Project Manager

  • B.Sc Construction Management

albert@theprojectoffice.co.nz (03) 365 4328