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Miguel Valdés Menéndez

Miguel Valdés Menéndez

Mining Engineer Manager specialized in quarrying.
Bristol, Bristol

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About Miguel Valdés Menéndez:

I am an enthusiastic, hard-working professional with 11 years of managing experience in the mining industry. I am very proactive, always looking for new challenges to improve processes. As a qualified engineer always, I support my improvements with fully comprehensive CAD drawings. I am a good communicator, no matter how many receptors or levels of the interlocutors.

I enjoy working in a challenging and demanding environment. I genuinely believe that I offer the best of myself when working under pressure. KPIs and targets are just business measurements to evaluate performance, but I consider myself the most demanding manager to mark my own job performance.

I am a good team player; I manage to engage the team with targets, H&E, and environmental best practices. I completely believe in the principle that “Only a manager will succeed when is part of a great team”. Team building, common sense, and transparency in communication; usually are the keys to promoting best practices and engagement.

I have excellent administration and organizational skills, capable of prioritizing and meeting deadlines. I am a quick learner and I can adapt myself to different situations. I have proven these skills by working in different countries with different cultures: Spain, Poland, Saudi Arabia, and UK.

“Measurement is the first step that leads to control and eventually to improvement. If you can’t measure something, you can’t understand it. If you can’t understand it, you can’t control it. If you can’t control it, you can’t improve it.” Mr. H. James Harrington.

I would like to be able to describe my career in 15 years' time, as Mr. Harrington's principle says. The understanding leads to improvement.

Experience

(01/04/2022 – Now)        Project and Engineering Manager in the United Kingdom

Hanson Aggregates UKpart ofHeidelberg Cement Group 

Working across the whole UK over 3 business lines, Aggregates, Concrete and Asphalt.

Reporting directly to the country head of Engineering. 

I support the business in generating improvements and opportunities with the aim of de-risking operations or increasing profitability.

The involvement in the projects depends on the complexity or overall capex investment.

<£50K   – Assisting and supporting local management

<£250K – Promote the capital investment, AFE request, and Management of the project if the 

  complexity requires so.

<£1M     - As above and potentially managing the project from a strategic and accountancy point, ensuring steerCO meeting takes place and coordinating stakeholders.

< £2.5M – As above plus full in-house management of strategic and full control of CDM regulations. 

Business sector Quarrying.

(15/02/2017 – 01/04/2022)                       Unit Manager in United Kingdom

Hanson Aggregates UKpart ofHeidelberg Cement Group

 Units under my responsibility:

  • Chipping and Sodbury           – Wickwar Road, Chipping Sodbury, BS377UU, Bristol, UK          Up to 01/04/2022
  • Bristol Port Depot                  – X Berth | Avonmouth | Bristol | BS11 9BT                          Up to 01/04/2022
  • Batts Combe Quarry             – Warrens Hill Rd, BS273LR Cheddar, UK. Up to 19/02/2019
  • Batts Combe Ground Lime – Warrens Hill Rd, BS273LR Cheddar, UK. Up to 19/02/2019
  • Dunball Wharf                       – Bristol Rd Dunball Bridgwater TA6 4TE UK.  Up to 19/02/2019

Working as Unit Manager in the Southwest of England.

As UM, I manage budgets, P&L accounts, Capex projects, H&S management, quality assurance, sustainable management, HR management, etc.

I havehad the opportunity to manage sites during their busiest and most demanding period; I have managed to set critical basic standards and to completely change the site employee engagement.

  • Sites achieving LTI-free results.
  • Work in conjunction with CCM Europe to develop projects such as Smart PPM (CMMS) and AOM and Checkproof
  • Promote and develop Continuous improvement opportunities. 5S, Clean site, Kaizen.
  • Budget setting and reviewing.
  • Submission on Capex, managing and auditing.
  • Stock strategy.
  • KPIs monitoring
  • Best customer support and sales strategy.
  • Promote best practices in QA and QC.

Business or sector Quarrying.

(01/ 06/2015 – 15/02/201          Deputy Quarry Manager and Jetty Manager, Continuous improvement North West Area Leader - AggFlow Northwest Area leader in United Kingdom Cemex Aggregates UK –Raynes Quarry and Jetty

Raynes Quarry, Abergele Road, Llysfaen, Colwyn Bay. LL29 9YW

I have worked as AQM performing al the daily operations according to the Quarry Regulations. Please, find a little brief of duties as shown below:

  • Daily, weekly, and monthly jobs planner, excavations and tips, blasting, maintenance, plant management, etc.
  • H&S team engagement, Cero LTI culture, Step In enforcement, geotechnical inspections, Work permits, Safe works, Risk Assessments, Safe systems, hot works, etc.
  • Quality Assurance, daily inspections, and customer support.
  • Continuous improvements, energy efficiency, production cost, and fixed plant management.
  • Committed to environmentally sustainable production. Team engagement with the biodiversity plan. Work according to restoration plans.
  • Monitoring weighbridge and jetty sales.
  • 5S, problem-solving, etc.
  • Accounts, budgets, etc.

Business or sector Quarrying.

(19/082013 – 20/12/2014)        Project engineer in Saudi Arabia

CANDESA GRUPO - SAAD ALMOBTY ANDPARTNERS CONTRACTING COMPANY. PO.BOX 7705 RIYADH 11472 KSA.

Barrio de La Verde, 39608 Herrera de Camargo, Cantabria. Spain.

  • My responsibilities have developed alongside the project in various areas such as management, Production, H&S, QA, etc.
  • Initially, I was responsible for the development-improvement of a quarry in Riyadh, KSA but as the project grew, I became country manager assistant. I was traveling with the country manager to Jeddah, Khamis, Mecca, Damman, Gizan, and other cities in the South of the Kingdom.
  • I worked for a JV between a Spanish company and a Saudi Company as a consultant.
  • My main duties were to analyze every site, identify the bottlenecks, find opportunities within the current set-up, design a project to develop the plant, and implement it.
  • The improvements implemented have been performed mainly in production and efficiencies but also, we have implemented QA/QC, H&S, and environmental.

 

Business or sector Quarrying and civil construction.

 

 

Education

(06/2013 – 06/2014) Master Degree in Occupational Health and Safety

( Recognized by UK Naric )

  • University of Francisco de Vitoria Madrid, Spain

 

(09/2007 – 11/2011) Bachelor Degree in Mining Engineering – Major in Mining Operations

( Recognized by UK Naric

  • University of Oviedo. Spain.
  • One year as an exchange student at PolitechnikaSlaskainGliwice,Poland. (09/2005 – 06/2007)                                     Technical draftsman – Specialized in construction projects
  • Doctor Fleming Institute.

 

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