The Project Manager role

Discover the Project Manager Road & Tunnels role with Antoine Darnault. Having spent eight years in the Middle East, this project manager settled down in Lyon, at Mobility, in 2016

portrait de Antoine Darnault

What is your academic and professional background ?

After graduating from Supélec in 2007, I left for Qatar under the VIE scheme for a year and a half for AREVA T&D. I was in charge of Telecoms & SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) projects.

In 2009, I joined Cegelec Oil & Gas. In the beginning, I participated from Paris in the study and purchasing phases of a project to replace the instrumentation and control system at the Abidjan refinery in Côte d’Ivoire, after which I left for Qatar again. While there, I managed two projects: the construction of a new anti-explosion control room and the replacement of the turbine/compressor control system on two natural gas production units. As a Project Control Manager, I worked in tandem with the project manager and, more specifically, on the scheduling, budget management and subcontractor monitoring aspects.

After a brief stint in France in 2012 as a Proposal Manager, I went to Abu Dhabi for 3 years for the installation of a new gas-fired thermal power station on an offshore island.

You joined Mobility when you returned to France.

Yes, in 2016, I came back to France and I joined Mobility’s Roads & Tunnels Department.

And, truly, the Middle East remains a common theme in my career, as I am responsible for the contract administration on a Qatari project: installation of the ventilation system in the underground sections of the Lusail tram line. At the same time, I worked on the costing for a relamping project in Switzerland and on the Equipment batches for the Fréjus tunnel.

What do you like most about your job ?

Working with varied teams, ranging from the design teams to the worksite teams, not to mention the support roles, subcontractors and customers: I like the richness of human exchanges. The role of project manager also offers a comprehensive overall vision of the project through its different phases.

My role involves diverse skills, assignments change, and I like that daily adrenaline rush. I’d like to grow within project management and be called on to manage major projects.

 

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