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Case Study: Interim Project Director - Port Rail Project

Watermark Search Case stud: Port of Melbourne A

Published on 11th August 2020

The Client: 

Australia’s largest container and general cargo port, requiring an interim Project Director for a strategic Port Rail project. 

The Brief: 

The organisation required a Project Director who could pull together the overarching elements for a strategic Port Rail Transformation.  An interim was required for an initial 6-month period (extended to 18 months) to see all project pre-conditions complete and secure commercial approval to proceed to the next phase.  The project required a Director who had strong stakeholder engagement (with industry partners, state government, the Board and shareholders), proven leadership and the ability to work across the complexity and detail of a multifaceted transformative project. 

Watermark’s Solution & Outcome: 

A short list of pre-qualified candidates was put together within 4 days.  The list of suitable candidates, all available immediately, were interviewed and a successful candidate was appointed within two-three weeks. This allowed for the interim to hit the ground running while the strategy for the projects was in formulation stage and work with the port executives and sponsor to set the project up for success. 

Client Testimonial: 

“Having access to the expertise of an Interim Project Director gave the port executive confidence that all issues were being escalated and addressed real time.  Critically important given the complexity of the project and the significance of its success to the state’s economy”.

by Watermark