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Venkata Harshavardhan Akkiraju

Candidate ID: 1631429

Career Summary

Engineering Graduates/PG with 32 years experience in Production / Manufacturing functional area

Skill Set

Plant Operations, Project Management,

Professional Information

Total Experience : 32

Nationality : India

Qualification Level : Engineering Graduates/PG

Job Function : Production / Manufacturing

Work Location Preference : Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE

Detailed Profile


Mobile: +91 7219523670 / 9594002425. E-mail:

Seeking a senior level position in steel industry.

Professional Profile
? Worked in Top management positions in projects and Operations in steel and Aluminium industries.
? Certified Project Management professional (PMP) with over 33 years of domestic and overseas experience in plant operations and project management.
? Extensive experience in managing the entire Projects of Hot strip mills, Seamless Tube mills and Rebar mills, etc.
? An effective communicator with strong problem solving, analytical and organizational abilities.
? Assertive, confident, team player with the focus on results.

Areas of Expertise

Plant Operations
? Managing entire plant operations from planning to delivery. Formulation of strategies, budgets, along with resource planning.
? Minimizing bottlenecks for meeting customer deliveries on schedule without cost over runs.
? Planning and budgeting the monthly requirements of the raw materials, consumables etc.,
? Executing cost saving techniques/ measures and modifications to achieve substantial reduction in expenditures and work within the budget.
? Preparation and presentation of the all kinds of progress reports to Top management and other stake holders.

? Meeting the quality standards of the Industry
? Minimizing the rework and extra work due to poor quality
? Strictly adhering to the process control parameters

Organizational Experience

July 2018 – May 2019 Chief Operating Officer, Alicon Castalloy Limited, Pune

o Plant Head of the Low pressure die casting, in Aluminum foundry.
o Worked in reducing the rejections significantly.
o Reduced Operating costs by reducing the fixed costs and energy costs by implementing process modifications.
o Reduced plant breakdowns and thus improving the machine uptime

Apr 2015 – Jun 2018 Vice President - Operations, Jindal Saw Limited, Nashik

o Head of the Project and production team for Nasik unit
o From June 2017 deputed to newly acquired Nagothane plant as Project Head. Played significant role in turning around the sick unit and brought into profits.

May 2013 – Apr 2015 Vice President - Operations, ISMT Limited, Baramati

o Head of the Operations team. Plant has a capacity of 350,000 MT/annum capacity of hot rolled pipes, cold rolling mills etc.,
o Reduced the quality rejections arising from PQF route significantly.
o Reduced the plant downtime particularly due to mill tooling.

Jun ’2010 -13 General Manager (Projects), Maharashtra Seamless Limted, Vile – Bhagad MIDC, Mangaon

? Worked as Project head, reporting to Director – Technical, Seamless tube plant of capacity 200,000 MT per annum.
o Set up the complete plant including hot mill, pipe finishing facilities, Utilities etc.,
o Successfully commissioned in Apr 2012 and running the plant since then.

Apr’ 07 – Feb ’09 JSC Georgian Steel, at Rustavi, Georgia on behalf of Thames Steel Limited, London, UK, Head – Production and Technical

Notable Achievements

? Commissioned old Rebars rolling and Seamless tube mill plants, which were closed for 17 years, with New Reheat Furnaces, Thermo Quench System and New Electric Controls, etc.
? Achieved ISO 9000 Certification for the Tube Mill. Seamless tube Mill rolling from 8 to 20” OD.

Mar’05-Jan’07 Indsys, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia , Senior Project Manager

Notable Achievements

? Executed Gratings manufacturing project of Al Othman Group in Dammam.
? Rebar mill project at Taybah Gulf steel, Riyadh
? Engineering and Project Management Consultant to Al-Raki Seel Rebar Mill, Jeddah
? Induction melting and casting plant capacity study at Salman Al Johar, Riyadh

Mar’04 – Mar’05 Al Ezz Flat steel, Egypt, Rolling Mill Engineer

Notable Achievements

? Spearheaded the entire production operations in the Hot strip Mill.
? Instrumental in rolling the 0.90 mm thick hot rolled coil in 1200 mm width. The 1st time in world in this kind of CSP. Successfully implemented pair cross system in the Hot Strip Mill.

Jul’02- Mar’04 Vidyut Metallics Limited, Thane, AGM – Manufacturing

Notable Achievements

? Managed the operations as In-Charge of the manufacturing unit, including Cold rolling Mill for rolling 0.1 mm Martensitic Stainless Steels.
? Developed new vendors for martensitic stainless steel (Razor blade steel) for Thane and Hyderabad units.

Mar’95 – Dec’01 Ispat Industries Ltd., Maharashtra
Last designated as Senior Manager (Operations) Hot Strip Mill

Notable Achievements

? Successfully executed the Hot strip Mill project as Project- In -Charge of Mill area.

? Monitored the entire Operations of Hot Strip Mill area including planning, procurement and execution as a senior member of Production Team.

Previous Assignments

04 ’91–03 ’95 ISMT Ltd, Ahmednagar as Sr. Engineer (Operations)

03’ 89-04’ 91 Maharashtra Seamless Ltd., Nagothane, Raigad, as Project Engineer

01’ 87-12’ 88 Tech Sharp Engineers, Talcher, Orissa, as Site Engineer


• B. E. (Mechanical Engineering) from Walchand College, Sangli, Maharashtra in the year 1986. Secured First class with Distinction.

• AMIIM Examination (Graduation in Metallurgy) from Indian Institute of Metals, in 1995.

• PG Diploma in Management from Indira Gandhi National Open University New Delhi in 1999.

• Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification from Project Management Institute (PMI), PA, USA in the year 2006.

Personal Details

Date of Birth: 29th April, 1963

Current Address : B 1301, Satyam Heritage, Plot Nos 197A/198/199, Sector 10, Kharghar, Navi Mumbai - 410210