Saravanan Pillay

Associate Director, Johannesburg
Project achievement is possible with a positive mind-set, constructive collaboration and ability to adapt. Your attitude should be your gratitude.
Saravanan Pillay
I'm the project management office (PMO) lead for various programmes and workstreams nationally and across Africa. We propose value-for-money solutions to reduce overhead costs for our client. In addition, we provide help, encouragement and support to the PMO team when needed and make recommendations on how best to approach problems, overcome risks and plan and deliver projects.

I have nine years of construction project management experience having been involved as a programme manager, project manager and contract administrator on a number of projects within the building and civil engineering sectors. I have consulted and supplied technical due diligence advice on a number of projects specialising in development cost analysis and benchmarking.

Q. What attracted you to join Turner & Townsend?

A. A global footprint and array of local and international clientele creates endless opportunities for learning, growing and developing careers in the built environment profession. This, coupled with my ambition and passion for advancing my project management consultancy career, made Turner & Townsend an attractive employer.

Q. Which project are you most proud of being involved in at Turner & Townsend?

A. I'm most proud of a multimillion renovation project when we overcame the project environmental complexity and ensured that our client received return on their investment. We enhanced the way their employees worked, creating a healthier and stimulating working environment. 

Q. What is the emerging trend in your industry specialism and how are you responding to this?

A. Increased focus on sustainability – we’re able to audit the project requirements to ensure we apply sustainable practices whilst maintaining quality and safety. By applying value engineering and efficacy measures we can reduce the lifecycle costs for the client whilst minimising the carbon footprint on the planet.  

Career highlights

  1. Received a Silver Spot Award for delivery and management performance

  2. Promotion to senior project manager

  3. Joined Turner & Townsend