Getting to know Manish Pandey – Alderley Dubai’s new Services Sales Manager
We are delighted to announce that Manish Pandey joined the Alderley Aftermarket Services team in Dubai at the end of last year to support new and existing customers with his technical experience and knowledge.
Rather than us telling you about Manish, we thought he was best placed to introduce himself – his experiences, goals and ambitions, and opinions on the future for the industry.
• Manish, can you please introduce yourself and your work experiences prior to joining Alderley?
I am Manish Pandey and I work within the Services division of Alderley FZE. I have 13 years of experience in the oil & gas / energy industry. Throughout my career, I have worked in Sales & Business Development within companies such as Jereh, Pyramid E&C and Shiv-Vani.
As far as my educational background is concerned, I am graduate in Chemical Engineering and post-graduate in MBA (Oil & Gas).
• What attracted you to join Alderley?
Alderley are a leading provider of skid-mounted, integrated engineering solutions for the oil and gas industry.
Being in the UAE for last 8 years, I had heard a lot of good things about Alderley. I was also very interested in the services side of the business as I’ve seen Alderley grow and adapt over the years with positive results.
• What are your goals/ambitions for Alderley services?
My goals/ambitions involve growing the services side of the company, but also growing myself with the company, continuously learning and improving myself both personally and professionally and contributing significantly to the team.
• How has the industry changed during your career?
In beginning of my career, the crude oil prices were at its peak and are now at lower levels. The world’s energy system is going through a transition and various options are evolving as alternate to fossil fuels. Having said that experts are forecasting that oil & gas industry will continue to be an important part of the future “Energy Mix”. There will be growth in oil & gas demand and key areas of demand for fossil fuels will be within heavy transportation, air and shipping. Natural gas is predicted to become the largest energy carrier in coming decades driven by the need for cleaner and more economic and sustainable energy. Natural gas is key in this transition because of its qualities as the cleanest of fossil fuels.
• What do you think the future holds for Alderley?
In future, due to uncertainty in crude oil price and demand, the oil & gas operators are increasing operating expenses (OPEX) to maximize the efficiency and life of their assets.
The future will be challenging but the services business will grow for sure, with more opportunities at Alderley to deliver service solutions to enhance system performance and ensuring asset integrity, whilst negating those high costs associated with new capital expenditure for our customers.
• What is the most important thing your career has taught you?
To be focused… and work strategically.
• What is the most memorable event in your career?
I have many memorable events, but the most memorable one for me was the award of an EPC project (USD 30 Mn approx.) to Shiv-Vani Oil & Gas Ltd. for Coal Handling Plant and Silo Loading Arrangement.
The project award was significant to the company as it was a breakthrough EPC project to diversify in coal industry. Involved in this project from bidding to project award. My team’s work was well recognised and appreciated.
I’m really looking forward to receiving that same feeling with the Alderley team.
• If you’re not meeting with (or calling during these times) existing and prospective clients, how do you spend your free time?
Due to the restrictions at the moment, I haven’t started visiting customers but lots of calls! During my free time I like to educate myself on the recent development in oil & gas industry across MENA region.
Also during weekends I ensure I have a good work/home life balance by spending time with my family and friends, and planning trips to local spots.