Introducing: Dianne Ugaban
Can you briefly explain your background?
After earning my bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering, I began my career in the telecommunications and ICT (information and communication technology) industry as a systems engineer with primary responsibility in engineering, operations and project management of various network and facilities projects related to server co-location, network connectivity, server hosting, BTS (base transceiver station) engineering and installation, access node installation and testing. In 2008, I had the opportunity to work in an oilfield services company as a technical engineer, where I have gained experience in the oil and gas industry with main responsibility in project management, controlling and planning of various projects concerning construction and maintenance.
Describe your role at BV?
I started my career at Bureau Veritas in 2011. Over the years, I have had the opportunity to learn, develop and advance my career by learning about the broad portfolio of services that Bureau Veritas can offer to its clients.
I currently have two roles at Bureau Veritas. As a Proposal Center Manager, I am primarily responsible for managing requests for proposals (RFP) from start to finish. This includes managing proposal/ bidding process including task delegation, working with subject matter experts (SMEs) from various departments and formulating of winning strategies to meet the client’s requirements, preparing the actual proposals and ensuring the delivery of compliant, professionally produced proposals as per Bid/Tender requirements within the defined time frame. My responsibilities include consolidating project cost estimates in terms of the required costing as per bill of quantities (BOQ), amount of work, equipment (if any) and manpower requirements during the tendering phase which includes all requirements related to the services as per client specifications/ requirements.
In addition, I am also working as TQR Manager functionally reporting to Regional TQR Director. The role of I&F TQR Function is to assist the CCE to identify and evaluate the Technical, Quality and Risks exposures of all I&F services before commencing the job, propose and implement TQR solutions to contribute to the management of BV’s Technical integrity, manage the I&F Quality system and Risk Management Policies at the country level, manage claims in liaison with Regional TQR Director and Group Legal and Compliance and issues reports to Regional TQR Director on TQR matters.
Elaborate an experience in BV that you feel empowered.
Joining Bureau Veritas allowed me to widen my field of knowledge and expertise. Being involved in the decision-making process and having a sense of accountability within my roles and responsibilities makes me feel empowered.
Moreover, being chosen to take part in a strategic workstream entitled "START / Exploring New Horizons" alongside of other young BV talents from around the world, gave me an opportunity to take part in the development of Bureau Veritas long-term vision in strategic options towards 2023/2025 through identification of strategic scenarios and concrete innovative ideas and future opportunities for Bureau Veritas from the emergence of new markets, the development of new technologies and societal changes. This has contributed significantly to my career and skill development, develop new networks, exposure to new ideas and leadership skills.
What do you want to advice to other women?
My advice is to believe in yourself and your potential. Confidence in your abilities and what you have to offer is vital to your professional success. View challenges as opportunities to learn, grow, and improve.