Engineering a better future

Fluor South Africa, provides integrated solutions for clients across diverse industries

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The multinational engineering and construction powerhouse, Fluor South Africa, provides integrated solutions for clients across diverse industries, delivering capital efficiency and project certainty, capabilities which are proudly continued by the trailblazing General Manager, Tolani Azeez

Founded in 1912 by the Fluor family, Fluor serves its clients by designing, building and maintaining safe, well-executed, capital-efficient projects around the world. Today, Fluor’s 56 000 global employees serve more than 4 000 clients in over 100 countries.

Core services

Azeez outlines some of their core services, “Fluor is a global engineering, procurement, fabrication, construction and maintenance company that transforms the world by building prosperity and empowering progress in the energy and chemicals, power, infrastructure, mining and metals, life sciences and advanced manufacturing and government markets.”

For Azeez, success lies in engaging all of Fluor’s resources to truly get inside the client’s project and by doing so, also engage as a strategic partner.

“Safety is a core value for Fluor and is central to everything the company does. Recognised as one of the safest contractors in the engineering and construction industry, Fluor promotes a robust health, safety and environmental culture of caring and safety in which employees strive to safeguard people and protect the environment. As a company, Fluor is committed to maintaining the highest levels of ethics and compliance, integrity and anti-corruption. David Seaton, Fluor’s CEO is an active leader and board member of the World Economic Forum’s Partnering Against Corruption Initiative (PACI).

Sustainability is essential

Sustainability plays a critical part in Fluor’s operations and success. Fluor has been operational in Africa for more than 57 years and has completed some landmark projects in the country.

Azeez continues, “Sustainability at Fluor means meeting the needs of our clients while conducting business in a socially, economically and environmentally responsible manner for the benefit of future generations. Every day, Fluor helps clients safeguard the environment, conserve energy, protect lives and strengthen the economies of the communities in which we live and work. We also focus on supplier development to increase the competitiveness, capacity and capability of local suppliers and support skills development and knowledge transfer, the development of small and medium enterprises and local suppliers’ entry into the mainstream of economic activity,” she insists.

Equality

Azeez is the first female General Manager to be appointed at Fluor in South Africa and goes on to tell us more about the journey to reaching this achievement and some of the challenges she faced along the way.

“Whilst I am very much aware of and appreciate this great opportunity to contribute towards Fluor’s development and sustainability in Africa, full credit for the decision remains with Fluor. Fluor recognises that we work in a dynamic and diverse international culture with a range of international clients across the industries we serve. That’s the exciting nature of engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) work. As a result and as new markets emerge, it seems a natural progression that we will employ and engage with a diverse population amongst our offices and within the management teams to reflect this.

“I have been interested in and lucky enough to have been employed by the EPC energy industry for just over 17 years. To ensure that I wasn’t judged based on my origins and, indeed, my non-engineering background (I studied English Literature and Law), I have continued to learn as much as possible about our clients’ requirements and the industries we serve. In fact, I never stop learning and enjoy applying my site and management knowledge to my work environment every day.

“I have now lived and worked on four continents—Europe to Australia, Asia to Africa—which has been such a privilege. Amongst all of these activities (and a plethora of suitcases), there has hardly been a day when I think of myself as being female.

“I concentrate on enjoying my work with talented and skilled clients and EPC teams, looking at regional and global strategies, undertaking new national and international project work scopes and managing the many daily challenges which come with every job,” she concludes.

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