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James De La Haye

Contractors can benefit from my skills in Project Management, Compliance Management, Financial Accountability, and effective collaboration.

Almaty, Kazakhstan
ESF Compliance Officer / ESF Project Coordinator at Education Development Trust
Joined November 20, 2023



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Contractors can benefit from my skills in Project Management, Compliance Management, Financial Accountability, and effective collaboration, making me a valuable asset for successful project execution. I am PRINCE 2 certified in Project Management and have completed work on an EU Funded program as the Compliance Manager. I am proficient in Project Coordination, Fluent in English, Microsoft Power Bi and Advanced Excel. Contact: or message me on LinkedIn for more information.
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Education Development Trust
Jan 2021 – Present
Gateshead, United Kingdom
ESF Compliance Officer / ESF Project Coordinator
I am currently the ESF Compliance Officer for the North East Ambition programme, which is aimed at fostering growth among small to medium sized businesses. The North East Ambition programme is funded by the European Social Fund (ESF). Key Duties - Assessing eligibility criteria for potential customers / participants. - Conduct audits and evidence checks to maintain 100% compliance. - Develop and implement robust compliance procedures and controls. - Resolving issues promptly and effectively. - Provide guidance and training on compliance. - Prepare and submit accurate reports to the programme’s funder. - Implement corrective actions and mitigation strategies to address risks and issues. - Collaborate with external auditors. - Complete investigations and implement controls to prevent fraud and misconduct. Key Accomplishments - Successfully initiated, managed, and supplied the required evidence for a Project Change Request that led to the programme securing an additional £1million in funding. - Ensuring robust financial management of the programmes £10million pound budget and evidencing strict financial controls through evidence during reporting periods. - Created a customised CRM system specifically tailored for our ESF contract, streamlining processes, and enhancing efficiency in managing client interactions, tracking project outcomes, ensuring quality assurance, and mitigating risk. - Created a comprehensive reporting system with interactive dashboards using data analysis providing insights into strategic decision-making, programme improvements, as well as enhancing data visibility on real-time monitoring of key delivery outputs. - Successfully trained 30+ team members in ESF regulations, report comprehension, programme processes, and company software, resulting in enhanced compliance, improved efficiency and streamlined operations.
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BEL Valves Limited (British Engines)
Mar 2018 – Dec 2020
Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Supplier Quality Technician
SUPPLIER QUALITY TECHNICIAN • BEL VALVES (BRITISH ENGINES) • MARCH 2018 TO SEPTEMBER 2020 During my tenure at BEL Valves, I fulfilled a critical role by managing collaboration between the Quality and Purchasing departments, ensuring seamless project execution by mitigating disruptions caused by non-conforming components. Key Duties: - Managed rework and sub-contract welding activities for key projects - Created comprehensive reports into Supplier Quality - Facilitated engineering changes, including updates to drawings and Test Plans - Reviewed non-destructive testing reports and material certification to ensure compliance. - Gathered Root Cause Analysis and implemented action plans for subcontractors. Key Accomplishments - Played an integral role in a project recovery team, showcasing exceptional problem-solving and leadership skills in rescuing a critical project. By prioritising inspection, testing and delivery, we avoided £2 million in late delivery charges. I meticulously gathered and prepared the necessary evidence for external auditors by maintaining a sharp focus on the project objectives and by engaging stakeholders proactively. This not only salvaged the project but also safeguarded the organisations financial standing. - Successfully managed a high-performing team responsible for certifying evidence, including test, material, and weld reports. This strategic leadership resulted in notable improvements in quality control, streamlining processes, and achieving outstanding outcomes. By implementing efficient methodologies and enhancing collaboration, productivity levels surged, enabling faster delivery of projects.
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MKW Engineering Limited
May 2016 – Mar 2018
Project Coordinator
As Project Coordinator, I was responsible for overseeing the planning and execution of projects at MKW Engineering. I ensured that projects were completed on time, within budget and met the defined quality specifications. Key Duties: - Project Planning - Communicating progress and issues to stakeholders - Purchasing materials and scheduling sub-contract activities - Risk Management - Managing tasks and assigning responsibilities to the wider team. - Monitoring Project expenses - Creating and maintaining project documentation - Ensuring Continuous Improvement. Key Accomplishments - Successfully managed multiple projects simultaneously, ensuring adherence to timelines and budgets, resulting in the successful completion of projects. - Successfully expanded the supplier network by identifying and onboarding new suppliers for sub-contract activities. I secured reliable partners that provided high-quality services at competitive prices, whilst ensuring that project quality requirements were always met.