Mohammed Haddad – IMS Manager
How long have you been with Bina
What were you doing before joining Binah?
Before joining Binah, I was a Project Engineer. I took great care to ensure everything ran smoothly and operated at the highest possible standard. Additionally, as I worked for a smaller company, my responsibilities were quite diverse and included overseeing site safety (WHS), compliance, and project management.
How Long have you been with Binah
Just over a year.
What was your starting role?
I started as a site supervisor at the Auburn Square project.
What valuable lesson did you learn on the Auburn Square project?
Auburn Square was one of the most challenging jobs I have worked on. It faced every issue the construction industry could throw at it, including COVID & La Niña (endless rain). We were already building when the DBP Act was introduced, and changes needed to be made.
Ultimately, the project was amazing but a tough road to travel.
The most valuable lesson I learned was having open and clear lines of communication, ensuring everyone is on the same page, and holding ourselves and trades accountable.
What is the hardest part of your new role?
In my new role, most see me as someone who only finds fault and gets them in trouble rather than helping to make the worksite safer for everyone. I aim to ensure we’re all safe and the job runs smoothly, which can often involve some tough conversations.
What is the best part of your role?
I love creating greater awareness for people to do better and be safer and being the catalyst for positive change. I enjoy the challenge of greater responsibility and creating my own rhythm. This promotion has also shown me that Binah supports internal career growth and holds us all in high regard.
What makes a great leader/ manager?
Self-awareness is a critical trait of a great leader or manager. Many people want to be leaders but don’t lead by example or are unaware of how they conduct themselves. Leadership is not only delegation; it is also holding oneself to a certain standard, being respectful and professional, working at the team’s level, and building relationships while still caring about the results. Being there to serve your team.
How do you stay on top of tasks?
In construction, things are constantly changing. I use a priority list to help me keep me on track. I determine what needs to be done, what should be done, and what can wait. I also use a calendar and an action plan, but I still love pen and paper.
Do you have a strategy when things feel overwhelming?
When things feel overwhelming, I take a step back. Focusing too much on a problem can hinder your thinking of a solution.
Where do the opportunities lie in your new role?
There are many opportunities to drive change in my role, but mental health is significant. According to SafeWork New South Wales, mental health is projected to be the leading cause of claims by 2030. Although it currently represents only 2.7%, it is a growing concern. I want to make it normal for people to seek help and remove the stigma. Many physical injuries can result in mental health problems, so we need to collaboratively create an environment that is safer for everyone and, more importantly, safer to ask for help.
“Leadership is not only delegation; it is also holding oneself to a certain standard,
being respectful and professional, working at the team’s level, and building relationships while still caring about the results.
Being there to serve your team..”