Nowadays he holds the post of President of Meridian Petroleum, private Kazakh oil and gas company. Previously, he worked as the President of Nelson Resources Limited Company, engaged in the development and production of oil in Kazakhstan, listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange, before the Lukoil company bought Nelson Resources Limited in 2005.
He has extensive experience in the oil and gas industry in the region, he worked at the post of the President of "KazakhOil" (the predecessor of the Kazakh state oil company "KazMunayGas") and is highly respected as a consultant of the company "Chevron Overseas Petroleum". In addition, he held a senior position in the "Kazneftegazrazvedka" and was the President of the "Kazakhstancaspishelf". Kuandikov has extensive experience in state bodies of Kazakhstan, he served as deputy minister of Geology, was the head of the oil and gas management under the Ministry of Geology, as well as Deputy Minister of Energy and Fuel Resources.