How long have you been working at Balfour Beatty?
I started with Balfour Beatty in September 2012, on my birthday in fact!
What made you decide to get into this sector?
My father worked in construction and he often took me to his office, which was filled with construction machinery and materials, and to live construction sites.
I’ve always been fascinated by the construction industry. I recall a supermarket being built close to my parents’ house and during the summer holidays, weekends and after school I would beg my mum to take me up so I could watch.
What do you do on a day-to-day basis?
My day varies considerably; in the morning I could be inducting new operatives and managers onto the project, ensuring they are aware of our procedures and policies. Or I could be part of a design team meeting, giving my input on materials and products from previous experiences on site, as well as investigating how this element of work would be procured, constructed and maintained.
In the afternoon, I could be chairing a progress meeting with a subcontractor, or simply spend a few hours out on site, ensuring the health, safety and quality standards are above expectations and that works are being carried out in the correct areas on programme.
What do you find most interesting about your job?
No days are the same, which helps to motivate me to get out of bed every morning.
Each day is a challenge. I often set myself little goals at the start of each day and week and try to better them every time.
Which teams do you work most closely with day to day?
I am currently working on the delivery of a further education building in Manchester. I work closely with the quantity surveying and planning teams, ensuring that decisions I make out on site are having a positive effect on the project programme, while also looking ahead to ensure I know what is coming up.
How did you get to where you are today?
When I left school, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do in the construction industry. I liked the idea of managing people and tasks from start to finish. I signed up at my local college to do a Higher National Certificate (HNC) in construction while working for a national demolition company.
When I was completing my studies I started looking for a permanent role and Balfour Beatty stood out as the company who I wanted to work for.
At Balfour Beatty, I was sponsored on a day release basis at university over three years and came out with a Degree with honours.
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
The highlight of my career so far was achieving chartered status with the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).
What are your ambitions for the future?
I would like to become a project director and mentor young professionals coming into the industry.
Would you recommend a career in construction?
Yes, the career is very diverse – you will start as an Engineer, then work up to become a Construction Manager, and you could be managing ground works, internal fit out, the external façade or the building services co-ordination.
At Balfour Beatty, one of our key values is ‘encourage constantly’ – who do you work closely with to succeed?
Everybody in the business has helped me immensely, whether it be with my studies or out on site.
Have you benefitted from working in a diverse team?
Most certainly. The part of the business I work for is huge and consists of a range of disciplines, including planning, quantity surveying, project managers, estimators, site administration, health and safety advisors, design managers and many more.
Every role contributes to the successful delivery of the project, through collaborating, sharing knowledge and dedication.