In this edition of ‘meet the team’, we are talking to our new Project Manager, Matt. Matt previously worked at WLS as an engineer before making the leap to project manager in April. It has been a steep learning curve, but Matt has prevailed and we are looking forward to seeing what he can achieve in the coming months and years. Here is what he had to say...
Being a project manager involves liaising with clients, engineers, suppliers and sales consultants. You coordinate all aspects of a project from start to finish. When you are an engineer, you only really think one day at a time. Moving into the role of project manager, you realise there is so much more to think about. I have to admit, as an engineer you often think that everyone else’s job is easier, but it is obviously not!
When I had my initial interview with the MD, Jeremy, he asked me where I saw myself in ten years and I said, not as an engineer! It is always good in any role to know that there is an opportunity for progression. The move from engineer to project manager is the obvious one and I am far from the first person to have done it at WLS. After two and a half years as an engineer, Jeremy decided I was ready to make that move. At that point, I had been an engineer for 13 years so I had built up a lot of experience.
The first thing you learn is that in the construction industry, very little goes exactly to plan! As a project manager, you have your eye on so many spinning plates. If you miss a deadline, the financial implications can be massive.
Your working life can be quite solitary as an engineer; you spend most of your time on the road or visiting sites on your own. As a project manager, you get to meet many different people, from all different walks of life. You also get to see some pretty impressive places, others not so much.
Most of the challenges I have overcome with hard work, paying close attention to everything that goes on, and taking pointers from more experienced colleagues. Really, it is about building experience. Knowing when equipment needs ordering by, when and in what order tasks need to be completed, to keep everything running smoothly.
Things had started to feel stagnant in my previous role, it felt like time for a change. An ex-colleague had started to work at WLS and they recommended I have a look. I checked out some of the case studies on the website and was impressed. There are some really big projects on there, like the ArcelorMittal Tower at the Olympic Park, for example.
I am a season ticket holder at Tottenham and have been for 25 years. I enjoy spending time with my family, particularly my two little boys, Freddie and Harry. They are an excellent antidote to a hard day in the office! I also do martial arts, Urban Krav Maga to be precise. It is a self-defence course for ‘real life’, so it is quite full on, they teach you to defend yourself against knives, bottles etc.
Thanks Matt, we know who to call if we get into any trouble! We hope you continue to overcome all the challenges we throw at you and wish you many years’ of successful projects with WLS.
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