Joined Dawnus: September 2009
Degree: MEng Civil Engineering
Current Role: Project Manager
Can you briefly summarise your career history with Dawnus to date?
I started working with Dawnus as a Graduate Engineer on the LPG Power Station in Pembrokeshire in September 2009. After transferring to the North Wales region, I worked on three projects as the sole or lead Site Engineer from January 2010 to June 2011. I was appointed Site Manager on a Welsh Water project in June 2011 and continued as Site Manager on a further three projects until being appointed Project Manager in June 2013. Since then I have project managed several schemes as well as spending time in the North Wales regional office tendering for schemes. This recently allowed me to manage a £4.3 million coastal defence scheme from tender stage through to construction completion.
Tell us about your role, the project you are supporting and the type of work you undertake on a daily basis
In my current role as Project Manager, I am responsible for the overall delivery of the project, ensuring that the project is delivered safely, on budget and on time. The work involves dealing with clients and managing a direct workforce along with specialist subcontractors. The daily tasks are varied and include procurement of plant and materials, output and cost monitoring and forecasting, programme updates, chairing internal team meetings and attending client meetings.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
Each project is different with new challenges. I enjoy working out methodologies for delivering the work i.e. What is the best way of constructing the end requirement with consideration to safety, time and budget. This is done through the project lifecycle from initial conception at tender stage through to actual construction where the planned methodologies are put into action.
What has been your highlight with Dawnus?
Working on the West Rhyl Coastal Defence Scheme. I was appointed Bid Manager at tender stage and subsequently Project Manager following award. Being involved from tender stage through to completion allowed me to implement my planned methodologies. Some of the methods worked well and achieved planned outputs, whilst other parts of the scheme especially the temporary defence from the sea, required major changes to work effectively. The work was challenging but provided invaluable experience.
How would you describe the life and culture at Dawnus?
There is a real team approach which is a major factor in providing an enjoyable working environment. It is great when a project team pulls together to deliver a challenging scheme. There is also a strong emphasis on career development and progression especially if you demonstrate the desire and commitment required.
What training and development opportunities have Dawnus offered you?
I was enrolled on the Graduate Further Learning Programme and although I did not require the additional qualification to become chartered, the scheme provided learning that was targeted to a contracting environment, covering areas that were not part of my MEng course. I have witnessed first-hand the development opportunities available with Dawnus, providing challenging progression but with support and mentoring. It is this career development and support that allowed me to successfully apply for Chartership in 2015 and I am now a chartered member of the Institute of Civil Engineers.