My job involves working with our 27 housebuilding divisions to secure public land across Britain through all stages of the bid process, which includes identifying new opportunities through to managing tender submissions. A typical day may involve internal meetings to develop a bid strategy and working with a consultant team including architects, planning consultants and graphic designers. I also spend a significant amount of time supporting the preparation of the financial proposal for the site. I’ve worked on bids for a full range of sites including redundant hospitals, coalfields and estate regeneration projects.
I joined the ASPIRE programme in 2008, which gave me an excellent platform from which to start my career, as you gain a good grounding in how the business operates, alongside exposure to senior people. I also benefitted from modules which enabled me to develop personally and professionally. Barratt also sponsored me to complete an MSc in Real Estate Development.
A unique aspect of the programme is the 6 x 8-week rotations which enable you to gain a good understanding of how the various disciplines interact. In addition, as part of the programme, graduates complete a charity project. Alongside fellow graduates, we worked with KidsOut (a UK children’s charity) to form corporate partnerships with a range of national brands.
The working environment at Barratt is friendly and there are high expectations of graduates. This is a good thing, as I’ve been encouraged to take on a lot of responsibilities at an early stage in my career. This has enabled me to progress quickly into a management role.
The best thing about my job is the variety of sites I get involved in and people I get to work with. I also like that my job is challenging and no one day is the same. What’s next for me? Hopefully a promotion to a Director position which isn’t that far away now.