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I applied via the careers portal on the Galliford Try website. They were the only contractor I applied to as other offers of employment received were from several architectural practices as I had the intention of continuing with my architectural career. I applied to Galliford Try because I felt I would be well suited to the role, and that my skills set could be successfully utilised in design management. I found that the benefits, holiday allowance and salary offered were very appealing.

My typical tasks include:

  • Ensuring the project meets the criteria, and complies with the clients brief and expectations. This can range from face to face client meetings to reviewing drawings and design information.
  • Attend and chair design team meetings, ensuring that the design team are distributed the correct information and are working together.
  • Contribute to the design process and any issues that may arise.
  • Track the design and its development to ensure that the budget and programme are maintained throughout the project.
  • Attend site meetings to ensure the production team have the correct information but often help resolve construction problems, relaying information back to the design team.

The development programme has regular training days but also I participate in a rotation of different roles. I started on a design management role and have now moved onto a 3 month placement for site management. In the future I will go on to undertaken some commercial management. I have regular review meetings with my line manager to review my progress and development.

Highlights:

  • Seeing the completion of a key area in my first project
  • Trip to Edinburgh to see the New Queen’s Ferry Crossing
  • The outward bound graduate days

Challenges:

  • Clients that often change their mind or do not have a clear brief. I found that I had to be more flexible and open to some change.
  • Adapting to the different roles on the development scheme rotations. I learnt very quickly in my site management scheme that building a rapport with sub-contractors is very important, as well as communicating both ways; listening to one another as well as speaking to them. I have been supported throughout my development programme by my site teams as well as my line manager.

I like working for Galliford Try because every day is different. It’s not your typical 9-5 job. I find my role very rewarding. I know that the projects I have worked on and contribute to will make a difference to people’s lives and benefit the community.

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