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Daniel Wood - Skanska

Daniel Wood

Assistant Quantity Surveyor

To get into the role of Assistant QS, I have recently completed the 2 year graduate scheme/programme.

The reason I chose Skanska was initially due to the values that the company pride themselves on, and also the high profile projects which they are involved with. After my placement year I came to realise Skanska was a great company focusing on development and future prospects, with various career paths which are achievable, as well as focusing highly on employee well-being.

My role currently involves managing sub-contractor packages from a commercial perspective, ensuring they are on track to contribute towards the tender margin. This involves marking up their progress on site on a weekly basis, valuing this against monthly applications for payment, issuing payment notices and certifying these payments on ICON/CRAFT in-line with the Sub-Contract payment schedules. I also use these site progress mark ups to forecast the remainder of works for the month ensuring applications upstream to the client leave us in a cash positive position.

Other key responsibilities involve procuring plant and equipment and sub-contractor packages that are outstanding, ensuring these are within our cost plan and achieve our betterment target, assisting with forecasting and reporting so we accurately reflect to the business our revenue, dealing with change control and client variations, leading the development of O365 and new technologies which arise within the business, creating Sub-Contracts using the JCT Software including creating package scopes and pricing schedules, drafting and issuing site instructions and agreeing on site variations.

In addition to the Graduate scheme training, I have received mental health lite training, SMSTS, SEATS, project management IGNITE, O365 training, financial awareness, ICON/CRAFT training.

I would say the main challenge I have faced so far is the technical side of Building Services, as my degree wasn?t tailored towards this subject, and was more generic in terms of construction. Therefore, understanding the different systems and seeing how they come together has been a bridge to overcome. I have overcome this through working in close proximity with the engineers during my time in the industry, and also through general learning and development. I have also requested to book external courses to further my understanding and development of Building Services, to help me on future projects and my long-term career.

Another key challenge for people just starting their journey is getting to terms with the company processes and procedures and learning on the job. Support is provided through the Graduate programme from your line manager, site team and your L&D manager, having quarterly catch up sessions to review progress and offering points of contact if you are struggling. There is also now a mentor scheme available which I would definitely recommend based on people?s experiences, and how this can help you acclimatise to the business and see things from a different perspective.

I definitely like the fact Skanska are focusing on encouraging employees to complete their chartership and gain invaluable knowledge and experience through this process. I also think due to the nature of the company and how well they value and look after the employees, it really shows with the office environment and makes work a positive place to be. There is always room for progression in terms of career paths, and senior members of staff are always looking to push through the young talent and give them a high level of exposure.

Also, the team events and celebrating success is an added bonus which gives people the incentive to work hard for the rewards.