Abi Lovejoy

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I studied BA Management (Industrial) at the University of Leeds and Joined Mace in 2019. 

Mace is a great place to work because of the the people and opportunities. If you don’t ask you dont get. Generally people are forward thinking/ innovative/looking how we can improve processes and I like that sort of culture. The Graduate Programme at Mace has benefitted my career because we are viewed as the next generation of leaders. The company invests a lot of money and time in developing the graduates through training etc. Most colleagues are willing to help a graduate however they can and this has really helped me network, increase exposure and understanding of and find opportunities available within Mace. I have also recieved a mix of soft skills and more construction specific training on the graduate scheme. From being part of PMO Services Practice Group - software specific training including Primavera P6, Powerproject, Power BI as well as for qualifications including APM Project Planning and Controls Practitioner.

My roles and responsibilities include monitoring site progress, developing and maintaining fully integrated target construction program. Weekly progress updates, re-sequencing and scenario planning using scheduling software, managing interfaces and coordination of works on site working with Mace construction and project/package managers and contractors, including through use of 4d model, facilitating conversations surrounding schedule and potential issues - flagging milestones, delays, asking questions, determining impact on bigger picture of works, fulfill planner responsibilities under NEC contract.

The best pieces of my job is as a Planner, you get to be involved across the whole building which is great exposure to different elements of construction, people and aids your thinking of looking at the job from a bigger picture rather than just in isolation. All this means its a great learning opportunity. The worst is it can be quite intense sometimes when looking at scheduling software to determine logic changes/variance. Or in reporting periods quite easy to get bogged down in scheduling software.

I have progressed in my career at Mace from first providing project reporting support, then moved into a consultancy planning role as assistant planning manager providing schedule assurance across strategic level schedules client side. Now work in construction planning role as Planning Manager developing and managing a fully interfaced construction schedule.

I am currently involved in the Women at Mace and Consultancy Social Media Working Group networks.