I’m constantly learning – I know everyone will say this (because it’s true) but every day is different.
Every day I’m exposed to new situations and challenges and get to see every aspect of a job from start to finish.
What are your key roles and responsibilities?
The PM role is a really varied one - there's so much involved that I couldn't list everything down. Day to day, however, I spend my time working directly with the supervisors and the team out on site, managing labour and work allocations, sharing best practice and making sure our projects are delivered in line with budget, programme and our CDM obligations. There's a fair bit of monitoring and reporting involved too, including carrying out site safety inspections, not to mention helping to build and improve relationships with clients!
What does a typical day look like for you?
My day typically starts at 08:00 and ends at 16:00. As soon as I get in, I get myself up to date on all the previous night's shift reports, dealing with any issues or material ordering that might have been highlighted. I'm involved in multiple meetings throughout the day (internal and external) to discuss progress and resolve any issues. I also spend a lot of time planning in upcoming works and making sure everything is in place for a smooth installation. Any tenders that flow in for E&P normally get sent to me for pricing up too.
What qualities do you need to be good at your job?
Where do I start? I suppose the clue is in the job title - strong leadership and management skills are a must, as is the ability to form quality relationships, whether that's with clients, team members or subcontractors. Good organisation skills are essential too - there's so many elements to your average rail project, so many dependencies and things that are interconnected. If you're not well organised, if you can't manage your time and that of your team, and if you can't communicate effectively, you're going to struggle.
What do you particularly enjoy about your job?
I'm constantly learning - I know everyone will say this (because it's true) but every day is different. Every day I'm exposed to new situations and challenges and get to see every aspect of a job from start to finish.
Describe your journey since being at Amaro
I started as a site supervisor / manager back in July 2020 but was then brought into the office an assistant project manager, helping out the project managers, being slowly worked up to the PM role. I've also been put through CRE (Contractor's Responsible Engineer) mentorship and am now the CRE on a number of really interesting projects.
How has the business supported you in your role?
I've been in the business for less than three years - I started as a signalling supervisor and already I'm an assistant project manager. At other firms that kind of progression wouldn't have been possible but here my skills have been recognised and leadership have invested in me, giving me all the training I could want. Without them I wouldn't be a CRE or an APM today, and I certainly wouldn't be on my way to becoming a full PM.
Would you recommend Amaro to someone looking for a job?
Amaro are very good with personal development and always have options for individuals to gain necessary training or mentorship to get where they want to be. Anyone looking for a rewarding career who's willing to put the work in will go far here.