Job Title: Assistant Site Manager
Employer: Galliard Homes Ltd
Job: Assistant Site Manager
About my job
What does your department do?
My department is managing the construction of a residential development in West London consisting of 191 apartments that are spread across three blocks. The site management team ensures the construction of the building runs on programme, within budget, and that the apartments are built to a high standard. We manage the sub-contractors on site, deal with any on-site issues that occur and make sure that works are carried out safely.
What might a typical day involve?
I start off my day by doing the daily briefing meetings with the subcontractors where we discuss the works that will be taking place. I have a section of the building which I manage and am responsible for so I’m on site for most of the day monitoring the progress, solving the issues that arise and making sure everything is built as per the drawings. I prepare for works to commence, carry out inspections of completed items and deal with the handovers for all plots.
What is the best part of your job?
The best part of my job is being able to see the progress that is made and seeing how quickly things change on site.
Why did you choose this career?
I always wanted to join the construction industry to be part of a team that builds drawings and ideas into existence, to have these buildings shape our communities and solve our social issues. Right now the UK is facing a housing crisis and I work for a company that is providing more homes to help meet the ever growing demand.
What was your route into the industry, what qualifications did you take?
I completed my Civil Engineering degree at London South Bank University in the summer of 2018. I joined Galliard Homes shortly after on the Elevate Graduate Scheme, this consisted of various site and role rotations which gave me an insight into how the company works. I thoroughly enjoyed working on site with the site management team and after I completed my graduate scheme I was offered a permanent position as an Assistant Site Manager.
Is there any advice you would give to someone looking for a career in your area of work?
Some people have reservations and preconceptions about working in this industry so I really advise people to do work experience or go on site tours to see what it is all about. You will meet amazing people and will be working on buildings which will last for decades, you’ll have something tangible to point at and be able to say “I worked on that”.
Questions & Answers
What do you like to do outside of work?
I really enjoy spending time with my family, drawing in my little sketchbook and reading crime and thriller (at the moment I’m reading a book called “7th Heaven” by James Patterson).