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James Berry

When you get home at night, you feel like you’ve really achieved something. You’ve built someone’s home and you know it will be there in 100 years’ time.

Job Title: Site Manager

Employer: Bovis Homes Group Plc

Job: Site Manager

About my job

What does your department do?

My department is responsible for the whole build process on site from putting the first bucket in the ground to handing over the plots to our customers. We are also responsible for all safety on site and the customer journey along with the sales department.

What do you do on a day-to-day basis?

Every day starts with a Daily Activity Briefing with all of my site supervisors where we will discuss what works are happening on site on that day and how many operatives they have on site. We will also discuss any safety concerns, issue out permits and feed down any important information.

Then throughout the week I’ll be liaising with a wide range of people for meetings about health and safety, housing association plots and a catch-up with sales.

I will carry out site inspections throughout the day to check on heath and safety, progress and quality using Apps on my I-pad and phone.

If we have customers moving in soon then I will do ‘meet the builder’ site visits with them and home demonstration visits.

I will usually then spend my afternoons calling off any material needed for future works and have de-briefing chats with my site team to discuss any issues we’ve had that day and if we have achieved all of our targets.

What do you enjoy about your job?

It’s a fantastic job with so many rewards. When you get home at night, you feel like you’ve really achieved something. You’ve built someone’s home and you know it will be there in 100 years’ time.

Now I’m a site manager, I get even more satisfaction. I’m involved right from the start, all the way through to the handover to the happy new homeowner.

Why did you choose this career?

When I was a child, I always loved playing with Lego and building things and as I got older, I always wanted a job where I could work outside so the house building industry was the ideal career to go into for me.

What qualifications did you need to get this job?

I started an apprenticeship in bricklaying when I was 18, and on completion, three years later, started a trainee assistant site manager scheme.

Is there any particular advice you would give to someone looking for a career in your area of work?

There are so many opportunities for apprentices and having a passion and commitment will help to take them to the top. If you work hard out on site, you can make a great career for yourself.

Questions & Answers

What do you like to do outside of work?

I’m a member of a golf club, which I regularly play at, and also support Southampton FC with my three boys, aged 11, 9 and 4.

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