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POI’s dynamic senior project manager

Callum joined the POI team in September 2017 after completing a very successful Internship from Keele University. Here’s what he said at the time:

“The whole experience has been very beneficial for me as I’ve learned so much in a relatively short period of time. I’ve already undertaken a wide variety of tasks and projects, and have been given the opportunity to develop and gain increasing responsibility. The role is very demanding but also very rewarding, and I now feel more confident in my ability to make decisions and bring ideas together, especially with the support I have available from my colleagues.

Now, with even more miles under his project management belt, we caught up with him to find out more about his role.

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Is there such a thing as an ‘average day’ for a project manager?

At work, it can be a day based in the office coordinating trades and materials to multiple sites, so that everyone gets the materials and resources they need with no downtime. More often, my day involves traveling across the UK surveying or signing off sites with clients.

At home, I’m into cycling, listening to techno, and anything to do with cars. Oh and I love cooking.

What is the most enjoyable part of your job?

Having projects running like clockwork with everything and everyone working together. I really enjoy the responsibility and freedom that comes with project management. Since starting with POI I’ve managed large-scale projects and teams from tender through to build and completion. It’s stressful, but I love the speed of the industry we operate in.

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What is the most valuable skill you’ve developed?

Since leaving uni I’ve been able to build on my natural leadership and communication skills, as the majority of my work is client facing, which involves a lot of communication to deliver exactly what the client needs. Then we plan out every step of the journey to make sure the right people carry out the right tasks, in the right order to deliver a solution that comes in on time and on budget.

Is there a particular job/project where you’ve solved a problem for a client?

There isn’t one particular job that stands out over the last 3 years, but there have been a number of projects where I have suggested carrying out works through a different method. I guess it comes from my university background, it’s taught me not to accept the norm and to constantly review processes and project plans to find timely and cost-effective solutions for our clients.

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What is your focus in 2019?

In 2019 I would like to obtain official credentials such as PRINCE2, along with specifics like asbestos management. I’m currently studying construction and the built environment which is helping with this.