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00:00:03 My name is Nick B, I'm a Associate Director with Halcrow, and I work as part of a contract and procurement team. Clients cannot have a bridge built, or a road laid, or a dam constructed, without procuring some form of services. The first stage of procurement is bringing on board a Designer. The next stage of the procurement will actually bring on board a Contractor to actually build the infrastructure. So procurement underpins absolutely everything in the construction industry, and in fact everything that you and I do, we procure each week when we go to Tescos. We weigh up the two options – do we go for own brand, or do we go for a branded product – and we are effectively undertaking our own procurement. So yeah, it underpins absolutely everything that we do.

00:01:44 Finding a particular career was very, very difficult. I didn’t want to progress further with my education, and really wanted to get into the – the working environment, but had absolutely no idea what job I wanted to do. But had decided within myself that I was going to leave school and get a job. As it happened, a Careers Officer from the local Job Centre had visited the school I was at, and at the time they had just introduced what was state of the arts – the BBC microcomputer - with a new bit of software that would help determine careers. The careers it was showing were plumber, carpenter, electrician, bricklayer, etcetera. But what they did have was a couple of careers – one with Railtrack as it was, now Network Rail, and one with Halcrow, where you’d be a trainee technician, with a focus on engineering. And I liked the look of this, it was a full-time job, there was an annual salary, there was paid holidays. So - I’d never had a job interview in my life, but they arranged it immediately, and I came down and had an interview with Halcrow, and have been with Halcrow now for 18 years.

00:02:14 Whilst working with Halcrow, I’d be playing non-league football where I’d be travelling to various parts of the south, either on a Tuesday night or a Saturday afternoon. And I unfortunately broke my leg and ankle, which rather curtailed my footballing career. But I had an opportunity to do a football coaching qualification. So on the back of working with Halcrow as my day job, I was doing a football coaching role working with kids, which was absolutely tremendous. The skills I learnt about dealing with people, communicating, were – were absolutely first class. But it did get to the stage where it was impacting on my working career, taking up a lot of my weekends. Well football was always a hobby, nothing more than that, it was never going to be a career, so turned all my energies and focus into developing a career with Halcrow.

00:03:15 What has been a great achievement for me personally is becoming Associate Director with Halcrow. That's something that never in my wildest dreams did I think that that would happen at the age I am now. Certainly coming from the background that I have, without going through a traditional engineering-type route, I'm very proud of my own achievements from that perspective. Outside of work, my biggest achievement must be putting a ponytail in my daughter’s hair before she goes to Nursery. That is the most difficult thing on this planet to do. And when I take her to Nursery they go – Oh, Daddy did her hair this morning! So being able to do one good ponytail, and I’ll be fine.

ENDS

Nick B

Nick B My name is Nick B, I'm a Associate Director with Halcrow, and I work as part of a contract and procurement team. Clients cannot have a bridge built, or a road laid, or a dam constructed, without procuring some form of services. The first stage of procurement is bringing on board a Designer. The next stage of the procurement will actually bring on board a Contractor to actually build the infrastructure. So procurement underpins absolutely everything in the construction industry, and in fact everything that you and I do, we procure each week when we go to Tescos. We weigh up the two options – do we go for own brand, or do we go for a branded product – and we are effectively undertaking our own procurement. So yeah, it underpins absolutely everything that we do. Finding a particular career was very, very difficult. I didn’t want to progress further with my education, and really wanted to get into the – the working environment, but had absolutely no idea what job I wanted to do. But had decided within myself that I was going to leave school and get a job. As it happened, a Careers Officer from the local Job Centre had visited the school I was at, and at the time they had just introduced what was state of the arts – the BBC microcomputer - with a new bit of software that would help determine careers. The careers it was showing were plumber, carpenter, electrician, bricklayer, etcetera. But what they did have was a couple of careers – one with Railtrack as it was, now Network Rail, and one with Halcrow, where you’d be a trainee technician, with a focus on engineering. And I liked the look of this, it was a full-time job, there was an annual salary, there was paid holidays. So - I’d never had a job interview in my life, but they arranged it immediately, and I came down and had an interview with Halcrow, and have been with Halcrow now for 18 years. Whilst working with Halcrow, I’d be playing non-league football where I’d be travelling to various parts of the south, either on a Tuesday night or a Saturday afternoon. And I unfortunately broke my leg and ankle, which rather curtailed my footballing career. But I had an opportunity to do a football coaching qualification. So on the back of working with Halcrow as my day job, I was doing a football coaching role working with kids, which was absolutely tremendous. The skills I learnt about dealing with people, communicating, were – were absolutely first class. But it did get to the stage where it was impacting on my working career, taking up a lot of my weekends. Well football was always a hobby, nothing more than that, it was never going to be a career, so turned all my energies and focus into developing a career with Halcrow. What has been a great achievement for me personally is becoming Associate Director with Halcrow. That's something that never in my wildest dreams did I think that that would happen at the age I am now. Certainly coming from the background that I have, without going through a traditional engineering-type route, I'm very proud of my own achievements from that perspective. Outside of work, my biggest achievement must be putting a ponytail in my daughter’s hair before she goes to Nursery. That is the most difficult thing on this planet to do. And when I take her to Nursery they go – Oh, Daddy did her hair this morning! So being able to do one good ponytail, and I’ll be fine. ENDS

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About Nick B

Age at filming: 36-45, Employer's name: Halcrow
Nick Betaccini is an Associate Director at Halcrow. He finds all the people and service needed to make a project happen. He found his job in school using a computer program and stayed with the company 18 years. He has worked his way up to Associate Director.

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Average Salary
£50,440
Average Weekly Hours
41
Past Unemployment
YearUnemployed
20112%
20122%
Predicted Employment
Future Employment Chart
Top 10 Industries
For This Job
IndustryJobs
Retail trade6,124
Wholesale trade5,025
Specialised construction 2,612
Head offices, etc2,397
Public admin. & defence2,282
Auxiliary  services2,277
Health 2,203
Computer programming, etc1,974
Financial services1,689
Architectural & related1,568
Employment Status
Employment Status Chart
Description

Purchasing managers and directors (not retail) plan, organise, direct and co-ordinate the purchasing functions of industrial, commercial, government organisations and public agencies to ensure cost-effectiveness.

Qualifications

Although not restricted to a particular qualification, entry is most common with A levels/H grades, a BTEC/SQA award, S/NVQs at level 3 or above, or a degree or equivalent qualification. Off- and on-the-job training is provided and professional qualifications are available. Chartered status may also be achieved.

Tasks
  • Determines what goods, services and equipment need to be sourced
  • Devises purchasing policies, decides on whether orders should be put out to tender and evaluates suppliers’ bids
  • Negotiates prices and contracts with suppliers and draws up contract documents
  • Arranges for quality checks of incoming goods and ensures suppliers deliver on time
  • Interviews suppliers’ representatives and visits trade fairs
  • Researches and identifies new products and suppliers
  • Stays abreast of and ensures adherence to relevant legislation regarding tendering and procurement procedures.
Employment by Region
Regional Employment Chart
Gender Balance
M 68% 32% F
Skills Chart
Where to go next
EngineeringUKHalcrowSector Skills Council for Building Services Engineering

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Average Salary
£34,320
Average Weekly Hours
39
Past Unemployment
YearUnemployed
20115%
20124%
Predicted Employment
Future Employment Chart
Top 10 Industries
For This Job
IndustryJobs
Wholesale trade5,598
Retail trade5,546
Auxiliary  services5,539
Public admin. & defence5,095
Head offices, etc3,821
Employment activities2,724
Real estate 2,502
Financial services2,433
Health 2,410
Services to buildings2,376
Employment Status
Employment Status Chart
Description

Buyers and procurement officers organise and undertake the buying of raw materials, equipment and merchandise from manufacturers, importers, wholesalers and other sources for wholesale distribution, resale or for own internal use.

Qualifications

There are no formal academic requirements although some employers expect A levels/H grades, BTEC/SQA awards or degrees. Employers may ask for specific experience for a particular role. Professional qualifications and NVQs/SVQs in Procurement at Levels 2, 3 and 4 are available.

Tasks
  • Attends trade fairs, shows and demonstrations to research new product lines and suppliers, checks catalogues
  • Keeps up with market trends and chooses products/services
  • Assesses budgetary limitations and customer requirements and decides on quantity, type, range and quality of goods or services to be bought
  • Assesses bids from suppliers, finds suppliers and negotiates prices
  • Helps negotiate contract with supplier and specifies details of goods or services required
  • Looks at ways to improve supply networks, presents new ideas to senior management team
  • Ensures that delivered items comply with order, monitors quality of incoming goods and returns unsatisfactory or faulty items, monitors performance and makes sure targets are met
  • Supervises clerical, administrative and warehouse distribution staff, deals with recruitment and training
  • Works closely with merchandisers who allocate stock and develop sales forecasts
  • Maintains records and prepares reports as necessary.
Employment by Region
Regional Employment Chart
Gender Balance
M 53% 47% F
Skills Chart
Where to go next
EngineeringUKHalcrowSector Skills Council for Building Services Engineering

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