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Associate, Project Management
Davis Langdon

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GERRY McKENNA

00:02 Gerry M, I am an associate project manager with Davis Langdon based in their Glasgow office. We are normally one of the first consultants appointed by clients when they have a scheme or project in mind. We are brought to the table to manage the process effectively from conception of either funding being sort or site acquisition through to delivery and hand over of construction projects.

00:25 In the department at the moment we have guys who have base degrees in either quantity surveying, building surveying, accountancy, law or engineering and generally lead up from those five practices into the project management skill.

00:39 I would imagine the same as any parent, they just wanted the best for their children in terms of their education but the actual choice and selection of which career path to go was very much left down to individuals.

00:48 They were very much, you have to be something which you’re happy with and something you wanted to do. I had brothers who had followed the quantity surveying course which initially had got me involved in that. I had carried out some work experience in their office during summer holidays while I was still at school and that gave me the link into the, the construction industry. Which at the time we didn’t really have work experience through schools, programmes which they have now and it was through choice.

01:16 During one of the summer holidays that I had spent some time working in my brothers office, getting to know the job, the people and the role and that was really my first experience to involvement within the construction industry and certainly to work in the private sector as opposed to the contracting sector. That was my first experience and that really what brought me to quantity surveying.

01:34 I went to Glasgow Caledonian University as it is now for a 4 years Bachelor of Science degree. Within that programme they had an excellent vocational aspect whereby there was a sandwich placement so you spent 6 months in two different organisations as part of the 4 year course, gaining practical experience. And I just thought that suited me best in terms of the theory that we were learning as part of the, the course itself and then you would gain experience in the industry over the course of 6 months at the end of your second and the end of your third year. And that attracted me rather than going for something which is a 4 year course, which was based on theory as opposed to actually practically application.

02:14 My subject choice in terms of grade or ‘O’ levels and highers were probably fairly standard in terms of the, the stalwarts that you would normally go for, maths, English, there was nothing specific. The only one that I didn’t pursue at that time was a more of a technical aspect in terms of technical drawing or anything in terms of CAD design on computers, which I think is more important now for people coming through that that relates to the technical aspect of the job. But primarily what the focus was, was really maths, going to University in terms of attaining the grades for that, obviously English and the others were fairly standard in terms of physics, chemistry and geography, not specific to the degree itself.

02:53 After I graduated in 1993 I went to work for a local firm, quite a small firm based in Glasgow. The practice had a very good reputation and they had taken on board two graduates to take through to the charter ship status. They had a very good training programme, which was something which was one of my key aspects in looking for an employer at that stage. I worked with these guys for approximately 9 months and then I moved to another private firm within Glasgow, which was a larger firm with more opportunity for growth from a personal point of view and exposure to a variety of project types.

03:31 I have moved into project management from quantity surveying. I had got to a stage whereby I had been working as a quantity surveyor for a number of years and thought I’d taken it as far as I probably could at that time and the project management opportunity just opened up a different role within the same industry in construction and a much more varied role, which I, I like the aspect of something which is completely different on a, a daily basis depending upon the project, the client or the stage of the project.

03:59 END

Gerry M is an Associate Project Manager with construction consultants, Davis Langdon. His brothers are quantity surveyors, and it was casual work for them when he was a teenager that inspired him to take that path as well.

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£42,640
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The UK average salary is £28,758

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42
average weekly hours

There are 37.5 hours in the average working week

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16%  female  84%  male 

The UK workforce is 47% female and 53% male

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Description?

Job holders in this unit group manage and oversee major construction and civil engineering projects and major building contracts for quality of work, safety, timeliness and completion within budget; forecast travel patterns and develop strategies for managing the impact of traffic-related demand.

Qualifications

Entrants normally possess a degree in a relevant subject or equivalent qualification and/or substantial work experience at an appropriate level. Further Continuing Professional Development is available in some areas.

Tasks

  • Draws up budgets and timescales for new construction projects based on clients’ requirements;
  • Briefs project team, contractors and suppliers;
  • Assembles information for invoicing at the end of projects;
  • Plans work schedules for construction projects based on prior discussion with architects, surveyors etc.;
  • Hires and may supervise site staff, establishes temporary site offices, takes delivery of materials;
  • Regularly inspects and monitors progress and quality of work, ensures legal requirements are met;
  • Identifies defects in work and proposes corrections;
  • Records, monitors and reports progress;
  • Forecasts the impact on traffic and transport of new developments (e.g. shopping centre);
  • Assesses schemes to manage traffic such as congestion charging and parking controls;
  • Examines accident ‘blackspots’ to improve road safety;
  • Writes reports for funding bids and planning authorities and acts as expert witness.
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Wholesale trade 2810
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