The business asked if anyone would be interested in taking on the challenge of working in a new environment. Although I was still relatively new, I jumped at the chance, and have since developed myself and my career through to my current role of contracts manager.
A contracts manager’s role is to manage a portfolio of works, meaning I have multiple projects and project managers reporting to me. I am accountable for the HSE, programme, quality and commercial outputs of my portfolio (my projects).”
“For this role you need the ability to understand client engineering requirements, and be able to articulate them to the teams working for you, and the ability to build strong relationships, as I need to be able to trust and delegate work to my project teams.
Problem solving is the crux of all things engineering, more recently, having moved into management roles, I have had to adapt my skill set to include negotiation with internal and external stakeholders.
The rail sector offers huge opportunities; the growth of the industry is outpacing the incoming people, therefore if you have the skills – you will not be overlooked. The variety of work is brilliant, and has some of the most challenging projects an engineer could hope for.
To date, the most interesting project I have worked has been ARC – the Anglia Route Collaboration – where Volker Fitzpatrick had the opportunity to work collaboratively (over five years) with Network Rail.”
“Our project at Hackney Wick was a personal favourite, due to the challenges it posed. We ended up delivering approximately £3m worth of work in a 96 hour period.
Whilst there are a lot of stalwarts of the rail industry, Network Rail, as the driving force behind most change, are strongly supportive of the requirement to change the way the industry currently operates.”
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