What have you learnt over the past 6/12 months working at Linear?
I’ve learnt that when you leave university, you don’t actually know a great deal! Linear Projects have been very accommodating in allowing me time to get to grips with the industry – one that was completely new to me 12 months ago. I have started from scratch and learnt so much about the business – not only from an operational point of view, but a commercial and logistical one as well.
As a Graduate Quantity Surveyor, I’ve travelled a fair bit between Manchester, Glasgow, Sheffield and Liverpool. I was based on site for about four months where I had the chance to pick up the construction side of things and work with a full site team.
I’ve had the full ‘cradle to grave’ experience here, seeing how every project comes together, from the estimating and planning stages to negotiation and everything in the middle.
A real highlight for me has been being involved in the internal fit out of the most prestigious building in Manchester!
What do you like most about working at Linear Projects?
The huge variety in what I do here is great. From QS to operations management, to site management – the experience I am consistently gaining in different areas is phenomenal. On top of this, there is always someone who will put their time aside to help you, even the directors! It’s a pretty relaxed environment where everyone supports one another; whether you go to the MD or ask the Admin staff for help, people are willing and helpful.
It’s also a nice touch that Linear Projects provide lunch for their employees! The fridge is always full so you can help yourself to a bit of lunch and enjoy unlimited tea and coffee every day. A small touch but a really nice perk of the job!
We’re a sociable bunch here at Linear Projects and enjoy doing charity events where we can. A group of us recently took part in a Tough Mudder competition which was great fun!
Take us through a typical day in your role…
Days really do vary depending on what projects are in progress.
If I’m on site, I’m usually speaking with site managers, sorting out contractual issues or dealing with any variation to the plans.
When based in office I’m often working on tenders, measuring up for jobs, negotiating rates, having meetings with suppliers, clients, site staff – building relationships and keeping everyone happy!