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A day in the life of Martyn

Role

As a Senior Engineer, my role is to carry out technical engineering work as well as ensuring projects are run on time, to budget and adhere to Jee’s quality procedures and standards. I have also recently been appointed Deputy Head of Late Life with a focus on lifetime extension.

How I got here

An interest in Maths and Physics at A-levels led me to an engineering path, even though I didn’t quite know what I wanted to do. I studied mechanical engineering with a six-month focus on aeronautics at Brunel, graduating with a 2:1. I underestimated the difficulty of finding work after my studies and was late applying for jobs, so unfortunately I missed out on some graduate opportunities.


I temped for a while and my first ‘real’ job was in process and manufacturing engineering. I was involved in the full product lifecycle, from sales to commissioning. I spent two years learning a lot about what you could call ‘classic’ engineering, but I knew this was only a step on the ladder to something better. I saw a graduate position at Jee advertised in one of my engineering magazines and I managed to get an interview.  After a gruelling interview process I was successful and Jee offered me the job. I started on a graduate scheme because I had no prior experience in oil and gas but I knew I was on a better career path. I have been here eight years now.

A typical day

I am responsible for carrying out project work and project management, following the company procedures to the standards that clients expect from a top engineering firm like Jee. I often travel to Aberdeen for project meetings and to meet existing and prospective clients. As one of the longer serving engineers I also get involved in some day-to-day operations.  It’s busy and the work generally varies from one week to the next.

The issues affecting my work at the moment

The main challenge is to keep costs down whilst continuing to produce high quality work for clients. It forces us to re-think our approach and be more innovative. 

The moment I’ll always remember

I won an employee award for ‘Best team player’ a couple of years ago. Staff were invited to nominate and vote for colleagues in a select few categories so it’s an accolade I’m really proud of. I’ve also had the opportunity to go offshore on a number of site visits, both to an oil and gas platform and to a working offshore wind farm. Each of those trips were a great experience!

What I love about my job

There are some really good folks at Jee. We’re a close team of like-minded people and we all get on well inside and outside of work. And after eight years at Jee, I’m still learning new skills and growing as an Engineer and as a manager.  

 

A day in the life of John

Role

As Head of Design, I am responsible for the technical quality and commercial performance of all projects within the Design discipline. Essentially, I make sure that my team has understood the scope of work and that the work is progressing in the right direction. If there are any issues with design projects, I’m the escalation point for both the client and our engineers.

A lot of my time is spent developing client relationships, either attending project kick off meetings and presentations or in a business development capacity so that proposals closely match clients’ requirements.

And workload permitting, I also get to do some Engineering work.

How I got here

I was interested in building things and solving problems from an early age, and this led me to do a Mechanical Engineering Masters Degree. After graduating, I was offered a position at an Oil and Gas company, in the pipeline department. I worked there for five years when I got a call from a recruitment company about a role at Jee. I took the role and started as an Engineer over eight years ago, and achieved Chartered Engineer soon after. I progressed to Senior and Principal Engineer and I was promoted to Head of Design in April last year.

A typical day

My role is very varied so there is no typical day as such. I spend a lot of time on the phone or WebEx talking to clients about their requirements and what we can help them with. Understanding the technical scope is essential to ensure our proposals hit the mark in terms of quality and price.

The issues affecting my work at the moment

I have been developing a series of low-cost engineering solutions to respond to the new market needs, as a result of the oil price drop. But people are nervous of change. Overcoming the industry’s resistance is a challenge!

The moment I’ll always remember

I strive to get good customer feedback. We have clients that always asks specifically for me, and that makes me proud.

The one thing I’d like to change about my job

I’d like to spend more time with clients. It’s not always possible because I’m based in Tonbridge, but when I do, I get so much more out of face-to-face conversations. It’s important to understand the issues they face and discuss in detail how Jee can support them.

What I love about my job

Getting to the bottom of something that was a problem always gives me a feeling of achievement. And if I can make a client happy as a result, that’s even better!

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