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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.

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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