Welcome to our new team member!
Neville Special Projects was delighted to welcome our new Assistant Estimator, Will John, a few weeks ago. We asked him how he was getting on and to tell us about himself. Over to you Will......
"I have been with Neville Special Projects now for 4 weeks. It has definitely been an interesting introduction to working at Neville's. My first day was dedicated to an induction, which was certainly a pleasant change to how previous companies have dealt with starting (normally a quick “this is your desk, that’s the toilet… go!).
I then assisted with estimating for a new project, and I am now helping the QS team with pricing a variation for external works at Parmiters School in Watford.
In terms of my background, I went to university to study Astrophysics, which sounds cool, but doesn’t naturally lead to a career (hindsight’s 20:20 with that one). As my dad is a house builder, he suggested that I look into Quantity Surveying, as it was technical and “mathsy”.
Since then, I have been working as a mixture of a Quantity Surveyor and Estimator over the past 6 years. I started out my career working at a high-end interior fit out company, which did some pretty impressive projects, such as the Fat Duck in Brey.
I then moved on to working for small consultancy company. Although I wasn’t at the company for very long, I was introduced to the delights of Bluebeam, which is take off software I have been using ever since.
I have also worked for a company who specialised in new build Industrial units, that ranged from a small run of shops in an industrial estate, to massive warehouse estates, which could be fascinating seeing the intricacies of the taking of an empty field and making everything in it.
Finally, I worked at a company, who are lining themselves up to be one of the largest external envelope companies in Europe. I was bought on to commercially run one project at a time as a Quantity Surveyor and assist where I can in other aspects of the company, due to my knowledge of procedures (and love for a good spreadsheet). I quickly ended up, however, running 6 projects at once, as well as becoming the technical Procurement Specialist, and training a young QS and two new members of the procurement team. It was certainly a plateful, and I’m very glad that I don’t have to juggle all those jobs anymore!!
All in all, I am very glad to have joined the Neville Group and have been made to feel very at home by everyone I have met (which is certainly a lot of people), so thank you all very much. I hope in the coming few months to get to know everyone better."