I became an Assistant Commercial Manager after successfully completing my Quantity Surveyor graduate scheme. I’m motivated by the idea of helping people so I just love the fact that by working for Highways England, I’m able to help somebody get to their destination five minutes quicker.
In my current role I provide commercial support to project managers - ensuring the performance of suppliers, administering contracts and monitoring scheme costs. It is a very varied role and every day is different which is very enjoyable.
I did a degree in building surveying and I wanted to get into the field that I was qualified in. I saw the graduate role at Highways England and felt it was a great opportunity. I did a three-year programme which included a variety of placements within the Commercial and Procurement directorate and also had a chance to work on site on the M1 Junction 19 scheme which I thoroughly enjoyed.
Whilst on the scheme, I gained experience for my Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) which I passed, and am now a Chartered Surveyor with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
I currently manage four schemes and work with different suppliers for each scheme. This is something I have never done before, but it keeps me very busy which I enjoy! My largest scheme is the M6 Junction 10 improvement which will go to site in March 2020.
The teams I’ve worked with have always had the motto, “if you don’t know something, just ask” because no question is stupid. Ultimately, everyone’s got to start somewhere.
My Highways England
I feel that Highways England definitely have my long term interests at heart. The graduate scheme set me up well for my career here as it gave me a good grounding, with lots of support and training.
We are very supportive.