Meet the Team – David Underwood

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Meet the Team Ultimate

In this week’s Meet the Team we are talking to David Underwood, our Estimating and Contracts Manager here at Ultimate. Find out which Harry Potter potion would make his job easier…

1. Let’s start from the beginning. In brief, describe the role of your job at Ultimate and what you do?

I am an estimator and project manager, and am responsible for pricing tenders and then running the project once it is awarded. This involves all aspects of contracting including health and safety, placing orders for materials, organising labour, site visits and meeting with clients.

2. All things considered, what type of work is most likely to spark the fire in your brain? What is your dream project?

Running a project with all aspects of interiors involved – watching it take shape during the various construction processes, and seeing the final result at completion.

3. What incredible new invention would make your job easier and turbo charge your productivity?

Harry Potter-style floo powder – so I can transport myself between home, office and sites within seconds (in case my Firebolt broomstick malfunctions!).

Harry Potter-style floo powder – so I can transport myself between home, office and sites within seconds (in case my Firebolt broomstick malfunctions!).

4. When all the hard work is over, what is the most satisfying aspect of your job at Ultimate?

When I have managed a project from concept to completion, on programme and our client is happy – it’s satisfying to see it go from layout drawings/designs to the finished product.

5. If you could send out just one message that sums up your industry, what would you say?

Chuffin’ hectic – but worth the opportunities for innovation and design of some incredible work and recreational spaces.

6. If you could teach one lesson to your younger self about your area of work, what would it be?

Listen to and learn from the people with experience and knowledge of our industry – it will help you progress, and be the best you can. Also, try to get the work/life balance right.

7. When a project presents you with a difficult challenge, what is your ‘go-to’ tactic for tackling it?

Acknowledge it’s a challenge and meet it head on, reflect on why it’s a challenge, formulate a plan and be open and honest with those involved. Also, it’s always good to share challenges with colleagues for their views and opinions, as we are all on the same team.

8. Finally, at the end of a long working week, what does your perfect weekend involve?

Spending time with my wife, Sharon, and three children, dining out, watching Formula 1 or a good movie. And enjoying a ‘weekend wine ‘o-clock’…

Posted June 28, 2016

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