What's your job about?
North Construction is a commercial builder working in the commercial, education, health and infrastructure sectors. As a Contracts Administrator, my primary areas of responsibility are budget management and procurement.
As a Contracts Administrator, key tasks throughout an average week are:
Let’s break down a few key tasks throughout an average week that are mentioned above and explain a little about each one:
What's your background?
I grew up on the South Coast in Kiama. After I finished my HSC, I took a gap year and studied Theology; I then studied behavioural and social science at un for 3 years before commencing my construction management degree. These courses helped me develop many of the soft skills that I still use in my role today.
During my first year of construction management at uni in 2014, North Construction offered a 10 week scholarship which I was successful in applying for. After my initial first phase of 10 weeks with North, I was then offered a Cadetship with North which I completed in 2017. I have now been a Contracts Administrator for 4 years.
Could someone with a different background do your job?
Yes. Central to my role on the Project Management team are communication and organisational skills.
Construction management professionals need to be highly organised in a fast paced industry and also have strong communication skills in an industry that is well known for disagreements. More often than not, issues with clients, subcontractors, suppliers and consultants are avoided when processes are managed well by project managers who are both organised and effective communicators.
People with the ability to master these skills will find it easy to learn and develop their confidence in the construction industry.
What's the coolest thing about your job?
My job involves a high level of collaboration with a variety of stakeholders, the management of large amounts of money and the investment of a significant amount of time from people all focussed on achieving the same thing; seeing the completed building as an end result is a culmination of all three of these things, which is very satisfying.
A moment that shows that the collaboration process is working is often found in valuable meetings, whether it’s with subcontractors or clients, consultants or the internal team – a meeting that has high levels of participation, a clear set of goals and a decent list of action items as a result is often a sign of a good day.
What are the limitations of your job?
Construction management can be complex and involves many different stakeholders with sometimes varying motivations in achieving the same goal; that being the finished building. One of the biggest responsibilities is the need to juggle many different tasks at any one time and ensure that all of the stakeholders are pulling the project in the same direction.
Work does follow you home in this industry, with email and phone calls after hours and on weekends a fairly standard fixture for some projects. Every project is different and has different needs. There are some projects may not require working on weekends or long hours – whereas the more challenging projects do. A key to managing the demands of the job is to manage your own workload and set up healthy communication frameworks that work for you and the wider team.
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