Craig Howkins, Project Engineer, Imtech Engineering Services Central

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I started working at Imtech in 2005, fresh out of 6th Form College. My first role was as an office junior (tea boy!) and I’m now a Quantity Surveyor.

Tell us about your career to date

My progression over the last 10 years has been huge. I’ve benefitted from working with site teams, had training within the office, as well as attending external courses, this has all helped me to get to the position I’m in today. I’ve gone from pricing one or two variations on a project, working alongside a qualified Quantity Surveyor, to being responsible for all the financial interactions on a project including variations, valuations, cost projections, account agreements, sub-contract management and contractual negotiations.

Has the Company supported you in gaining qualifications?

Yes from my first year. Initially I did an HNC which led to an ONC in Building Services Engineering. I then decided to specialise in Quantity Surveying and I am proud to have successfully achieved a BSc (Hons) Degree.

Describe a typical day

No day is the same, which is what keeps me motivated; generally the day starts by catching up on emails, followed by getting on with any actions. I usually spend time catching up with the project team to understand if there are any financial risks and to discuss ways we can mitigate them, along with considering the most effective outcomes on the commercial aspects of the project.

How have you have made a difference to our clients?

I like to think I interact well with clients and form close working relationships. For example, our project at The University of Nottingham was subject to a fire, the whole building was lost at around 50% completion. The relationship we had with Morgan Sindall prior to the incident was key to the successful project restart negotiations. The project is now due for completion in 2016.

What makes you proud to work for Imtech?

Imtech’s ‘say it, do it’ attitude, which is one of our values, makes me proud as we do! Also financially we always aim to be commercial not contractual, this aids good relationships with clients and sub-contractors.

If you met a potential employee, what would you tell them about why you enjoy working for Imtech?

There is a family vibe at Imtech; people within the company are not only employees but friends.
Imtech always have a flagship project, such as the 2012 Olympics and now, following on from that, the Olympic Stadium Transformation for West Ham, projects like this make you proud to be an Imtech employee.

What do you like doing in your spare time?

In my spare time, I enjoy playing football and the gym, also catching up with friends and family. Also, weekends are spent looking for love; does anyone know the application process for Take Me Out?