It is our employees that make our business and throughout every area of the Group, there are inspirational people achieving exceptional results. This week we caught up with Sam, Site Manager at Careys New Homes, where we hear about his role, favourite projects and what our culture at Careys means to him.
Finding my way into the industry:
I joined Careys in 2003 as a finishing foreman for Careys New Homes. Young and fresh faced I didn’t have a clue what to do or how it all worked, but during the years I’ve gained the support and experience needed which enables a good environment to work, where everybody knows where they stand and what needs to be achieved.
My day to day responsibilities include controlling the project from start to finish, coordinating each individual subcontractor and materials on a daily basis, ensuring we hit programme dates and key milestones during the build. Currently we are striving to improve the image of the house building sector at our site The Paddocks, Weston Turville. We are moving forward and adopting new methods and supplying subcontractors with high a very high standard of work area asking them what they would like to enhance their performance. They don’t get asked this on other sites and are finding it a very positive experience.
My career in residential construction:
I didn’t know I wanted to pursue a career in residential construction initially. I was offered a position after I was working away from home as a carpenter for 2 years. Once I started to understand the processes and how much is involved, I had second thoughts, but I had a very experienced and knowledgeable teacher, someone who was patient, understanding and helped me for a long time. This made me determined to succeed and become the best I can be.
If everybody contributes to getting better every day then design issues will become a thing of the past which in turn will mean we can be more productive and produce a better product.
My favourite project:
We had a project called “The Brambles” at Monkston Park in Milton Keynes a few years back. This was 34 plots with 18 different house types ranging from 2-bedroom apartments to 5-bedroom detached homes. I learnt a tremendous amount during this project - we had happy customers and a healthy reputation which ultimately is the end goal.
Challenges on site happen on a daily basis, some of them significantly impact build, whether it’s design or materials or lack of experience from sub-contractors, but this for me is an everyday challenge. Working as a team we overcome the issues as quickly as possible and deliver a quality end product. If everybody contributes to getting better every day then design issues will become a thing of the past which in turn will mean we can be more productive and produce a better product.
What the culture at Careys means to me:
From the beginning the Carey culture has always felt as if I’ve been part of a family rather than at a place of work. I think over the years the culture has evolved with positive outcomes, always receiving the support needed from work colleagues and management, with the desire to improve and listen to opinions without judgement.
What I enjoy most about my role:
One of the biggest highs for me is customer satisfaction, it’s a nice feeling knowing our purchasers are happy with the end product when they spend so much money and have such high expectations. When you can walk away knowing they will embrace their new home fully satisfied is a great feeling.