Exploring new horizons through project management

From leading up to the project until the very end, our project manager Daniel Miller talks about his role at Rubb.

What was a challenging project and how did you manage it?

RNAS Culdrose. It’s the biggest helicopter base in Europe, and there were a lot of stakeholders involved, all with different interests. This was quite challenging because Rubb always strives to ensure that all of our stakeholders’ needs are met with suitable solutions. This means we must ensure smooth communication and cooperation throughout the supply chain and consideration of the clients’ operations and activities on site.

What’s your ideal project?

Ideally, the dialogue between Rubb and the client will be open, honest and realistic, especially involving timescales. In an ideal world, the client tells you exactly what they want and when they want it.

What are some highlights here at Rubb?

One of the best things about Rubb is the wide range of sectors. No day is the same. One day we could be working with the army, and the next day we could be working on a sports facility.

What do you enjoy about the job?

When things go to plan!

How do you set project goals? How do you monitor the progress of those goals?

The best way is to set key milestone dates. When meeting the client, we can discuss the earliest start date, and the latest date for hand over, as well as key dates throughout the project. We can get regular updates by speaking to the team and the stakeholders.

What are the most important qualities of a project manager?

The most important quality is being respectful. You need to understand and appreciate what everyone does, as they all play a vital role.

What’s the most important thing for a project manager to do?

Communication! Speaking to members of your team to set project goals and to get people on site and speaking to the client to be 100% sure of what they are looking for.

Tell us about one project you’ve worked on that you’re particularly proud of. What makes that project stand out from the rest?

I’d have to say the Port of Tilbury. I’d only been at Rubb for a few weeks. When we got to site, the cranes couldn’t operate due to the high winds. We spoke to the client and managed to get extra men on site and pulled back the time frame. Although there were a lot of obstacles, we managed to have the project ready on time.

Do you have any advice for someone who wants to start a career in project management?

Be ready for premature grey hair! I’m joking, but you do need to be able to deal with some stressful situations, everyone may not always agree on things, but you must be able to overcome this to see eye to eye, which leads me to my next bit of advice: you need to communicate, to members of your team and the client.