Without our ever-organised project managers, we'd not be able to maintain the high-standard we've become known for. Here's what life looks like from the desk of a ThirdSpace PM.
I recently caught up with Edward Stitt, one of ThirdSpace’s junior project managers, to find out what he enjoys about his role and what advice he’d give to someone considering a career in project management.
Hi, I’m Ed, I have been at ThirdSpace for just over a year as a Junior Project Manager. Before that I was working in Abingdon as a Project Manager progressing through the company’s graduate scheme – this was my first role after my studies.
At Northumbria University, I studied IT Management for Business. I really liked the mix of IT and business studies and it helped me get a career in something I enjoy. The skills I learnt are applicable to most businesses and I have found them useful in my career so far.
Outside of work, I have various interests: I play golf; support Newcastle United football team; I like watching films, TV series and going to the pub or concerts with friends. Most recently, I had a driving experience day, where I enjoyed time in a Porsche at Silverstone. It was great fun. So, as you can tell, I enjoy my free time!
I have several different responsibilities, including booking resources. This could be a technical resource for projects or simply working around a schedule and fitting tasks in. I am often the main contact in a project between a client and our technical team, so I ensure the process is running smoothly and efficiently.
Alongside this, I track issues, risks and find mitigations. I create project plans and tasks, working closely with the client to fit in everyone’s priorities. I must also ensure any prerequisites are in place before the consultant starts work. This could include any technical tasks that have to be done, through to making sure they have the right resources lined up on the client side.
Tracking budget and time spent on each project is also an important part of my role. Related to budgets and spend, I will also approve technical resource time and monitor any expenses incurred. So, there is plenty to be getting on with…
No, there is never really a typical day, which is what I like most about my role here.
In the morning, I check my emails and respond as quickly as possible to any urgent matters. If an issue comes up, I might need to find time to identify the right people to resolve, or I will work with the client myself to explore this a little more.
I have project calls daily and weekly stand ups to attend, which include updates on projects, exploring any blockers and resolutions shared. Our team are often very busy, so I may work across several different projects at any one time.
I will also spend time updating forms, RAID logs and writing a plan with technical resource.
Alongside the day-to-day work, there is also administration work to complete in our shared systems. I update all projects and ensure they are balanced and align to the requirements set out. If there are any resource issues, I will ensure these are resolved and approved. This often takes up some of my time at the start and towards the end of my week.
Well, I only have one other comparison, which was a little different. Before this role, I worked in the office 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.
ThirdSpace is a lot more flexible – as long as the work is done, it doesn’t matter so much how, where, or even when you do it. Everything is accessible remotely and you can work from home, which I think is a great perk. I feel a lot freer in this business.
Firstly, I would say you need to get used to working remotely (if you haven’t experienced this already). It’s also important to take the opportunity to go to the offices and meet people face to face. The induction gives you a great overview of different teams across the business and you get to know people quite quickly, which I guess is a perk of smaller businesses.
Next, be sure to get involved with the social aspects of work life. There are always lots of competitions and events such as the Welsh Three Peaks – sadly, I missed it this year, but I will be sure to do it next time!
You need to be willing to get stuck in and involved. ThirdSpace would suit someone who is naturally personable, able to build relationships, and willing to get to know others – everyone is lovely here, which really helps!
Being a people person doesn’t just matter with colleagues, but is also important with your clients. You must be able to get your point across in a positive way and understand the importance of keeping the client happy. Being able to balance this with reasonable actions to meet expectations is key.
To summarise, I would definitely recommend ThirdSpace to anyone!
We are hiring for several roles across our offices in Oxford and Cwmbran as well as remote workers.
To find out more about our available roles and to see where you can help us succeed, why not send me an email, I’d love to hear from you.
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