As a student in school, I began working in a factory in 2000. At the time, we were a small team that produced our own furniture, upholstery, screen panels, and partitions. I initially started as a floor sweeper and gradually worked my way up to becoming the Factory Manager. In addition to operating the factory equipment, I also managed the installation team, oversaw client relationships, and ensured timely project completion.
After a few years, I transitioned to Sales and began selling hard fit-out projects that I managed on my own. When Brendon Brodie joined (now Associate Business Development Executive), I was able to focus on Project Management and remained in that role for quite some time. Recently, I was appointed as the Head of Project Delivery after being introduced to the Technical Team last year.
I am primarily focused on optimizing team utilization, ensuring efficient utilization of the GP, and addressing project slides.
My team is a large and diverse group consisting of both Technical and Projects team members, including Estimation and QS, Pre-construction Project Managers, Construction Project Managers, Site Managers, and Project Assistants.
There are team lead positions offered at Studio DB, which provides growth opportunities for our employees. Our Project Managers have the chance to advance to Junior or Senior Project Manager roles, and the same applies to Site Managers.
Although we have various roles, my primary focus is on what's best for Studio DB. I believe in working collaboratively as a team rather than as individuals. When discussing an issue, it's important to maintain a problem-solving mindset and avoid taking things personally.
It's not uncommon for projects to encounter budgetary issues, especially when designing a project, as clients may continuously request new features or changes that could escalate costs. When faced with such a situation, we resort to value engineering to reduce costs and keep the project within budget.
The key is to engage in an honest conversation with the CEO and main partners on the client's side to establish the realities of the situation. If the additional features are essential, we explore or determine if they can be built later, perhaps from a separate budget, to ensure that the entire fit-out is feasible for all stakeholders.