Here at Amspec , our contracts team is a vital component of our company operations. Without our contracts’ specialists placing vital orders, reviewing Health and Safety procedures, engaging with sub-contractors, and that’s just for starters, Amspec’s day to day operations wouldn’t be half as smooth and efficient as they are.
We had the pleasure of catching up with Ian Poole, a highly-respected member of the contracts team, to ask him a few questions on what life is like at Amspec….
Hello! Please introduce yourself – who are you and what do you do at Amspec?
Hi my name is Ian Poole, I work within the contracts team involved in various aspects of the business once a tender becomes a live project.
Tell us a bit about your background, did you always want to work in the building and design industry?
Working within the building and design industry wasn’t something I initially thought of working within. However from having a customer orientated background I found it something of interest. I have previously worked for an independent roofing merchants within sales, an electrical contractor involved in assisting within tendering prior to joining Amspec. Since working at Amspec I have gained my NEBOSH General Certificate for Health & Safety.
How long have you worked for Amspec, and how did you first come to work for them?
I have been with Amspec for over 5 years now, joining back in March 2010. Whilst working at my previous employment for an electrical contractor we dealt with Amspec as a sub-contractor and became to know the projects which they worked with. During this time an opportunity became available to join the Amspec team.
Briefly describe a typical ‘day in the life’ of your role at Amspec
This varies from day to day depending on the project. Typically I would be involved in placing orders for materials to be delivered to sites and liaising with the site foreman. I would also look to engage with sub-contractors regarding tendering for their element of works and making sure we review all their Health and Safety procedures prior to attending the site. On a day to day basis I am responsible for our delivery vehicle taking materials to and from site, and planning out their movements to maximise efficiency around the sites.
What is your favourite thing about working at Amspec? What makes it such a great company to work for?
My favourite thing would be the team that we have here, working together to solve problems and achieving our goals of delivering a well-finished project, which is completed on time.
What’s the most exciting Amspec project you’ve been involved with to date?
I really enjoyed the “All About Food” project as it was very different and from a build and design aspect involved ordering many different items than we would not normally do on a day to day basis. The works included a village green as a breakout area which allowed us to install astro turf, picnic benches and various digital artworks bringing an outdoor feel to the indoors.
Outside of work, what do you love to do to keep busy?
I enjoy playing and watching football. My passion is going to watch Liverpool as I am a season ticket holder in the Spion Kop and have been for 27 years. Apart from sports I enjoy socialising with friends and going for nice meals. I do like my holidays and love going anywhere in the USA. I’m more in to city breaks than beach holiday as like to explore places rather to waste my days sunbathing!
Stay posted for our forthcoming interviews with other key members of the Amspec team. Meanwhile, if you have design and construction projects you’d like to discuss or have any questions about our services, contact Amspec today .