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Stephen Walls

My desire to further establish a career in Construction is driven by a longstanding interest in the balance of how a structure both looks and performs. Visiting sporting arenas, bridges and buildings the world over, the most exceptional projects marry aesthetic quality with impactful function. The Construction industry today allows the most diverse, challenging and fulfilling opportunities for those involved.

Work History

Jan 2016Present

Assistant Quantity Surveyor/Estimator

Absolute Civil Engineering Ltd, County Durham, UK
  • Progression involving financial responsibility for multiple live projects simultaneously, ranging from £50,000 to £250,000.
  • Balancing QS duties with Estimating/Buying requirements in line with organisational need, requiring strict time-management and task prioritisation allowing effective split of time on-site and office based.
  • Preparing and submitting valuations and applications for payment to clients/main contractors.
  • Coordinating and managing sub-contractors, labour and materials in line with project budget and programme.
  • Greater understanding of company finanacial systems, sub-contractor payment and conflict resolution.
July 2015Jan 2016

Project Assistant

Absolute Civil Engineering Ltd, County Durham, UK
  • Sought practical opportunity to apply recent studies to whilst gaining insight and exposure to Construction/Engineering industries, initially in a voluntarily unpaid role.
  • Familiarisation of principles/methods regarding Reclamation, Remediation, Drainage, Roadworks, Groundworks/Sub-Structure.
  • Primarily involved with assisting Estimating department undertaking take-offs and measures, preparing BoQ's, submitting tenders in line with company process and procedure,  client/contractor meetings, risk assessments.
  • Involved with supplier/sub-contractor enquiries, price appraisals and term-deal negotiations for live and future projects.
Jan 2010Aug 2013

Draughtsman/AutoCAD Engineer (N.B. - Two terms of employment, punctuated by travel.)

Barkell Ltd
  • Design and delivered detailed engineering drawings for production department to manufacture bespoke Air Handling Units using AutoCAD. Drawing to standards and regulations for compliance and performance. Innovation and creativity required for bespoke contracts.

  • Liaison and co-ordination with other departments and clients to meet and exceed expectations. Researching products and components, hand-drawing representations to understand insertion and manufacturing implications.

Jan - Aug 2013 - Upon my return from overseas travel, the company approached me and offered me my previous role, which was gratefully accepted.

Dec 2011Oct 2012

Design Engineer/Operative

Complete Playgrounds (Australia)
  •  Analysis of client requests/ideas and site parameters to develop, design and produce landscaping solutions. Specific tasks ranged from drawing and design analysis, material estimation, equipment operation and manual application.

Education

Sep 2016present

HNC Construction and the Built Environment

Gateshead College, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Currently studying via day release, maintaining fulfilment of work requirements whilst gaining further understanding of theoretical Construction. Modules include Design Principles and Application, Mathematics in Construction, Health & Safety, AutoCAD/BIM, Science & Materials and IT Applications in Construction.

Jun 2014Jun 2015

Business & Management (Double Diploma)

Australian Institute of Commerce & Technology (AICT), Perth, WA

Funded myself through self-directed, distance learning to develop professional competence and knowledge. Primarily gaining qualification in Business and Management whilst considerably developing many personal skills. The nature of the study required efficient time management, SMART goal setting, independent research and communication with overseas tutors and administrators.

Other Roles, Achievements & Experiences

Professionally, in my current role, we have twice, in the last six months, recorded our highest monthly turnovers and, more importantly, profitability. This is, of course, a combination of the team's effort and being a cog in the mechanism is personally rewarding as this growth is allowing sustainable expansion and aligning our operation with company goals.

At the time of joining the company the commercial department identified certain contractors and schemes which would drive the business forward. We have since opened up two of these highlighted business streams with large contractors and I was heavily involved with communictions and efforts resulting in the awarding of contracts which has, and will continue to generate repeat business.

Personally, Rugby has played an important part in the development of my character. I believe the fundamental values of respect, integrity and fair-play are directly transferrable to the working environment. Coaching junior teams in the UK and during my time playing in Australia, developing many skills, particularly planning, monitoring and communication. Formally gaining both RFU and ARU coaching accreditation via course attendance.

Most recently, I was fortunate enough to captain Consett RFC First XV to their most successful league position last year (2015-2016), in a year which also saw our Junior section grow hugely and a new clubhouse facility built on-site.

Overseas travel has also influenced my path and desire to establish a career in Construction. I class these experiences as personal achievement as it is at these times that I have learned most about myself, others and the areas visited.

Skills

Communication Skills

Developed via employment, sporting and travel history. Comfortable negotiating with and motivating others. Conveying my thoughts and listening to the advice of colleagues.

Teamwork

Collaborating with all internal departments as a QS, along with external trades/contractors  to meet project deliverables on time and within budget. I also believe Rugby to be the epitome of teamwork in Sport.

Problem-solving

Analytical by nature, I am able to gain a grasp of my surroundings and the people within quickly. Determine process/procedure by observation or asking questions to identify improvement opportunities or alternative solutions.

Organisation/Time-Management

Previous self-directed studies have demanded strict planning, SMART goal-setting and self-motivation and evaluation, improving my prioritisation and quality standards of work and other commitments. These skills have allowed me to manage an increasing work load with further day-release study, along with sporting/social commitments.

Computer Literacy

Experience in AutoCad through Draughtsman role. Current studies have involved me using presentation programmes, research libraries and document producing suites. QS role involves ConQuest (estimating software) and Excel. Current study includes AutoCAD, Revit and BIM.

Enthusiasm

I believe anything can be achieved with accurate identification, assessment, action and evaluation.  As a well rounded individual I am comfortable in new situations and embrace the opportunity to learn and develop.

References

References readily available upon request.