Jess Howell, Rachel Griffiths and Sammy Amos are part of our network of women in construction working across the diverse areas of our business and today we take 5, to learn about their roles, what it takes to succeed and their advice for young women looking to carve a career in construction.

Jess Howell  |  Bid Coordinator

What does your role entail?

My role at Alder Constructions is within the Pre-Contracts team, as Bid Coordinator/Tender Writer. As part of my role I am to establish, lead and manage the submission requirements for all incoming bid proposals. While there is a lot of behind the scene aspects to the role, like maintaining the tender database, identifying improvements for the submission processes and developing engaging material for submissions – my priority is ensuring all tender submissions are executed effectively, on time and enhance the customer journey, leading us to successfully secure works.

What personal qualities help you succeed in your job?

I believe effectively being able to communicate, motivate team members, time manage multiple deadlines and having a keen eye for detail are crucial for the succession in a role such as mine. Secondary but as important, is being proactive, always being one step ahead at all times; how do we differentiate our submissions, how do we stay ahead of our competition and how can we best serve our client.  Being confident in your ability to be a team player while simultaneously being able to work autonomously is also a key factor in being successful in this role.

What is the biggest challenge of being a woman working in construction?

Construction is perceived as a very, male rich environment. Which, as women we should be embracing. In my experience, one of the challenges in such environment is being heard. A challenge, it is like anything able to be overcome. With the right patient, persistence and confidence, the movement around women in construction should be on par with those of their male colleagues, not a differential.

What advice would you give to someone interested in working in construction?

Find your fire. If that is an aspect or every aspect of construction, then absorb it. Learn, challenge, inspire and grow from it and in it. It’s one of the most dynamic industries we are lucky to call work. Everyday, there is something new. Everyday there is something to learn.

What makes you proud of the work you do?

Being in a highly visual and content driven role, being able to push boundaries, and enhance the customer journey is what makes me proud to do my role. I love a challenge, it’s in my DNA.

 

Rachel Griffiths  |  Project Manager

What does your role entail?

At Alder Constructions, I’m a Project Manager within the Building Team.  My role is project delivery of commercial builds, so I spend a good portion of my time engaging with our site team, subcontractors, suppliers and working with our clients and consultants to deliver the best project outcome. I am a problem buy 50 mg valium solver, working within time and budget parameters constantly, it is challenging, but rewarding when you hit that completion milestone.

What personal qualities help you succeed in your job?

Building relationships is important to me and a key to success in my role. Being accountable and reliable builds mutual trust and that is so important when you have tight time frames and need to work collaboratively with your network of trades to get a job done.  I’ve also had to become a great multi-tasker – juggling trades and projects!

What is the biggest challenge of being a woman working in construction?

Trying to stand out, be confident and be heard is a challenge in such a male dominated industry.  At Alder, it is an inclusive environment, but sometimes you still get resistance on sites.

What advice would you give to someone interested in working in construction?

Be prepared for a challenge!  For anyone looking becoming a Project Manager or Contracts Administrator, spend as much time on site as possible and ask your site team and subcontractors plenty of questions – that is key experience.  There is no such thing as a stupid question.

What makes you proud of the work you do?

It makes all the hard work worth it when you see a finished project that benefits the community, children, the disabled, the elderly and families.  That is what makes me proud of what I do.

 

Sammy Amos  |  Commercial Assistant

What does your role entail?

My role at Alder Constructions is Commercial Assistant and I support our Commercial Manager and building project delivery teams.  I’m a bit of a jack of all trades and provide assistance and support in multiple areas including accounts, contract administration, site mobilisation and help improve our project management systems.

What personal qualities help you succeed in your job?

Willingness to learn new things, ability to work in ‘reactive’ circumstances when new priorities arise and managing my time are key.  I can also have a laugh about it all, because it can be a challenge to have a whole team with competing priorities wanting everything done at once!

What is the biggest challenge of being a woman working in construction?

The ideology that it is predominantly a ‘mans world’ or that women don’t have as hard a shell for this particular environment; when really, males also have a tendency to show quite a bit of emotion and it really shows in this industry.

What advice would you give to someone interested in working in construction?

Go for it! Great industry, and very rewarding. Lots of opportunity to work your way up the ladder which is what I am working on myself, to hopefully step into a Contracts Administrator role in the future.

What makes you proud of the work you do?

Knowing my contribution has kept the cogs turning and my role may be more behind the scenes, but we are all a team and everyone has a part to play in the success of our projects and our business.