Dan is another recent addition to Crossfield who joined the team at St Jude's residential scheme six months ago. The site in Knowsley is now well on the way to becoming six houses and 18 apartments for For Housing, with the project due to complete in Summer 2021.
We found out a bit more about Dan and his time on the job so far...
Hi Dan, are you local?
I’m from Wallasey, over the water!
How long have you worked for Crossfield?
Since June 2020 – I started just as the St Jude’s project did and have been involved ever since.
What is your role, and what does it involve?
I’m a Quantity Surveyor, so in a nutshell: I minimise cost and maximise budget. I’m responsible for procuring the subcontractors and making sure they get paid, and basically ensuring that all work is carried out when it should be, within the timeframe and budgets set.
Talk us through your career path…
I worked for a Groundwork contractor who sponsored me to study Quantity Surveying at LJMU one day a week. The other four days, I gained experience working on their sites, which were anywhere from Bolton to Sheffield. I then went on to work for CPUK for a few years before moving on to Crossfield.
What have you enjoyed during your time at Crossfield so far?
I enjoy the responsibility. It’s my job to ensure we always hit our targets, and I thrive off the challenge, actively striving to achieve this every day. I appreciate the values at Crossfield too – I feel like each person’s individual role is recognised as important.
What have the challenges been?
In a commercial role it can be difficult to find a ‘happy medium’ between the satisfaction of the client, the contractor and the supply chain. I am gradually learning how to meet the requirements of all stakeholders whilst maintaining quality, cost and programme.
Following lockdown, what are your aspirations for 2021?
To make the most of the simple things in life! If 2020 taught us anything, it was that you never know what’s around the corner. Life really is too short, and if there’s something you want to do, go out there and get it done (as soon as we’re allowed to!)
Let’s end with something about you that people may not know…
After completing my degree, I travelled for six months across New Zealand and South America. I’m a bit of an adrenaline junkie, so one of the highlights was cycling ‘Death Road’ in Bolivia. I’ve been googling ‘adventure holidays’ and am hoping next year could bring some more exciting trips!