Vince Poynter Work
A Brief History of My Employment
1978 to 2010
I received a formal office based apprenticeship with a medium sized heating company where I learnt all required skills from estimation to commissioning and final accounting of industrial and commercial mechanical services projects.
As a Mechanical Services Engineer my duties included specification interpretation, basic design, draughting, sub-contract negotiation, site meeting attendance, quantity surveying including budget control, commissioning and documentation preparation.
I single-handedly supervised contracts varying between ten thousand to three-and-a-half million pounds in value.
Within this period I sought further experience and set out to find additional challenge. I worked outside the industry in sales and marketing for a while but no clear opportunities developed so I took an offer to rejoin the construction industry again, then moving to a leading player in the market.
Shortly after this the Managing Director of a heating and plumbing company, who wanted to start a mechanical services division, approached me. My experience within the commercial building services market was called upon to create a department from inception.
I was given a free hand and within the three years of running the department as a General Manager I autonomously ran more than forty contracts won from valuing over two-hundred tenders, turning over half a million pounds and making a small profit after start up costs.
With the company I honed new skills including labour recruitment, supervision, training and termination, department budgeting, finding and developing client relationships and accountancy.
I initiated quarterly and yearly departmental financial and progress reports and was instrumental in helping the company grow from a small poorly administered outfit to a vibrant professional concern by encouraging staff meetings, standardising and tidying presentation techniques and developing CDM and Investors in People formats.
Despite my development of new contacts such as the local University and the national Gas Company it became clear that my hopes and expectations from the department exceeded the financial risk that one of the directors was prepared to take.
I chose to join a better-funded organisation to improve my personal reward and commenced work with another southern based, mechanical services company overseeing several contemporaneous projects as a Contracts Manager. This included sole commercial and engineering responsibility for projects.
In 1999 I decided to develop the professional side of my skills and seek new contacts in a more commercial environment within a more stimulating and progressive field.
I choose to work through a London based company and became self employed to maximise my potential. This enabled me to respond better to a modernising market.
Most of my work at this time was carried out for a respected London based group of companies, as a Senior Contracts Consultant. They had provided continual work for me since March 1999.
My duties had been varied and I encouraged my client to offer me a wide range of assignments. The projects were within the contractual and commercial sector often with high profile clients, usually within a team.
I had been engaged in prestigious multi-million pound contracts, dealing with issues such as valuing multi-million pound variation accounts, researching contractual documentation, asset surveying, setting company bonus schemes and working with legal departments on claims and adjudication cases.
As an illustration of this, at the beginning of 2003 I was appointed as a specialist planner, working with Primavera [P3], for an eminent E and M company within the rail industry, proving me with over a year’s specific experience working with specialist planning software both on new programming and time slice analysis as part of sub-contract claims.
During 2004 I worked as a Quantity Surveyor involved in track replacement on the London Underground network and in 2005 I commenced working within the commercial department of a Motorway and Trunk Road Maintenance team as part of a £85m/annum project.
In 2008/2010 I worked as a Quantity Surveyor on MOD housing projects in the South West, during which time I set up a Limited Company to offer further services to my clients and increase opportunities for expansion.
A Summary of My Skills and Experience
- More than 20 years project planning, engineering and commercial management within the construction and associated industries
- Commercial skills [Quantity Surveying] include contractual correspondence, variations and claims - Experience in Disruption and Loss and Expense with knowledge of adjudication and arbitration
- Procurement, planning, resourcing and supervision [including using proprietary software – Asta Primavera P3, Powerproject, TeamPlan and MS Project]
- Specialist Building Services, construction, rail and road industry experience
- High speed and competency of spreadsheet calculations and word processing with good knowledge of various DTP, and database applications
- High level of computer literacy including internet understanding, web-page creation using source codes [this whole site is hand coded in HTML, all self taught], basic networking and problem solving
- Design, calculations, co-ordination and drawing [manual and CAD]
- Client liaison, arranging meetings
- Public speaking and event organisation
- Sub-contractor selection, negotiation and supervision
- Ability to decipher and interpret legal and contractual documentation
- Technical documentation writing [Operating and Maintenance, CDM, Health and Safety]
- High competency of spreadsheet calculations, desktop publication, databases and word processors
- Estimation and financial skills within the tendering environment
- Recruitment, employment, setting and administering bonus schemes plus training
- Management skills including budget control, staff relations and report writing
- Experience in seamless adaption to variable company processess utilising rapid understanding of new software
- Security cleared [MOD WWW rated]
- Incident reporting and fire awareness trained
- Experience in setting up a Limited Company from inception including branding and marketing
Selective Work Assignments
A selection of the major roles that I carried out and the projects that I worked on.
- 1978/1982 - Technician Heating Engineer [Apprenticeship]
- 1982/1984 - Various temporary works, then Warehousing and Sales
- 1984/1993 - Mechanical Services Engineer
- 1993 – Part time Consultancy Engineering
- 1993/1994 - Project Engineer
- 1994/1997 - General Manager [Mechanical Services Department]
- 1997/1999 - [Mechanical and Electrical] Contracts Manager
Self Employed Contracting
List of the major contracts I worked on as a self-employed Contracts Consultant.
- 1999 - London Underground Jubilee Line Extension Claim Calculations
- 2000/1 - Asset Registration in Retail and Banking
- 2001 - Administration of Bonus Scheme on two major Tower Construction Contracts in Canary Wharf
- 2002 - Setting Up Bonus Scheme for a main Mechanical Services Company
- 2002 - Adjudication Research for a Sub-Contractor Claim within a large London Property Development Site
- 2003 - Planner as part of the London Kings Cross Underground Re-development
- 2003 - Extension of Time Analysis following Building Services Construction at St George's Hospital
- 2004/5 - Quantity Surveyor for Metronet Rail Infrastructure
- 2005 - Claim Preparation following Building Services Construction at St. Charles Hospital, Kensington
- 2005/6 - Highways Maintenance Quantity Surveyor for RCS as part of Area 3 Term Maintenance
- 2007 - Rail Quantity Surveyor for rail signalling projects including ERTMS
- 2007 - Sewage treatment plant Quantity Surveyor
- 2008/10 - Principle Quantity Surveyor on £85m Ministry of Defence housing renovation project in the South West
Author: Vince Poynter
Version 5.151 13 Jul 2018
First Published: vincepoynter.co.uk Version 1.00 in Mar 2005
Reimagined to 2005/6 in Version 5.080 9 Mar 2018
Self-employed data added in Version 5.082 15 Mar 2018
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