Vince Poynter Work

A Brief History of My Employment

1978 to 2005

A photo of the author's busy wooden working desk showing a chair with jacket over the back, files, drawing rolls and telephone
The busy office desk of a Heating Engineer in the late seventies

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.

The author sits at his working desk, on the phone with a laptop opened in front of him.  A large photocopier is seen in the background under the window.
The job had similarities but the technology had developed

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 [in 2005] 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.

I continued to seek interesting opportunities to enhance my client base and personal development.

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.

I now had 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.

Further, my latest assignment in 2005 was working as a Quantity Surveyor involved in track replacement on the London underground network for a major construction group.

A Summary of My Skills and Experience

  • 20 years project planning, engineering and commercial management within the Mechanical and Electrical industry, including working as an independent Project Manager

  • Commercial skills include contractual correspondence, variations and claims - Disruption and Loss and Expense (Quantity Surveying), with knowledge of adjudication

  • Procurement, planning, resourcing and supervision (including using proprietary software – Primavera P3, Powerproject/TeamPlan and MS Project)

  • 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

  • Computer literacy including internet understanding, webpage creation using source codes (this whole site is hand coded in HTML), basic networking and problem solving

  • Specialist Building Services, construction and rail industry experience

  • Management skills including budget control, staff relations and report writing

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


Author: Vince Poynter
Version 5.082 15 Mar 2018
First Published: Version 1.00 in Mar 2005
Selective Work Assignments added: Version 1.01 in Apr 2005
Selective Work Assignments added: Version 5.082 15 Mar 2018
The first image is of the author's working desk taken around 1979 and was added in Version 5.080 on 9 Mar 2010
The other image is of the author working during the early noughties and was added in Version 5.080 on 9 Mar 2010