Building a dream career
Published: 09 Nov 2015
Name: STEVE JARVIE
Job title: DIRECTOR OF CONSTRUCTION FOR THE NORTH
WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU WERE A CHILD?
Football player like most other boys but also dreamed of being a fireman which I nearly did in the early 1990s.
WHAT DID YOU STUDY AT UNIVERSITY / COLLEGE?
I studied at Aberdeen College from the City and Guilds trade certificates through to achieving the ONC in Building and then completed my HNC in Building at RGU.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE MEMORY FROM YOUR UNI / COLLEGE DAYS?
I have no real memories from university or college as I attended day release from work. So although I got a day off from work to attend I used to have to work Saturdays to make up that day.
WHAT ARE THE MAIN CAREER STEPS SINCE LEAVING UNI?
Served apprenticeship as a bricklayer. Worked self-employed for two years then joined Stewart Milne in 1992 as assistant site manager progressing through the ranks to development manager in 2001.
I then worked for CHAP as contracts manager and then as a director designate before joining CALA in March 2011 as construction manager. I was then promoted to director of construction in July 2014 and then to construction director in July this year.
CAN YOU TELL ME WHAT YOUR ROLE AT CALA INVOLVES?
My role at CALA involves the responsibility of leading the Construction team in order to support the business in achieving its future growth plans and regional strategies as well as allocating, monitoring and controlling the Construction budget.
I work closely with my fellow directors and senior managers across the commercial, sales and marketing, technical, customer services and land functions to provide support to them and prepare pre development and construction programmes.
I need to ensure compliance with all relevant Health and Safety legislation and ensure all sites are run in line with CALA’s high health and Safety standards.
I also ensure that the CALA team delivers the service expected of a five-star builder which includes monitoring the service provided by the team and providing direction to ensure all KPIs and objectives are met.
WHAT SKILLS DO YOU HAVE THAT MAKE YOU GOOD AT YOUR JOB?
I believe I have good people skills and communicate well with colleagues and subcontractors alike. I enjoy meeting new people and effective at building relationships with them.
I have excellent time management skills and the ability to prioritise based on conflicting and changing requirements which I believe are both essential for this role.
I also have an all round knowledge of the Construction process which allows me to support my colleagues across all the disciplines in our organisation and not just in construction.
One valuable skill I possess is attention to detail and with the quality product we produce is a vital ingredient for our continued success.
We do not rest on our laurels even when we get things right and are always striving to make improvements in everything we do.
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY ABOUT YOUR JOB?
I enjoy coming to work and being able to assist and nurture the growth of the CALA business and of its very young North team.
Working at CALA is still a bit like working for a local housing developer but with the support network of a major house builder basically getting the best of both worlds.
The support we receive from our Group Board and Regional Board. There’s never a dull moment at CALA and I believe in the CALA values that are always at the centre of our culture. Best job ever.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE CHALLENGES YOU FACE?
We come across many challenges in this role but the most challenging in this region is obtaining adequate resources to sustain our growth.
From subcontractors to site staff, Aberdeen is such a small market place especially when as we try to recruit the best staff and subcontractors that are available to support our brand and the quality we produce.
We recognised this and with our group support identified a new role to be created to assist us in this area. We appointed a trades coordinator and this has been very successful appointment for us.
IF MONEY WAS NO OBJECT WHAT IS A LUXURY ITEM YOU WOULD HAVE IN YOUR HOME?
I have always wanted a multi-gym, sauna and steam room but it’s not just the money – I need the space also.
DO YOU HAVE A GOOD WORK / LIFE BALANCE? IF SO HOW DO YOU ACHIEVE IT?
We work really hard at CALA. We all have a good work / life balance and I don’t mind putting the hours in during the week but the weekends are for my family and me, with Sunday afternoon being my golf day. (Nothing gets in the way of the golf)