We caught up with new recruit Sam Feaver who has taken on a Site Management role with Formation….
How are you Sam?
I have just started my first project with Formation since joining. I am currently half way through ripping an office apart for re-decoration, new screens, carpets, glass partitions, glass doors. It’s important as it is a brand new customer for us and quite a high profile company. No pressure!!
How you finding it?
Getting here…? Easy from Kent. Ha ! The work has had an added complexity as the building has suddenly been wrapped up in scaffolding, which we weren’t expecting. This has meant I have had to be a bit more creative than normal on how we get the rubbish off site. I have become very good friends with the landlord and staff at the other companies in the building. It’s the only way.
What brought you to Formation ?
I really wanted to make a change in my career to more of a Site Manager from a working Foreman. This is often a hard leap as companies are sometimes nervous of taking what looks like a risk but Paul my director saw something in me.
What I liked was the fact that Formation felt like a proper grown up business, the team are straight-forward. I use the word progressive a lot to describe how we work when friends ask me. The management team think outside the box and you feel supported. I haven’t often had that in the past. I wanted a more commercially focused organisation as I had spent a lot of time working for the council which is a good education but there is a wider world out there.
Oh, yes and I really liked the London office, very smart but I guess you would expect that !
What did you do before?
I worked for my Dad doing plumbing which I think is a great grounding for the work I do today. I then decided to train as a carpenter and quickly got a job doing barn conversations which I loved doing.
I think I set up my own business doing maintenance work but the problem was I was doing everything and on call 24/7 and with a family that’s hard. So I decided to return to paid employment.
You said to me that the best Site Managers come via the trades and the very best are ex-carpenters, why’s that?
Ha ! If people are reading this they may not agree but I think it’s the range of tools and the way as a carpenter you have to work with the other trades. I used to be a plumber and the job can be quite siloed. When I moved into Site Management I knew the challenges the other sub-contractors were having because I had experienced it first-hand.
Formation have already started to invest in me, I did my SMSTS last month and I think there is more to come. I want to learn more, I enjoy the classroom environment and then putting it into practice, so it’s not all theory.
What do you see as the difference between other Fit Out firms and Formation?
The first thing I noticed were the processes and particularly the Site set-up, just better organised. Also I always have someone to talk to. It’s been great, I have really enjoyed my first few weeks here.