Management

Job spotlight: Joshua Waterman – Powering up at Battersea

6 September 2019

The associate director at Turner & Townsend project management on working at Battersea Power station.

You liaise with the shareholder representatives for Turner & Townsend on behalf of Battersea Power Station. What does that involve? What is a typical day at work for you?

My role is principally on phase two of the project programme. I support the change management and commercial processes, lead the procurement process on behalf of Battersea Power Station and help with project governance.

A typical day is reviewing and preparing changes as well as the placement of packages which are being put forwards for approval to the shareholder representatives. Once prepared, we then present the packages and changes to the representatives for their approval.

“On a project which is an existing Grade II-listed structure with many complex interfaces, you are always faced with unexpected challenges at Battersea Power Station.”

What skills and attributes do you need for your job?

The key soft skill I need to do my job is to communicate excellently with people at all levels, from the trade contractors and construction manager, right up to the shareholder representatives, who often want different information delivered to them as audiences.

Strong organisation is also important – to meet critical programme dates to instruct changes and place packages of work without disrupting the works.

I believe my strongest asset has always been to take a commonsense approach to challenges and perceived problems to overcome them with our project team. Technically, my understanding of commercial process and the implementation of robust commercial management is vital to the role.

What are the most challenging and most rewarding aspects of your role?

On a project which is an existing Grade II-listed structure with many complex interfaces, you are always faced with unexpected challenges at Battersea Power Station. However, maintaining a logical, commonsense approach to these challenges is invaluable to be able to find a solution to overcome them.

The most rewarding part is looking out of the window to see an iconic London landmark being brought back to life and seeing the great progress every day that we are making to achieve this.

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