A Day in the life of a Site Supervisor

Joe Parker

A Day in the life of a Site Supervisor

Name: Joe Parker

Job Title: Site Supervisor

How long have you worked at Thomas Interiors: 6 years

Tell us about yourself: 

I left school and started my carpentry and joinery apprenticeship, I qualified after 3 years and worked mainly in the city refurbing offices and restaurants.

After several years I went traveling and ended up working in Australia, I got a job as a carpenter and was very lucky to work on some very high-quality projects including the flag ship Westfield shopping centre in Sydney and the head offices of JP Morgan where I learnt a lot. 

I ended up running a small team of carpenters and had my own apprentice. 

I retuned back to the UK in 2013 and was lucky enough to get a job at Thomas Interiors. Slowly after a couple of years I was being given more responsibility and looking after small projects, it was then I was asked if I would be interested in taking the SMSTS course (supervisor/site manager qualification.) I passed this in late 2015. I was then running small jobs and they have over time been increased to bigger more in-depth projects 

What made you want to become a Site Supervisor?

 As a carpenter I think you generally have a good base of knowledge and your skills transfer well into other trades/roles, so a site supervisor seemed to be the natural progression. 

What does a typical day consist of?

  • Attend dabs meeting, then liaise with all the trades and co ordinate works for the day
  • Check everything is in order and do prestart safety checks on site 
  • Keep an eye on progress and the programme to highlight any issues 
  • Communicating well with the PM, all trades and the client 
  • Read drawings 
  • Resolving any issues and adapting on site if possible 
  • Make sure we have the correct plant tools and materials on site to work as productively as possible
  • Keep a detailed up to date diary
  • Generally making sure the site is running safely and productively  

Tell us about something you’re really proud of in your career so far:

I am very proud to have a trade which can be picked up in any place or country and that is regarded as a ‘skill’. There have been many jobs that I am proud of over my career and at Thomas Interiors, but mostly the retail units as they are usually to a high standard and always a challenge regarding planning and programme so it is always good when we hand over and everyone involved is happy with the final product. 

What advice would you give to someone else thinking of becoming a Site Supervisor:

As long as you are organised can plan ahead up and coming works and occasionally think on your feet you will be fine, also having good relationship with all trades on site goes along way and they will go that extra mile for you when the site needs that extra push. 

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