Mark McGeouch Assistant Cost Consultant, UK
Following a stint of work experience with Sweett Group in their Edinburgh office, I joined the company on a part-time basis when I was completing my final year of studying quantity surveying at Heriot-Watt University. I gained invaluable on-the-job experience which helped me with the completion of my studies and also developed my understanding of quantity surveying and the construction industry.
From an early age I have always enjoyed working with numbers, so I was attracted to a career in quantity surveying. The fact that a quantity surveyor is involved in a variety of different tasks, both in the office and on site, also appealed to me.
Since graduating I have enjoyed developing my knowledge, with increased responsibilities and more exposure to different projects. On a day-to-day basis my role is varied and interesting, working on a range of tasks across several different projects. I enjoy being involved in the whole process: from when a client’s initial idea is developed, all the way through to the final completed project. I like having the opportunity to collaborate with people from different professions and cultural backgrounds.
I have gained experience in the education, healthcare and retail industries and worked on new-build, refurbishment and restoration projects. I have developed skills that include analysing and reporting on tenders and preparing building contracts and associated documentation. I have provided cost estimates and pricing documents for clients and regularly visit sites to carry out valuations. Assessing project variations, producing monthly cost reports, attending client meetings and working on final account negotiations are some of the other tasks I undertake on a regular basis.
Currie & Brown has provided me with the opportunity to work in an experienced and supportive team where I receive guidance and training that allows me to continually learn and develop in my role. The company operates a structured APC programme where employees receive ongoing support, as well as attend rigorous quarterly assessments.
Continuing professional development (CPD) is regarded as essential to the ongoing success of each individual and to Currie & Brown as a whole. The company ensures that there are many opportunities to encourage employees to continuously develop and improve their skills. In future I hope to develop my career in one of the many countries where Currie & Brown has offices, building on the diverse experience I have gained so far.