Welcoming Andy Potter – Commercial Manager
Andy, welcome to Charles Edward. As is tradition we like to run a quick Q&A with our Construction Pioneers so here goes…
Those working outside of the industry could be forgiven for underestimating how big the commercial side of a construction project really is. What’s your view on this?
Overseeing the commercial aspect of a project is an extremely important role, but if you break it down and follow basic principles of mitigating risk during the pre-construction phase, then it really only necessitates applying processes and building relationships with the other parties involved in the project, whether that’s the client, subcontractors, suppliers or colleagues, everyone has a role in ensuring the project is completed on time, within budget and to the clients satisfaction.
Tell us a little about the most challenging project you have worked on from a commercial standpoint and what elements made it such a challenge?
I think working on projects in the North of Namibia has to be the most challenging, it’s a fairly isolated area which makes the procurement and managing costs difficult, the weather can vary from extremely hot in the summer and extremely wet in the rainy season, all of which has an impact on the project.
The construction industry is booming across London at the moment and we are sure someone with your experience could have worked for a number of different companies. What made you choose Charles Edward?
This is an easy one, the vibe I got when I walked out of the lift for my interview was amazing, from the outset you could tell it was a really close team of people, I knew when I walked out after one of the most unorthodox interviews, I’ve been in that this was somewhere I wanted to work. The other appealing factor was that the business is still relatively in its infancy and being part of a team with HUGE ambitions is something I really wanted to be a part of.
From a commercial standpoint, what is the perfect value range for job – do you prefer larger complex projects or smaller, quick deliveries?
Personally, I prefer projects of a 12 month duration, I like the challenges and involvement in getting to understand the complexities of new projects, understanding what the commercial risks are and how they can be mitigated. (Boring aren’t I!!)
You have joined CE to primarily work on the Marble Arch Place project which kicks off next year. What is the most exciting aspect of this project?
Projects like this do not come along often, this is a prestigious project with a high level of finishes, and I can’t wait for this project to get started. I’ve no doubt that this is going to be a success not only from a commercial perspective, but also on delivery and quality, this is a project that will show what Charles Edward is really capable of in the high-end market.
‘Holidays are coming, holidays are coming…’ – We hear you recently completed a project for Coca Cola. What was it like working for one of the world’s number one brand, outside of technology?
It was an amazing experience, I got to travel to Namibia for the construction of a new bottling and distribution centre to service other parts of Africa, but it wasn’t all fun, it’s a challenging environment to work in, the heat and dust can be unbearable, and the sourcing or labour and materials was challenging, all of which was managed with team work, and the project was delivered to an extremely happy client.
On that note we have to ask, Pepsi or Coke…?!
I’ve never ordered a Jack Daniels and Pepsi so will have to go with Coke!
Thanks for your time Andy we wish you all the best in your role.