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Mikael, Construction Project Manager
Finland, workplace of 21-50 employees
Education
Bachelor, Construction
Yearly salary (€)
65000-75000
In profession since
2012
Weekly hours
45-50

Could you describe your job in short?

The business activities of my company mainly consist of services provided to housing cooperatives, including HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) maintenance work, technical building services and pipe repairs. Round-the-clock HVAC service also serves private customers. The company mainly operates in Helsinki metropolitan area.

Main part of the revenue comes from pipe repair projects, which are implemented in a role of prime contractor. As a project manager, I’m in charge of consolidation of special areas, financial management and communication with stakeholders in the projects.

What do you do on average work day?

The work day starts between 7-9, depending on the agreed meetings and checks. I normally plan the work day on the previous day, since the schedules might change quickly due to worksite circumstances. Usually I book the morning for worksite visits that include possible checks (installation checks, planning checks, stakeholder meetings etc.), and contractor and worksite meetings. The schedule is often tight, but I try to leave some time for discussion with the worksite employees.

The lunch break is usually around 11-12. If possible, the required meetings with the representatives of suppliers and the client are organised as lunch meetings. In the afternoon when things on the worksite have calmed down, there’s usually some time to go to the office to take care of paper work and to respond to messages. Paper work includes for example financial tracking of the project, checking purchase invoices, preparing meetings and competitive tendering.

The day usually ends around 17. In the evening I respond to the last emails from home and prepare things for the following day, depending on my evening plans.

What do you love about your job?

Work with different stakeholders and versatile tasks are the best part of my job. They guarantee that each day is different. Personally I find it important that I keep constantly developing. Continuously changing construction industry is an interesting work environment.

What are the worst parts of your job?

On the worksites some unexpected things turn into urgent situations, which you cannot always control. In the worst case there is not enough time to focus on the important issues.

What are the most important skills in your job?

Communication Hard working Leadership Responsibility Teamwork

What are the most important tools/softwares in your job?

MS Office Broker Estimate PlaNet Visma

How do you acquire and develop these skills?

The best way to develop the required work skills is to give and receive feedback. Humble and enthusiastic attitude teaches you and helps to improve constantly.

If your job differed from your initial expectations, what were your expectations and how did your job differ from them?

In general, the regulations on the construction industry have surprised me. There has been more paper work than I expected, which unfortunately leaves you less time for installation checks. Opportunities and the number of different kinds of tasks has been a positive surprise.

What does your work week include?

10.0h

Meetings / Group work

6.0h

Emails

20.0h

Independent work

3.0h

Breaks

6.0h

Travel

2.0h

Events