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NHBC Surveyor Profiles

Nigel Shires: Commercial Building Control Surveyor

I chose building surveying as a profession following a long-standing interest in the built environment throughout my schooling and early working years. Surveying has offered me the opportunity to develop technical, professional and inter-personal skills across an almost unlimited range of development types.

I consolidated my early surveying experience by taking a RICS accredited Building Surveying Honours Degree and subsequently achieved chartered status via CABE.

I'd heard NHBC was an excellent employer from professional colleagues within the industry. Its values-based culture and capacity to provide for my ongoing career development and progression were also primary motivations for me to join NHBC.

Since starting with the company, my short, mid and long term career aspirations have been discussed and a proportion of my time allocated to gaining an insight into the company's wide-ranging departments alongside my commercial surveying responsibilities.

The main enjoyment from my role comes from being autonomously able to manage a varied portfolio of commercial projects with high quality clients. Another significant benefit is working from home which eliminates the cost and energy drain associated with a daily commute and allows me a degree of flexibility with my primary school-aged children.

I would encourage anyone with passion and commitment wishing to join a value-based organisation to consider working for NHBC.

Danny Holroyd: Building Surveyor

Following a spell working in a number of construction-related jobs I applied for a trainee position as a Building Control Surveyor at a Local Authority. During the 9 years with them I graduated with a degree in Building Control Engineering, and then moved on to an Approved Inspector role before joining NHBC.

Prior to joining NHBC I was aware of the company's enviable reputation within the construction industry having attended some of its external courses and seminars. A reputation that was an important factor in my decision to join, as well as the stability it offered to me and the benefits of being home-based whilst managing my family commitments, including school runs.

Since joining the company as a Building Surveyor, I have no regrets! I have enjoyed a varied and interesting workload and despite being home-based I have never felt isolated. I have had the support of a multi-disciplined team with a wealth of experience which has proved invaluable during this time.

I have also been impressed by how the company looks after its employees and strives to ensure that you feel a valued member. I am looking forward to my continuing career within NHBC.

Kiran Gohil: Senior Surveyor

My personal interest in buildings, structures and construction inspired me to become involved with the industry. I joined NHBC having worked for a number of large Local Authorities as a Building Control Surveyor, starting as a trainee and then progressing to an Assistant Building Control Surveyor, Senior/Principal Surveyor and Major Projects Surveyor.

I joined NHBC because of the company's position as the market leader in the new homes warranty sector and as the UK's largest single Building Control provider. I started as a Building Surveyor, progressing to my current role of Senior Surveyor, whilst undertaking management development training.

Working at NHBC has provided me with the opportunity to work and network alongside other highly-experienced surveyors and internal design team members. It's also enabled me to work on large-scale interesting projects for some of the top 20 major house builders.

As well as allowing me to work in a multi-disciplinary team, with internal opportunities to progress, NHBC is a large organisation that provides equal opportunities for all. It offers career progression with in-house and external training to support this, as well as home-working provisions to assist with work/life balance.

Lee Bidaudville: Trainee Building Surveyor

Looking for employment locally in Milton Keynes back in 2011 I found an administrative role in the NHBC Building Control department. Before this I had had all kinds of jobs such as maintenance worker at Whipsnade Zoo, Customer Advisor in a bank and Collisions Investigator and Station Officer for Bedfordshire Police.

I was still in my probation period in Building Control Administration when I received an email about NHBC offering funding to its employees to study a BTEC in Advanced Construction. My line manager encouraged me to apply. Taking on a part-time course whilst working full-time wasn't easy but with the support of NHBC's training academy and a lot of weekends with my nose in a book I achieved a Distinction. I was immediately recommended for a move into surveying and became a trainee three months later. I am now completing my HNC in Construction (again funded by NHBC) and am hoping to step up to be an Assistant Surveyor in the autumn. From then, I plan to take my Building Surveying degree.

I really enjoy the challenging technical aspects of the role, becoming a recognised professional and working with great people. NHBC is the first company I have worked for, where, if you show an intention to progress, they will encourage and support you as far as you want to go.

Adrian Delahunty: Area Technical Manager

After graduating with a Civil Engineering degree and working as a Structural Engineer I took up a position as an Assistant District Building Control Surveyor with Westminster City Council. I then joined NHBC as a Building Inspector, lured in part by the prospect of being based from home and avoiding a daily commute into London!

From this role I was promoted to be a Project Surveyor and then a Senior Surveyor. I recently undertook my first managerial position as an Area Technical Manager, shortly after completing 15 years' service with NHBC.

The Building Control Surveyor role offers variety and involvement in the whole construction process, with a combination of office and site based activities dealing with all the different construction professions. With the varied nature of the job and the ability to plan a lot of your working time it means that you are never bored and always challenged.

The company supports and offers employees the opportunity to develop their career from both a technical and managerial perspectives. Having progressed to the role as an Area Technical Manager, I am now using my professional experience and knowledge of NHBC to concentrate more on service delivery and improve construction standards.

I enjoy working for NHBC as the people are highly professional and friendly. Working from home is great for work/life balance.

Adam Buxton: Principal Commercial Surveyor

After leaving University with a Building Engineering degree I pursued a career in Building Control at Eastbourne Council where I quickly progressed to a Surveyor role. I then moved to Mid Sussex Council to take a senior role where I established myself in the commercial side of construction.

In 2006 I moved to NHBC to take up the role of Commercial Surveyor within the private sector. I was attracted to the reputation of a well-respected company and the associated employee benefits of working for a larger company.

I started as a Commercial Surveyor and have enjoyed the challenge of being directly involved in growing the commercial side of the business within the Building Control team. A recent promotion to the role of Principal Commercial Surveyor has given me greater involvement in the management side of the business which I have really enjoyed.

NHBC is a great place to work with a real family atmosphere. I enjoy the flexibility of managing my own time and workload, as well as being trusted, and respected for my professional expertise. It is important in this role to be open to new ways of working and to respect the wider implication NHBC has on the construction industry, in particular on the housing sector. Working here means you are in a unique position to make a real difference in construction standards.

Interested in applying?

If you want to find out more about any of these roles, or would like to apply, please visit www.nhbccareers.co.uk/vacancies.

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