Rod Phillips, Senior Quantity Surveyor

Rod Phillips

After studying at Bristol Polytechnic, I worked for Cumbrian Industrials at Penrith for twelve years in both building and civils engineering. This was followed by six years in the Isle of Man, for Dandara Holdings Ltd a national house builder and commercial developer. On return, I had short stays at a couple of local businesses before joining Waitings – ready for a new challenge with different people and a more dynamic environment.

My role involves overseeing all our contract work which I undertake with the help of my fellow quantity surveyor, Alex Thomson. We have input in contract negotiation, sub-contractor enquiries, site measurement, valuations, cost analysis, final account agreements. We both get involved with pre contractual agreements, estimating, programming, buying and offer feedback to management on job specific progress. We have a number of key clients, all which have differing requirements in procurement, work scope, project size and locations. New client’s come-on board and this offers varying work types as we don’t confine ourselves at Waitings to drainage and pipelines.

The variety of work available and the people I work with are two highlights of my job. It’s also hard to get past the fact that Waitings work in some beautiful “backyards” of Britain, whether it’s as local as Maulds Meaburn in the Eden Valley, Ochil Hills in Clackmannanshire or driving along a World Heritage site heading into Northumberland. Why work anywhere else?

The best form of training for my role is literally being out on site, using that time efficiently by taking note of all that goes on, understanding the work in hand, what’s involved, measuring up, taking progress photographs and especially speaking to colleagues and asking questions onsite. They’re the people who do the work and have a wealth of knowledge to tap into.

The whole ethos at Waitings makes it an enjoyable place to work. A friendly, hardworking, family orientated local company, where everyone contributes a lot of time and effort to ensuring each and every project, whether large or small, are all completed to the very best of our ability. This leads to work satisfaction and an increasingly successful company, which also generously contributes to local events and charities.