Celebrating International Women’s Day!

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To honour International Women’s Day, we are celebrating our women in engineering!

In what is considered a male dominant industry, we are proud to have shining examples of successful women working in Beck & Pollitzer.
We have asked two of our female engineers why they chose this career path, the challenges that they may have faced and how they worked to succeed in their desired career:

Pauline Tournay
What is your Job Role?
I am a Project Manager for Beck & Pollitzer France.

What is your average working day like?
Since working for Beck & Pollitzer, I have managed large projects for clients such as Nissan, Volvo, Toyota, Kalmar and Caterpillar overseas in UK, Spain, Belgium, USA and France.

Day to day

  • I make the schedule of the project & check its progress
  • I plan the human and materials needs necessary for the project
  • I manage the costs, control the mark-up and the profit
  • I manage the relationship with the client
  • I create, with the supervisors, the Risk Assessment Method Statement
  • I apply the security politic on the projects
  • I organise and run progress meeting with the team and the client on site

What led you towards this career path?
For the last year of my Masters course, I did an internship where I worked for Beck & Pollitzer France for 3 days while spending 2 days at school per week. At the end of this experience, I applied to become a Project Manager for the company.

How did you work to get here?
I studied at an International Business School and achieved a Masters, specialising in Project Management. My qualifications were more oriented to business than to engineering. Therefore, at the beginning, I had to learn many subjects, terms, method and process. However, while going through projects, I have realised that we work as a team and therefore, all the resources on a project have something to bring to it and this is what make us strong! Therefore, I always rely on my team and supervisors when technical subjects are being discussed and so far, I must admit that this has never been an issue, on the contrary, this way of working together has led to a success.

What is your favourite part of your job?
I would say that the favourite part of my job is the planning period. The moment where we have won the job we were negotiating for so long, is moment all of these plans we have made during the pricing period can come to the reality.

Where do see your career in 10 years’ time?
In 10 years’ time, I see myself as a strong and experienced manager.

Any advice you may have for women that want to join the Engineering Industry
To women; I would also say that times and mentalities are changing. You may think that working in an engineering industry is a man’s job but this is not true. I also would say that, since I have worked for Beck & Pollitzer and in all the projects I have undertaken, I have never felt inferior to a man at the same working position.

Katie Barber
What is your Job Role?
Project Manager

What is your average working day like?
Everything and anything that is needed to ensure the successful award, initiation, planning, design, execution, monitoring, controlling and closure of a project. This involves anything from arranging the necessary plant, equipment & labour to preparing risk assessments and method statements, attending client/site meetings, tracking budget & costs and problem solving on a daily basis.

What led you towards this career path?
I have always been naturally drawn down the path of science/maths/engineering, which led me to my chosen degree. I was then keen to move straight into a graduate programme to help me find my feet and gain some experience within a prestigious company. My move to Beck & Pollitzer was a bit of a leap of faith into the unknown – but one that paid off and has given me a huge amount of exposure.

How did you work to get here?
I achieved my Masters in Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering from the University of Leeds back in 2013. I then moved straight into the Product Development engineering graduate programme at Jaguar Land Rover before joining B&P in July 2015 as a Project Engineer.

What is your favourite part of your job?
There is never a dull moment at Beck & Pollitzer. You can never fully anticipate the challenges the next hour will bring, never mind the following day or weeks. The job role has without a doubt been most challenging but most rewarding role I’ve done to date. I also especially love working with the North East team, where I have seen a complete transformation since joining almost 3 years ago.

Where do see your career in 10 years’ time?
I have my hands full at the moment and still have a lot to learn! The sky is the limit though.

Any advice you may have for women that want to join the Engineering Industry
Engineering is such a vast industry with a million and one opportunities sitting within that. My advice overall would be to be bold and take a leap of faith, what’s the worst that could happen!

We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate and thank our brilliant women!

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