Assistant Project Manager
Matt Astbury jumped at the chance to join Mace's Graduate Development Programme in 2014, having already completed a summer placement in 2013-14. Since then, Matt has worked on a variety of high-profile projects in east London, from bridge transformations to installing anti-terrorism HVM measures to protect the Olympic Stadium in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
- How did you get into what you do?
- I studied Business Management at university and focused on project management in my final year. I was unsure about what to do after university, but I began a summer placement with Mace in 2013 and really enjoyed it. After finishing university I applied for the Mace Graduate Development Programme and was delighted to be accepted.
- What do you enjoy most about your role at Mace?
- I'd say it's the responsibility I'm given to lead on projects. As an assistant project manager, my first jobs at Mace were a landscaping project, a bridge transformation and a car park cladding refurbishment. After proving myself on these smaller jobs, I found myself being given more and more responsibility to work on bigger projects. Working on the Olympic Stadium was both daunting and a privilege.
- What’s your proudest achievement at Mace?
I'm proud of everything I've done here. I get a real sense of accomplishment from setting something up from the start, and then at the end getting to see it finished and delivered. Our work with the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) sees us making a significant contribution to east London and it's a privilege to be working on something that's transforming a community.
As a keen sports fan, I'd also say that one of my favourite things that I have done is working in the Olympic Stadium in preparation for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
- What advice would you give to someone looking to get into what you do?
- I'd always advise someone to do a placement, it massively helped me. Not only did it give me a sense of the career path I wanted to take, but it also meant that I could start to build up my network of contacts for the future. I'd also say take every opportunity and run with it, don't waste a moment. Each opportunity you take could lead to bigger and better things.
- What do you see as the big trend for your specialism in the next five years?
- In the current economic climate, I think there will be more and more focus on project selection for construction companies. Shortages in labour, smaller margins, and uncertainty around the economy are all trends that will continue, and will influence how our industry makes plans for the future.
- What are you passionate about outside of work?
- I'm a football fanatic and support my local team in Chester. I am also a keen skier and try to go away every year. When I'm not cheering on Chester or on the slopes, I'm working towards my full chartered membership for the CIOB.
“Our work with the London Legacy Development Corporation sees us making a significant contribution to east London and it’s a privilege to be working on something that’s transforming a community.”