Mace People

Aishwarya Upadhyaya

Assistant Project Manager

Consultancy, India

From the minute Aishwarya Upadhyaya joined Mace, she’s hit the ground running as a star performer on the project management team in India. With a strong passion for teamwork and cross-functional collaboration, Aishwarya is keeping project delivery on track in Mumbai.

How did you end up working for Mace?
I have an undergraduate degree in civil engineering from Shivaji University, in the state of Maharashtra in western India. After graduation, I pursued a post-graduate diploma at the National Institute of Construction Management and Research in Pune, and met a representative from Mace during our college placement week. I really wanted to work for a global company and Mace stood out as a company with a great culture and strong international presence.
Why construction?
As a child I was always interested in maths. My brother is an engineer and seeing him work on big sheets and understanding how those numbers can relate to a structure or to a cost really fascinated me. I’m from a small town but I had access to good TV shows that showed construction of big buildings and hotels. The link between what I saw on the screen and what my brother was doing pulled me in. I understood that the maths and numbers in engineering can be used to change the world.
What do you enjoy about Mace?
The positive impression of Mace that I was first given during the interviews at university has prevailed. Most companies have a set process for recruiting work placements, but Mace did things differently. Rather than creating interviews focused on theoretical or technical questions, Mace took a practical approach with team exercises, which gave me a sense of what they were looking for and whether I would be a good fit. Now that I’m an employee I get to experience that team atmosphere first hand. Mace brings a wealth of industry experience from different countries - everyone is always happy to share their knowledge and ensure the best outcome for the client. It’s a great environment.
What has been your proudest achievement at Mace?
The first milestone was six months after I joined when I was given a chance to visit my college and share my experience at Mace. It was a nice feeling to be able to bridge the corporate world with the institute where I studied. A second milestone was when I was recognised with the Champion of the Quarter award from the Head Office during my third quarter at Mace. The third milestone has been being considered for this interview.
What skills do you need to be good at your job?
In this line of work, you must be solution-oriented and able to quickly identify red flags and overcome challenges for the client. It’s also crucial to be a strong team member with a flexible mind. We coordinate between cross-functional teams on all our projects so it’s important to understand stakeholder management to achieve on-time delivery.
What advice would you give to someone looking to get into what you do?
You must be interested, curious, and someone who wants to learn. In many ways it comes down to keeping the mind of a student as you progress professionally.
What are you passionate about outside of work?
It’s important to keep a life outside of work. I love to dance and I love to travel. I was 14 years old the first time I travelled without my family. I went on a hiking trek for two weeks in the Himalayan base - it was a fantastic experience. I want to travel more, and I hope to plan a solo trip soon.

“Mace brings a wealth of industry experience from different countries - everyone is always happy to share their knowledge and ensure the best outcome for the client. It’s a great environment.”