Mace People

Jon Vine

Operations Director, Pharmaceutical

Consultancy, North America

As an expert in pharmaceutical projects, Jon has built his career and his team around his clients’ needs. With a wealth of experience under his belt and a passion for innovation, he’s been well placed to develop some of Mace’s biggest projects and longest running client relationships.

How did you get into what you do?

After I graduated from university in the UK with a degree in quantity surveying I joined a global construction consultancy company and over seven years worked on projects in oil, gas, education, pharma and retail.

In 2000 an ex-colleague tempted me out to Oregon, USA to work in the high-tech sector. It was initially supposed to be a short-term move for my wife and I but 17 years later we’re still in the US.

In the USA I’ve worked in high-tech, data centres, manufacturing, offices, retail and high-rise but for the last 15 years I’ve focused on pharma. In 2013 I joined Mace to work with GSK on one of the company’s largest national programmes.

Why Mace?

I’d worked with Greg Parker [Managing Director for Mace, North America] previously and he invited me to join the team. I could see that Mace was a progressive company and that was something I was very passionate about. I’d worked for small QS companies but they lacked the development opportunities and courage to be innovative.

Mace has supported my outside the box thinking - to change the way we do things - and, because everyone is like-minded you find yourself in a culture of constantly challenging the status-quo. It’s that deep routed ethos that sits behind Mace’s success.

What is your proudest achievement at Mace?

It’s got to be the Places Programme for GSK. It was my first project for Mace and it allowed me to build a team around our client’s needs as the relationship developed. It also marked the start of Mace developing a successful pharma sector in North America and we’ve grown the team significantly, bringing in experts in science and technology related projects.  We saw an opportunity and we made it happen.

What motivates you?

Early on in my career it was the control over each project and the need to be accurate. A QS’ background is very numbers based – it’s about setting out what needs to be done and getting it right. I’ve always enjoyed the mathematical certainty that the role of a QS applies to each project.

Now it’s probably more about the passion I have for supporting my direct reports to grow. I’ve spent so long in the pharma industry and have all this experience that I want to share.

What might someone be surprised to know about you?

I’ve been involved with a charity called Good Works for 14 years. We help veterans or people who have lost their jobs, or have had a house disaster, by helping to reconstruct houses in and around the suburbs of Philadelphia. It’s no secret among my colleagues through; last year I roped them in – we had a great time.

What are you passionate about outside of work?

My big, big, big passion is scuba diving – my wife and I have been diving for 18 years. We’ve achieved Master Diver level which is the highest grade of the scuba world. What really attracts me is the non-conformity of the ocean – it’s a world away from defined cities, buildings and roads - it just grows how it wants to grow which means it’s unpredictable and always different. 

“Mace supports outside the box thinking - to change the way we do things. It’s that deep routed ethos that sits behind Mace’s success. ”