Country Director, Turkey, Georgia and Azerbaijan
Ryan McIvor has been on an adventure with Mace. From joining the Graduate Development Programme, he has worked in London, Dubai and Russia, and now manages Mace's business across Eastern Europe from the office he set up in Turkey.
- How did your career lead you to Mace?
- I came across Mace in my final year at university and liked what I saw in terms of its forward thinking image and reputation. It was clear that Mace wasn't like any other company in the market so I applied for, and was accepted on to, its Graduate Development Programme. I graduated from Belfast's University of Ulster in the summer of 2001 and moved from Ireland to London, suitcase in hand, to join Mace that October.
- How has your career progressed since joining Mace?
I have had opportunities to work across a range of roles, sectors and countries with Mace. In my first role I worked as an assistant construction manager in London, then at Heathrow as an assistant cost manager. After three years, I relocated to the Middle East to work in the expanding business there, and after completing many projects in Dubai and Ajman, I was made senior project manager.
In 2008 I took up an opportunity in Moscow. I was involved in leading the management of three retail centre projects as well as working with our programme management team. Additionally I became more involved in our bid activity, undertaking the role of general director.
In mid-2010 I moved back to the UK to work within our international department, supporting our various country operations. Within this role I successfully bid two commissions in Turkey, and in late 2010 set up the business here. I've been in Turkey ever since.
- What do you enjoy most about your current role at Mace?
- I enjoy the variety of activities I drive as part of our international business, especially adapting and understanding different cultures and ways of working to build relationships, secure business, deliver projects and expand expertise, growing both the Mace business and my team's reputation.
- What do you hope you will be doing in the next five years?
- During the next few years I want to develop the size and success of our business in Eastern Europe. It's a large and important geographical territory, and while at various levels of maturity, is still very much an emerging market and it holds significant opportunities for the business.
- What are you passionate about outside of work?
- I am from a farming background and still love that outdoor independent lifestyle - being active and dependent on the elements. My passion outside of work is my young family with one baby daughter and another on the way. I enjoy spending my free time with them as well as cycling, diving, and travel.
- If you hadn’t got into this line of work what do you think you might be doing?
- As much as I would like to say 'a recently retired international footballer', the reality is I think I would either have been a small building contractor, as I love seeing something being created from nothing, or possibly a farmer.
“It was clear that Mace wasn’t like any other company in the market.”