Lauren’s role was to manage the financial aspects of allocated subcontractor packages and ensure a beneficial overall commercial output for the project.
“By taking on this large amount of responsibility at a very early stage in my career, I feel as though I have learned an extensive amount about the construction industry and the tasks commercial managers are required to complete day to day. I have been fortunate enough to be involved with packages from tendering all the way until reaching a final account agreement," Lauren said.
Her proven capability prompted the team to give Lauren more responsibility – leading all e-finance operations for the Devonshire project. Lauren is now solely responsible for inputting all subcontract orders, processing the interim payments through progress claims, setting up all simple Purchase Orders and Professional Services Agreement orders and paying all invoices.
“At Practical Completion for Building 11, I was honoured to be trusted with managing the handover process and all Operations & Maintenance manuals ensuring all required documentation was completed and organised in place prior to the handover meeting,” she said.
During her time with us, Lauren was able to attend the ‘Core Trades Awareness Course’ at the Construction Industry Training Board’s National Construction College in Bircham Newton.
“The five day course enabled me to physically complete construction works of key trades such as concrete, formwork and steel fixing. The experience was very valuable to understand construction methods and increased my terminology understanding,” Lauren said.
“Starting at Lendlease, I was very inexperienced with the construction industry in general, only being exposed to the industry in a short work experience placement. Therefore, whilst working at Devonshire, I have been able to greatly increase my knowledge of the complex construction terminology and begin to decipher discussions on the various construction methods occurring on site.”