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Morson has invested heavily in recruitment technology. Our sophisticated systems have been developed to support ongoing service excellence throughout our business.  Using client and candidate feedback, combined with market intelligence and research, we have created and evolved robust software to significantly improve the efficiency of our recruitment processes.

We have worked alongside our client base to truly understand their needs and have created bespoke recruitment technology to support our clients’ contract objectives.

Vencuro 

Vencuro is a recruitment tool born from the vendor management requirements of Morson’s Managed Service solutions. This system is an interactive tool which streamlines the full end-to-end recruitment process whilst providing our clients with full contract visibility. Each of Vencuro’s five key modules have been developed to be used independently or in conjunction with each other (Requisition Approval, Workforce Management, Applicant Tracking, Electronic Timesheets and Online Dashboards). Each module focuses on providing real-time information to the client in conjunction with ensuring that the recruitment process remains transparent and auditable.

PeopleFlow 

PeopleFlow is a bespoke system used to proactively engage and manage a high volume workforce. This technology delivers key benefits such as increased productivity, reduced attrition and enhanced motivation across the contractor base.

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Morson Recruitment Technology

Morson’s recruitment technology helps us to retain our market leading position and is improved and developed on an ongoing basis by Morson’s dedicated ‘Business Systems and Compliance’ department.
Morson is also able to interface with third party technologies where necessary, and has experience across a range of alternative technology solutions.​
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    How to become a... Steel Fixer

    With continuous investment in infrastructure and a variety of high profile projects to choose from, there are excellent steel fixer jobs in the UK construction industry for steel fixers at all levels. Keep reading to find out more about the skills you’ll need and discover whether a steel fixer job is the right fit for you. RATES £8-13 per hour HOT SPOTS Hinkley Point C / HS2 QUALIFICATIONS NVQ, City & Guilds ​ What do steel fixer jobs involve? Steel fixers install and tie together steel bars and mesh in reinforced concrete in order to strengthen and secure buildings and other large structures during construction. You’ll need to decide where steel is needed and work out the required size, shape and number of reinforced bars. You’ll often need to utilise machinery and tools, including cutting and bending equipment, to help fit the bars in place. Steel fixers can work on a variety of different projects, but will usually find themselves working on industrial and commercial developments, high-rise housing, tunnels and bridges. What is a steel fixer’s salary? The average salary for a steel fixer can vary depending on the location, scale and nature of the project, as well as from employer to employer. You can expect a starting salary of between £14,000 and £18,000, rising up to anywhere between £20,000 and £30,000 as you gain experience. The most highly experienced steel fixers can often make up to £35,000 per year. If you’re self-employed, you have the opportunity to set your own pay rates. These figures are intended as a guideline only. What skills do I need? You’ll need a good eye for detail and the ability to follow engineering instructions and technical charts and diagrams. Good maths skills are necessary to work out and follow precise measurements. Steel fixer jobs are physically demanding work, involving heavy-lifting, bending and working at heights. Because of this, it’s important to have a high level of physical fitness. You’ll use a variety of hand and power tools, as well as machinery, so you’ll need practical skills and good hand-eye coordination. You should also be equally confident working both on your own and as part of a team. What qualifications do I need? There aren’t any formal entry requirements to become a steel fixer, with many starting their careers in entry level roles, like a ‘nip hand’ helping out on a building site to gain experience. To progress further, you can undertake an NVQ level 2 in Steel Fixing Occupations or City and Guilds 2455. These qualifications cover the basics of steel fixing, teaching you how to cut, shape and install steel, as well as covering the basics of using power tools and safe working practices. Alternatively, you can undertake a steel fixing apprenticeship, giving you the opportunity to earn while you learn. You’ll need to apply for a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) competency card if you plan to work on a construction site. What are the hours and conditions? You can expect to work a 40-hour week, Monday to Friday. However, you’ll sometimes be required to work overtime on evenings and weekends to meet deadlines, as and when the project requires it. Potential overtime pay gives you an opportunity to boost your earnings. As with most on-site work, your day will usually start at dawn. The majority of your work will take place outside and in all weathers. You’ll be working on-site, so can expect some travel and time spent away from home. You’ll spend a lot of time working at height, and will need to wear protective items, such as helmets, ear-defenders, boots and hi-vis clothing. Career progression With time, experience and training, there are a number of opportunities for career progression. You could move into a senior, supervisory role, or train to become an engineering technician. If you fancy working for yourself, you can become a freelance steel fixer, or look to set up your own business and employ others. To search for opportunities across the sector click here. Or, browse our dedicated HS2 and Hinkley Point C pages for more information.

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    Morson Host Virtual Careers Fair For Construction Roles With Sir Robert McAlpine

    Sir Robert McAlpine is a leading UK construction and civil engineering company, working on high profile projects such as the Olympic Stadium, the Emirates Arena and the Royal Albert Hall. Morson are proud to be the recruitment partner of Sir Robert McAlpine and are hosting a virtual careers fair through our Facebook page to recruit for a number of construction roles across the UK. Our online careers fair aims to take the time and hassle out of networking, by allowing you to connect with our recruiters conveniently from your smartphone. We have multiple white collar, blue collar and trades opportunities across a range of construction roles with Sir Robert McAlpine, for projects throughout the UK. Interested in applying? Morson will be hosting the virtual careers fair on Facebook between 9am - 5pm on 20th September. Our expert recruiters will be live on the Morson International Facebook Page to answer your questions about the opportunities and collect CV's. Simply logon to Facebook, go to the Morson International Facebook page and send us a message to chat live to our recruiters in London and Manchester. Register your interest here. Roles we're recruiting for include but are not limited to: Project Managers Package Managers Site Managers Site Agents and Sub Agents Site/Setting Out Engineers Temporary Works Coordinators Commercial Manager Managing Quantity Surveyors Quantity Surveyors Estimators Design Managers Planning Managers Planners Temporary Works Engineers/Designers Project Architects Scaffolders Banksman Chain Person Cleaner Dumper/Roller Driver Ganger General Labourer Handyman Hoist Operator Joiner Bricklayer Trade Foreman Painter Plant Operator Tower Crane Driver Trade Foreman Slinger/Banksman Groundworker Telehandler

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    The Importance of Monitoring Success to Deliver HS2 | #SkillsOnTrack

    There is an ongoing discussion in the industry relating to the skills gap an how we need to strengthen our UK skills base through apprenticeships, diversity and social engagement. HS2 Ltd’s strategic objectives in relation to skills provide a structure for mitigating this gap, however, there are still challenges associated with achieving all of the targets set. To understand these challenges, we hosted a roundtable event held at the National College High-Speed Rail (NCHSR’s) Birmingham Campus, which brought together representatives from the Morson Group, HS2 Ltd and the supply chain to discuss the issues and opportunities around training, apprenticeships, collaboration, Government policy and more. We take a closer look at some of our findings surrounding monitoring success: ​ MONITORING SUCCESS There is not currently a facility for monitoring apprenticeships, upskilling and other SEE activity centrally, leading to concerns around: Administration intensive and complex reporting requirements. Siloed activity across the HS2 contractors. Difficulties in understanding the total project outcomes. Lack of cohesion with relevant training providers and outreach programmes. Reporting on the success of an organisation’s SEE outputs is a complex task and requires a significant amount of time and resources to pull this information together. This, coupled with no central facility for the submission of SEE output information, also creates challenges in monitoring skills, education and employment success throughout the project’s lifecycle. THE SOLUTION We must integrate project-wide reporting and tracking models packaged within the right software to monitor progress across all phases. A central technology that can both track apprentices and also connect training requirements with training providers, will monitor whether SEE targets are not only met, but also if they are exceeding expectations. A bespoke reporting system will also provide consistent, accurate and real-time reporting at the touch of a button, allowing HS2 Ltd to track apprenticeships and SEE outputs throughout the project lifecycle and give contractors the opportunity to view individual and project-wide data. This data is critical to reporting on the long-term objectives of HS2 and the lasting legacy of the project across different regions, such as: How many apprentices complete their qualification and progress into the industry. The number of candidates from a workless background that remain employed on the project post 26 weeks. The percentage of the workforce that successfully complete a mid-career transition. Through our in-house systems team, we already have the capability to develop this technology on a project-wide basis. Download our whitepaper to read more about the solutions that are needed if we are to achieve HS2’s vision of being a catalyst for growth across Britain. Or click here to find your opportunity on HS2.

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    Morson Sponsor University of Portsmouth Formula Student Racing Team

    Morson International is delighted to become sponsor of UPRacing Electric, a Class 2 University of Portsmouth team of students, taking part in the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) International Formula Student Race Car Competition. Nine students from across multiple disciplines will be designing and building a racing car from the ground up, to take part in the Formula Student event in July 2019 at Silverstone. Formula Student is Europe’s most established engineering competition. It aims to encourage and develop young engineers and promote the field as a future career option by showcasing the variety of roles available. Class 2 students are required to design and construct the vehicle to be scored in three categories; design, cost and business presentation (where students are required to sell the viability of their design and construction to a panel). Morson’s sponsorship will help the team cover the cost both the event entry and the camping fees, and allow the students to take part. Oliver Plucknett, the team leader of UPRacing Electric, said “It’s great to have a sponsor on board in the form of Morson and we’re looking forward to working with them, to take our participation to the next level.” Steve Johnstone, Executive Manager of Morson Havant, said “We are delighted to support Oliver and his team, they are doing some fantastic work”. Morson will be visiting the team over the coming months and meeting the students as they work on their car. We will also be with them in July 2018 at Silverstone.

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    Technology Makes Manufacturing Work | How Industry 4.0 is Transforming the Manufacturing Workforce

    Technology is driving radical change in the manufacturing industry. The complex manufacturing process is underpinned by pioneering innovation and technology such as driverless cars, self-ordering kiosks and machine learning, to name a few. Industry 4.0, otherwise known as the ‘smart factory’ or dubbed the ‘4th Industrial Revolution’, will bring computing and automation much closer together as cyber systems monitor the physical processes of the factory and make decentralised decisions based on what it learns. We take a look at the effect that the digital industrial technologies will have on employees working in the industry: SKILLS SHORTAGE The development of new technologies is shaping a new age of workplace skills in the manufacturing sector. Industry 4.0 is skill-intensive and demands the workers to have a variety of skills to perform the jobs in question. Instead of needing the employees which have skills to do the job itself, we now need employees to have the skills to operate the 3D printers, the robots and intelligent systems. According to research from Deloitte, there will be 3.5 million job openings in manufacturing over the next decade but only enough skilled labour to fill less than half of them. FIVE TECHNOLOGIES TRANSFORMING MANUFACTURING We take a closer look at six technologies that are transforming the industry: Augmented reality Augmented-reality-based systems are becoming more popular in a world where everything is online. These services can support a range of actions such as assisting with the maintenance of manufacturing equipment by allowing users to confirm inspections on an AE display and enter results using their voice. Related jobs: Augmented Reality Developer, Augmented Reality Research Engineer. Qualifications: Bachelor's or Master's degree in Computer Science, Applied Mathematics, or equivalent experience Analytics The recording and analysis of data is an important part of Industry 4.0 and will become standard to support strategic decision making. Within the manufacturing industry, data can be used to identify factors that are most critical for improving performance or that need improvement. Related jobs: Data Processor, Insight Analyst, BI Developer, Data Scientist. Qualifications: Degree or PhD qualified in either mathematics, computer science, physics, mechanical or electrical engineering or a similar analytical field. The Cloud Secure, reliable communications, as well as sophisticated identity and access management of machines and users, are essential. Engineers that are experts in cloud technology and that are able to design reliable and innovative solutions are in high demand. Related jobs: Cloud Architect, Cloud Pre-Sales / Solution Architect. Qualifications: Relevant degree and/or experience within the field. Simulation Simulation will be used for testing, training, observation and many other aspects of the manufacturing process. It will enable engineers to mirror real-world actions in a virtual world under a controlled environment. Related jobs: Mechanical Simulation Engineer, Modelling Engineer, Professional Application Engineer. Qualifications: Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science or a related field. Autonomous Robots Whilst many companies already actively use robots in their manufacturing processes, the development of autonomous robots will interact with one another and have a greater range of capabilities to free up human time.​ Related jobs: Robotics Engineer, Test Development Engineer, Robotics Research Engineer. Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in a related discipline such as Electrical Engineering or Industrial Technology. ATTRACTING TOP TALENT INTO MANUFACTURING Although upskilling the current workforce to fill the skills-gap is one very viable option, companies are now being forced to look closer at the tactics that they are using to attract young talent into this industry. A particular focus has been placed on attracting millennials into manufacturing careers so large manufacturing companies are advertising roles on social media and areas where young talent is active. A particular emphasis is being placed on the idea of using industry 4.0 technologies to work alongside humans to better enhance their role. For example, soon we will be using virtual reality software to train individuals in their field and provide a better understanding of their tasks in order to improve performance. Morson has a host of exciting manufacturing job opportunities for you to explore. Register your CV and begin your job search today. Or, to read more manufacturing content, click here.

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    Skills Forecasting to Deliver HS2

    Morson held a roundtable debate with HS2 and key representatives from the supply chain to discuss how we future-proof the rail industry in line with HS2’s skills, employment and education targets. A key note presentation from Neil Roberston, chief executive of the National Skills Academy for Rail (NSAR), detailed the skills challenges for HS2, focusing on labour demands Vs supply and the economic, social and environmental factors that will impact delivery. Tier 1 contractors around the table expressed major concerns regarding the future difficulties they will face in achieving their SEE outputs as the project reaches its peak stages. It was unanimously agreed that the skills gap is the biggest barrier to HS2 and whilst many of the supply chain partners are successfully achieving their SEE outputs at present, this would only become more difficult as the need for extra labour and more specialist skills increases in the coming years. Short term skills requirements that face immediate issues were cited as: Ecologists Land referencing Signalling Archaeologists THE SOLUTION A combination of short, medium and long-term solutions are required to meet the skills forecast. Talent pipeline development and the sustainable creation of long-term skills solutions is a niche area of expertise for Morson International. However, we are also able to support immediate, short-term demands currently faced on the project. Whether it’s high volume recruitment or niche skillsets, Morson has a proven track record of effective workforce planning during major infrastructure schemes. We have the capabilities and expertise to assess the extent of any skills demand Vs supply mismatches in the UK labour market. Morson has a number of short-term solutions already available to meet the above skills requirements and bespoke recruitment methodologies and techniques that have been specifically tailored for HS2, contact HS2SEE@morson.com for more information and support.

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    #TeamMorson Lauren Stringer and Amber Bailey look to lead Chester FC Women’s team to further success

    The women’s football season is well underway which means two of Morson’s sponsored athletes are back in action. Chester FC Women’s team enjoyed a successful season last year, winning the Cheshire Women’s league and Cheshire Women’s challenge cup. The team were led by Team Morson’s Lauren Stringer and Amber Bailey who serve as the club’s Captain and Vice-Captain respectively. Team captain, Lauren Stringer spoke about what qualities are needed for such an influential role: “You can’t be napping for five minutes, you always need to be switched on and encourage others around you” Women’s football has seen a rise in popularity and coverage over the last few years and vice-captain, Amber Davies explains how this is affecting the next generation of female athletes: “I think there’s a massive shift. I speak to girls now who are looking at us as role models and they can name every women’s footballer in the major league. For younger ages, they have female role models, they don’t just watch men’s football." Whilst women’s football is becoming a lot more accessible it wasn’t always this way. Lauren addressed the initial barriers she faced when growing up: “I didn’t start playing until I was 10 and that was the only local girls team that was under 12s. Had there been teams around me, I could have started playing earlier rather than knocking around with the boys in the playground at school.” Finally, the pair spoke about their individual aspirations for the upcoming season with both players sharing a common aim: Lauren stated “In my first season for Chester I scored a lot of goals from set pieces and last season I didn’t get quite as many as I’d like. A personal goal for me is to get on that scoresheet a bit more and make the most of our set pieces” Amber added “For me it’d be the same, I want to get on the scoresheet a bit more. I was the third top scorer last season, I want to aim for top scorer this season” All of Morson is hoping that Lauren and Amber lead Chester to further success this season and will be following their continued progress throughout the season.

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    Our Guide to Living and Working in Manchester | #MoreToMorson

    Known as the northern powerhouse of England, Manchester is popular for its diverse culture, world-class football, less than ideal weather, legendary music scene and energetic nightlife. The city is attractive to people looking for a day trip, a night out, a holiday and even a job. With employment on the rise, outside of London, Manchester is becoming one of the biggest employment hubs to work in with the likes of Media City attracting big names such as the BBC and Manchester Science Park home to over 120 innovative businesses. So if you’re left wondering what it’s like to live in the second biggest city in England, then read on for our guide to living and working in Manchester: Living in Manchester Culture Transport Accommodation Things to do in Manchester Working in Manchester Key industries Top employers Living in Manchester Culture Whether you’re into art galleries or visiting old warehouses that have been converted into coffee shops, Manchester is the place to be for culture and adventure. You cannot say the word Manchester without thinking football so one thing that should be on the top of your list is a visit to the stadiums (red, blue or even both!) and the National Football Museum. There’s also a number of excellent theatres including the famous Lowry Theatre and art gallery which is definitely worth a visit. If you’re looking for something educational, you’ll be spoilt for choice when picking from Manchester’s best museums which include the Imperial War Museum North, the Museum of Science and Industry, and the People’s History Museum. Transport Thankfully Manchester is a relatively compact city with excellent transport links. The tram network is currently under construction following the approved expansion of the line which will dramatically improve the infrastructure of the city even more. Along with an excellent road network, Manchester has an excellent system of cycle lanes around the city so if you’re feeling (or wanting to get) fit, you can take to the wheels. There are two mainline railway stations in the centre and a world-class airport just a 15-minute drive from the city. Accommodation When moving to a new area people tend to rent first so they can make sure it is the right place for them. With the expansion of the city, there are new apartments available to rent being built in almost every direction. If you’re relocating with your family you may want to consider a move to the suburbs of the city where you will find plenty of houses and flats to buy or rent. However, families are now more than ever choosing to live in cities due to the number of high-quality apartments being built and improved services out there to support family life. As Manchester is home to a large number of students and professionals who have moved to the area to pursue their careers, flat sharing is very common in the city. There are a number of estate agents that specialise in putting like-minded individuals in contact to be able to secure a home together and therefore split rent and bills to make it more affordable for both parties. Things to do in Manchester Manchester is home to a vast retail scene both in the city centre and surrounding areas. The likes of Harrods, Selfridges and many other well-established brands are all grouped together around the city’s shopping centre, the Arndale. If you are after something a little different, the collection of small independent stores based in the Northern Quarter such as Affleck’s Palace is the place to be – a vintage lover’s paradise! Manchester is home to the Trafford Centre, one of the biggest and most popular shopping centres in the country where other activities such as Lego Land, the Sea Life Centre and Chill Factore are based. If you are more of an outdoors person, you can venture out into Manchester’s suburbs and visit one of the cities vast parks such as Haigh Hall and Heaton Park. The Peak District is less than an hour’s drive away from Manchester so it’s great for a day out in the countryside. Working in Manchester The Manchester city region offers a high-quality workforce of 7.2 million people within an hour’s commute of the city centre. It’s an attractive location for people from surrounding areas to work due to increased progression opportunities and pay. Manchester’s key industries Manchester has a strong history in the manufacturing sector which has played a big part in developing the city in the past. However, since its expansion, other specialisms such as ICT, Construction, Financial, Creative and Digital industries have become increasingly influential. Today, Manchester has been recognised by the UK government as one of the six “science cities” across the country. It is fast becoming a key city for not only research and development but also for innovation and academic excellence. Top employers in Manchester With four universities on its doorstep, Manchester is home to some of the best young talent in the country. Having previously ranked the third best student city in the UK, it’s no surprise why a number of top employers have set up camp in this vibrant part of the country. Some employers based in Manchester to note are Costain, the Manchester Airport Group, the BBC, the Co-Operative Group, Kellogg’s, Thomas Cook, Adidas and JD Sports. Does this sound like the place you want to be? Why not check out our latest jobs in Manchester and begin the process of making the big move.

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    ProtoEV Challenge | Race Against Time For Morson-Sponsored Electric Go-Kart

    It was a race against time for a team of students as they battled to take part in a new competition aimed at inspiring the next generation of engineers. Fred Longworth was one of several school teams taking part in the Blair Projects' ProtoEV Electric Go-Kart Challenge, the first school’s competition where pupils learn how to convert petrol go-karts into fully electric racing machines and compete against other teams to see which is the fastest. The challenge also involved the students learning how to design and digitally manufacture parts using 3D printing. Following the theft of the pupils' equipment with just days to go until the build was due to be completed, Morson International, Morson Projects and the Morson Maker Space at the University of Salford moved to donate the full amount (£4,000) to allow the team the opportuinity to get back on the track and compete at Three Sisters Racing Circuit on the final test day. The Blair Project is a youth-led social enterprise which uses motorsport to attract young people to pursue a career in science and engineering in an attempt to reduce the skills gap facing many areas of the industries. With the build already behind schedule, we caught up with the teams at the engineering consultants CAL International in Knowsley to see if the teams, including the Race Invaders team from Fred Longworth High School, would be able to complete the challenging builds on time and find out just what the conversion of a petrol go-kart to an electric on requires. We then visited the track with them just a week later to see how the karts performed under testing. Watch episode one below and find out how the teams got on!

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    Amir Khan Praises #TeamMorson’s Osman Aslam Ahead Of Saturday’s Huge Fight Night

    Morson Sport had the opportunity to sit down with Osman Aslam ahead of another big night on Sky Sports, where he will compete on the same card as global boxing superstar, Amir Khan. Growing up in Bolton, Osman watched Amir make a name for himself as a world class fighter and seeing an athlete from his hometown reach such heights encouraged the 24-year-old prospect to pursue his own dreams: “When I was young watching Amir on ITV Sports with my family, I told them I want to be like him one day. Everyone laughed at me and now 12 years later I’m on his undercard” Just as a rapidly rising Khan sparked Osman’s interest in the sport, now the young and hungry Super-Bantamweight inspires Saturday’s headliner to train that much harder: “What I like about Osman is that we go for runs and he motivates me and pushes me to get in the gym and train as well” With Osman’s reputation and star power continuing to expand, he discussed what the increasing media attention has been like in the past few months: “You do get a lot more attention, new friends pop up, but I can’t thank Amir enough. For Amir to say he believes in me and that I can go far in the sport, he’s like an older brother to me” Even though Saturday night is only the second time Osman will compete on Sky Sports, it’s clear that he has left a great impression with some of the biggest names in the sport as Amir Khan explains: “He fought on my undercard when I fought Lo Greco. He boxed really well, he sent a statement to the world. He belongs on the top stage. Eddie Hearn and other promoters were there and I’m sure he gained a lot of fans” All of #TeamMorson will be supporting Osman this weekend and we wish him the best of luck.

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    From Pre-med to Design Authority | We Chat to Thales Software Design Authority Enterprise Architect, Maneesha Bhate About Her Inspiring Career Path

    Firmly set on a career in medicine, it was only when volunteering at a local hospital that Maneesha Bhate realised it wasn’t her destined route. With her father already a successful engineer, she threw herself into the family career and hasn’t since looked back. “Growing up, I’d always wanted to be a medical doctor,” explains Maneesha. “Every choice I’d made was working up to this – graduating with an undergraduate degree in Mathematics and taking the MCAT® (Medical College Admission Test) – but it was during the mandatory volunteering that I realized it wasn’t what I’d built it up to be.” Fast forward to today and Maneesha’s current role as Software Design Authority, Enterprise Architect with Thales IFEC, sees her acting as the technical lead in developing and approving solutions for bids and new product lines. Maneesha continues: “Turning my back on medicine was a big decision and after taking some time out to consider my options, I chose to go to graduate school to study Computer Engineering as it was the next logical career step, and that’s how I fell into technical engineering." “In my 12 years with Thales, I’ve done every job there is to do in software, first as a developer, as that’s how everyone starts out, before moving into software engineering, software project management, project engineering, functional management and more." “It was actually the THALES IFE Chief Engineer who approached me about my current role to see if I was interested in applying. I thought, if he’s asking, then I’m definitely interested!” Throughout her career, Maneesha has adopted a four-point check, something that she always instilled into her team while a manager, to ensure that each member was happy in his or her current position and career direction. In any situation, she explains that anyone should be able to ask themselves the same four questions: Do I like what I what I do? Do I enjoy my environment including my colleagues? Am I adequately compensated? Am I learning? Three or four positive answers means you’re in the right job, yet two or below shows that you need to make a change. And it’s this same positive outlook on happiness and progression that sees past team members return to her for advice, which she describes as a recurring highlight. In an industry that’s working hard to build a strong pipeline of diverse talent, Maneesha is always focused on securing positions due to her talents, experience and what she brings to the role, rather than her gender. Citing her parents as her role models, she values their influence and outlook on life for helping her to reach where she is today. Coming from a typical middle-class background, Maneesha has always held onto the positives gained from getting a good education, being honest and hardworking. She explains: “I always try to find inspiration from new accessible sources that can guide me and inspire me. Those inspirations have always come in the form of professors while in college and senior members in key leadership positions at work. I find it rather difficult to derive inspiration from historical figures as I am not able to relate to them or have a conversation with them. Over the years, I have learned to request mentorship help without formality, and such a request rarely goes unacknowledged.” Looking ahead, Maneesha’s career with Thales looks to continue to scale new heights. She continues: “Engineering is changing so fast, especially in software. I want to ride this wave of change and continue in leadership roles whether in full technical or full management." “For new talent entering the industry, young or old, remember, you don’t need to know everything about software. As long as you love technology and enjoy going between the big picture and details, then every task becomes a learning experience. No matter how difficult it may seem at first, there is a way to triumph." “To succeed, you need to be a problem solver, have the ability to embrace new challenges, develop new solutions, while remembering to carefully document the solution, so that others can understand it, replicate and derive inspiration from it. Imitation is the best form of flattery in such cases." “What’s great about Thales is that it allows you to touch almost every technology possible, at whatever depth you want. You can become an expert in any technology; Android, UI, UX, hardware development or cloud, the possibilities really are endless." “Whenever we start working on a new product line, we always take a step back to see the bigger picture and how the product will manifest itself in the bigger ecosystem. It’s this constant variety and learning journey that keeps it fun and exciting and the fact that what you do every day impacts people on a global scale.” Morson International is the UK's No.1 Aerospace Recruiter, with hundreds of jobs in aviation click here to find your next opportunity.

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    How to become a... Project Manager

    There are fantastic project manager jobs available in the UK, with the chance to work on exciting projects in a variety of different sectors. Keep reading to find out more about the skills you’ll need to enter this field and to discover if a career as a project manager is the right fit for you. RATES £20-80k dependent on experience HOTSPOTS Hinkley Point C / HS2 QUALIFICATIONS Undergraduate Degree What do project manager jobs involve? Project managers take on the responsibility for ensuring projects are completed on time and within budget, as well as ensuring all key objectives are met. In this role, you’ll be in charge of planning and overseeing all aspects of a project, leading by example and being seen as the main point of contact for key stakeholders. The role is a varied one, with the opportunity to work in a wide range of different sectors, including: Construction Engineering Architecture Marketing IT Manufacturing Public Sector The nature of project manager jobs mean that your day-to-day duties will vary, depending on the industry, organisation and project you’re working on. However, common activities include creating detailed project plans, working out budgets and resources, monitoring and tracking a project’s progress, carrying out risk assessments, recruiting and overseeing specialists and sub-contractors, evaluating results and more. What is a project manager’s salary? The salary you’ll earn as a project manager can vary considerably according to the industry you’re in, as well as the organisation and location. In an entry-level position, you can expect to earn anywhere between £20,000 and £35,000 per year. As you progress and gain more experience, this figure can rise to between £40,000 and £80,000 per year, depending on the industry. If you decide to go into business for yourself as a freelance contractor, you can set your own rate, with averages falling between £300 and £500 per day. These figures are intended as a guideline only. What skills do I need? To be a successful project manager you’ll need a good understanding of the industry you’ve chosen to work in, whether that’s construction, engineering, marketing or any other discipline. However, there are a number of key skills that are important for all project managers, regardless of sector. First and foremost, excellent organisational and time-management skills are key, as is the ability to multi-task and perform well under pressure. You’ll need good communication and interpersonal skills in order to motive your team and manage the expectations of senior management and other stakeholders. A good grasp of maths and some financial expertise is also important, as you’ll need to be able to create and manage budgets. What qualifications do I need? It’s possible to begin a career in project management with an undergraduate degree in any subject. However, certain subjects, especially those focused on business or management, will give you a head start by providing you with an understanding of the commercial elements of projects. If you complete an undergraduate degree in an unrelated subject, you can always opt to complete a postgraduate course in project management afterwards. Many large organisations offer graduate schemes, allowing you to gain vital industry experience, often while completing further training and qualifications. What are the hours and conditions? You can expect to work between 35 and 40 hours per week, Monday to Friday. However, this may vary in certain sectors. You may also be required to work additional hours during evenings and weekends to meet deadlines, as and when deadlines dictate. If you’re a freelancer, you can set your own hours. Your working environment will vary depending on your sector. You could find yourself spending most of your time in an office, or alternatively could spend a good deal of time based on construction sites or manufacturing plants. Career progression If you’re willing to put in the time and effort, there are numerous opportunities for progression throughout your career. To help you move up the career level, you may want to look into gaining a professional qualification through organisations such as the Association for Project Management (APM), Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and Project Management Institute (PMI). You’ll develop a number of transferable skills in your career as well, meaning you can choose to move into a different sector if you so wish. Areas of specialism As previously mentioned, there is a demand for project managers in a wide range of different industries, giving lots of opportunities for specialism. Rather than move from one sector to another, many project managers will choose to specialise in one, working to grow their knowledge in that specific field. To search for opportunities across the sector click here. Or, browse our dedicated HS2 and Hinkley Point C pages for more information.

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