A Coffee and a Chat with… Keir Anderson, Commercial Manager

One of the key divisions within the business here at Worksmart is our commercial team, who are on hand to ensure that all our interior fit-out and refurbishment projects run smoothly. Kieran sat down with Keir Anderson, our Commercial Manager, to talk about his role in the company.

KJ: Hi Keir, what are some of your key responsibilities within Worksmart?

KA: I am responsible for the commercial functions of our projects working along with our operations and estimating department. I am based out of our Edinburgh office and have a key focus on projects in the East of Scotland but I am also involved in projects across the Central Belt.

KJ: How did you enter the world of construction?

KA: I studied Quantity Surveying at Edinburgh Napier University on a day release basis, while working as a trainee surveyor with Balfour Beatty Construction and BAM. This allowed me to gain on the job experience, as well as achieving my honours degree. I joined Worksmart in July 2017 and immediately began working on several high profile projects.

KJ: What does a typical day look like for you?

KA: My typical day involves ensuring smooth operation of my projects, which can entail visiting sites, cost reporting, placing sub-contract orders and liaising with our clients and supply chain.

KJ: There have been significant skill shortages in the UK interiors sector. How do you feel we can improve this?

KA: It is absolutely crucial to make the world of fit-out and refurbishment as appealing to the younger generation as possible from an early age. I believe the industry as a whole needs to improve and increase its engagement with children and schools to demonstrate the opportunities that are available within our industry.

KJ: Finally, what do you enjoy doing in your free time?

KA: During my free time I like to enjoy family time with my young daughter, watching sport and travelling.

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