Coffee & a Chat with Gary Baxter – Project Manager

Relatively new to the Worksmart family, Project Manager Gary Baxter describes how impressed he has been with the company since joining just under a year ago.

Tell me a bit about your working background and how you came to join Worksmart?

I began my career as a joiner in the early 1990s, specialising in private bespoke properties. From there, I ended up in the Refurb and Fit-Out industry. I worked for one company for 12 years, progressing from joiner to supervisor in eight or nine months and then on to site manager the following year. After that I worked as a site manager for various companies.

I’ve only been with Worksmart since December 2017. Initially, I spoke to Stevie [Neilson], he’s a genuine guy and everything he’s said he’ll do for me he’s come through on; I’ve been received very well here, and I hope I’m doing a good job in return.

Describe your role and the responsibilities you have?

I’ve been working as a project manager for the last couple of years, the roles and responsibilities of the job are primarily the same as that of a site manager, but on larger scale projects. There’s a lot more detail involved as well as more interaction between design teams and clients.

It’s a job I love. You tend to get a lot more involved and into each project when you’re the project manager.

Did you think your career would progress this way back in the early days when you were a joiner?

Back in the early days I had no idea how things would progress! You go from job to job, with the jobs getting bigger each time, and you can see yourself progressing and begin to get an idea of where you would like to be. Worksmart have been good enough to support me on this path.

How would you like to see your career progress in the next few years?

In the next few years I’d probably like to get into contracts management, which would be looking after several projects at the one time. But for the moment I’m very happy as a project manager.

What’s your best piece of advice for a young person looking to get into your profession?

Stick in and do things properly. My old contracts manager used to say: “if you’re in a house fitting a door you should take 30 minutes; if you’re on a commercial job, you should take an hour.” The commercial game is a lot harder and you’re judged on your last job, so you’d better make sure you’ve done things properly.

What’s your favourite thing about working at Worksmart?

There’s a real community feel around the company. The management are there to boost you and help you at all times. It’s a very positive environment, there’s no negativity and there’s a great work ethic within the company.

When you’re not in the office, what do you like getting up to?

I’ve got two kids, so they keep me very busy! Other than that, I enjoy a game of golf now and again.