Just a Minute: Jamie Robbie

Just a Minute: Jamie Robbie

Jamie Robbie

Jamie Robbie, commercial manager at Forster Group, is the latest subject of SCN’s Just a Minute feature.

How did you get started in the industry?

I started at Forster Group straight from School almost 18 years ago. The company was running an apprenticeship scheme and had approached schools for candidates. I was always interested in the construction industry so I decided to put my name forward and was successful in getting the job.

Biggest professional achievement?

My biggest achievement to date has been working my way up the ranks at Forster Group since starting back in 2006. When I first joined the business, I was a Commercial Trainee and since then I have been Surveying Trainee, Assistant Surveyor, Surveyor, Surveying Manager and now Commercial Manager where I oversee the commercial department as well as management of surveyors and the customer service team.

Who has inspired you most in your career?

It’s really hard to pinpoint a specific person but I have been fortunate to have met and worked with a range of people across the construction industry from lots of organisations who I have come to know well. I have seen how they have progressed and this, in turn, has inspired me to push myself harder and achieve my own goals.

What do you like most about your job?

I love the variety of my job. One day I’m working on a full traditional slate re-roof of an Edwardian mansion and the next I’m dealing with largescale new build developments to create a bespoke integrated roofing and solar solutions for them.

It’s an exciting time to be working in the new build and renewables sector. To have seen its evolution and integration into the mainstream domestic market has shown that people are embracing the new technology and understand how it can help.

As a business, we are approaching a really exciting chapter. The new build housing market is improving which means we are able to support the creation of more new homes. Our recent partnership with Scottish Gas means we will be able to take our product to a new audience.

Forster Group is also in the process of developing a bespoke software platform for the business which will increase the efficiency across the departments.

And the least?

I would say the inconsistency of build programmes can make it difficult to progress things and can have a huge impact across all areas of the business.

What is the most important part of the industry?

The most important thing for me is that the business meets programme timescales and deadlines.

If you could change one thing in construction, what would it be?

We need to address skilled labour shortages as a priority as without people in these roles we can’t deliver our products effectively. I also think there needs to be more attention paid on build programmes and ensuring they are planned properly. It can sometimes feel like we work in an environment of organised chaos and I would bet many other companies across the industry would agree.

How do you receive your industry news?

Generally via email.

How would you change Scottish Construction Now?

I’m happy with the current format but a monthly hard copy would be good.

Which social media sites do you find the most useful?


Hobbies and interests?

Walking the dog, cycling and football.

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