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Engineering

Do you show great attention to detail? Creative? A problem solver? Perhaps a job in Engineering could be for you! Samantha loves being a Project Manager and being part of a team. 

Describe a normal day in your job

As a Project Manager an average day can involve anything and everything. Usually I am out on site meeting with contractors and stakeholders or in the office feeding back to the rest of the project team.

What skills/qualifications are relevant to your role?

I think a mix of problem solving and people skills. Projects are constantly evolving, so being able to discuss and solve issues as they arise is paramount. Different people are coming in and out of the projects every day so building effective relationships is also key.


What has been your career path to your current role and what experience do you have?

I studied Aeronautical Engineering at university and worked in wind tunnel testing of tall buildings and structures for a few years, first as an Engineer and then as a Project Manager. I had no previous experience in the food manufacturing industry, but through investigating complex problems and managing fast paced projects I gained a lot of skills which were easily transferred.

What further training/ courses have you completed or are completing?

This year I am starting my formal project management training through Prince2 and an International Diploma, with a view to working towards chartership next year.

What is the best thing about your job?

It is very rare that two days are the same. Travelling around so much can be difficult, but I get to spend time in some of the most beautiful parts of the country and meet some really interesting people.

What interested you in a career in Aquaculture?

I had never considered Aquaculture before The Scottish Salmon Company, but for me that was part of the appeal. There is constantly more to learn about the business and the processes involved, particularly in areas like biology or the environment.

Why would you encourage others to think about a career in Aquaculture?

Aquaculture isn’t just about fish farming - it is so broad. There’s such a range of roles vital to making the wheel turn, the industry needs professionals from all backgrounds.


Name

Samantha

Job title

Project Manager

Location

Glasgow