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A Day in the Life of a Rap Project Manager

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Rap Interiors

Project Manager
Salary in excess of £35k which is negotiable plus package.
Rap Interiors is a successful Kent based Design and Fit Out Contractor, based in Maidstone but with refurbishment projects throughout London and the South East.
Due to an amazing workload and forward order book this is an opportunity for a project manager to join an expanding team.
The Job Role
As Project Manager you will take full operational & commercial ownership of the project, involved heavily in the procurement of materials, subbys, programming, initial site set up and cost management of the job. Once the project is underway you would be totally responsible for the day to day management of the on site team on multi projects at once. Working as part of the team with the Surveying/Estimating team and our design dept good communications throughout will be essential.Knowledge of JCT and Design and Build contracts would be beneficial but not essential as training and personal development is encouraged within Rap.
Our concept is to look after our clients all the way, making sure we have great relationships developing all the time.
A lot of our business is repeat and referral, and with an amazing website we receive some amazing enquiries from clients who love the wow factor for their business.
Rap has a family fun, social culture and we have a lot of fun doing what we do.
It would be great if the applicant lived within 20 miles of Kent HQ office so travelling to and from the office doesn’t cause a problem longterm.
Essential Skills
Good Memory – don’t have to be told things twice
Organisational skills, time keeping, paperwork, cost management, understanding of onsite build queries
Good relationship building with clients, suppliers, contractors and the Rap team
Attention to detail
Commitment to snag completing
Sharing information with the team
Knowledge of fit out and refurb work
Able to hit the ground running!
Good understanding of Microsoft Excel and Word would be expected, also Microsoft Project would be beneficial
Asbestos Awareness
CSCS … Essential
First AidWhat Can You Expect
Rap Interiors offer a Private Health scheme (2 years after joining), Company van, Pension scheme, 20 days holiday plus Bank hols, salary negotiable – please enquire.
Salary in excess of £35k which is negotiable plus package.
Hours of working can sometimes need flexibility as sometimes starting off on weekends is needed.
What To Do Next
Please send your CV and a covering letter stating what you can bring to the table and why you would be a great candidate to consider joining our tight knit company to julie@rapinteriors.co.uk
Alternatively apply here on Jobs in Kent
Check out our About the Team page and some of the fun stuff we get up to.
What Our Staff Say
“It’s a fun family sized business and we have lots of fun and hilarious times in the office as well. It’s always busy and we all help each other”
“I came here on work experience and straight away was in far deeper than I imagined and I love it. I have been given so many opportunities to have Free Design input – I love it here, so diversified”
“I have been encouraged to develop myself so much and now even only 2 years in am heading up the implementation of the estimating software changes. Every project we design and price is so different….who thought I would be involved in the specification of a slide in an office. It’s great here”
“Rap took a real chance on me and they and I have never looked back. We attract very nice clients and being more site based I enjoy the transition that others have designed and priced. It’s a different game every day but the end result we all work towards is pride in our company”“I wasn’t sure about working in Construction as a Designer but this company is so creative and dynamic. They listen to peoples suggestions and empower people to get involved and everyone speaks up. This is not a normal fit out company, it’s not driven by sales people it’s driven by passion”
Rap Interiors is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, region/belief, sexual orientation or age.
We are seeking someone to start immediately and this vacancy closes Sunday 25th June

In this month’s ‘Day in the Life’ blog, we speak to one of Rap’s trusty project managersParry Anderson. Whether you’re interested in being a project manager or simply want to see what life is like working for Rap, Parry will give you an interesting insight here!

Summarise what life is like being a project manager for a London Interior design company

A project manager’s job is very varied. Once a job is won it gets handed over to a project manager, and we then have two weeks to procure everything. During this process we have to look at the drawings, specifications and quotes. We then get the subcontractors in place ready to carry out the works. Then it is a case of running the project until it is handed over and invoiced.

We are out of the office a lot, whether it be looking at new jobs or overseeing them. So we can be out on site from half six in the morning and out all day sometimes. When we’re finished on site we often have to go and get materials.

Then there’s the office side of things. When we’re in the office we liaise with clients, write orders, organise for estimators to quote jobs, and sort out handovers.

What is your favourite part of working for a London interior design company?

I think my favourite part of the job is seeing the transformation at the end, especially when there is a big change. We’ve had many instances where we’ve taken on a job with a really old and tired building and turned it into a state-of-the-art space.

Ultimately I like it when clients give us positive feedback and are visibly happy with the transformation. That’s what we aim for; to ensure that the client is happy with the work and that they have the ideal space for their needs.

What have been your project highlights so far?

The Questor Insurance office fit out was a very interesting project. They wanted the space to be fun and eye-catching, so it included things like a ping pong table, bean bag chairs and a beer fridge.

The other one was Martin Tolhurst, just due to the fact that we mixed the old and the new to create a space that was both modern and traditional. The other project that sticks out in my mind was the London fit out of Crown Office Chambers, which was a simple but very effective kitchen transformation.

What’s the most challenging part of being a project manager?

Probably when you’ve got several projects on the go at once. When everybody is busy it is a challenge to ensure everything runs smoothly. It is just a case of keeping on top of things to avoid pitfalls.

Prior to working for Rap you were a self-employed fixer. What has the transition been like?

The transition hasn’t been too hard because I used to run jobs out on site. It is just the office side of things – the processes and using a computer more – that has changed really.

Thanks for Reading

We hope that Parry’s Q&A has given a good idea as to what life is like overseeing and organising projects. If Parry has inspired you to pursue a career in project management, then make sure you keep tabs on the ‘Work for Us‘ page for any upcoming vacancies.

Want to read more from our ‘Day in the Life’ series? If so, then check out our last blog, ‘A Day in the Life of a Rap Interior Designer’ here