Jubb’s staff and clients are the company’s two priorities. Maintaining this balance can be challenging as you can’t meet client needs without the right staff so, with an eye on the next 5 years’ growth, Jubb has re-focussed their recruitment strategy to provide a stronger and more rounded service across its four offices.
Rob Harrhy, Managing Director, comments:
“We believe that it is the personal touch we bring to client relationships that is a critical part of our offering and to maintain the standards we set for ourselves we recognise the need to strengthen our teams across the business. At our annual conference in January we published ambitious growth plans but, like many businesses, managing our response to COVID has absorbed a lot of our energy this year. This led us to temporarily pause to reflect on our needs in the light of the wider uncertainty across the economy. Whilst nobody can be really certain what the immediate future holds, we do sense a returning confidence and consider that now is the time for us to re-focus on the future. This involves strategic recruitment to strengthen our teams across the business generally and, crucially, a broader investment in our people to drive us forward.”
This people focus has led to the appointment of Kirstie Williams as Jubb’s first People and Development Manager – brought on board to manage the human resources side of the company and guide the growth of skills and talent within Jubb. Kirstie has over 15 years in learning and development, and HR roles within the professional services sector. She has experience designing and delivering development programmes focused on both technical and softer skills. These softer skills can often be overlooked in technical engineering roles, but Jubb believes that it is their focus on these non-technical areas which underpin their wider service delivery and makes the client experience more rewarding.
Jubb is also strengthening its civils teams across all offices with 4 recruits at various stages of their careers. In Cardiff, Mohamed Elshahier as been taken on as a Graduate Engineer following his time on a three-month work placement during his degree. Jubb was so impressed with him during that short time that they were pleased to offer him a full-time position upon graduation.
Also joining the Cardiff team is Alasdair Handley who joins from Arcadis.
The expansion of the civil engineering offering across the business is further enhanced through the recruitment of Rob Lowe from WFBA into the Winchester team and Liam Stew who joins from BDP in Bristol. Rob and Liam bring with them a wealth of experience in the delivery of development infrastructure across a range of sectors.
One of the cornerstones of Jubb’s growth strategy is to extend specialist skills into all offices to allow them to deliver a genuine, local, multi-disciplinary offer. Their re-focus on that plan has seen Chris Seddon join the team from WSP as Senior Geotechnical Engineer, the first expansion to the Ground Engineering Team in Cardiff.
The UK wide Jubb team work seamlessly together across offices, sectors, and services to support each other and deliver effective solutions for their clients. Kirstie Williams’ appointment comes at the right time for Jubb whose growth is bound to affect staff. Her experience of managing the impact on staff for various business improvement programmes will enable Jubb to continue to grow and develop as a cohesive team. She has run group and individual coaching and mentoring initiatives and dealt with performance management and communication – all of which are crucial to ensuring that all employees are supported and Jubb remains a challenging and rewarding place to work.