SPOTLIGHT ON…

Dean Rackham

Contracts Manager (Aviation),
BMSI

What three words would you use to describe your role at BMSI?

Diverse

Challenging

Rewarding

What does a typical day look like for you at BMSI?

Every day is different at Aviation, we do not have a separate design department so our engineers get involved in all aspects of procurement, design, documentation and overall management. This can put a lot of pressure on our engineers as we cannot turn over as much sales (per head) as our counterparts in Major Projects. Despite this challenge however, the team are all very hardworking and talented, so the process is still very rewarding.

If you could switch jobs with someone at BMSI, who would it be?

I would switch with a Commissioning Engineer as their role seems to be even more diverse than my own and is very hands on, dealing with software, graphics and commissioning aspects – I think it would be very diverse and interesting.

What are your biggest professional challenges?

Sub-contractors, whether they are Electrical, MCC Manufacture or Commissioning – over the last 28 years in the industry, if I’ve learnt anything it’s that surrounding yourself with trusted, reputable and high quality sub-contractors, is the key to a successful project.

What is the worst part of your job?

Customer internal systems, which can sometimes mean that BMSI has to alter our standards to suit the customers.

Even with the same customer, standards can differ from job to job, it’s just a time-consuming but necessary part of the role, but it’s my least favourite part.

Which employee gives you the most help in your role?

Gerry Howells, who is an experienced Commissioning Engineer. Gerry can turn his hand to almost anything – PM, MCC, MODS, the list is endless!

What would you change at BMSI?

I would like to see all staff engaged in future changes and development. Our employees have much to add and contribute to all aspects of the business.

We are nothing without our staff and their experience could be an invaluable tool that we are not currently utilising to its full potential.

What will be the best thing about working at BMSI in 2018?

The team spirit we have in Aviation is great! It is such an enjoyable team to work in ,which in turn breads success and helps towards the positive growth of the business.

The customers we deal with are pretty much end users which means we have a different experience to main stream contracting which makes for a diverse and enjoyable environment.

What advice would you give to new entrants into the company?

Be positive and never, ever be afraid to ask difficult questions and challenge your peers – no one is perfect and we can all learn from each other!

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

Taking long walks with my dogs, watching  a lot of football and cricket and of course a bit of socialising.

…and finally, what’s your Monday morning motto to get you through the week?

It’s nearly Friday! Onwards and upwards!