How would you describe your job?
I head up the production department here at Animade, line-managing our project manager Georgie. I’m responsible for keeping an overview of all the work that goes on, ensuring we have adequate resources to complete projects on time and within budget, while aiming for maximum profitability.
I lead weekly project catch-ups, manage various client and internal projects, and plan regular catch-ups with clients and internal team members to make sure we’re always on the same page with projects. My work also involves creating scopes of work and service agreements for projects, reviewing estimates, signing off and sending invoices and maintaining relationships with our lovely suppliers.
What does a typical working day look like?
I commute for an hour and thirty minutes from Essex, flying by the ever-reliable wings of our fair national rail service. Morning rituals include buckets of coffee and a bowl of porridge, and we have a daily stand-up that allows us to focus on the key points from the previous day and the things we’re focusing on that day. An ideal working day involves ticking lots off my list; and any day where I get to make people happy by over-delivering (always the dream!)
Our working hours are 9am to 6pm with an hour for lunch. We try to stick to that as much as we can by getting our heads down between those hours; a good work-life balance is an intrinsic part of the workplace culture here. The time split between tasks is totally ad hoc; it depends on what needs the most focus that day, and when you work for third party clients, priorities are constantly changing. We’re big Trello fans here – I use it to split my working week into day ‘lists’ with cards marked red for the most important items.