Craig Finlayson, Divisional Director, United Arab Emirates
After leaving high school I embarked on a training programme as a quantity surveyor with a small private firm in Scotland in 1999. The traineeship allowed me to study part time and at the same time obtain on-the-job experience. In 2002, I joined Currie & Brown in Glasgow and was fortunate to work on many types of projects across different sectors – from healthcare to retail, from new builds to refurbishments.
I transferred to Currie & Brown’s Dubai office in 2008 as a senior cost manager and was exposed to projects of a much larger scale. While it was a daunting experience at first moving from fast-track retail fit-outs or commercial new builds in the UK to incredible projects I had only ever read about, I quickly adjusted and settled into the new way of life. I have recently been promoted to divisional director.
As account manager for one of Currie & Brown’s larger clients, I am responsible for around 25 members of staff, overseeing and managing the delivery of various services including cost management, project management and claims/arbitration.
An important part of my job is to support our graduates on the APC programme. I am involved in the roll-out of the Currie & Brown programme throughout the Middle East and act as counsellor to a number of APC candidates.
I have enjoyed the transition into the management position, shifting from a technical role to managing teams, securing new business and learning and developing the mechanics of the business. Key success factors have been managing expectations, effective communication and strategic planning and engagement.
Working for Currie & Brown, with its network of offices around the world, has presented me with opportunities not only to progress my career and professional development but also to travel and gain an awareness of different cultures and work with some great people. The company’s values are at the root of the organisation and I have always found that Currie & Brown prides itself on its people and provides opportunities for those who show an enthusiasm and a desire for success. The team at Currie & Brown make it the business it is today and I’m glad to be a part of it.