Employee Showcase: Dan John is our Commercial Manager here at GEL
Here's what he had to say...
Name: Daniel John
Current Role: Commercial Manager
Started: September 2014
Life Before Geotech?
I began working for Halliburton as a Logging Geologist on offshore installations around the UK. I was mostly responsible for wellsite monitoring and collecting cutting samples including their analysis and logging. I was promoted to Data Engineer after a year and became responsible for reporting and quality control of our data. The last 6 months I spent as a Crew Leader, responsible for operations on one of the company’s high-profile projects and a crew of 4 staff.
Why did you choose to work for GEL?
I’ve always had an interest in the field of engineering geology and when I read further into the role, it was something that I was very interested in pursuing.
What other roles have you had at GEL?
I was hired as an Engineering Geologist, staying in the Engineering Department for 2 years before joining the commercial team.
What do you love about GEL?
Each project, each client and each day has its own set of challenges that need to be overcome. No 2 days are ever the same and I enjoy the variety that the company/industry offers.
What’s the least enjoyable part of your role?
The Commercial Team are responsible for providing all areas of the company with work and that means submitting estimates and competitive tenders. As the competitive nature suggests, we do not always ‘win’ and get awarded the work. Our tenders can be evaluated in many ways but some can be won or lost by a few percent, a matter of hundreds of pounds, which can be very frustrating especially for larger projects as they are very time-consuming to complete. However, lessons are always learned so we are able to progress and ensure we get the win next time!
Who have you most enjoyed working with?
Working with anyone with good experience is always useful. GEL has many experienced members of staff, including some who sit on boards of organisations that have a big say in the ground investigation industry such as the AGS and BDA. The Engineering Department also has a number of Geotechnical Consultants who have gained peer judged qualifications who you often work closely with during fieldworks.