Meet Beth Dale - an insight into her role as site manager

At Murphy, we believe our people are our greatest asset, which is why they are at the heart of our company and everything we do. This week we caught up with graduate site manager, Beth Dale, to talk about her time at Murphy so far.

What is your name and your role title?

Beth Dale, site manager.

Where are you normally based? 

I am normally based at the Harefield Southall Pipeline Diversion in North West London, although I am now on three sites near Birmingham as well.

In a nutshell, what do you do at Murphy? 

I deliver projects safely, on budget and on time, and to the right quality for my client by ensuring that the right people are in the right place, at the right time, with the right paperwork, tools and materials to carry out the work. It’s all a giant jigsaw puzzle.

What do you enjoy the most about your role?

I enjoy that no two days are ever the same, from doing tender reviews for major subcontracts, to large concrete pours, third party audits, and even standing in an empty field with one drawing, envisioning how we are going to deliver for our client.

What attracted you to working in the construction industry?

Coming into construction was pretty much by accident. I wanted to be a teacher, but realised I didn’t have the temperament for it (teachers are way more patient than I am!). I started applying to random graduate schemes and got accepted into a Network Rail programme, 3 years’ service in return for a master’s degree, sounded like a good deal even if it I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with my career. From the first week I knew I was in construction for life.

I quickly realised that everyone in construction is applying a subtle yet crucial change to our country. The gas pipe I helped construct heats thousands of homes in winter and the bridge I helped build is crossed by hundreds of people every day to get to work or see their families. 

What has been your favourite project to work on and why?

My favourite project is Farnworth Tunnel, which I worked on in 2015. We had challenges, as projects often do, but there was this intense one team spirit, everything and everyone just fit together so well, and we still keep in touch to this day.

Posted 26 February 2019

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