Meet Adam Ward, our brilliant new Senior Project Manager
We caught up with Adam Ward, who joins our Project Delivery team in the role of Senior Project Manager. We asked him about his career to date, his vision for the role, and what colleagues and clients can expect...
My secret ingredient is passion in the project, taking pride in what you're delivering and who you're delivering it for - to present quality work. No project isn't without hard work and taking care of what you do, and that's how I approach my job.
Adam Ward, Senior Project Manager
Firstly, describe your career path to date and how you got into project management?
My career started in the games and animation industry. I worked on Performance Capture projects for some well-known franchises and films. I then relocated to Brighton and began working in the Audio-Visual industry, where I have grown for the last few years, working on ever-increasing sized projects.
What made you choose Fresh Egg as the next step in your career path?
Since living on the south coast, I've seen how vibrant and creative the digital marketing sector is and have been looking to transfer into it, but it's never been the right time until now.
I love getting my teeth into a new challenge, and joining a growing, forward-thinking company at Fresh Egg will give me plenty to chew on!
It's clear we do fantastic work with our clients, but the most important thing to me during the interview process was the ethos and values, which matched mine.
What do you feel you bring to your new role from your previous jobs?
I feel like I've got a great background of successful projects and love delivering a project to a happy client. Having worked on several ongoing projects at once, I think I will fit in here as we're a growing company with plenty of exciting projects to tackle. I'm not afraid of hard work and getting involved, so I am keen to get up and go, meet our clients and get under the skin to address their needs, then deliver great work with the team here.
What do you think makes an excellent project manager?
I was once told (and agree with) that the Project Manager is the conduit of information – between the client, the internal teams, external teams and beyond.
For that, I believe you've got to be highly organised with strong attention to detail, then be a collaborative communicator to move the project along, talk to the right people at the right time delivering the correct information to hit milestones and provide a successful outcome.
Delivering projects is not always smooth sailing, so being adaptable and calm are two traits that are often needed to keep the ship steady. From my short time here so far, I've found an abundance of talent and experience, so I know these are colleagues I can trust.
Tell us about your most challenging project to date?
I've been fortunate enough to work on many exciting projects over the past few years. One of the most challenging was a complex Boardroom/multi-purpose space AV system. The final solution provided a space for large meetings or auditorium-style events, or the rooms could be closed individually with sliding doors. The challenge for me was the client's key stakeholders, and consultants were all in the US (with a significant time difference!).
I worked closely with the client and the design team early on to nail down exactly how the rooms would function. These conversations also extended to the construction contractors who were undertaking the redevelopment, discussing how our timelines would intertwine and how the system integrated into the architect's plans.
As the project progressed, I worked closely with the internal teams to ensure that progress was being made in procurement, resourcing and programming development – overcoming a few hurdles on the way! Whilst keeping the client updated and attaining their feedback with calls and emails at all hours.
The on-site deployment wasn't without challenges, as the timescale was tight. While complicated, we had confidence in our teams delivering the end solution, but only due to the thorough preparation work. While there were a few hiccups along the way, we rolled up our sleeves, worked hard, drank plenty of coffee and spent a couple of late nights testing and debugging with the client's team in the US to the desired result. I continued to work with this client for many years, delivering projects across Europe.
What can our clients look forward to with you take the reins of your first project?
First and foremost, a smile! I always try to start on the positives!
I like to get to know the client and the project as well as I can and the deliverables. Also, the why's and understanding the needs and benefits any project must deliver.
I'm a stickler for detail, and this helps to build precise project requirements from which I identity the milestones and how the project plan timeline will meet them. I like to stay in touch and keep clients updated at each step along the way; for updates and to get their thoughts – a collaborative approach helps keep everyone on the right page and moving forwards.
What is the one most important thing you think a successful project needs to have?
As mentioned earlier, organisation, communication and close attention to detail are vital elements a project needs.
But to me, the secret ingredient is passion in the project, taking pride in what you're delivering and who you're delivering it for - to present quality work. No project isn't without hard work and taking care of what you do, and that's how I approach my job.
What are you looking forward to most about working at Fresh Egg?
Learning, learning, learning – I'm looking forward to taking my experience managing projects and applying them to the wide range of services here. So far, every day, I feel something new is sinking in as I read, watch and listen. I'm excited to get started on some projects to work closely with the teams here and absorb their years of experience and expertise.
If you could only use one website (or app), which one would you choose?
My professional head says something sensible like Outlook or Trello. But my non-work head says Deliveroo, as there's little better than ordering pizza without leaving your sofa.
What do your friends and family think you do for a job?
Previously "Stuff with televisions" now "Stuff with the internet"… thanks guys.
Finally, what is your favourite way to eat an egg?
Scrambled on sourdough toast, with spinach… and mushrooms… maybe bacon, sausages… what was the question again?