Meet Matt – one of our Project Managers. He’s a Beardy fixer of things and Spinning Clock’s resident Panini connoisseur.
Matt, can you tell what you do and take us through an average day at work?
My day always starts with a coffee, I then sit down and plan out all the things I want to complete in that day with a healthy to-do list. My day will consist of managing a number of live projects I’m working on which can range from websites to live events, and a whole host of others in between. It’s always varied and always interesting.
My roles here at Spinning Clock don’t just sit with project management, they also include fixing things. I like to fix stuff. As such I keep a watchful eye on the company’s technical infrastructure and try to preempt any issues before they happen. I really enjoy it because you never know what might crop up and I love the challenge of fixing things.
My day might also involve looking for opportunities to connect with any of our clients who we may not have heard from in a while and inquiring whether help them in any way. We have a great relationship with all our clients and its always important to make sure we are looking after them.
From your picture above you seem to know a thing or two about birds, what else do get up to when you’re not at Spinning Clock HQ?
Well I have a stack of hobbies, but mostly my time is spent with my wonderful wife and daughter – whilst also renovating our house which was an absolute bombsite when we bought it. There’s nothing like a bit of DIY to keep me going.
Otherwise, I enjoy snowboarding, playing a variety of sports as well as meeting up with friends and playing some darts on a Tuesday. Though I’m still rubbish at it. I would say I hit around 32% of the targets I’m aiming for.
I also like baking… Mary Berry has taught me so much.
What’s the best part of being a member of the Spinning Clock team?
There’s two things that stand out, our team must be one of the finest arrangements of nice people in any Nottingham office. Everyone is great! Also, the variety of everyday work, it is always interesting and normally fun. Oh and obviously Panini Fridays, where we get together and eat toasted paninis every Friday (funnily enough) with guest toppings every week. Though I think Tim’s “pickled items” week left a little to the imagination, there was pickled: gherkins, beetroot and onions all in one sandwich… that was different. Safe to say we had to keep a wide berth from each other with our distinct breath!
It sounds like you have a great relationship with your colleagues but how would they describe you in three words?
Hmmm, that’s a good question, I would say… bearded, noisy and fun.
Do you have any advice for someone reading who wants to become a project manager – how did you land your job and what skills are essential day-to-day?
I would say not to discount any experience as useless. I’m interested in extracting as much out of any experience as I can, life is too short to miss the opportunities that each day brings, however small. I became a project manager after having spent a few years managing an events and music venue. You do gather a lot of necessary time and management skills when you manage events.
Also, be willing to start anywhere in a company you want to work for, don’t treat any work as below you, just get on a do it, and as long as you do well at what you do, the opportunities will come, sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly, but they will come nonetheless.
Thanks Matt for chatting to us this week! Join us for Spinning Clock Sit-Downs every Friday to meet the rest of the SC team. We’re a friendly bunch – you can catch up with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram too.