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Senior Team Spotlight – Max Elswood, Project Director, Data Centers

2nd April 2022

What does a typical day look like for you?

It’s the age-old adage that no day is the same, but it’s the truth.  Joining Soben at this time has been incredibly refreshing as we move into the next phase of growth. Playing a part in that was a key driver for me joining.

I start my day off with a very strong cup of coffee around 7am, catch up on current affairs and start my working day around 7:30.  We have teams working across all time zones so that can vary – the constant is always the cup of coffee!  During the day it’s always a real mixture, from virtual calls to in-person meetings with clients, site teams, or our wider global team.  I’m a supporter of face-to-face interactions so I try to travel whenever I can.

Outside of work, when the weather picks up, I’m usually out on the road bike a few times a week to catch some sunshine and unwind, until then it’s an indoor turbo trainer session.  My wife and I love to cook so that usually forms the main part of the evening before relaxing with a good Netflix series or film.

What first attracted you to the construction industry?

Construction runs in the family, my Dad was a Quantity Surveyor and as a result of that I was lucky enough to live abroad and have exposure to different cultures and environments from an early age.  Seeing what the industry could do for an individual and a family was something I was immediately interested in. Coupled with a work experience stint at school that gave me a taste of what working on site was like and I was instantly attracted.  The attraction still  continues today. It’s a global industry with vast opportunities to come in at any level and thrive.

What are your predictions for the construction industry over the next 12-18 months?

For my sector, personally I see the rapid growth continuing but with the same challenges of supply chains being at capacity, especially as we enter new regions.  This coupled with the tragic conflict we are witnessing at the moment lends itself to uncertainty.  I’m passionate about working with and developing local talent as they are a vital part to our future success abroad.

I echo the comments from my colleagues in that I want Soben to be a truly unique employment experience and place people aspire to work and grow at.

What are your goals for Soben in that time?

We are in a very competitive market so differentiating ourselves will be key.  My goals align with the wider business in as much as we should be sustainable, and aim for quality growth in our people, service, and global presence.  I feel there is a lot we can give back to the industry so watch this space. 

What have been your defining career moments?

Saying yes to working abroad at the start of my career, if personal circumstances allow I recommend this to anyone.