JMS welcomes two new talented stars to their team

August 30, 2019 News

JMS may be renowned for their ability to deliver ambitious and forward-thinking infrastructure design solutions throughout the UK, but they are also increasing their reputation as one of the industry’s top employers. And as two of their recent acquisitions show, they have no trouble recruiting the best…

Scott Sizer comes to JMS after completing his degree in Architectural Engineering at the University of Leeds. “I chose this course because it was designed to teach me the skills I needed to be a great engineer, but with a specific focus on understanding the needs of architects. After graduation, I discovered that JMS were expanding, I couldn’t believe my luck when I was offered a job. With so many ambitious and large-scale projects lined up, there’s no better place to be for an architectural engineer right now. It’s going to be an exciting few years.”

Photo:  Scott Sizer and Harry Burrows

Harry Burrows, a Sheffield University Structural Engineering graduate, had already cut his teeth in various residential, commercial and educational developments in the Cambridge and Bury St. Edmunds areas. When JMS saw what he had achieved in his career since graduating eight years ago, they snapped him up. “I love being able to work with a variety of clients here at JMS, and I’m excited to develop my engineering skills further, as well as sharpen my management skills. And thanks to JMS’ incredible workplace culture, which values a positive work/life balance, I get to have every second Friday off, as do all the staff here. And this gives me more time to spend with my young family.”

A positive place to work

For JMS East Anglia Director, Mark Weston, attracting the best is about offering a great package: “We are delighted that Scott and Harry have joined our team, because they are talented and ambitious young men. Obviously, they are attracted by our reputation as industry leaders with a rapidly increasing national presence, but we have also gained a name as an employer who looks after their staff.”

With staff perks such as that every second Friday off, which means team members enjoy an extra 26 paid days off a year on top of their regular holidays, it is hard not to be impressed. “It’s about working smarter, not harder.” Says Mark. “We trust our staff to be focused on their work when they are here, but we also respect that they have lives outside of work, and we want them to get the most of that work/life balance. Those extra days off actually improve our work rate, because people respond so well to having more freedom.”

JMS’ approach to working methods is refreshing, particularly as the construction industry has sometimes suffered from a reputation for long hours, tight deadlines and low pay. And as this Suffolk based company continue to expand, with offices opening all over the UK, they are clearly onto something.

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