Handing over the keys is the icing on the cake

Date: Tuesday 20 May 2014

Dave Holland desk web

Handing home-buyers the keys to their new place is just one of the many highlights of the job for Dave Holland, Taylor Wimpey East Midlands’ award-winning Site Manager.

Dave (35) joined us straight from university in 2002, quickly working his way up to his current position of Senior Site Manager, and he’s been overseeing the build at our Briars Chase development in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, for the past five years.  

Despite having more than a decade’s experience in the trade, the novelty of seeing buyers getting their keys has yet to wear off for Dave.

“The best part of the job, without a doubt, is the completion of a house sale, and I get to see the customers move in,” says Dave, who grew up in Calverton, near Nottingham.

“It’s especially pleasing to see first-time buyers on the day they move, as they are so excited to get the keys for their first home. It’s so rewarding to see their reactions.”

While new home-owners are impressed with the high-quality properties at Briars Chase, the impeccable standards Dave demands of his team have not gone unnoticed either. 

In 2013, he was awarded a coveted NHBC Pride in the Job award for his work at Briars Chase – in fact, it was the second time he’d won the prestigious industry gong.

He says: “The award gives both myself and the team recognition for all the hard work we put in throughout the year. A Pride in the Job award is an indicator of quality, which means the customer who buys a home at Briars Chase is getting the very best home.”

Every day at Briars Chase is different for Dave, who has to co-ordinate a large workforce comprising a variety of tradespeople, to ensure the build programme runs like clockwork. He oversees deliveries, ensures the highest levels of health and safety are adhered to, liaises with the sales team and stays in regular contact with purchasers and those who have moved into their new homes to make sure they are happy. 

“Communication is an important aspect of being a successful Site Manager,” says Dave. “The lads on the site want somebody who is organised. They want the right drawings and the right materials delivered on time to be able to do their jobs.

“You need to be a team player and you’ve got to have a craic with the lads, but must be able to control them when need be, as at the end of the day you are their boss.”

Dave studied archaeological technology at Nottingham Trent University, and spent a gap year with us as an Assistant Site Manager, before taking up the position permanently following his graduation in 2002.

“While I came from a university background, other Site Managers have worked their way up through the trade,” says Dave.

“There’s a variety of ways to become a Site Manager with Taylor Wimpey because they do everything to help you progress and succeed in your career. They are interested in you, and put you through all the training you need – they support you in every way to allow you to do your job.”