I joined Eadon as a Chartered Engineer in 2011. I was nervous about moving from a large engineering consultancy to what was then a very small team; however, I need not have worried. There are many advantages to working for a small company, including involvement in projects from start to finish; enquiry, quoting, review of contracts, kick-off, project delivery and sometimes support through manufacture and on-site installation. Eadon also work across multiple sectors and all of our projects are one-offs, meaning that I never do the same thing twice and there is a huge amount of variety in my day job. This presents its own challenges; I am constantly having to learn new things, ranging from application of engineering first principles to a tricky problem, commercial relationships, analysis packages, engineering design codes. Whilst I occasionally wish for an easy day at work, I feel lucky to have a job where I am constantly learning and developing.
Eadon is structured around project teams; I might be leading a team of engineers on one project, directing work and monitoring progress against programme, then acting in a supporting role on another project doing hand calculations, FE analysis and 3D modelling. This team-based approach encourages knowledge sharing, fosters strong teams and also helps to develop all engineers in the office towards project lead roles.
Part of my role includes business development, sales and networking, which has included attending and presenting at conferences, meeting new people and identifying potential opportunities to work with other companies.
Eadon have a flexible working policy that allows for variable start and finish times around core hours, as well as the opportunity to apply for reduced hours, which makes it possible to combine a challenging career with young children. Eadon encourage a healthy work life balance and value people’s home lives, whilst offering a welcoming and open workplace that is a supportive place to develop as an engineer.