Jamie Kitzen - Project Manager
"We have a bunch of rules and regulations making safety paramount. None of us would have it any other way."
After seven years' experience as an engineer across Auckland, Jamie began employment at Higgins in June 2010 as a project manager. Quoting and tendering for works, setting up projects' schedules, budgeting, organising crews and subcontractors, liasing with clients, and overall day-to-day management, are all part-and-parcel of Jamie's role.
Jamie enjoys the family vibe at Higgins. Just recently he found himself in a sticky situation but within no time, a fellow colleague offered a hand and the problem was sorted. "It doesn't matter what your rank is; there's always someone above or below who's willing to help you out when you need it. No-one's dictated to, trust is laid in your abilities, and it just makes Higgins a really pleasant and productive place to work."
The majority of Higgins' work comes from the central government or private. However not long ago Jamie and his team landed a council project, widening a major intersection in Papakura, Auckland. "We won the contract with the faith from council on the back of our reputation and history of quality work. Not only did the job go extremely well, but we subsequently acquired more work afterwards."
On completion of any project Jamie walks over the site surveying the work with the client to make sure they're happy with the job. "If any concerns or issues are raised we'll get the crew back in asap to remedy them. We always want the final product to live right up to the client's expectations."