Kate Miller | Interview

by | Feb 10, 2022

Kate

SVGC Staff Profiles

At SVGC we’re proud to be a small business formed of experienced, highly qualified people operating on a national platform. Our team collectively has vast knowledge of strategic planning, public sector decisions, innovative technologies, data science and agile working methodologies.

Get to know Kate Miller, our new Deputy Business Manager who has over 15 years’ experience in project control; including project life cycle, commercial and financial aspects of the project. Kate joined SVGC from Thales where she held the post of Project Controller mainly focusing on internal business within the Thales group. Kate is enjoying the new challenge of working for an independent company again and looking forward to getting stuck in; especially as SVGC is approaching its 25th Anniversary.

1. What are your ‘must haves’ to start the working day? (tea, coffee, your dog, background music, podcast, favourite pen/notebook etc etc)

The ideal must have is a good night’s sleep! Usually, I try to start the day with a run if I can, and as I’m an early bird, I like to start work early. If I’m not in the office I enjoy the background radio or a podcast during the day and my favourite is the Sound of the 90’s, with Fearne Cotton, which is great for feeling nostalgic.

2. What’s your proudest work achievement to date?

In a previous role being involved with the streamlining of the invoicing system was a huge win, because it made such a big difference to the team in time-saving and accuracy. Previously it was a manual process which took at least two weeks and also had a higher chance of error. We procured a new fit-for-purpose system; carried out the user acceptance testing; introduced it into the business and bedded it in – and it reduced the processing time to half a day. I was definitely proud to be a part of that.

3. What do you love most about what you do?

I love getting stuff done, and also ensuring that everything is correct. It’s good to help things run smoothly and know that I’m making a difference in the background. And I like being busy, which is perfect for a business manager!

4. What does your typical working day look like?

There is such a lot of variety in this role, and, whilst I am new to SVGC and can’t predict a typical day as yet, I’m sure that it will include plenty of variety from the monthly invoicing to assisting with the frameworks and other essential commercial support.

5. When you hit a wall workwise, what do you do to help overcome the hurdle?

Definitely getting out in the fresh air for a walk helps me to put it to one side come back to it the next day. Or, (like many of us I expect), I make a cup of tea. Most things look more manageable after a cup of tea!

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