Jacob Consterdine

Role at Harlow:

Manufacturing Project Manager

Tell us about your role at Harlow:

I think my role at Harlow Timber Group is one of the most varied, which is what I enjoy most about it. No working day is the same with my responsibilities changing from chasing and taking initial enquiries to co-ordinating manufacturing schedules. Monitoring health and safety requirements on sites to offering after service packages to all of our customers which is often the most rewarding. Seeing how the buildings we put in place get put to use whether it be for horses, chickens, or sheds for home.

What do you enjoy about working for Harlow?

The main thing is enjoy most is the team I work with and the camaraderie we have built in our department. You can have some real stressful days but know that everyone involved will pull through in the right direction and offer the support you need.

Tell us about the Timber Manufacturing department at Harlow and it’s capabilities?

If you can think it, we can make it.

With expert craftmanship by all involved working on our shop floor, no project is too big or too small. Primarily the department has specialised in the manufacture of Poultry and Equine buildings, as you can see on the website, but we are keen to expand into new markets. One of our most popular features is the versatile building range. This is a range of buildings that is anything from a garage, workshop or even a gym and really tries to incorporate anything the customer desires.

It has been said that Harlow can be it’s own best kept secret in terms of the scope of what we can supply & manufacture. What are the capabilities & products you are most proud of or you would like to highlight?

Harlow is certainly it’s own best kept secret. To be able to offer everything from timber importing to merchanting as well as engineered trusses and floors for house builders all of the country is something truly unique. To add manufacturing into that offers such a wide range of opportunity for prospective and existing customers. From a departmental point of view, the manufacturing department have been involved in some amazing projects. Historically we have supplied poultry units to the middle east and more recently we have supply projects for some of the major racecourses in the country. Despite that, some of the most rewarding projects are bespoke manufactured items such as work benches to a college for their students to use.

Harlow is a newly formed Employee Owned Trust. What are your experiences with the evolution of the business?

When I first started the family was heavily involved so to see the recent change is definitely something different. I am looking forward to embracing the change and seeing where the department can now progress. With it being an EOT it means we can have greater involvement and even within the first few months I have felt the new directorship listen to ideas and give the employees in our department the greatest opportunities to prove ourselves and develop.

Lastly, what are your hopes and aspirations both for yourself and Harlow in the years to come?

The pandemic was a difficult time for the manufacturing department so in the short term I am looking to consolidate the good foundations we have built in recent times and then use that as a platform to grow the department as a whole in conjunction with the rest of Harlow Timber Group. Personally I have just completed Prince2 qualifications so I am looking to further develop myself in project management and learn as much as possible, hopefully proving valuable to the business as I progress.