31st May 2022

Emerging Leader Programme + Q&A with Daniel Cormack

Our Emerging Leaders have just completed a session on "Setting Strategic Direction", which focused on the importance of strategy and sharing the message to ensure that everyone is pulling in the same direction.

Working in teams, the Emerging Leaders completed a market and financial analysis before identifying on the agreed strategy for the company. With the strategy identified, our Emerging Leaders then presented their analysis and strategic pitch to the “Board of Directors”.

Thank you to our Board of Directors (Iain Sinclair, Mike Bathurst, Adam Macleay, Sarah Dunn and Steven Ferguson) for supporting our Emerging Leaders on their growth journey.

Session Feedback

What went well? Session feedback from some of our Emerging Leaders;

Enjoyed working together as a group to deliver the presentation

Working together to beat the maze

Enjoyed project activity and being pushed out of my comfort zone

Great to do, rather than hear

Great working in a group and applying what we have learnt

Q&A With Emerging Leader, Daniel Cormack

Tell us about you… what’s your work history to date?

Having left Invergordon Academy in the summer of 2009, I was given the opportunity to come and work for Global Energy Group.

This initial period saw me work for various parts of the Group, carrying out several roles – it started with the IT team helping pull together IGRIS training manuals and deliver some small-scale training sessions. I then moved across to then newly formed “Global Logistics” where I carried an operation/accounts assistant type role, my works mainly focussed on ensuring we had PO’s and sales invoices raised for goods/services purchased. I did a short stint at Ross County assisting with ticket sales and transport for the Scottish Cup Final in 2010, before settling into a Finance Assistants role within Isleburn (now North and South Fabrication) where I was responsible for the sales ledger and carrying out credit control.

After a couple of years of working within the Finance team, I moved across to the Commercial department where initially I carried out a cost controller role for our lump sum and cost reimbursable projects. During this time, I tried to learn and absorb as much information as I could from everyone around me.

I then took on the role of Quantity Surveyor where I got exposure to various forms of Contract’s and carried out the month end WIP sheet’s for North Fabrication and South Fabrication along with collating live project variations and working closely with Senior Management assisting the collation of data and reports, laterally giving my input to assist Senior Management on high level decisions.

In 2019 I moved into the Hinkley Point Project full-time as the Commercial Lead where I was responsible for all day-to-day commercial activity. This large scale project is currently a live job and, in our workshops, as we speak. It was a great learning curve being able to see this project from an early engagement phase through to Contract award and working on a daily basis with an extremely experienced internal project team and client commercial team.

Recently I have taken up the Commercial Manager’s role for North and South Fabrication, which I am really enjoying and looking forward to where this role may lead to in the future.

Who or what inspired you to pursue the career you have today?

There is not one particular person, instead I have taken inspiration from various individuals throughout my life – parents, friends, family, teachers, colleagues and others mainly sports people who I have never met.

I am thankful to my parents and the way in which they brought me up – at the time I always thought they were too strict but it’s not until now where I am that little bit older where you appreciate the principles that they installed into me.

Can you provide details of a professional accomplishment in the group that you are proud of?

I recently became Commercial Manager for the North and South Fabrication business units – this is something I am extremely proud of and enjoying the challenges that this role brings. Every day is different and it’s the variety and problem solving that I relish.

What inspires you, and do you have any personal goals that you are hoping to achieve?

Seeing others do well inspires me, particularly friends and colleagues who work hard and put the time and effort in.

I have a good friend who is in a wheelchair and catch-up with him every week. He is one of the most positive and upbeat people I have ever met and makes the most of every single day despite the multiple challenges he comes up against, that for me is inspiring.

I have many personal goals that I have set myself for the coming years however, one non-work-related goal of mine is to try and become a scratch handicap golfer.

What motivates and energises you at work?

My main motivator at work is being part of a team that drives each other on to collectively reach targets and goals.

I feel that we all must get to know our colleagues and understand what gets them going – successful man management is crucial within the workplace, this creates a positive culture and productive environment that everyone enjoys working in.

Which of our Core Values means the most to you and why?

I think the core value that hits home to me the most is “creating opportunities for our people” – I am thankful to Global for not only giving me the opportunity to develop over the last 13 years but also allowing me to chase my goals.

A great example of this is the Emerging Leadership Programme and the learning and development it is giving everyone on the course.