Meet Emma Hatchard – she’s joined the Rubber Cheese team as a Project Manager. In the following interview, she tells us all about herself (she’s amazing).
How did you get into project management?
From as far back as I can remember, I have always had a passion for all elements of art & design. I love creating beautiful things! From scribbling on boards at school to qualifying as an Interior Designer, I loved having artistic licence and working closely alongside clients to produce a creation that is out there for everyone to see.
Project management gave me the perfect opportunity to combine my love of design with my experience in client-facing environments and I’ve never looked back.
What skills do you need to be effective in your role?
There are many skills and you never stop adding to them! Always be open-minded and willing to learn new techniques, design is constantly evolving and you need to keep ahead of the game. Being able to communicate effectively with people at various levels and never be afraid to ask questions.
Attention to detail is essential, having a keen eye and being able to see things at a higher level of detail. Project Management is based on being able to plan time and resources effectively so while most people have a ‘Plan B’, Project Managers have a ‘Plan C, D & E!’
What do you love about your job? What’s difficult?
No two days or even hours are the same! I love being given a new brief where I can see the position of a client and what they want to achieve and knowing how to get them there.
I love seeing a project coming to completion and the excitement of a client as they are embarking on a new digital era.
I think it’s always difficult if a brief changes drastically midway through a project. Change is inevitable and we have to be flexible but sometimes it takes multiple resources to pull a project together so big changes can have a knock-on effect.
What’s your project management pet peeve?
Inconsistency is definitely something that I really dislike. If I see inconsistencies throughout a website it shows a lack of attention to detail. When digitally promoting a product or service, consistency is key!
What are you learning right now?
I’m currently learning new design packages which I’ve not had the chance to use before, which is great. Animations are a new concept to me, so I’m learning as much as possible from our experienced team.
What project are you most proud of?
It may sound cheesy but I’m proud of all my projects. Even if a project takes a different direction to what was originally planned, I still take something positive from it – for example, I might have learnt a new skill. I’d say that working with the various distilleries has been a great learning experience as we have such a strong working relationship with them and they give us so much creative licence.
What makes a great workplace for you?
Being in a creative environment with like-minded people. When you hear the phrase ‘think outside the box’ well here… there is no box, there are no barriers! It’s a great working environment where we can bounce ideas off each other and learn from each others skill sets.
Off the wall ideas are encouraged and there’s no such thing as a stupid question. We have the freedom to work on our own and as part of a great team. Our clients are diverse and exciting so every day is different.
What was your first ever job?
My first ever job was window dressing in a boutique dress shop. I have to admit, I was in my element – beautiful clothes, shoes, props and glitter… lots of glitter!
What was the first thing you bought with your own money?
I think it was a bunch of flowers for my mum and then shoes… lots of shoes!
Who’s someone you really admire?
Katie Piper, she’s overcome massive obstacles in her life and devotes so much of her time to charity work helping children who have life-changing conditions.
Do you have a surprising or unique hobby?
I am addicted to baking I love it. I’m regularly asked to design and bake cakes for birthdays, anniversaries and even the occasional wedding cake! Most weeks I am trying something new and my colleagues are my test subjects which always seems to go down well. When I’m not baking, I tend to indulge in some kind of extreme sport – racing driving, scuba diving or basically anything where water is involved.
What’s something you want to do in the next year that you’ve never done before?
Learn a new language, possibly Italian
What’s the best place you’ve ever visited?
The Maldives, the best diving experience in the world.
How do you like your eggs?
Scrambled every time
Emma Hatchard’s top resources
Project Manager – a project management website full of leadership training videos, guides, templates, books and articles!.
Wrike – 80+ awesome online resources for Project Managers
The One Minute Manager – Increase Productivity, Profits And Your Own Prosperity – a book that demonstrates three very practical management techniques: One Minute Goals, One Minute Praisings and One Minute Reprimands.
teamdeck – Resource Allocation: a Complete Guide for Project Managers