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Project Manager David Robinson

"Embrace the change and have confidence in your abilities..."

Dave joined us when he left the armed forces to work in our Projects department.

Now with us as our lead Project Manager, we caught up with him to talk about his role and how the transition from military to civilian work was for him…

Project Manager in workshop in front of LiftLOK tool

What was your career background?

I worked for 11 years for the RAF in logistical support. I was responsible for the movement of equipment and parts across the UK and globe. This was to support various aircraft squadrons including Harrier and Eurofighter.

What did you enjoy about your role in the services?

I was quickly trusted and given responsibility for things such as overseeing the clearance of local chemical and hazardous substances.

Over the years I got to travel quite a bit, completing tours round the UK and world including Afghanistan and the Falkland Islands. Overall, my time with the RAF was a fulfilling and rewarding experience. I learned a lot and had the chance to contribute to something bigger than myself.

What's different about working for us?

There is a less strict chain of command and more autonomy and flexibility in decision-making. You are given lots of help and guidance, but also a lot of responsibility. It is less hierarchical which means everyone’s input is valued and decisions can be made quickly. The projects we work on are always cutting-edge and innovative, which means constantly pushing the boundaries and working on technology that’s never been seen before.

Culturally, what stands out for you at Balltec?

We have people from all kinds of backgrounds working here from ex-services and MOD, to post-graduate and time-served engineers. We all work together and collaborate across departments to achieve shared goals, so no one is ever stuck in one area of the job. We are all involved right from the initial client approach all the way to the installation and maintenance. Balltec seems to understand that work-life balance is important, and the flexibility given allows us to balance our work responsibilities our personal life. Having Fridays off is also nice!

What excites you about working in the offshore wind industry?

The constant innovation and growth. We’re working on some of the world’s most innovative projects and technologies. And because offshore farms are being developed all around the world, there are opportunities to work in different countries and cultures. The potential for career advancement and professional development is also huge – you are constantly learning and adapting to new technology.

David Robinson, Project Manager in his RAF days
Dave worked for 11 years in the armed forced before he joined Balltec

Why should people want to work at Balltec?

The company is unique in the type of work it does. Because the scope of work is so broad, you’ll never be bored. Every day is different. The work is challenging and rewarding, with plenty of opportunities for professional growth and development. Everyone in the company is committed to creating a positive and inclusive work environment where people feel welcome and supported. Plus, it feels good to be contributing to something bigger than myself again; a renewable energy, sustainable future.

Did any skills and experiences from your forces career help in any way in your new role here?

Certainly. Discipline, attention to detail, and the ability to work under pressure are some of the key skills I brought with me.

Additionally, my experience in managing complex projects under pressure has been invaluable in this role.

Are there any particular aspects of forces training that have given you a unique perspective or advantage in this job?

The forces instil a strong sense of responsibility and leadership. I’ve learned to make quick, informed decisions and to always prioritize the well-being of my team. These aspects have definitely given me an edge in managing a project effectively.

What have been the biggest challenges in transitioning from a military environment to a civilian workplace?

The biggest challenge was adjusting to the different pace and culture. In the military, everything is very structured and hierarchical. In the civilian world, there’s more flexibility, but it also requires a different approach to communication and teamwork.

How did you overcome these challenges, and what advice would you give to others making a similar transition?

I learnt and adapted. I also sought help from colleagues who had made similar transitions. My advice to others would be to be patient with yourself, use your strengths, and ask for help when needed.

Can you share an example of a leadership challenge you faced in the military and how you resolved it? How has that experience influenced your management style here?

One of the biggest challenges was leading a team during a high-pressure deployment where we had to supply critical equipment under tight deadlines. I learned the importance of clear communication, resourcefulness, and maintaining morale. These experiences have shaped my management style to be supportive yet decisive.

What do you miss the most about your time in the Armed Forces?

I miss the camaraderie that comes with working, succeeding, and failing, next to someone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The bonds you form with your comrades in the forces are unique and enduring.

Is there any message you would like to have been told when you left the services?

Embrace the change and have confidence in your abilities. The skills and experiences you’ve gained in the military are incredibly valuable and transferable and are desirable to lots of employers.

Is there anything else you’d like to add about the transition from military to civilian employment?

Stay positive and be persistent. Transitioning to civilian life can be challenging, but it’s also an opportunity for growth and new experiences. Surround yourself with supportive people, and never stop learning.

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