Today we talk with…Alberto Fernández
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Today we talk with…Alberto Fernández

Today, we have the pleasure to interview Alberto Fernandez, Site Manager and Personnel Coordinator for the European installations at Arce Clima. Alberto has established expertise within the company and he is going to tell us about his role in the company and how the sector has evolved throughout the years from the perspective of Arce Clima.

Alberto is one of the veterans of the company, since he has been working with us for almost 20 years. Lover of good wine and good ham, it is characterized by its ability to adapt to changes and present solutions to any problem.

Each installation is a world and Alberto has always been able to adapt to the specific needs derived from each project to perfection, solving any incident without renouncing the professionalism expected of the services of a professional of his level. Do you accompany us to know you in depth?

1. To begin with, how did you start your career at Arce Clima as Site Manager? What would you highlight regarding the evolution within the company?

I came to be responsible for one installation in particular and, once the installation was finished, I got offered to continue as Area Manager. Subsequently, they offered me the position of Site Manager, which is my current position. The evolution has been very positive in all aspects.

2. During your long journey at Arce Clima, you have been part of a large number of projects. Is there installation which was particularly successful, in your opinion?

Perhaps the first installation I mentioned before, the head office of Inditex. It meant a great breakthrough not only for its size but also for the amount of resources demanded.

3. What would you highlight with regards to the evolution of the industrial sector over the last years? How do you envision this evolution?

On one hand, I believe climate control has become a little trendy but on the other hand it has become much more technical and complex (eco-efficiency, clean energies…). I think the industry will continue to move in this direction.
4. Would you say energy efficiency has become pivotal in management of architectonic projects? How much has it affected your work?

It has clearly become highly relevant for our daily tasks. Nowadays, we are obliged to comply with certain design standards which need to be met by law.

5. Management and coordination of personnel is clearly key to meet project deadlines. How has technology affected this point in project management?

It is not just me coordinating all the employees. Imagine if I had to coordinate more than 75 employees all across Europe myself… There are other Managers who are responsible for different countries and inform us about the resources we need.

New technologies help information flow more accurately and quickly so that everything becomes more precise and accessible (planning publication, start dates, deadlines, modifications…). That allows for more efficient processes.

6. How many people do you normally have to coordinate for each project? How do you solve complexities that arise when managing so many employees with such diverse types of jobs?

It varies depending upon the project, typology, execution dates…
Regarding the second question, experience is always helpful, prevision and collaboration with other Site Managers as well as subcontractors is always something we value a lot.

7. Your work demands a lot of travelling in order to tackle different installations all across Europe. What are the main differences you find in the countries you visit to carry out projects?

Apart from the language, food and the weather, there are other factors which need to be complied such as the rules and regulations of each country which normally differ from one country to another.

8. Legislation wise, what is the main difference between having a project in one country or another?

Legislation of each country is a huge influence on the direction of the project. When we’ve faced complex regulations, we’ve had to drastically change the materials used and procedures followed to comply with the regulations. Concerning labor permissions there are meaningful differences.

9. Are there any type of works or projects you prefer to do personally? What’s the reason for that? Have you ever thought of throwing in the towel when facing a highly complex project?

Not really. I believe we have a wonderful technical team who can cope with any type of project. When there have been complicated ones, they’ve always been successful in the end. We are a fantastic team.

Thank you very much for your time, Alberto, and for helping us understand your vision, not only coordinating massive projects but also to envision what the future may bring.

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