In this series, we take a look at some of the bright and knowledgeable people behind our success here at AdEdge Water Technologies and see how they tackle their day-to-day challenges. Today we are here with Project Manager Jessica Brooks.
I am proud to work with a large variety of people to make a concept on paper come to life.
What is your role at AdEdge?
I am a Project Manager at AdEdge. Once a contract is executed, I become the main point of contact for the customer and anyone else working to complete that assigned project. My job is to ensure the system gets approved, manufactured by the AdEdge team, delivered to the customer on time, starts-up well, and remains fully operational for the end-user over its designed lifetime. This includes a good deal of communication, organization and problem solving.
How did you get into your particular field? What motivates you about your work?
My background is in mechanical engineering. I worked for a design and manufacturing company in the oil and gas industry for three years, before being struck with an overwhelming desire to do something more meaningful with my engineering. This led me into the design and construction of clean water projects in villages across Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia. Over these two years or so, I developed a strong interest in water. My background in design and manufacturing, alongside this formative experience, made Project Management within a water treatment company an exciting and meaningful opportunity. One big motivation for me today is knowing that what I do not only impacts the quality of water people will be drinking, but how and when they will have access to it. Every small day-to-day task can have a major impact on both the end user and anyone on the broader team that works to execute these projects. This drives me to ensure everything is carefully planned and implemented with a standard of quality I can be proud of.
How did you end up working at AdEdge?
I had the desire to work in the water industry and found AdEdge after a bit of research. I found the opportunity to be an exciting one, so I applied online through job postings. What I enjoy most about my job is the people and the technology. I feel like the people at AdEdge care to listen and care to invest in others. I also really enjoy learning about the different technologies we offer and seeing every project come to life right here in our facility.
How do you combat the afternoon slump?
If I am at my desk too long I start to feel tired, so I will usually get up and walk around for a few minutes to say hi to others. Sometimes I like to walk around the office and other times I enjoy walking out to see what’s happening on the shop floor in manufacturing. Walking around to say hi not only gives me more energy, but it gives me the opportunity to build a stronger relationship with the AdEdge team and become more familiar with the systems we produce.
What do you feel most proud of in your job? What are some challenges or obstacles you face?
I am proud to work with a large variety of people to make a concept on paper come to life. I am appreciative of the opportunity to plan and coordinate the commissioning of systems around the world that will improve someone's daily quality of life. A large obstacle I face is learning how to effectively communicate with so many people, both internally and outside of AdEdge. As a project manager, I need support from so many different teams and individuals while striving to exceed the expectations of a variety of customers. Break downs in communication at any point throughout the life of a project result in a much more difficult job and a potentially less ideal product, making effective communication critical.
What music are you listening to this week?
I love music and am always listening to something different. This week I was listening to Of Monsters and Men, Lumineers, Sufjan Stevens, Cage the Elephant, Cold War Kids, Radical Face, Bon Iver, Billie Eilish, and Milky Chance.
Do you keep any unique possessions at your desk?
I have a small llama made of alpaca fur that I got when I was living in Ecuador (in preparation for Kyrgyzstan). It is suuupperrr soft and works better than a stress ball.