Construction is a team work

Aleksi Laine is a Construction Manager in the earthworks and concrete construction southern unit. He is stationed in Helsinki, Finland. He sees construction as a collaborative effort where everyone is on the same team.

Name, position and age

Aleksi Laine
Construction Manager, earthworks and concrete construction, southern unit, Finland
Age: 35

What kind of training and education do you have?

I have an M.Sc. in Construction Management, with a minor in construction materials technology, from the Helsinki University of Technology in Espoo, which is now part of Aalto University. I was attracted to the construction industry because I see it as easy to define and concrete. I like being able to see the results of my work. My father and sister are also in the construction industry.

How did you end up in your current position?

I first joined Lemminkäinen as a summer worker in 2007 to work on the interior of the Vuosaari railway tunnel, which at 14 kilometres is the longest in Finland. That autumn I started writing my thesis for Lemminkäinen and I graduated in 2008.

The first seven years I worked as a Project Engineer and Project Manager at various sites, including the construction of the P-Finlandia parking facility, which was a project that I was involved in from the tendering stage all the way until the end of construction. I also worked on building the underground facilities at the Parliament Building.

In the past couple of years I have worked on various construction and calculation projects and, at the beginning of 2016, I was appointed to my current position.

What is your typical working day like?

My work is mobile. My office is in Vantaa, but I visit the head office once or twice a week, I visit construction sites and meet with people, and I’m also involved in tendering calculations.

What do you like most about your job?

I like the fact that my job is quite varied. It has given me interesting opportunities to be involved in many different kinds of work. It’s nice to work with other people in diverse projects and getting to see different types of projects.

What is the most challenging aspect of your job?

The challenge is to develop yourself, help others develop, and also support the development of the organisation. You have to keep up with the times. I regularly evaluate my performance and I try to identify development areas with a positive attitude.

In my view, the construction industry is in a period of transformation and rapid development. I believe that, going forward, the industry will offer new opportunities to people who are interested in their built environment.

What kind of a person succeeds in your position?

A person who has both feet on the ground and a relaxed, positive approach to things. You also need to be willing to put yourself and your personality on the line. This job is all about working with other people. You have to trust them, inspire them and give them feedback. It’s a collaborative effort where everyone is on the same team.