Siyana Vutova has a lot of experience in the renewable sector behind her back and she doesn’t shy away from a challenge – that’s how she ended up switching from wind to solar and has been a Project Manager in Hungary for Solarpro Construction for the past few years. Learn more about the responsibilities and challenges she faces as a PM below.
Tell us more about your role in Solarpro
My role is to represent the company on the site – in front of the client, in front of the subcontractors and in front of the workers, to cooperate with the different companies during the project implementation, to coordinate with all Solarpro’s departments when needed (QHSE, Logistics, Legal, Management, HR).
I have to be sure that the project is following the construction schedule and the budget. In the same time it is very important to show to all the people involved, that you appreciate their ability and the work they are executing and this really helps build a good working environment. The constant cooperation and coordination with the Construction manager is the key for the successful execution.
How does an average day on the job look like for you?
The very best of the working days is that all of them are different – every day we are facing different situations and issue that have to be solved. I have to check the delivery schedules, to agree on the priorities with the client, to communicate all the issues and plannings internally, to make a site visit.
What’s the most important skill to bring to your position?
The problem solving is one of the most important skills. Another one is the interpersonal skill – Projects may use people from different groups, departments, and even different companies. You’re the leader of this group so it’s your job to help everyone work as a team to get the project done, and done well.
What are the typical challenges you face in your role?
Keeping the teams on the same page, miscommunication, problem solving, time planning. Being the only woman in a “man’s world” can be quite a challenge – you have to make yourself a work persona and put your “thick skin” on.
Why did you choose solar energy? What motivates you to work within the renewable sector?
I was working in the renewable energy sector since 2007 – first in the wind sector and after that in the solar. Back then, I was on the investor’s side, but after 10 years I’ve decided I need something more interesting, so that’s how I started the most challenging job I’ve ever had.
What are your interests outside of work?
I love to travel, but sometimes I just need some time to stay home and relax.
How and when did you start working in Solarpro?
I started working in Solarpro Construction in 2018 and now, after more than 3 years, I am almost a Hungarian citizen (being responsible for the projects in Hungary). What caught my attention and made me decide to join Solapro immediately, was the team – very young and successful people. The other main reason was the challenge to be part of a “man’s world”. As somebody told me 2 years ago: “The smartest thing you can do is to have a woman as a Project (Site) Manager in a totally man’-dominated workplace”.
What advice would you give to someone looking to start a job in renewables?
Be patient, be flexible, be adaptive and enjoy it!