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As Danrae Group’s Warehouse and Purchasing Manager, Tom Choueiki is the go-to for all project materials and tools. He works with our project managers and expert waterproofers to ensure we’re equipped for every diagnostic, remediation and waterproofing project.
A lot of planning goes into every project, and Tom helps ensure seamless delivery by making sure we have the right materials in stock and on site from day one.
He plans ahead to purchase any waterproofing membranes or accessories needed for upcoming projects – and regularly keeps in contact with the project team to ensure there are no material shortages. On very large projects, that may mean breaking the delivery of the material into stages.
“I work with the estimators and project managers at an early stage to get the team sorted with all the materials they’ll need for the project duration. There is an array of things that might pop up, so we need to avoid any material shortages. We definitely don’t want the guys standing around with no materials, unable to work.”
Tom purchases materials and tools based on project estimations, and stocks a range of products. “I don’t like to carry an abundance of stock, but it’s important to have options on hand in case of anything urgent. I source from multiple brands including Sika, Ardex and Bayset, and our products include PVC, silicone, torch-on and bitumen-based membranes, bathroom waterproofing products and floor products.”
Danrae is an expert in flat roof waterproofing and waterproofing across balconies, basements, planter boxes and rooftop gardens. Our extensive in-house team means we provide full remediation services, so we need the tools on hand.
“We have injection guns, jackhammers, vacuums, floor grinders, drop saws and water pumps,” says Tom. He tags every tool, assigns them to team members and has regular checks to ensure they’re in good working order.
He organises delivery to each project site, either directly from suppliers… or by jumping in the van and delivering them himself.
“It’s not vital, but I do like to research products and look at datasheets and videos to get up to speed.
I also enjoy building ongoing relationships with the suppliers to get information, find out more about particular materials and to liaise re pricing.”
“We have short, daily ‘huddles’ to discuss current projects and any issues. That way, if there’s a problem, we can assign a team and action it immediately. We also have regular operations team huddles to schedule upcoming projects and discuss materials.”
Tom believes communication is a big part of efficient waterproofing delivery. “Prior to Danrae, I worked for three major banks, and they didn’t have half the communication Danrae does. Honestly, Danrae is the best place I’ve ever worked – with the processes, the family environment, the support. Everyone’s input matters.”