Here at RFS our team is everything to us. They’re family. That’s why every so often we like to share a little more about our people: their role, their background and what makes them tick. This time we speak to one of our brilliant RFS Supervisors, Chris Clayton.
How long have you been working at RFS, and what attracted you to the company?
I’ve been with RFS for 13 years. Before that, I was doing the same job for a company called Atkinson Contracting services. I already knew about RFS through some of the lads I’d worked with on a project and so when I left there I asked if RFS were looking for any fitters. They said ‘yes’, so I went for an interview, they took me on and here I am still, 13 years later!
Can you tell us a bit about your role and what it involves?
When the Project Manager wins the job, my role as Supervisor is to make sure the installation goes well and runs smoothly. This involves reading and understanding floor plans, knowing the locations of where any furniture needs to go and making sure it goes in the right areas. I also need to ensure the teams’ well-being is looked after, deal with any hiccups, and meet deadlines.
Have you always worked within this kind of role? How did you get into it?
I got into the furniture fitting industry through an ex-girlfriend. Her uncle was one of the Project Managers at my old company. I fell out of work, and the way things were going for me didn’t look great so she put me in touch with her uncle, who gave me a job. That was about 20 years ago, and once I started, I stuck at it and never looked back. Before that, I was doing odd jobs here and there – labouring, working in a sports shop and fixing bikes.
What’s been your favourite project so far, and why?
My favourite was a big project we worked on in London City Centre. It was for a company called Capita on Tottenham Court Road. I’d run big jobs before, but this was my first big, big, big job. It was next level. We took care of the whole building, all seven floors and everything in the entire building, furniture-wise, was done by us. We covered boardrooms, breakout areas, open plan areas, hotspots and more. It was a massive project, and for me, it was by far the best one to date. I was going through a lot of stress personally at the time, and that job kept me going and kept my mind focused. Another great thing about the project was that there were no issues and it finished on time!
If you weren’t doing the job you’re doing now, what else do you think you’d be doing?
I started in this industry in my early 20s. If I hadn’t gotten into it when I did, I would have been headed for a path that would not have ended up in a good place. The furniture game has got me to a good place, and I owe everything to it. I’ve met many good people, in and out of the company – clients etc, and I couldn’t be happier.
Our next team interview will be coming soon!