Name - Dan Hardman

Role - Technical Manager

Team - Midlands pave

Based - Midlands


I’m Dan Hardman, I am married with two boys aged 15 and 27. I have worked in the construction technical department for 24 years. I am a keen motorcycle enthusiast and enjoying working on and riding my motorcycles. I also enjoy DIY and family walks with our pet dogs.

My job involves a broad range of technical and managerial activities. From early contractor involvement helping and advising customers, to contract review looking at material specifications for both suitability and application. I also spend time looking into value engineering options saving materials, time or C02 for our clients. We follow contracts though with managing and reporting on-site testing for specification compliance during laying operations. We have input to material issues or customer complaints. This gives my role a good broad range throughout the paving process which can be very satisfying. More so on newer builds or niche contracts such as airfields or racetracks.

I’ve worked for Tarmac for 22 years! In that time, I started as a lab technician at the asphalt plant, then moved to site technician in the pave business (road resurfacing). I have remained in the pave business and worked through as senior technician, technical coordinator and now the technical manager role. I initially applied to Tarmac as the business were (and still are) considered industry leaders. All contracts I work on differ in some shape or form and the variations are what keeps it interesting for me. It can be a great feeling when you come to a site for the first time and see nothing much of anything and leave a few months later with a brand-new carriageway in place.

Whilst working for Tarmac my highlights include both professional and personal achievements. Personal achievements include gaining recognised professional body qualifications including NVQ, NEBOSH and CMI diplomas.

Although some would think of these as a more professional achievement, I didn’t leave school/college with great results as I was not very academic. However, with support I achieved these and other qualifications and see them as a personal triumph.

Other highlights are mainly the schemes I have worked on, some of which will only come around once in a career. Public and Ministry of Defense airfields, Silverstone Race circuit, large new build schemes including new motorways. It is fantastic to see the scale and effort of the team on some challenging schemes.

If you’re considering applying for a role with Tarmac. I would advise you to go for it! If you’re moving into a new sector or continuing your career, the size and scale of Tarmac gives you so many opportunities. The opportunities and variation of roles and sectors is unbelievable. Tarmac has only ever supported and encouraged me to be the best me I can be.