Our expert says:
Maybe he's clumsy and inexperienced ; maybe he's calculating and grossly ambitious. Why not -
-discuss your concerns with your own boss, about noticing ways in which the "back-up" is trying to push you aside, while not providing you with enough informaion about his own project to enable you to back him up properly " And remind him gently of the previous problems when this guy failed to follow procedures properly. Sounds like he may be exploiting her personal friendship with him. Maybe more gracefull allude to this, saying that maybe as she is a personl friend of his, it could be easier for her to talk tactfully to him and rein him in ? And, espcially, to remind him of the rules that he should follow, as everyone else does.
- AND have a quiet word with him, saying that you're SURE it's nothing intentional on his part, but you are feeling his contributions to be intrusive and unhelpful, that there is no budget for him to accompany you on all the visits as he seems to expect ( are you accompanying HIm on his own site visits ) ; that he shouldnt get over-friendly with your clients ; and so on. And that it has come to your notice that one of those he has attached to, has been e-mailing him directly without even copying to you.
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