As a graduate of ESTP engineering school, majoring in Building, I began working for the branch as a works foreman. My responsibilities grew rapidly and I became Senior Works Foreman then Account Manager. As Account Manager, you’re responsible for either several smaller or one large-scale project. It’s a fascinating and hands-on job with plenty of human interaction. We develop our skills all the time in this job, learning a lot on a wide range of projects. By moving to one of the Fayat Building Division branches, I joined a dynamic branch on a human scale and I’m lucky to work with enthusiastic colleagues.
I’m currently heading up a 363-apartment project, complete with 8 buildings and a 600-space overground car park. My role is to manage a team including a Senior Works Foreman, 5 Works Engineers, and several trainees. I’m also responsible for making sure the project’s deadlines and quality standards are met, and financial results are on-point. This means scheduling and organising work on site and managing the different stakeholders. I also have a leadership role, which sees me assist and motivate the teams.
I began working for the branch as a works foreman on a major project during my final year placement. When we graduate, we have a lot of knowledge, without necessarily really knowing how a site works. By working on this project, I was fortunate enough to be present from day one and have the opportunity to take part in all the stages, which proved a great learning experience. I began working on the contractor ITT process and construction budget, then supervised the contractors and carcassing work on the 2nd building. I also organise meetings with our partners, and report on and supervise the site. You have to be brave and not scared to throw yourself into a project. I was lucky enough to be given a lot of leeway as Junior Works Foreman. Part of this was due to the branch’s human scale, which allows me to deal directly with my superiors, and talk to them. We have learned to trust each other.