Manager for the Bâtiment branch in Africa

« Ma génération a grandi dans un monde qui s'est rapidement internationalisé. L'international, c'est notre réalité. »

I received my engineering degree from Lille ICAM (School of Engineering) in 2006, and then left to work in Asia with France's international volunteer programme, VIE (Volontariat International en Entreprise).

I went on to start work on a local contract in China, as project manager for the development, construction and use of industrial property in the Shanghai region.

I then held the position of "business analyst" in an IT environment on behalf of an industrial group in Europe and North Africa. My role was to understand the functioning and the organisational and commercial structure of eight companies belonging to the same group, in order to extract relevant commercial analysis... All in English, of course.

After five years outside France, I wanted to come back and work in Paris and, following an offer from Egis in November 2011, I joined the group as key project manager in Sub-Saharan Africa.

My tasks are cross-disciplinary: costs, deadlines, production, it all must work. Currently, for the Ouagadougou International Airport in Burkina-Faso, I lead and coordinate a team of around fifty people, for the "bâtiment" sector. This large-scale project calls for multiple skills in airport buildings and infrastructure. In this intercultural and multi-skill environment, qualities must be developed that are suited to the management of major international projects. Anticipating, understanding and managing the different perspectives of those working together on a project is part of our job. Diversity is certainly more evident and exaggerated outside our country of origin, but it remains present in all our projects. I have to continually adapt and develop a global vision, because things are constantly changing. Which also means you have to keep a cool head... In short, it's fantastic!

We often think that an international opportunity means "expatriation" but many projects can be monitored from France, which allows the international arena to be understood differently.