As Agilité continues to expand throughout Europe, so does our talented team. This month, we’re getting to know our French construction manager, Sandja Kawe. Find out what he loves about working with the Agilité team, his dream customer and what he gets up to when he’s not on-site...

1. Hello Sandja! First of all, tell us what inspired you to join the Agilité team.

I joined Agilité in 2021 and was drawn to the company’s international connections and reach. Being a part of the team not only allows me to see the world but also work with people and partners from all different backgrounds and cultures – which I love.

2. Can you share a little bit about what you do, and the role you play in the delivery of Agilité's projects?

I'm a construction manager, which means I’m ultimately responsible for ensuring the smooth running of the site. Amongst other things, you’ll find me organising meetings and ensuring there’s a clear collaboration between different trades throughout the delivery of a project. Communication is one of the key pillars of Agilité’s success, and it’s a pleasure to help facilitate that.

3. How would you describe our organisation and the work we do to someone who had never heard of Agilité before?

Agilité is built on its strong team members and teamwork – from the pre-construction teams who work to win contracts to the delivery teams that oversee the smallest of details right up to the grand opening, we all have an essential role to play.

4. What has been your favourite Agilité project to work on, to-date?

Probably the Nike House of Innovation on the Champs-Élysées or our work with American law firm, Kirkland & ELLIS which involved a Cat A to Cat B fit out within an iconic Haussmann Building on Avenue Kleber, Paris.

5. What do you think sets Agilité apart from the crowd?

Goodness, this is a hard one! I would probably say Agilité stands out from the crowd with its ability to adapt to any type of project (and challenge!) and deliver even the most demanding of projects on time – regardless of circumstances.

6. If a dream customer were to call, who would it be and why?

I have to say Nike (again). It's the best project I've worked on to date, and the client was a pleasure to work with.

7. What excites you most about the future of Agilité?

Agilité is a young company with a bright future. In a short space of time, we have achieved so much with our work and the positive impact we seek to make. I am looking forward to continuing to play my part in this important and influential work.

8. And finally, when you're not at work, where are we most likely to find you?

I love to unwind by spending time at home with my family or letting off some steam on the football pitch!

Connect with Sandja on LinkedIn.

We’ve worked hard to recruit some of the most experienced global talent from the world of design, build, construction, and project management.

Each month, we put one of our colleagues in the spotlight so you can learn a little more about their role…

Next up, it’s Stephen Murray, construction manager in Germany.

1. Describe your job in one paragraph

As a construction manager, I oversee and manage new retail and commercial projects mainly throughout Germany, and other parts of Europe if required.

2. Which one word would colleagues use to describe you?

Energetic.

3. Why do you think Agilité stands out from competitors?

Agilité puts a lot of time and effort into supporting and growing its team, which in turn fosters loyalty among colleagues who are dedicated and committed to the company — and very importantly — its client base. Agilité is also a well structured and managed organisation that is committed to successful project results that are delivered on time and within the client’s budget.

4. You have worked in some amazing places around the world. Which has been your favourite?

Working at the Mitsubishi shipyard in Nagasaki fitting out the AIDAprima. The cruise ship was 300 metres long and 40 metres high. I especially enjoyed working among so many different cultures — it felt like a city on water!

5. What’s your biggest career highlight to date?

To have been granted the opportunity at a very young age to be the site construction manager on an 18 storey office and car park project, starting from the ground up in my home town of Perth, Australia. I worked closely with my two mentors — the construction owner and the senior construction manager — who really boosted my confidence and allowed me to strive forward.

6. The phone rings and it’s your dream client… who is it?

A well-known global client who is honest, trustworthy, and seeks the professionalism that I know my team can deliver from start to finish.

7. What key piece of advice would you give to a client planning a commercial interiors project?

Do your full and comprehensive exercise of care and feasibility on the project to safeguard against any surprises, such as unplanned construction impediments and cost blow-outs.

8. When you’re not at work, where are we most likely to find you?

Most likely on a beach enjoying the salt water.

9. What’s next for Agilité?

Agilité will continue to strengthen its home bases around Europe, as well as maintaining and improving its reputation among new and prospective customers. We will also potentially expand into other parts of the world where opportunity beckons.

10. As an organisation with sustainability at its heart, Agilité is dedicated to minimising environmental impact within the construction industry. What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the sector, and how do you think we can rectify it?

The industry needs to be made more aware of the bigger picture with more thorough planning, costs, and time allocated for, plus discussions through education.

One example out of many is that we need to provide waste containers for certain materials to be recycled. For me, water pollution is a key area, as many sites don’t consider ‘wash out’ points. This lack of care can kill plant life and make it difficult to sustain landscaping, along with contaminating waterways. One simple practice can be introduced on every site with a huge impact.

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