- Why did you choose a career working within the real estate sector?
Real estate is really my passion and the heartbeat of my working life. When I was growing up I had friends and family who worked in the real estate sector and it always appealed to me because while office jobs can often be routine and monotonous, working in real estate is diverse and challenging.
I’ve worked within Asset Management, Sales and in Property Management and I’ve ended up in my current position because of my desire to have more responsibility, as I now head up our branches in Hamburg and Hanover and a team of 25 people. The fact that I’ve worked in many of the different departments within real estate has really given me a great deal of knowledge and helped me carry out my job better.
- Why did you choose to work for BNP Paribas Real Estate?
BNP Paribas Real Estate has an excellent reputation for success and professionalism for many different clients. For me, working for BNP Paribas Real Estate means the opportunity to manage a team that is responsible for the whole of Northern Germany. This represents both a challenging and fulfilling task for me.
- What does your role involve?
Property Management in Germany is decentralised and distributed across all branches nationwide. As I'm responsible for the region of Northern Germany, I have to ensure that the regional results are successful. It is important that I maintain the motivation of my team and that there is consistent communication between employees and clients. In the interests of the owner, we ensure the maintenance of the property, find suitable tenants, collect rents, maintain budget improvements and keep records.
Managing my team is a very important part of my role and ensuring that I get the right people into the team and then working together is a significant mark of success for me. I consider myself a very energetic and positive manager who is flexible and open to change, this is essential in my job as we are often faced with new and sometimes unexpected challenges.
- What is the best thing about your job?
For me a fulfilling job means trust, passion, decision-making, strength and empowerment. The best thing about my job is the people that I work with, if ever I have any kind of problem it is very easy to seek help and advice from my colleagues.
My job is extremely interesting and enjoyable, whilst being very full-on. Dealing with clients, authorities, tenants, service providers and third parties mean you never really stop, but what keeps me going is the atmosphere within my job and the connections with my colleagues.
- What is the most challenging thing about your job?
Sometimes there is so much to do in our roles that you need to ensure that you stay professional in all aspects of your work. This can be a challenge, especially when making fast decisions and having to meet tight deadlines. This is of course manageable but it just means taking the time to go through what you have on and decide what the priorities are and where timelines can be negotiated.
- What are your strongest skills?
My experience, as I have a very good understanding of the different departments within the real estate sector. I also have a lot of energy, and am curious to learn more about the sector and my job.
- What skills do you think someone needs to work in your department?
Good real estate knowledge and the desire to represent BNP Paribas Real Estate to our clients. Members of our Property Management team need specific skills such as being proactive, dealing with different people and therefore personalities, facing a range of topics, handling pressure well and knowing how to cooperate with others.
- How do you think you’ve got to where you are today?
Taking the chances that I’ve been offered, setting myself goals for where I want to be in the future and staying motivated. For me thinking about my targets is almost like the heartbeat of my personal development.
- What advice would you give to someone looking to get into a career similar to yours?
It's not enough to set yourself a goal and switch on autopilot until you've reached the finishing line. Believe in yourself and go your own way. Also remember that sometimes it is necessary to make detours in order to reach that goal.
- What memorable piece of advice have you been given in your career?
Stay opened minded, never stop learning, constantly renew your knowledge but at the same time don't neglect your work life balance, since this is also the basis for success.
- Employee's Interview: Fabrice Paumelle, Head of Retail in Central and Eastern Europe