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#WomenInCivilWorks by Bouygues Travaux Publics: Let’s meet Estelle Evain
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Describe yourself in 3 hashtags 
What are your current assignments at Bouygues Bâtiment Ile-de-France?   
I'm currently working on the Arena Porte de la Chapelle site, where I'm in charge of a dozen site managers and around a hundred site workers. My missions are diverse and among them, some are very important:  
Maintaining understanding on the site between all the site workers and other participants so that everything runs smoothly. 
Helping the journeymen with the various tasks to be carried out. 
Passing on my knowledge and experience of building sites. 
What aspect of the project do you like best?  
It's an atypical site: 6 cranes, an on-site concrete plant, we're even making walls almost 12m high! We have beams, terraces... It's a real opportunity to be on this huge project. 

Can you describe a typical day? 
We start with some teams working at 6.30am and others working normal hours. We warm up, then there are briefings on the day's work and lots of project progress meetings. Then it's lunchtime, which is a great time to talk with the teams in a relaxed setting.  
With the teams working shifts, those in the morning and those who take over in the afternoon, things have to run smoothly... It's an exceptional site and you have to adapt! 

What is your career path at Bouygues Bâtiment Ile-de-France? 
I first came to know Bouygues Bâtiment Ile-de-France in 1990, when I joined the company for the first time as a journeyman, because my father-in-law worked there. 
I left for another company and came back in 2000 as assistant site manager on a two-crane site in Courbevoie. Then I did a second, a third... and it didn't stop. I was lucky enough to work on some very beautiful and different projects: the Philharmonie de Paris, the Tribunal de Paris, Balard, various colleges and four prisons too. I have evolved within the company and I have learned a lot. I started 30 years ago and I have gone through several stages to grow: you start from the bottom and work your way up, like a building site! 
What are the qualities required to be a good supervisor? 
You have to be able to listen to everyone, from the workers to the bosses, and know how to make decisions while maintaining a good understanding between the different parties involved. 
As there are a lot of tasks to be done and a site moves every day, you have to know how to organise and reorganise, but also how to know what work needs to be done the next day and during the week, to have the foresight to know if the work is not good enough and to plan to do it again if necessary.  
To be a good site manager, you have to love your job and have it in your guts. You have to like people, have a heart for managing missions in complete safety, like the jobs on the sites but also like the dust, the noise, the rain, the sun...

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