Jakub Kesiak

BSc (Hons) Construction Management – Coventry University

Jakub successfully obtained his BSc (Hons) degree in Construction Management from Coventry University.  Throughout his degree course, Jakub took a keen interest in physical construction activities and contract administration.

Jakub has quickly developed a real understanding of site operations and project procurement. He is keen to apply delivery strategy against the project lifecycle.  Early in his development, he needed to find solutions to various challenges and help communicate this across the consultant and construction team. 

Jakub has demonstrated the skills and passion to become a very competent project manager. He is a team player and has a positive manner of communication both during project meetings and amongst colleagues. Jakub performs well in administration, and document control and can confidently create project programmes and schedules.

What got you into the Construction / Property industry?

I’ve always had an interest in both construction and automation. From a young age, I’ve wanted to be involved in one of these industries. I chose construction project management as this allows me to work closely with clients in a variety of sectors. I am also inspired by my partner who is as an architect. She showed me how exciting it can be to face new challenges every single day.

Did you qualify first or later?

I decided to study at Coventry University straight after obtaining my A-Level equivalent in Poland. This then allowed me to enter the construction industry with a solid academic foundation.

Is your experience best measured in years or number of projects?

For a young professional it is all about the number of projects. Tandem operate in most commercial sectors which allows me to build up my experience.

Have you specialised in any particular sectors?

I am involved in assisting the delivery of numerous projects across a variety of sectors. However, I take a particular interest in the education and public realm sectors.

If you could have been involved in one project, what would it be?

Stemming from my passion for automation and technology, I have real admiration for the Dubai Future Foundation. This was the world’s first 3D-printed office. Being involved in this project would have perfectly matched my interest in both construction and automation.

At what aspects of the role do you excel?

One deliverable I really enjoy is the production of strategic programmes for clients, whether this is in a written format or through Gantt charts. I also like the experience of collaborating with people and bringing a team of individuals together.

What is the most exciting bit of delivering projects?

The way in which a design becomes increasingly detailed at every project stage is really fascinating to me. The conclusion of RIBA Stage 4 (Technical Design) compared against the initial concept stages of a design is when you can analyse the final design output with initial concept ideas.  It is great to see this happen for people new to the process – it can be quite a buzz!

What does ‘together we can…’ mean to you?

It sums up the job of a project manager, only well-organised and supervised teams can deliver projects in such an unpredictable environment.

When not working where would you be found?

I’d love to say “in the gym” but it’s not entirely true… YET. Apart from that, I can be found at the swimming pool, a local pub or in my living room, watching Manchester United skipping another season in the Champions League!

If you weren’t in your current role, what would you be doing?

I would probably be an automation engineer and be working on robotic solutions for the construction industry.

What tunes would your personal radio station play?

All of them! I used to enjoy heavy metal, moved to jazz and now I am listening to rap, mostly based on jazz samples. I am also influenced by my father who is a huge fan of the 70s and 80s music.

What can’t you live without?

Easy question… football. It has become quite depressing in the last few years but the more it irritates me, the harder it is to live without!

What’s the best piece of advice you could give someone?

Be patient and be confident in your own abilities. As far as I’m concerned, the sky is your limit!