Faces, stories, teams and talents

Interview with Gavin Agbe-Davies
  • Gavin Agbe-Davies
  • Project assistant to the Management in the Business Unit Omnichannel Retail (BU FOR)
  • With FIEGE since December 2019

 

HOW DID YOU COME TO FIEGE?

Before I started as project assistant to the management in the business unit Omnichannel Retail in December 2019, I worked for an e-commerce start-up in the merchandise and influencer/content creator industry. My responsibilities included managing logistics and business development. In order to develop myself personally, I decided to change within the logistics industry and became aware of the position as project assistant on the FIEGE homepage.

WHY DID YOU APPLY TO FIEGE?

FIEGE is one of the leading logistics companies worldwide and combines a rather conservative business with innovative opportunities, which result in particular from the omnichannel retail and e-commerce focus. In addition, FIEGE is an owner-managed family business which is characterised by sustainability, among other things. For me, FIEGE thus qualifies as an employer, because future-oriented and sustainable management is one of the most important tasks of a company in order to generate added value for society not only today, but also in the future. In addition, I come from a very familiar working environment in which all employees still know each other by name and one does not like to be just a number.

Now I have joined the BU FOR and it could not have been better for me.

WHAT ARE YOUR TYPICAL TASKS AS PROJECT ASSISTANT?

This is a supposedly simple question. However, I can’t answer it exactly because my area of responsibility develops as dynamically as our business areas. Basically, I can say that my goal as a project assistant is to relieve the management of as much work as possible and make it easier.

As a rule, no day is like the other. While preparing for or after an appointment with a customer, the next moment you might be on your way to a branch office to report on events or circumstances there.

Nevertheless, there are also recurring tasks, such as the preparation or follow-up of customer meetings, project overviews or workshop preparations. The project assistant position is well suited to get a general overview of FIEGE and especially of the business unit.

WHAT MAKES WORKING AT FIEGE SO SPECIAL FOR YOU?

On the one hand, the dynamics that exist at FIEGE and the resulting opportunities that we always try to seize. Furthermore, we are generally open to all questions and ideas. Within the BU FOR we follow a mantra which consists of the 4 building blocks Fast & Flexible, Open-minded, Solution-oriented and Responsible. If these characteristics apply to you, then you will fit perfectly to FIEGE and especially to the BU FOR. The flat hierarchies in our business unit are a result of this mantra. They are a huge plus, which promotes the working atmosphere.

 

 

HOW DOES THE FAMILIAR WORKING ATMOSPHERE CHARACTERIZE YOUR EVERYDAY WORK?

We are a big team and have common goals, which we usually achieve. However, if something goes wrong, we pull together and act very solution-oriented. There is no elbow mentality at our company.

WHAT DO YOU VALUE MOST AMONG YOUR COLLEAGUES?

The wealth of ideas and the team spirit. What also surprised me a lot is that we enjoy doing activities within the team away from work. There is always someone who prepares joint events or actions. From hiking tours to water skiing, everything is included. In the BU FOR there is a motto every year. Last year it was called “To The Top”, some colleagues put the motto into reality and stormed the Zugspitze without hesitation.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO MOST IN YOUR FREE TIME?

I am a huge soccer fan and have a season ticket for Borussia Dortmund, which I use as much as I can. In addition, I like riding my bike and spending most of my free time with family and friends.

WHAT WOULD YOU ADVISE APPLICANTS WHO WOULD LIKE TO APPLY AT FIEGE?

If you identify with the mantra, you have already mastered the 1st obstacle. In general, as with all employers, you should express your true nature in order to check whether you fit to FIEGE. Otherwise, I would recommend all interested people to apply for a position at FIEGE to discover the manifold possibilities of the FIEGE world.