Case Study: Andrew Le Baigue - European Medical Journal

Case Study: Andrew Le Baigue

COMPETING AND INSPIRING

Andrew Le Baigue, Executive Project Manager within Client Services, talks about personal discipline in going for gold and using his experience in athletics to inspire others.

1. Tell us about your role at EMJ and what your main responsibilities involve?

I’m an Executive Project Manager within client services and my main responsibilities are to help deliver the medical education and digital media for several of our key accounts. I am also responsible for tracking our departmental KPIs and most recently, I evaluate and improve internal software/platforms.

2. What does a typical workday look like for you?

After getting my morning coffee, my workday is split between client communications via calls and emails, liaising with internal departments on the progress of client projects, managing contractors and tracking internal department KPIs.

3. Can you tell us about what you did before coming to EMJ? How has it helped you with your current role?

I was both an athlete and a student before EMJ. It was teamwork and personal discipline that allowed me to compete at the top level whilst completing a master’s degree. This ultimately helped me during the move to EMJ – an organisation that has a “gold medal-winning mentality”.

4. What qualities do you bring to the EMJ team?

I think my unique background brings a different approach to day-to-day challenges, and my willingness to learn and receive feedback are my biggest qualities.

My attributes help to inspire others in the company to be the best possible versions of themselves. I also think my cheeky sense of humour helps from time to time!

5. How is EMJ different from other workplaces?

I would say openness of communication. From senior management to graduate level, everyone wants to have an open and honest dialogue, you never feel like you cannot approach people or share amongst the team and company.

As well as the effort and investment into my individual progression, constant support is available to help staff develop and progress within the company.

6. Describe your proudest moment at EMJ and explain why.

My proudest moment was my promotion being announced on the company huddle!

7. What does a typical weekend look like for you?

A mixture of seeing friends, BBQing whenever possible and playing sports! Sometimes the odd drink here and there.

8. How would you spend your last £1?

My last £1 would most likely be spent on the most amount of food I could possibly get!

9. Who has had the most impact on your career to date and why?

I would say my managers, coaches, and family. Their help and support has just been phenomenal! I would not have had half the life experiences without them.

10. Finally, do you have any words of wisdom you’d like to share?

The best quote I have ever heard was: “In life, there are chess pieces and chess players, always be aware of what you are in the situation you are in”.

Another is a quote from a Gerry Cinnamon song: “The hardest part of the game isn’t playing; it’s caring enough to care about the things you’re doing”.

Be yourself – the right people and opportunities will naturally gravitate towards you. At the same time, however, do not use this as an excuse to be rude or disrespectful. Have manners, be punctual, and be kind.