I have been in charge of product development and industrialization at the
Saint-Saulve facility in northern France and the Mülheim plant in Germany since
2007. These two plants design similar products and have comparable manufacturing
processes.My role is to:
Although predominantly technical in nature,
my work also requires interpersonal skills, given that the success of a project
depends not only on the support provided by the research centre and the
R&D/Quality personnel at manufacturing plants, rolling mills and steel
mills, but also on the assistance offered by the Group's sales divisions.
I joined Vallourec in 2002, upon completing my PhD in material science. I was
already familiar with the Group, because the Vallourec research centre (CEV)
subcontracts certain tests to the laboratory where I was preparing my thesis.
Several aspects of the Group appealed to me, including its international
dimension, the nature of its products (metallurgy) and the bright career
prospects. It seemed a natural step for me to apply to join Vallourec's R&D
division. I spent five years at the research centre, working closely with the steel
mills on topics relating to steel-making and the quality and cleanliness of
products manufactured in continuous casters. My subsequent move to a role in
industrialization was a logical progression.
Several career paths are now open to me, including becoming a quality manager
at a plant, or joining the technical sales promotion team.