After graduating from ESC Rennes in 1999, where I majored in international
business, I began my career as a sales and marketing manager with a French group
specializing in raw materials. After four years in this position, followed by 18
months as head of sales administration at head office in Paris, I was keen to
broaden my professional horizons.
I therefore joined Valtimet, a Vallourec Group subsidiary specializing in
titanium and stainless steel welded rolled tubes. I am in charge of sales
follow-up for customers in the seawater desalination and energy markets
(conventional and nuclear power plants) in Europe, Middle East and Japan. This
position involves considerable travel, and I spend around 40% of my time away
from the office.
Sales coverage for this region is provided either directly (France and
Russia), via agents (Northern Europe, Italy, Middle East and Japan) or by a
Valtimet representative office (Germany). This wide variety of representation
channels enables the Group to constantly reassess the most appropriate
management and follow-up strategies. The freedom to work independently and the
cultural diversity of my contacts make this an extremely attractive position.
I have dealt with a series of challenges during my four and a half years with
Valtimet, including familiarizing myself with and building loyalty among our
major customers, monitoring the Group's sales agents, and setting up and
managing a representative office.
The main attractions of this position include:
Looking ahead, I see myself working for Vallourec in an international role,
whether in sales management or the management of a business unit. I am
enthusiastic about the future, motivated by the genuine career prospects on
offer in North America, Brazil and Asia.