12/03/2020 - CareersSince joining the Group fifteen years ago, Marie Querrien has continuously climbed the ladder to become, a few months ago, the General Manager of Vallourec Tubular Services in Abu Dhabi.
Hello Marie, can you tell us a bit about your career?I have a master's degree in international business from the University of Paris la Sorbonne. I started my career in the sales department at Maria Galland, a cosmetics brand, before joining Magneti Marelli, a subsidiary of Fiat.
For the past five months, you have been at the head of Vallourec Tubular Services. What does your job at this subsidiary entail?Vallourec Tubular Services is the entity that manages the yard where we will manage our ADNOC product inventory.
What are the essential qualities for this job?First of all, being organized and knowing how to prioritize, because everything is urgent at the same time. Then I would say having good communication skills and solid coordination because above all else, this is a team effort.
Have you noticed differences in management between Europe and the Middle East that surprised you?In the United Arab Emirates, we have fifteen different nationalities, the majority of which come from India, Pakistan and the Philippines. We have a heavy workload and I am happy to be able to count on a committed team.
Being a woman doesn't seem to have held you back in your career. What do you think were the keys to your success at Vallourec and in the Middle East?It is true that this environment is very masculine and that few women hold positions of responsibility. You have to know how to be assertive, trust yourself and don't hesitate to put people in their place if they make inappropriate comments.
Personally for 15 years, Vallourec has always trusted me and offered me more and more responsibilities. All my managers, over the course of my career, have supported me and I am grateful to them for that"Marie Querrien General Manager of Vallourec Tubular Services in Abu Dhabi
What do you like most about your current job and at Vallourec overall?In this project, everything needs to be built. We are going to write the first pages of this new adventure. I have been given a huge challenge and I'm very honored. As for Vallourec, I really like the family spirit felt among my colleagues. For the past fifteen years, I have been fortunate to forge strong ties with some of my colleagues. I have built my network with people who have since been transferred elsewhere in the Group: France, China, Singapore... but with whom I have always stayed in touch. This is also one of Vallourec's strengths.
How do you see the growth of your career in the future?The contract that we signed with ADNOC extends over a period of 5 years and it has only been a few months since I took up my new duties at Vallourec Tubular Services. Today, I am focusing on the short and medium term and the success of my entity. I want to make sure that we are the best at executing this project and that the Group will achieve its objectives.