Geoffroy Marquis, Technical Sales Engineer, Vallourec Middle East, Dubai
I wanted to learn more about the Middle East, which is such an important place for the oil industry. I had already been to the North Sea region, and I wanted to get some experience in a new area with a French industrial group. Since I had only worked for operation and production companies, I wanted to diversify. My VIE experience in Dubai will hit the two-year mark at the end of October 2019. I’ve been working with the PLP/HCP sales team. Here, I’ve found everything I was looking for: technical subjects, trade shows, a new working culture, a very demanding market, and more challenges at every project level.
The sales offices are the intermediary between the customer and the factory. The sales teams’ job is to submit a turnkey project that will both meet customer expectations and be feasible on the manufacturing side. It might seem simple, but it actually requires a lot of rigor, flexibility, communication, transparency, and resilience. My main takeaway from this adventure can be summed up as follows: every problem has a solution. I want to continue in a technical job for a few more years before exploring other avenues. Vallourec offers a wide array of possibilities: sales, R&D, etc. Companies like Vallourec are the reason why I’ve always wanted to work in French industry: they know how to marry tradition and modernity while maintaining a solid foundation of values shared by the whole group. This approach really speaks to me. I feel like I can flourish at Vallourec.