Fred Ravat, Talent Director, Constellium

Constellium and experts

Aluminium is a modern, highly technical material that goes into commercial airplanes, automotive body-in-white structures and beverage can packaging applications. It takes a lot of skill and the products need to

meet detailed specifications. Experts and experienced professionals therefore have wide scope to have a significant impact on Constellium’s operations and overall efficiency.

Fred, Talent Director, Constellium

What type of experts is Constellium looking for?

Constellium is seeking individuals with talent in all of its roles. At the Ravenswood plant, which is typical of our other manufacturing facilities, we are primarily looking for experts in manufacturing operations and manufacturing engineering areas and applications. Supply chain experts are also in need.

What kind of opportunities are we offering?

If you are interested in change and being a part of a growing organisation and providing input and mentoring, then you are going to be successful here. It’s an opportunity to apply the depth of your engineering skills in a creative way.

Our remuneration packages are attractive and exceed industry norms. We are an international company, so our workplaces are multicultural, and in Europe especially there are many options for mobility between sites and countries.

We also hire people experienced with other materials, such as composites, who want to develop or improve their skills working with aluminium, which is an increasingly attractive material for clients.

What environments do these experts work in?

There is a role for experienced operators at all of our workplaces, sites and facilities. Whatever the role, you will always be ultimately working with leading edge companies, on products that will help them to succeed in the markets of tomorrow.

For example, Ravenswood is a supplier for the aerospace industry, and all elements of aerospace efficiency are linked to our R&D products.

In automotive meanwhile we are working on solutions for the future that will make cars lighter and more crash resistant.

What are their responsibilities?

Experts are invaluable to us for their skills and expertise. We need them to quickly get involved and fill roles that help us run our facilities more efficiently.

As a newly independent company, there is real scope for experts to take on leadership roles or work with leadership teams to advise on best practices and put in place process improvements. There will also be opportunity to mentor our younger employees.

In short, this is a good environment for someone who has an expertise to make a real contribution.

How does the HR team help them reinforce their careers?

What sets Constellium apart from competitors is that employees are seen as individuals with real contributions to make. This is particularly important for experts, who can add tangible value based on their experience in technical industries.

To attract and retain talent, we actively move people into the areas they are interested in. We want people to use their potential in the best way. Experts can specialise in sectors, products and process they might not have previous experience with. We look at what is available across the company to provide maximum job enrichment and enlargement.

Nanja, innovation expert

When innovation expert Nanja joined Constellium in 2007, it was with the promise of creating a new unit from scratch and assembling a team dedicated to innovation. She has not been disappointed.

Nanja, innovation expert at Constellium

Nanja did a PhD in innovation management and has vast practical experience as an innovation consultant for leading firms such as Monitor and Doblin.

When she heard about an opening with Constellium, in the domain of innovation, in 2007, she was immediately interested to learn more. Given her expertise in – as well as passion for – innovation, she saw the potential to move beyond the realm of consulting and apply what she knew in the industrial world. Needless to say, she accepted the mission.


Pressure to excel

With her evident expertise in the area, the bar was high to recruit an outstanding and high-performing team and gain traction within the existing organisation of Constellium.

Innovation experts works in close collaboration with EPFL University in Lausanne, Switzerland, with which Constellium’s R&D organisation in Voreppe have numerous collaborations.

The job is diverse, challenging, and no two days are alike. She has a broad set of responsibilities, which not only concern project identification and supervision, but also recruitment, communications, and fostering collaborations with EPFL.

Challenging - even for experts

The team has a culture grounded in teamwork, honesty, accountability, excellence, as well as a healthy dose of fun.

And importantly, there is also a definite sense of challenge. Constellium works for several exciting industries, such as aerospace and automotive, which constantly push the boundaries of material innovation. Innovation experts are happy to address these challenges.