Armelle, HR Manager Constellium Issoire plant

Constellium and graduates

Graduates looking for new challenges every day, eager to take on responsibility and looking for an international environment will thrive at Constellium. 

All our employees are dedicated to sharing knowledge and experience in order to ensure graduates learn as much as possible, as quickly as possible.

Armelle, Human Resources Manager, Constellium Issoire plant, France

What type of graduate profiles is Constellium looking for?

We hire very different type of profiles, from R&D engineers to shift supervisors, maintenance or supply chain managers, and finance controllers, just to name a few examples.
More generally, I would say we are looking for dynamic people who are able to generate new ideas. One of our important requirements also for new hires is to speak English and to be mobile, in order to help us grow in our different markets and regions. We value innovative people who are passionate about materials and our different markets (automotive, packaging, aerospace).

More specifically, in R&D, we are in search of engineers and technicians who are able to work on product and process development. When it comes to our industrial sites, our newcomers might manage a shift production team, or work on process, quality or maintenance.

Overall, we are looking for graduates who are reliable and can demonstrate leadership in the way they manage a team.

What kind of opportunities do we offer graduates?

Upon their integration, we help graduates select the most suitable workplace based on their skills and abilities.

But we also accompany them throughout their career. We encourage diverse experiences, so that our employees can develop different skills. New hires might start their career in one of our extrusion or rolling plants, in our corporate head offices or in our world-class Technology center; and then move on to another country in a similar function or for a different role.

For example, if you start in one of our R&D centers – whether in France or in the USA-, you can either move to a plant and access functions such as manufacturing, process improvement, product development and quality or evolve within your expertise ladder and gain more responsibility.

What are their responsibilities? 

As a general rule, we want to empower young hires, but of course, it all depends of their role and their drive.

In the R&D environment, we encourage young engineers to propose innovative solutions, take on technical leadership, and be an interface between engineers and technicians to develop products or processes. While the objective is to find a good idea, you need to verify it’s a relevant one for the business, and confirm it through trials and prototyping.

On sites or in production roles, young engineers will be able to take on mid-range responsibilities across the range of engineering roles we offer, such as in process improvement, product development, quality and more. They can contribute to solve technical challenges, calling on their fresh perspectives and enthusiasm.

In our headquarters, young graduates might work for one of our 3 Business Units or contribute to one of our support functions, whether it is in Finance, IT, Communication, Legal or HR.

How does the HR team help young graduates develop their careers?

First of all, young graduates benefit from an induction program as soon as they arrive, within Constellium University, where different group training programs like the Onboarding Seminar or leadership training are delivered to newcomers.

Regular reviews with managers and HR are also conducted to ensure graduates have a good integration. These meetings are also an opportunity to discuss their career evolution expectations and mobility opportunities. One of our objectives is to make sure we are one Group, and that people do not work in silos. To encourage the moves from one division to another for example, managers from all business units review talented performers together during annual performance reviews.

With more than 20 sites worldwide, we can help our people achieve an international career. As we are growing internationally, there might be opportunities in Europe, North America or Asia.

Thomas, Lead Engineer, Automotive Structures

Thomas joined Constellium as part of a three-year work/study program in mechanical engineering.

Thomas, lead engineer, Automotive Structures

Promoted to Lead Engineer in the Automotive Structures business, his role was to foresee a long and exciting career path ahead.

Growing up nearby Singen in Germany, Thomas had always been excited by the prospect of one day working at the Singen plant.

His opportunity came after graduating from high school when he commenced a three-year work-study program in mechanical engineering with Constellium at the site, organised through the Berufsakademie cooperative university. Completing his studies in 2004, he joined the Department of Development and Design of Automotive Structures. The rest, as they say, is history.

Developing advanced crash management systems

Today, Thomas is a lead engineer in the department, located at our site in Gottmadingen. In an office of about 20 people, he works closely with a constructor and experts in computer-aided design (CAD) and numerical simulation on the development of crash management systems and side impact beams for Audi.

A role with challenge and diversity

It's the challenge and diversity of the role that excites him most – the constant contact with customers and small design teams working to solve problems related to the all-important issue of safety. There are also ample opportunities for development, particularly for people who are motivated and like showing initiative.

Since becoming a lead engineer role, Thomas has taken on significant extra responsibilities that now see him in charge of organising project planning, prototype delivery, and the start of production serials, as well as ensuring that correct safety and quality standards are being met.

Yet just as importantly, Thomas thrives in the collegial environment, which is at once friendly, team-oriented and thoroughly professional.

All things going according to plan, Thomas envisions a long career with Constellium. “In our automotive business alone there are hundreds of different roles in a variety of design and development areas to explore, each with its own unique aspects, challenges and rewards.”