Carole, HR Director Voreppe Research Center

Constellium and graduates

Graduates passionate about technical challenges, eager to take on responsibility and looking for international environments will thrive at Constellium.

Our professional teams are dedicated to sharing their knowledge and experience to ensure graduates learn as much as possible, as quickly as possible.

Carole, Human Resources Director, Constellium R&D Center, France

What type of graduate profiles are we looking for?

We are looking for creative, young and experienced engineers who are able to generate new ideas. These must be innovative people who are passionate about materials and our markets (automotive, packaging, aerospace), and they must also be efficient in order to conduct projects and deliver.

One of our requirements for new hires is that you reasonably speak and understand English. French and German would be also very beneficial.

In R&D, we are specifically looking for engineers and technicians to work on product and process development.

What kind of opportunities do we offer graduates?

We help graduates choose the most suitable workplace based on their skills and abilities. This might be in one of our world-leading extrusion plants or in our world-class R&D centre.

If you start in the R&D centre, you can either move to the plants and access positions such as manufacturing, process improvement, product development and quality or evolve in the expertise ladder.

If people want to be mobile, and we always check this in our appraisal discussions, we can help you to realise an international career. We are also attractive in terms of compensation, offering interesting recruitment conditions.

What environment do graduates work in? 

Constellium has some of the world’s best extrusion manufacturing plants. The Voreppe Research Centre is also particularly high-tech and constantly evolving, while Voreppe itself, which is France’s second-largest engineering town, is very dynamic.

Wherever you start, you will be surrounded by experienced professionals and senior scientists who can impart a wealth of knowledge.

What are their responsibilities? 

In the R&D environment, young engineers have to propose innovative solutions, take on technical leadership, and be an interface between engineers and technicians to develop products or processes. They also have to deliver according to project planning. The aim is to find a good idea and be sure that this idea is relevant, and then verify it through trials and prototyping.

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

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

Young graduates benefit from an induction program as soon as they arrive. Regular reviews with managers and HR are conducted to ensure the graduate has a good integration and can discuss their career evolution expectations and mobility opportunities.

We don’t want people to work in silos, so we have initiatives whereby someone that starts in our automotive business area can change to other divisions. In our annual staff performance reviews the managers in each division discuss talented performers, and we can help these people move into areas different to where they currently are.

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.”