I started my career right after I finished the Pagora Engineering school in Grenoble. I chose this career
12 years ago because it requires a lot of time in the field, close to the action, which is something I never get tired of.
As a Production Manager, I provide assistance to all my co-workers so that they can carry out their work without a hitch. Here, we work in production teams made up of 6 people, and we have to respect production rates and quality requirements while striving to improve our industrial performances each and every day.
This job offers a great deal of variety–but also includes many challenges, whether it be replacing the pre-drying rolls or installing new equipment. We often work in confined spaces and have to make sure we don’t disrupt the smooth running of the plant. These types of projects require, depending on their size, preparatory work of at least 6 months, as we need to contact and select the suppliers, discuss the project with them and then make corrections to the drawings. The actual programme can only be kicked off once this study phase has been completed with assistance from the design office, which will then be responsible for the layout of the facilities.
In addition to the technical skills required to successfully complete these tasks, I also think a Production Manager always has to be curious and ready to delve deeper into all the aspects of paper machines. You also have to care about others and be a good people person.
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