Have you heard about Safran's schools ambassadors?
Since 2016, Safran has had a network of employees known as ambassadors, who are responsible for promoting the Group's image in the schools from which they graduated. Meet Manon Cervellin, Samia Khannoufi and Mathilde Ouattara-Brigaudet, who recently joined the network.
What is your background?
Manon — I graduated from ISAE-SUPAERO in 2011. After an internship at Michelin, I did my end-of-studies project at Safran Aircraft Engines in Villaroche,* before being recruited by Safran Transmission Systems** in Colombes. Two years later, I joined Safran Electrical & Power in Villemur, where I successively held the following positions: A350 Production Supervisor, A380 Production Engineering Manager, Future Factory and Image Recognition Project Manager, H160 Production Project Manager and, finally, Production Engineering Manager.
Samia — I graduated from the Institut Universitaire de Technologie de Tulle with a major in Industrial Engineering and Maintenance, and in 2016 I entered Industrial Engineering program at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Arts et Métiers (ENSAM) in Paris. I was lucky enough to do my three years of work-study at Safran in Niort and to develop a solid grounding, which led to my being hired in 2019 in the Methods department.
Mathilde — I graduated from the Ecole des Mines de Saint-Etienne (class of 2007), with a major in Energetics and Processes. I went on to do a thesis on fuel cell materials at the CEP laboratory at the Ecole des Mines de Paris. I then joined Valeo as an energy storage engineer, working on lead-acid batteries, lithium-ion batteries and supercapacitors. I then specialized in the design of lithium-ion batteries at Zodiac Aerospace, then at PSA and finally at Safran, where I have been since July 2019.
Can you tell us more about your work as an ambassador?
Manon — My role is to take part in events organized by ISAE-SUPAERO (whether it be on their campus, at Safran locations or elsewhere) in order to talk to students, answer their questions and discuss my career so far.
Samia - My job is to raise Safran's profile among ENSAM Paris students, and in particular to help identify young talent and offer them internship or research opportunities. I'm also responsible for developing the school's relationship with Safran.
Mathilde — I work on behalf of the Group with the students of the Ecole des Mines de Paris by participating in their events, at least twice a year. The first one I attended, along with other Safran ambassadors, was a round table on careers, which was an opportunity for us to publicize the internships that were available.
Why did you join this network of ambassadors?
Manon — I wanted to share my career experiences with students. Thanks to my ten years of experience, I feel I can answer their questions about some of the things I've experienced and, more broadly, about existing career opportunities within the company.
Samia — This program helps us strengthen our ties with the world of education and to connect our needs with what is happening in research and development programs. And it's fun to be able to discuss my experience and share it with others!
Mathilde — I would like to help give students a clearer picture of the engineering profession; they have a lot of questions about their future career choices, the various sectors and professions involved, etc. It is also an opportunity for me to provide an example for female students, who sometimes lack role models in this profession.
250 school ambassadors at Safran Electrical & Power
18 Group partner schools & Universities
* the company was called Snecma at the time
** the company was called Hispano-Suiza at the time
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