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Expat experience: if I had to start over, I wouldn't hesitate

In Michelin, we often say that we recruit for a career, not just a job. It is common in Michelin for an Industrial Engineer to continue their career in the Shared Services Center, for a Polish to work in Romania, for a Romanian to become manager in Germany or for a woman to be Plant Manager. The diversity of jobs we manage in the Central Europe region allows us to build surprising career paths, together with our employees.

Here's what the Expat Experience is like in Michelin.

Titus Julien BOTIȘ, Team Responsible for Performance Improvement of Factory Architecture (Clermont-Ferrand, France)

As development, learning and progress require change, I decided to take this opportunity. Thus, I was involved in progress projects that gathered the best specialists for each field.

Titus Julien BOTIȘ, Team Responsible for Performance Improvement of Factory Architecture (Clermont-Ferrand, France)
Please give us a brief overview of your professional journey

Yas a yung graduate of the Technical University of Cluj Napoca, in 1998, I was recruited by a company producing seamless laminated pipes in Zalau, as part of a project to modernize the production facility. During the 4 years spent there I had the opportunity to discover areas such as Industrial Methods, Production Planning, Product Definition/Industrialization and Project Management. I have also made contact for the first time with international assignments, in Germany for an investment project.

In 2001 Michelin was starting to build an Industrial Engineering team in Zalau and in May 2002 I joined this team as an Industrial Engineer. In 2005, following a year-long international experience in two factories in France, I took over the responsibility of this team in Zalau/Tires – a mission enriched along the way with areas such as Production Planning and Financial Controlling.

At the end of 2008 I accepted the challenge of taking on the role of Operations Manager in the Zalau Tires Plant, an extremely challenging and demanding mission in all its aspects (human, product, process, performance...). Topics such as team development, daily production management, product/procedure projects have been the subject of 7 years of continuous challenges.

What was the context that led to your departure on an international mission?

2015 brought the opportunity to join the Clermont-Ferrand Performance Improvement team.

As development, learning and progress require change, I decided to take this opportunity. Thus, I was involved in progress projects that gathered the best specialists for each field.

Titus Julien BOTIȘ, Team Responsible for Performance Improvement of Factory Architecture (Clermont-Ferrand, France)

It's a professional, personal and family experience worth living, and if I had to start over, I wouldn't hesitate.

Titus Julien BOTIȘ, Team Responsible for Performance Improvement of Factory Architecture (Clermont-Ferrand, France)
What has this experience brought you, as a professional?

During my 6 years in this field I came to discover 80% of the Group's operational activities and to work on the most diverse projects. The opportunity to interact with all Product Lines has allowed me to integrate the characteristics of different industrial and business areas, accumulate a multitude of good practices/working methods and learn, understand and integrate the way the teams in Michelin headquarters work.

The biggest gain is that you are sailing in a multicultural environment that requires you to constantly adapt to different cultures and different ways of working. Continuous contact with central entities also allows the development of a personal network that can be decisive in subsequent work.

Last but not least, getting to know different people, from whom you can learn and from whom you can draw inspiration creates an environment conducive to personal development.

How did you experience this mission professionally as well as personally?

It's a professional experience that develops and enriches you – there's nothing gained in advance, but if you get involved and put passion into what you do, you can definitely succeed.

From a personal point of view, it is an ongoing challenge, especially if you have family and children. Living far from the extended family and having to adapt to another culture (and to another education system, for those with children) is not easy, but it’s fully worth it.

What advice would you give to colleagues who want, or are at the beginning of this stage of their career? How can they take advantage of this opportunity?

It is difficult to give advice, each individual is different. I would recommend to those who are preparing for such an adventure to do a lot of research, by asking for references from those who have lived the experience and to thoroughly prepare their families for the adventure that follows – not only their close family, but also the extended family that remains in the country.

It's a professional, personal and family experience worth living, and if I had to start over, I wouldn't hesitate.

 

Luminita Matei 1

EXPAT EXPERIENCE: I’VE LEARNED THAT I'M A MUCH MORE ADAPTABLE PERSON THAN I HAD THOUGHT

After a long time in the Victoria plant, I wanted to see if the choice to "walk in an unknown realm" would bring me positive results, from an operational, technical, and cultural point of view. This stage was part of my career path, which I built over time.

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EXPAT EXPERIENCE: ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL DEVELOPMENT EXPERIENCES

When I chose my profession, becoming a psychologist, I was aiming to work within a large organizational environment. In this way, I could both have a wider perspective on the human nature and also contribute to the growth of the business, by supporting people and teams’ development.

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