Renault engineering recruitment campaign, 5 questions for Gascon Gascon--
What can you tell us about Groupe Renault’s substantial recruitment plans for this year?
The automotive industry is at a turning point: the car of the future will be electric, connected and autonomous. As tomorrow’s car takes shape, new skills will be needed if we are to keep pace with the changes under way.
Electronics and artificial intelligence are keystone technologies in this transition, and set to become key skills for the Renault group. This year we’ll be recruiting engineers to develop the innovations of tomorrow. There’ll be technical vacancies in electronics (hardware, software, systems engineering), and we’ll also be looking for project managers and experts in phone and radar systems, and in management of electric and complex drivetrains. There really is a wealth of opportunity here.
What exactly are the profiles and skills you’re looking for?
As well as hiring new graduates for technical positions in our core specialities (systems engineering, connectivity, automated driving, materials, chassis performance, etc.), we’re also looking for experienced people in mid-career, who’ll be strengthening our production, project and expertise teams, from a managerial angle in particular. Very specifically we’re interested in profiles showing sound experience in telephony, systems analysis, autonomous vehicles, and materials (plastics, rubber, etc.).
Another important factor concerns relational qualities. Our new recruits will be flexible, open to the outside world, curious, capable of innovating and eager to work as part of a team.
Then we’re highly attentive to gender balance: 30% of new hires in technical positions will be women. And the same goes for cultural diversity: so we’re interested in international profiles. It goes without saying that a good command of English is essential.
What are the main challenges you’ll be facing in the coming years?
As Carlos Ghosn pointed out, “the automotive industry will be seeing greater change over the next five years than in the last twenty. This opens extraordinary opportunity for companies having the skills and the vision to seize it.”
Our three main, indeed, crucial, challenges are: the connected vehicle, the autonomous vehicle and the zero emissions vehicle. Specifically, the Renault-Nissan Alliance will be launching ten autonomous vehicles, in China, the USA, Europe and Japan, by 2020.
What does Groupe Renault engineering have going for it?
Well, to start with, our Technocentre engineering complex in Guyancourt near Paris employs 6,500 people working to develop the cars we’ll be driving tomorrow. But Groupe Renault engineering has international reach; to keep vehicle design in close touch with the people who actually buy our cars, we run regional development centres in South America, Russia, Romania, India and Korea. Then networking is a fundamental part of our way of working.
Many of our engineering functions are “converged”, which is our way of saying they combine Renault and Nissan teams. This organization, which is quite unique in the automotive industry, is a powerful lever on professional development, and career development, for all concerned. Our teams are multicultural and the projects they work on have international scope.
What kind of career prospects can your new recruits expect?
Renault engineering offers varied career paths in production, project and expertise functions. There are many passageways between career paths; indeed, we actively encourage people to develop familiarity in different capacities in order to broaden their field of vision and expand their skills base.
Through the Renault-Nissan Alliance, partnership arrangements (with Daimler, for example) and our own international development operations, we can offer very attractive international openings. This might typically take the form of temporary detachment to new production facilities, for example.
Thank you for keeping us up to date on that, Gaspar.