After a scientific baccalaureate, I entered CPE Lyon via the integrated Classes Préparatoires (CPI).
After 4 years (two years in CPI in maths, physics and chemistry, then two years of chemistry and chemical engineering at CPE Lyon) I went to work for one year in BASF (Ludwigshafen, Germany) in an organometallic chemistry laboratory, before my final year at CPE. The theme of my research was: "Synthesis and characterization of catalysts based on organometallic complexes". This experience enabled me to anticipate the work required in a large industrial group, improve my knowledge of the German language and culture, and simply to develop my personality. Then I came back to CPE Lyon for my fifth and final year of higher education.
In December 1999, I began working for Wacker, where I still am today.
I am Marketing Manager for the different products manufactured by the company, as much in France as in other European countries (BeNeLux, Spain, Portugal, and Switzerland). The work consists in consolidating and developing sales in these countries, as well as the domains of utilization of these products. The markets are varied: pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, foodstuffs, chemical industry, and plastics. My interlocutors (both internal and external to Wacker) are in purchasing, R&D, marketing, production, quality, and logistics. Above all, it is a job I am passionate about where one is enriched by the contact with others and by the technological innovations. The necessary qualities are: curiosity, the ability to listen, flexibility, and rigor.
The chemical engineering diploma (from CPE Lyon in this case) enables you to have access to jobs you can be passionate about, not only in the research and development domain or in production, but also in the sales domain where your knowledge in chemistry may be necessary.