Meet Sandrine, aviation project manager at ENGIE Ineo
As a young girl, she dreamed of becoming a pilot, but the fact of wearing glasses prevented that. But true to her dream, she did everything in her power to embark on a career in aviation to “build airplanes”. And that’s exactly what she did! Today, Sandrine is a project leader at Ineo Global Support, an ENGIE Ineo company. We look back on the career of a woman driven by a passion for flight.
This interview with Sandrine first appeared in Grandes Ecoles et Universités magazine
What does your job actually involve?
I work at Ineo Support Global, which specializes in providing support services to the armed forces (aviation equipment, clothing and accessories for the French National Police force, supplies the French army with batteries, and provides equipment for UN Security Council peacekeeping operations. I’m pre-sales project manager for the aviation market with responsibility for military aircraft and helicopter operational readiness. That means I supervise contracts, put together and lead multidisciplinary teams to prepare contract bids for highly technical and tightly regulated projects, and prepare business plans that provide a quantified response to the needs of our customers. I was recently involved in the Eurocopter Ecureuil project to provide operational readiness support for a Gendarmerie Nationale helicopter.
What are you most proud of about being an ENGIE Group engineer?
I first came into contact with Ineo Global Support because it was a partner of the leading group of industrial companies I was working for at the time. I was immediately very interested in this business that manages military aviation support projects – something that fascinates and excites me – and also in ENGIE, because it’s a Group that offers career opportunities that you simply can’t find elsewhere. It’s a company where you’re encouraged to express your ideas in the knowledge that they’ll be listened to. It’s also a Group with a commitment to giving women the opportunity to do any job at any level.
What advice would you give to young women engineers?
Follow your dreams. As a child, I wanted to be a pilot but the fact that I needed to wear glasses prevented that… so I chose to build airplanes instead! I’ve had to overcome a lot of obstacles on the way, including passing the baccalaureate school leaving exam twice, having first been persuaded to focus on biology, and having to begin my career in the automotive industry, because there were no suitable vacancies in aviation when I left engineering college, which meant I worked under a series of different fixed-term contracts. Every time, someone would say “it’s not for you, because you’re a woman”, but all that did was give me more energy to carry on. I wouldn’t allow myself to be put off, and today, I’ve achieved my goal with a Group of companies that knows how to put its trust in men and women who deserve it.