In this animation, Three Experienced candidates will talk about their career path at Schneider Electric, Alexis, Brigitte and Mark: 1) Alexis, MBA. My name is Alexis. I'm 36 years old. I joined Schneider Electric as a Corporate Business Development Manager in Paris, three years ago. I started to work within Corporate Strategy. It was gratifying to be able to apply what I'd learned in business school so soon. My job was to develop the acquisition strategy, find and assess targets and draft acquisition guidelines. One year later, I seized the opportunity to take on a new position abroad : Business Line Director in US. My new position was a mix of operations and strategy, which was great. I managed Schneider Electric's Energy Efficiency Services in the US. Energy Efficiency was already a highly strategic business for Schneider Electric. Although I'd never worked in this area before, my manager had the confidence to entrust me with this mission. I greatly expanded my network while working with 20 different countries. Then, two opportunities came up. I had the choice between returning to France or embarking on a new adventure! I chose the exotic: India! Working in India was especially exciting given its fast-developing economy and rich cultural traditions. It also happens to be a focus country for our company. New position: Director Projects and Engineering Centre, India. At that stage, I was interested in heading a business and being responsible for my own profit and loss statement. I also wanted to experience a genuine managerial role, in charge of a more sizable team. I completed a course of leadership training that prepared me well for my new job. All along, I realize how much mentoring and support I received from my managers and the key role they played in taking me places I'd never been. 2) Brigitte, Innovation Engineer. My name is Brigitte, I am 50 years old. I would like to tell you about the 27 years I have spent at Schneider Electric since starting as a technician in charge of quality tests on materials. After graduating with a degree in chemical engineering, I started working at Schneider Electric in plastic materials quality control. New position: Technician - Grenoble R&D Centre, France. Quality control is essential and I enjoyed the work but I wondered: what if I could come up with processes myself that would improve quality? That led me to accept a position at the Grenoble R&D Centre. I took part in various research programmes on preventative approaches to quality management. This job required both innovation and expertise in identifying and analysing defects. Once again I felt compelled to aim higher: why not manage my own research programme? I really wanted to gain a broader vision of the complete work process. To achieve this goal I was fortunate enough to combine my work with a two-year degree programme to become Engineer and Research Project Manager. I started in the innovation department as an engineer managing several research programmes on new insulating materials. I don't feel at all confined to the laboratory. Innovation at a company like Schneider Electric entails listening to our internal customers. I work with several business units and countries. I find it very fulfilling to keep interacting and expanding my network within the company. Now, I lead my own research programme on new green plastic materials that will be used in our future products. I also conduct long-term research in emerging fields, such as biomass. We conduct applied research that must bring concrete innovation to new products. But don't think I am locked in a sealed lab. Innovation within a company such as Schneider Electric means listening to our internal clients: I work with several business units and countries. I find it very fulfilling to keep interacting and expanding my network within the company. Looking back, I've come to realize how much support and encouragement I received internally while pursuing my degree. I now do what I enjoy most: express my creativity and explore new findings while contributing to our innovation. 3) Mark, Business. Hi my name is Mark I'm 38 years old. I'd like to tell you a bit about my career at Schneider Electric to date. I started out as a pricing manager, which was great as it helped me to quickly understand our products and the marketing strategy. Next, I wanted to fully understand customer needs and so decided I needed to meet customers face to face. Because I speak French, I applied for a sales position and moved to France. New position: Sales Representative for distributors, France . Here, I got the field experience I wanted. My role was to liaise with our network of distributors. After two years, I became Sales Regional Manager for Eastern France, in charge of the sales force and distribution. What I accomplished during these years taught me a lot about customers: what they want and how to win them over Armed of this knowledge, I seized the opportunity to head marketing at Schneider Electric Austria. New position: Marketing Manager, Austria. Overseeing the marketing strategy for an entire country was very stimulating and rewarding. I launched new businesses and devised sales and marketing activities. I felt ready for a new challenge and applied to become a country manager. Smaller countries are often assigned to first-time country managers. I am presently country manager in Kazakhstan. It is always exciting to work in a such fast-growing economy. There is so much to do! One of my greatest challenges is developing employees at the same time as fostering customer loyalty. I attended a leadership course at our corporate university to help me prepare to take on my new function. I am also learning Russian. One of my greatest challenges is developing employees skills whilst simultaneously fostering customer loyalty. I have never shied away from pursuing my objectives. HR supported my choices every step of the way and found my non-technical background interesting. At Schneider Electric, I find that you can shape your own career and I value that. What's next? Who knows! End.