Our people

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Production

Patrick Mertes

My name is Patrick Mertes and I am 38 years old. My journey at ArcelorMittal Steel Service Centre Neuwied started in 2007 when I joined the company as an operator via a temporary employment agency. Some months later I was hired permanently. Since 2015 I have been working as a supervisor at the plant.

Why did you decide to join ArcelorMittal?
During my time as a temporary worker I quickly realised that ArcelorMittal was the right company for me. Above all, the team spirit and the interest of my manager in me as an individual convinced me.

How do you see your career progressing?
My goal is to become deputy production manager.

What do you like best about your job?
The diversity of the job. In my job, I am the contact person for technical problems, but also for personnel and personal issues. Every day holds new challenges

Do you find your position satisfying?
Yes! I have responsibility and the authority to make decisions. Finding my own solutions to the problems that arise is what makes the position so interesting. The range of tasks and constant developments on the production line also promotes my own development.

Describe a typical working day:
The day starts with the shift handover and the attendance check. After reading my emails, I go to the production hall where I check the production flow. I also check compliance with safety regulations for both internal and external personnel. And throughout the day, I am available as a contact person for my team.-Then there are a lot of unplanned situations that make the job so interesting.

Describe ArcelorMittal in a few words
After 15 years, it’s hard to describe it in a few words. But I would say it is more than a job to me. Colleagues become friends and you’re not just a number on a list.

Logistic

Jacinthe Marat

My name is Jacinthe Marat. I’m 39 years old and I work at ArcelorMittal Steel Service Centres Europe. When I was hired as a Logistics Manager for France I was five-months pregnant. At a previous company, I’d already met the manager who interviewed me. In that position we’d had a disagreement, but the manager retained the ability to defend me when I applied for the job with ArcelorMittal.

Why did you decide to join ArcelorMittal?

During the job interview, I appreciated the frankness and approach of the HR Director. When I was offered a job, the objectives of the position were clear and support was provided so I could achieve my objectives.

How do you see your career progressing?

Since I joined ArcelorMittal, I’ve had the opportunity to progress professionally each year. I started as a Logistics Manager for France, and then for France and Belgium. After a year, my job had a European dimension.
I then had the opportunity to work as a Commercial Controller. More recently, I was offered a position as Site Manager.

What do you like best about your job?

At ArcelorMittal, we work with several countries, and different cultures and personalities. Thanks to the relationships I have established, I always know who to contact when I need help.
English is the language of the Group, and I really enjoy practising. It’s a daily challenge to convince people in a language other than my mother tongue.
I also enjoy seeing the complex projects I have worked on being implemented.

Describe ArcelorMittal in a few words:

ArcelorMittal is a juggernaut. There are so many activities going on, so many varied jobs. It’s impossible to know everything but I can always develop my skills and learn every day.
There are many things to do and everyone can find a job. That is why people should not hesitate to consult the job offers available.
We’re in a Group with many entities, but if we need help in our job we can work with different people. We are all part of the same organisation.

Maintenance

Kiswend Yamma

My name is Kiswend Yamma. I’m 28 years old and I work at ArcelorMittal Steel Service Centre Liège as intern in the maintenance team. I’m doing a Masters in Maintenance at Condorcet University in Charleroi (Belgium).

Why did you decide to join ArcelorMittal?

Firstly, because I wanted to work with a world-class company. The second reason is that, as a technician, I’m interested in the tools and machines that are used in the company. That requires me to develop a lot of skills in electrical, mechanical, and automation processes.

How do you see your career progressing?

I’d like to become maintenance manager. My manager is really a mentor, an example that I’d like to follow.

What do you like best about your job?

I really appreciate that I am integrated into projects. But what I love is to find the solution to a problem and resolve a technical failure.

Do you find your internship satisfying?

Yes, it’s very varied. I’m working with the technicians on the shopfloor, I’m involved in projects, I meet the contractors, the suppliers…

Describe a typical working day:

We start with a team meeting. Everyone is invited to share what happened the day before. In a second step, the maintenance manager distributes the tasks to the team. At the end of the day, I write a report describing what I achieved on the tasks that were assigned to me.

Describe ArcelorMittal in a few words:

It’s a dynamic company where maintenance is key. It’s very motivating as technician.

Administration

Christophe Cheval

My name is Christophe Cheval, and I am 52 years old. I joined ArcelorMittal in 1995 as an accountant. Since then, I’ve had career development opportunities every four or five years. That has given me experience in several of the Group’s entities. I am now Chief Financial Officer.

What do you like best about your job?
Diversity. I get to work with various departments. My job is not centralised and this is very interesting for me.

Do you find your position satisfying?
Yes, I have never felt the need to apply for another job.

How do you see your career progressing?
Maybe the same position in another entity of the Group. Or there could be a cross-functional position in another ArcelorMittal department or business.

Describe ArcelorMittal in a few words:
ArcelorMittal is a company with a lot of possibilities. There are no barriers between the company’s various businesses. ArcelorMittal can help every employee to advance in their chosen professional path.

Geographic mobility is also very common in the company. If someone wants to move to another country, that is not a problem. I have had the opportunity to go abroad myself. In 2008, I worked in Luxembourg as a central financial controller.