Nicolas Planteau, Managing Director within a VINCI Energies pole in France

Nicolas Planteau

After studying engineering at the French Ecole des Ponts et chaussées, I worked for a consulting firm for three years. In 2004, I went on to join Actemium as a Project Manager. Three years later, I was promoted to the position of BU manager of SDEL Transports Services in Nanterre. This represented a great professional opportunity for me! I was in charge of managing a 50-member team! Like all managers, I had to be skilled in managing teams, the business, and sales. I managed this entity like an SME, and while I was offered a great deal of independence to do so, I could rely on the strength of a major group like VINCI Energies.

At age 37, I was the Director of 7 Citeos business units in the Ile-de-France Region surrounding Paris. This position requires managing roughly 300 employees. No two days on the job were ever the same. Stuck in a rut? I couldn't imagine what that means! I was involved in corporate strategy and organisation, as well as external and internal communications for the entire VINCI Energies Group. I engaged in many exchanges with my fellow BU managers via the various structures set up for this purpose, which creates bonds and allows us to share good practices and take full advantage of business development opportunities.

When I first took on the Director position, I had to face a major challenge involving the reorganisation of our scope of business units in order to integrate the Cegelec teams that had just joined the Group into the existing scope of Citeos business units. That's what I appreciate the most about working for VINCI Energies. The Group trusts its employees and helps them make headway, by giving them common operational methods in particular through the training sessions offered at the Academy. This in-house training centre makes it possible for us to share the same values, even if our business lines, activities and structures are different. The Academy also helps boost your career .

Today, I am Managing Director in a pole dedicated to infrastructure in the Ile-de-France and north-eastern France.