Tell us a little bit about yourself and your background.
Born and raised in Senegal, I moved to a beautiful city in the north of France to pursue my university study in chemistry in 2002. Coming out of a modest family from West Africa I had the ambition to succeed and I knew that I had to put in the hard work in order to reach my goals. I dedicated myself to push the limits until graduation as PhD in Material Sciences in a well-recognized engineering school in Paris back in 2011.
Right after receiving my PhD diploma, I started to work as a Research Engineer for a global leader in innovative and high value-added aluminum products dedicated to aerospace. In 2015, I had the opportunity to relocate with the same company in the US; which I consider as a leap in my career and personal life.
Since January this year, I boarded the journey in working for Gränges in the Salisbury, NC plant.
So, why Gränges?
After working for almost 10 years within a big company in the aluminum industry, first as a research engineer and as a process/product development metallurgist I have accumulated various skills and knowledge in the manufacturing industry. Of course, my ambition to continue reaching the next milestone in my career meets with the opportunity to work for a prestigious company such as Gränges. The history of Gränges since 1922 in the manufacturing of aluminum gave me the feeling and confidence to join the company, knowing that the technology and business model rooted in the Swedish tradition of sustainability and long-term thinking will give me the right tools and opportunities to continue growing in my professional career and also in my personal life.
In addition, I truly believe in the vision of Gränges to transform the world thru innovation under the guidance of the company’s core values (committed, action oriented, innovative and accessible). I decided to join Gränges’ family in order to give my best and be part of this journey in continuously making the world a better place thru innovative engineering.
What does a Quality/Technical Manager do? What’s your scope/objective?
As Quality and Technical Manager my role is to guarantee an efficient implementation of the best practices within the company in terms of the quality system management and making sure metallurgical practices are optimized to support process improvement and product development.
In collaboration with the site manager we ensure that all plant products and services meet quality standards before they reach the customers. My primary responsibilities include understanding customer expectations and needs, outlining quality standards, developing quality control processes, maintaining all certifications up to date and most importantly engaging with customers and gathering product feedback.
My objective is simple, make all customers satisfied by meeting and in most cases exceeding their expectations. As always, within a safe fashion.