3Q interview with Francesco Fanciulli, CEE region chief executive officer, Prysmian Group
Prysmian recently announced in Romania the launch of the “Make It” program, targeting engineers and technicians with plant experience. How do you attract the young people to apply for these positions?
We believe to be able to offer a quite unique and valuable opportunity for all the talented professionals with an already solid experience within the manufacturing area: to get in touch with a multinational company which is clearly leading the worldwide arena as far as energy and telecommunication cables & systems are concerned, driving innovation and continuous technological breakthrough on its on market segment, with a record track of activities within its more than 100 years of history, now spread within almost 50 countries in the world with close to 90 production plants and more than 20.000 employees.
For Romania, we offer the opportunity to start working within one of the largest plant inside our group, with an almost complete production range from high voltage energy cables to the top of the range of optical cables, fully integrated within a very dynamic multinational environment. We are going to select the most skilled professionals by looking at the market (trough the most qualified head hunting firms, on top of the direct evaluation of all the spontaneous CVs reaching our desks), while supporting the initiative with a massive communication campaign trough classic media channel + the digital platforms. To this extent, I’m glad to invite all the potential candidate recognizing themselves on the profile we are looking for, to apply their CVs on http://ro.prysmiangroup.com within the “Make-It” program section.
What can you tell us about the quality of the education system in Romania, and also about the Romanian graduates?
In the last years the quality of the Romanian education system has shown a continuous and consistent improvement reaching an overall quite satisfactory level, despite the concept of “business school” has to be furtherly developed to come closer to the most advanced West European systems, increasing the interaction between the academic and the business world.
The Romanian graduates are reflecting (in general) the profile of the system they are coming from, with a very strong technical preparation but with a limited background on business practices (internship experiences, working stages). However they are very keen to be exposed to opportunities able to fill the gap, approaching it with the right level of determination, flexibility, and openness to take growing challenges. Within this perspective, we believe that the recent programs launched by our Group can offer a very attractive proposition for them.
At the beginning of the year 2015, you announced an investment of aprox. EUR 30 mln in the Slatina plant. What is the current status of this investment? What are the company’s plans in Romania, for the next year?
The plan announced in February 2015 was targeting a substantial expansion plan within the following 18/24 months through the building of a new optical cable plant, doubling the capacity of the existing one while enhancing the capabilities to provide the most advanced products to the most demanding customers in Europe, and the development of new technical capabilities to produce in Slatina the very high tech high voltage energy cables to support the development of the energy grid both in Romania and in the rest of Europe. Both initiatives are running in line with our best expectations, with high voltage production unit completely installed and placed into operation since July 2015, whilst the new building devoted to host the new optical cable facility is almost finished and will start its operation from 2nd quarter 2016.