11 December 2020
Alexandre Bories, Innovation Coordinator Intern
1/ What has been your career path so far?
I left high school with a Technological Baccalaureate in Industry Science, with a specialisation in sustainable development. I spent a year at an engineering university in Nîmes, before reorienting to a business school where I got a management degree. I am now studying for a Master's degree in Innovation Management at the University of Montpellier, on a work-study basis.
Through my studies, I worked as a mechanic, a lathe and milling machine operator, a postman as well. As part of my business school studies, I moved to London in 2018, for 6 months, to do an internship in a start-up company and practice my English skills.
2/ Why did you choose LDA ?
I only knew the Louis Dreyfus Armateurs Group through its vessel operations for Airbus before I went to university. I was not familiar with the maritime sector. This internship at LDA is a completely new and fascinating experience.
3/ Could you tell us more about your current role / your missions?
My role is to organise and structure the multitude of innovation ideas that flow around LDA. From the moment I arrived, I could see that such ideas often went no further than the doorway, desk corner or coffee machine where they had first sprung up. For now, my job is to collect opportunities from every coworker and organise them. They will then be submitted to a committee which will judge of their viability and decide whether to follow up on them. Therefore, even if we do not work on all the ideas, they will not get lost.
Further down the road, my mission should evolve into the management and development of the selected ideas. But all in good time, I have only recently learnt what a retractable azimuth thruster is!
4/ What do you like the most about this job?
I like the constant discovery of new ideas. Whether internally or externally, there will always be something new to think of. And in order to support your ideas, you have to go and meet people, something that I really enjoy doing.
5/ 2020 has been an unusual year. What can you tell us about it ? Any anecdote or major fact you would like to share?
2020 has been a year of personal commitment. I completed my studies in December 2018 and worked in civil engineering throughout 2019. When my contract ended, I decided to join the military reserve. I have therefore been engaged since February 2020 in an army regiment. I have only done a few guards and training such as first aid so far, but these experiences are very interesting, and I hope to grow within this institution.
6/ Are you a land or a sea person?
I was born in Cannes, right between the mountains and the sea, which I enjoy in equal measure.
7/ What are your hobbies and interests?
Younger, I loved biking, especially mountain biking - I rode about 60km per week. Joining a business school slowed me down a bit, though. I enjoy shooting range practice a lot. I am currently a “black powder” shooter. In my spare time, I also practice paintball or “airsoft” so that I can shoot at my friends, without any danger! It also allows me to train outside of the military reserve.
8/ What is your motto?
Be curious about the unknown – who knows, you could marry it someday!
Thank you very much Alexandre for your inspiring life experience and job testimonial!