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3 questions for Gilles Trubert: clients and quality come first

3 questions for Gilles Trubert: clients and quality come first

Written by Groupe Roullier / Published in Recruitment

During our 4th meeting, we put our questions to Gilles Trubert, Industrial Director of the susbsidiary Phosphea.

What is your professional background, and how did you join Groupe Roullier?

My training as an engineer in the food processing industry (ENSIA) led me to work in the Quality departments in the animal feed sector. I joined the Group in 2000 as Quality Manager at PHOSPHEA (TIMAB Industries at the time) in Saint-Malo (France) in charge of ISO 9001 and GMP+ certifications. From 2001 to 2009, I progressed from Production Manager to Plant Manager in the Industrial Zone in Saint-Malo (France), then Industrial Director at PHOSPHEA for the Saint-Malo and Gabès (Tunisia) facilities. Since 2014, my work has been refocused on the Saint-Malo site.

What responsibilities does your current role involve?

My responsibilities are very diverse: procurement, process, recruitment, cost tracking, investments, etc. The ultimate goal is to ensure that all customers are supplied with quality products on time. We work using a just-in-time production system with tools that are in operation 24/7. Any technical stoppages have to be as short as possible (a few days at most), because our customers consume our products constantly throughout the year. The industrial director must ensure that all resources are directed towards this result. Quality is also one of my daily concerns – probably because I originally started in these roles. It concerns both maintaining the quality of our products and searching for improvements. I remain convinced that the quality of our products will guarantee Phosphea’s position as a European leader.

What challenges do you face on a daily basis?

Our biggest challenge is to adapt our products according to the behaviour of raw materials and their origin. We must adjust our processes to the raw materials without losing quality or productivity. This involves daily follow-up work for me and the teams. And I remain passionate about the process. Another very important issue for me is safety. Our ambition is to achieve zero accidents in the long term, and along with Priscilla Roussel, the HSE manager, our challenge is to train and assist employees in order to achieve this result. Safety is everybody’s business, both in our offices and our factories.