Stories of Women in Engineering - Chaimae Lamrani - ALTEN Group

Stories of Women in Engineering – Chaimae Lamrani

Interview with Chaimae Lamrani

My name is Chaimae Lamrani. I’m a senior project manager at ALTEN, Morocco.
I’m from Fez. After graduating from high school, I went on to study engineering at IGA Morocco. I joined ALTEN in 2016 as a support engineer and my career has been very rich. I advanced to become Head of Complementary Activities, then Head of Skills. When an opportunity for mobility presented itself, I seized it and moved into technical management. I began as Junior Project Manager and then was promoted to Senior Project Manager.

How did you develop your interest in engineering? What factors influenced your decision to pursue a career in this field?

My interest in engineering brings together my academic experience and my personal passions. This consolidated as I discovered the impact of the discipline on technology and on our society, in particular the way engineering contributes to improving efficiency, sustainability and, above all, the quality of our lives.

Can you describe your role and responsibilities?

As a Senior Project Manager, my core mission lies in the strategic and operational direction of various project initiatives. Basically, my role is to orchestrate and effectively lead complex initiatives throughout their lifecycle. It encompasses the design, planning and rigorous execution of projects, while ensuring alignment with organizational objectives. As a manager it is also my job to provide my team with a clear vision and precise objectives, and to encourage them in their professional and personal development. It’s important to create a working environment where everyone feels valued and supported. My responsibilities include operational as well as technical management: supervising day-to-day activities, ensuring that technical problems encountered by my customers are resolved quickly and efficiently, and ensuring that quality standards are met. It’s a delicate balance, but also a rewarding one, because our ultimate goal is collective success.

How has ALTEN supported your growth and advancement?

ALTEN has provided a cornerstone in my career, especially as a woman engineer. The company supported and encouraged me to pursue my dreams in engineering. Thanks to ALTEN, I was able to flourish in an inclusive environment where my skills were recognized and valued. Also, thanks to training, I’ve been able to develop cutting-edge skills and stay abreast of the latest technological trends, which is crucial in our field. And then there’s the closeness with the managers. They are always accessible, ready to lend a hand and provide support. This is very important. You feel free to share your ideas and this boosts your creativity. The internal communication is also top-notch. Everything is well explained, objectives are clear and we all know where we’re going. This is reflected in the success of the projects.
What really stands out for me is the personalized career management. People take the time to discuss your ambitions, your career prospects, to take stock of your skills. And then they help you map out your career path. This makes you feel valued within the company.

How do you apply your expertise to your projects?

It starts with a real passion for what I do. When I take on a project, I put all my energy into making it a success. My experience and technical knowledge play a key role, enabling me to approach each challenge with a certain degree of confidence and to propose solutions that make sense. I’m also on the lookout on a daily basis for the latest trends and technologies in my field. But beyond technical skills, I’m able to understand the customer’s needs and to work as part of a team. I think that’s what makes the difference in the end. I’m a collaborative person.

What do you enjoy most in your day-to-day?

At ALTEN Morocco, what I appreciate most is the dynamic, stimulating environment in which I work. Every day brings its share of interesting challenges and exciting projects that allow me to put my skills into practice and learn constantly. The culture of exchanging ideas and mutual support creates a very innovative atmosphere. It’s great to work with colleagues who share the same passion for excellence and professionalism. What’s more, the diversity of the assignments and projects makes each day unique.

What are your career goals?

In the future I want to continue to develop my technical expertise. I want to give it my all, learn even more, hone my skills and also, why not, explore new areas within ALTEN. My experience so far has prepared me for that.

How do you see your expertise and experience contributing to the advancement of engineering?

I believe that every contribution counts. Whether it’s sharing my knowledge with my colleagues, mentoring younger people or coming up with innovative ideas, I know I can make a difference. I’m ready to do my bit to make things happen.

What does Building Tomorrow’s World Today mean to you?

In the context of engineering and innovation, the concept of Building Tomorrow’s World Today embodies a visionary, forward-looking approach that goes beyond the current technological landscape. It signifies a commitment to shaping a future that is not only technologically advanced, but also sustainable, inclusive and socially impactful. Building tomorrow’s engineering world involves the ongoing pursuit of cutting-edge technologies and methodologies – staying at the forefront of innovation, anticipating challenges and responding proactively with creative solutions.

What is your vision of the place of women engineers in the professional world?

In my opinion, women engineers occupy a very important place in the professional world. Today, women are not just breaking the glass ceiling, but building bridges to new horizons with their diverse presence and creative approaches. They turn challenges into opportunities and bring a new energy to the engineering landscape. The blossoming of women engineers enriches not only the professional field, but society as a whole.

Can women inspire and empower others to have a positive impact on the world?

Every woman engineer is a spokesperson for diversity and innovation. We all bring our own perspectives and experiences to the table, which enriches discussions and projects. I see women in engineering as agents of change, role models for future generations. By showing what we can achieve in this field, we open the way for other women and break down stereotypes. It’s not just a question of gender. It’s a question of talent and passion for what you do.

What can be done to promote the role of women in engineering?

To simulate women’s engagement in engineering, it’s imperative to take a holistic approach, starting at the earliest stages of education. By showcasing successful female role models, we can demonstrate to young girls that engineering is a field in which they can excel. We need to promote diversity, offer mentoring programs, implement policies to promote gender equality, and create spaces where women feel not only welcome, but valued for their skills and contributions.

What challenges have you faced in navigating a male-dominated industry and how have you overcome them?

As a woman in the engineering field, I’m aware that in some companies there can be male-dominated situations. But at ALTEN, it’s quite the opposite. It’s as if we’ve succeeded in creating an environment where talent and professionalism are the only criteria that count.

What’s would you say to someone who is looking into working at ALTEN?

ALTEN represents a stimulating professional opportunity for those looking to build a solid career. It offers constant learning opportunities and the chance to contribute to major projects in an environment where excellence is valued and individuals can truly grow and develop their careers.

What are some of the challenges you face in creating a work-life balance and how have you overcome them?

Finding a balance between my professional and personal life is not easy, but every challenge has also been an opportunity for growth and discovery. I’ve turned the challenge into a productivity driver by adopting strategic planning and paying attention to the quality rather than the quantity of my work. I’ve learned that striving for excellence doesn’t necessarily mean sacrificing your well-being. By delegating intelligently and accepting that every day won’t be perfect, I was able to create a space for creativity and personal fulfillment. Communication has been the cornerstone of my success in this quest for balance. By openly sharing my needs and aspirations with my colleagues and managers, I was delighted with the flexibility and support I received.

What advice would you give to other women who are trying to achieve work life balance in their careers?

First, give yourself permission to define your own priorities. Understand what matters most to you, both professionally and personally. Also, cultivate a strong support network, whether it’s with colleagues, mentors or other women engineers. Establish relationships that can offer advice, support and inspiration. Remember that finding the perfect balance can be an ongoing journey, but by staying true to yourself, being proactive in managing your time and building a strong network you can create a rewarding and fulfilling career.

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