R&D Optics - France
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR CAREER PATH AT ESSILOR?
Jérôme Ballet: Having gained a PhD, I was hired in 2004 as a research engineer in an advanced research team in Toulouse working on optics of the future. I’m still on this team and our operating principle based on design thinking is the same. During these 12 years, I’ve been involved in collaborative projects with institutional (CNRS, CEA …) and private sector partners and, as program manager, I worked on an innovative project far removed from our historical activities, which has helped to highlight the work of the team.
WHAT ARE THE MAIN MISSIONS IN YOUR JOB NOW?
J. B.: I have both a transversal mission to establish a technology roadmap for one of the strategic areas of R&D and also a highly operational one. In the laboratory, like the rest of the team, I have to advance our technical subjects through hands-on practical research. I also participate in creating prototypes. This essential part in the success of our team projects requires flexibility and permanent questioning.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT YOUR JOB AND WHAT MAKES YOU PROUD TO WORK AT THE ESSILOR GROUP?
J. B.: When I arrived, there was only me and my manager; now we are a dozen in the team. Above all I like the teamwork. Our highly innovative research studies are also an extra motivation. Essilor gives us all the resources and a favorable environment to innovate in a competitive and technological world that’s constantly advancing.