Why they chose Naval Group

Whatever their trade, the men and women working for Naval Group have a shared passion: the development of sea-related technologies. Read their stories.


“I was looking for an industrial workplace where the products are the result of a real know-how so that I could use my skills in industrial engineering. I discovered a fascinating sector, the defense sector, and I was quickly given greater responsibility.”

For her engineering school (Ecole Nationale des Ponts & Chaussées) end of study training placement, Alexia Ho spent a year at Naval Group Consulting, Naval Group’ internal consulting entity. Her progressive autonomy meant that she was entrusted with increasingly complex missions: from the implementation of LEAN to the drawing up of management recommendations for adapting ballistic missile nuclear submarines to the M51 missiles…
After a year’s training, she was appointed to an operational management position as Supply Chain manager for the nuclear attack submarine program.

“I wanted an intellectually stimulating job. Naval defense is a strategic sector at the crossroads between international relations, advanced technology and industrial challenges.”

Guillaume Lermiterie was recruited as junior analyst in business and strategic intelligence on the Naval Group Lorient site. As part of his Master 2 at the Sophia Antipolis University, Guillaume had carried out his work-study program in business intelligence on the Naval Group Mourillon site. His mission is to study proposals, technologies, patents, the position of a competitor or the financial soundness of a future partner abroad. What interests him is to be at the center of an industrial actor’s strategy, both guaranteeing French sovereignty and looking to international expansion.

“What drew me was the possibility of carrying out reasoned research, managed as an industrial project.”

On completion of his studies at the SupAéro engineering school at Toulouse, Xavier Dal Santo started his career at Airbus where he was responsible for the development of automatic pilots for long-haul aircraft. In 2010 he joined Sirehna, the Naval Group research center in hydrodynamics and platform dynamic control in the naval construction and aeronautic sectors. With his team of 10 engineers specialized in the creation of ship control algorithms, he is currently supervising the optimization – with Total, GDF SUEZ and Saipem – of the first automatic pilot designed for navigation in the arctic seas, a world technological innovation for Naval Group which is due to be commercialized in 2015.

“I found the most exacting requirements applied to my specialty at Naval Group, because the equipment produced here is integrated into the most complex machine ever made by man, the ballistic missile nuclear submarine.”

Recruited by Naval Group in 2003 as a welder, Thierry Lastère became welding inspector specialized in the hull and structure after successfully obtaining an international certification. He has joined the group of instructors in the welding training center of the Naval Group University.

“The constant theme in my studies and in all the positions that I was offered at Naval Group was a passion for the sea! All those that I work with have the same passion.”

Philippe Thieffry joined Naval Group in 2002 after specializing in naval architecture at the ENSTA Bretagne engineering school. Following studies carried out in the naval hydrodynamics of the FREMM multi-mission frigates and on the Ecoship project, a military ship concept with a lower environmental impact for the whole of its life cycle, he is working on the feasibility studies of offshore floating wind turbines, a field which bears witness to the significant technological and industrial synergies with naval defense.