Julie, Partnerships manager
The path that Julie took that would eventually lead her to become Partnerships Manager working with Carrefour France's Employment Centre (the retailer's internal recruitment firm) began at the University of Nanterre. While studying occupational psychology, she also worked at the checkout in a sports equipment shop. Once graduated, she started working on issues to do with integrating employees with disabilities. "The work was very interesting, but I wanted to expand my area of work. So I started looking for a company with a fully-fledged equal opportunities policy".
Julie started working with Carrefour when the Employment Centre was launched 10 years ago, and has been implementing a partnerships policy that focuses on three key areas: education, integration and employment. "The sheer diversity of the people who we recruit mirrors the diversity of our customers". To do so, Julie works with secondary schools and employment organisations, presenting the various jobs available within the Group. She works with numerous charity partners, including some supported by the Carrefour Foundation, on developing paths designed to enable people to access employment. To create pathways to employment with various stakeholders (or influencers), Julie coordinates the publication of job offers and helps to secure paths across a network made up of more than 1400 national and local partners (associations, local bodies set up to facilitate integration, Job Centres, etc.).
Carrefour's Employment Centre has 60 recruitment managers. They work alongside partners on creating schemes designed to provide solutions to both local issues and the company's recruitment aims. "By working alongside an association such as the Restos du Coeur, we have created a pathway leading to jobs in butchery. The association selected 19 beneficiaries who we supported and trained as part of block-release training schemes". The result: 14 people hired on training contracts via partnerships involving several stakeholders (Carrefour Foundation, the Restos du Coeur, Job Centre, etc.).
To manage the various schemes set up to implement the Group's HR policy, Julie facilitates discussions between Carrefour's entities (hypermarkets, supermarkets, warehouses, etc.) and their partners: "we also ensure that commitments made to our various contacts are upheld, and so are extremely present in the field". This presence involves meetings with 300 or so people doing these jobs, 13 coaching workshops (150 applicants accompanied) and 200 job-seekers welcomed on site visits over the last six months.