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Karine Chêne

Karine Chêne


Karine Chêne manages our fleet of vehicles and the Saint-Maurice-de-Beynost site, which Mobility shares with several companies in the VINCI Energies group. She talked to us about her job and presented the environmentally friendly garden project that is taking root on the site!

Tell us about your training and career up to now.

Following an advanced vocational training certificate in sales, I completed a qualification contract that led to a permanent post in a building and public works company. I joined Cegelec Centre Est in 2005 as manager of the vehicle fleet, later adding responsibility for tools and mobile phones. I moved to Mobility in 2014.

What is your present position?

I manage both the light vehicle fleet and the Saint-Maurice-de-Beynost site, which Mobility shares with other companies in the VINCI Energies group.

As Vehicle Fleet Manager, I am responsible for following up the long-term rental contract, orders falling outside the maintenance contract, and vehicle reassignments.

I work in collaboration with the Machinery Fleet Manager, especially for catenary refurbishment work sites, which require utility vehicles.<

Do you have an ethical charter for vehicle selection?

Yes, we do. The VINCI charter requires us to choose vehicles from French manufacturers and forbids us, for example, to order high-polluting vehicles such as 4×4s. We keep an eye on the market for electric vehicles but, at present, the current models do not have sufficient range, given the distance to our various work sites.

What comes under your Site Manager’s hat?

From day to day, I manage the contracts for maintenance, catering and cleaning for the entire Saint-Maurice-de-Beynost site. I also supervise minor works that do not form a part of our various contracts.

From time to time, there is also particular work to be carried out. Last year we renovated the canteen and this year we are creating a garden.

Can you tell us more about this garden project?

Following the removal of prefabricated buildings, we consulted with the employees on the site to collect their ideas for the future of this empty space. As a result of this enquiry, we are going to create a garden, including a communal vegetable garden coordinated by a start-up, outdoor meeting rooms under gazebos, etc. This space will be devoted to sharing and conviviality, and will take an environmentally friendly approach. As of this summer, the garden will enable us to live and work differently.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I like the variety of the work: I learn something from it every day!

As Site Manager, I am in contact with all the companies that share the site and I appreciate the relationship aspects of my job.