Total at Work

Our Total at Work series brings you the inside track on working at Total, and how they use the latest innovation and cutting-edge technology to find, produce, refine and move energy around the world.

Find out what our featured experts studied, see what they most enjoy about their job, discover how they’re developing their careers and what advice they have for anyone interested in a career at the cutting edge of energy.

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Sergej

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Meet Sergej! He works as a Photovoltaic Research and Development (R&D) Engineer in Total’s Gas, Renewables & Power Branch. The focus of his job is to look for new ways to minimize the cost of fabricating solar cells, whilst also making the cells as efficient as possible.    “My work is about making solar power more accessible to every...

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Charlotte

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Let’s get to know Charlotte. She is a Process Engineer at Total’s refinery in Donges, France.   “I started at the Total research center in Le Havre in 2005 as a process modeling engineer. I worked here for 3 years in a team that develops process models capable of representing our refining units. My skills in process engineering and my PhD in model...

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Philip

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Meet Philip, a Total co-worker currently on attachment to CEFIC (The European Chemical Industry Council) and an active member of the Total Professeurs Associés.     “I joined Total in 2003 as group leader in the Energy and Environment of Process Technology Group, based in Total Technology and Research Center in Feluy, Belgium.&...

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Mériam

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Mériam works as a Research and Development (R&D) Competence Manager, in the corporate research department of Total. She ensures that the skills and experience that our people have are in line with our strategy, R&D roadmaps and future planning. This shapes our ‘Total Skills’ internal development program.   Mériam started working with Total...

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Marième

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Marième works in the Marketing Services branch for the Africa Middle East (AME) Division of Total. She is in charge of marketing fuel cards, mobile payment, digital strategy and loyalty programs. These different subjects fall under the umbrella term of New Concepts.   This means that along with her team, she provides support to 40 affiliates in th...

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Roy

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I have a Geological Engineer Bachelor degree and Applied Geophysical Masters degree from the Institute Technology Bandung in Indonesia. In my current role as a Senior Wellsite Geologist, I am the representative of Total’s Geosciences business at the Badamyar field in Myanmar. Before this role, I was the Deputy Head of Operations Geologist at Total ...

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Cecile

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“I started my 6-month VIE (Volunteering for International Experience) in May 2015, working for Total Renewable Energy in Chile. My degree is from ECAM in mechanical engineering. Previously, I had 3 years of professional experience in Germany and Chile and was already living here when I started my VIE. I applied for the position through the Total Ca...

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Bertrand

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My daily work consists of covering Total’s needs in terms of sea transportation for clean energy products. We use our own time chartered fleet of tankers and have also access to spot markets, where we hire vessels to carry a specific cargo from a load port to a discharge port.   Every day is a new challenge as volatility is the main characteristic...

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Helga

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“I have a Master of Science degree in Materials Technology and Engineering, specializing in corrosion protection, from NTNU in Trondheim, Norway, where I graduated in 2008.   I have been a part of the engineering team for the Martin Linge topside since basic engineering started in 2011, first in Stavanger in Norway and then in Paris, Fra...

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Ornella

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“Currently I am working on Electricity & Instrumentation Field & Commissioning package for the Moho Nord to Djeno project. My responsibilities are diverse, they cover engineering, the supervision of construction, pre-commissioning, commissioning, and planning activities which are important to ensure that constructions conform to the standard and best...

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Marine

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“I started my technical education with a BSc. at the at the University of Nantes and a MSc at University of Montpellier in France. I then completed a specialized MSc. at the IFP school in Paris. Since I started at Total, I have continued to develop my skills in geophysics, especially in Seismic Interpretation, with further train...

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Dorra

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Meet Dorra! She is Deputy Vice President for Southern Cone countries in Total’s Exploration & Production Branch in the Americas division, based in Paris.   “I represent Brazil, Bolivia, Argentina and Uruguay affiliates in Total’s Paris headquarter. I’m acting in a dual capacity – on the one hand I provide guidance, advice and support regarding...

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William

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Remember William from our Total Up Close ‘Travels With My Toothbrush’ Prezi earlier this year? We wanted to know more about his role – here’s what he had to tell us.   “I studied Mechanical Engineering, then completed a Masters in Material Wear and Breakdown. In my job as a Market Manager, I promote Total lubricants products and present them to ou...

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Andree

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Meet Andree! He’s a Petroleum Architect – you might remember him from our ‘Travels with My Toothbrush’  series too.   “I studied civil engineering and then did an MBA at INSEAD in France and Singapore. I have always been fascinated by the energy world – energy is an integral part of our lives.   After graduating as an engineer...

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Amal

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Before joining the oil and gas industry, I did a four-year Undergraduate and Master degree at Imperial College London, United Kingdom.   The main thing that drew me to this business is that it is an emerging industry and a very rewarding field. It offers those that join it a vast amount of knowledge and skills, and getting the opportunity to learn...

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Kanchan

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“My role involves managing human resource needs for over 240 staff. It also includes internal communication, media relations and corporate social responsibility work. I work mostly within the Gulf countries, with occasional trips to Total’s head office in Paris. I’m based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).   I have a Bachelor’s degree in Science, ...

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Jean-Philippe

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“I studied chemical engineering, specializing in organic chemistry before starting in Research at Total’s Solaize Research Center (CRES) as a chemical engineer responsible for a research team.  Since then, I’ve managed ever larger teams and continued to develop my technical knowledge, especially in Lubricants.  Having moved from a research to opera...

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Els

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“I work in the Refining & Chemicals branch of Total, at the petrochemical plant in Feluy, Belgium, where we produce polyethylene, polypropylene and polystyrene polymers. I work in the HSE department as a process safety engineer. My degree was a Masters degree in civil engineering, specifically in materials science, at the Catholic University of Leuven, B...

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David

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“I’m a Project Director for New Ventures and Asset Management within the Exploration and Production branch of Total. I am based in Total headquarters in Paris. My role is to identify and obtain opportunities for Total to participate in the exploration and production of oil and gas, in particular in Angola, Nigeria, the Republic of Congo and South Sudan. This...

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Pathy

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Meet Pathy!  He is a Rig Engineer, working on a drillship located offshore Congo.   “I’m working on the Tungsten Explorer ship, on the Moho Nord project.  My responsibilities include rig performance monitoring, monitoring costs and writing reports.  I am also very involved with the engineering side – such as hole cleaning, torq...

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Sanjay

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Sanjay is a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Manager – here’s what his role involves:   “I am responsible for managing the commercial and operational activities of importing foreign sourced LNG and exporting domestic LNG from the United States. Also, I negotiate deals together with other traders and negotiators to secure positions in new LNG business o...

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Andres

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Let’s get to know Andres! He’s an Offshore Drilling Engineer in Argentina.   “My job consists of preparing, following up and performing technical studies and assessments to drill and deliver wells in the offshore Argentina area. I focus on HSE and operational performance improvement.   I studied Petroleum Engineering at ITBA (Instituto ...

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Siril

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Meet Siril, a SAP Coordinator for Total E&P in Norway.   “I have a Bachelor degree in Economics (Audit and Accounting) from University of Stavanger in Norway, and I am now Affiliate Head of the SAP enterprise software program for Total. This is the software that we use for all management and operations.  It’s a really important organizati...

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Aaron

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“I’m responsible for managing the financial price risk created for the Gas and Power group in North America. We use financial derivatives to hedge exposure created from our Liquid Natural Gas group, and the upstream business unit. I have a Bachelors degree in Business from Texas A&M University.   To succeed in this job, I would say that s...

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Johana

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Say hi to Johana! She’s a geologist in the New Ventures and Exploration team for Total E&P Nederland (TEPNL).   “I studied geology at The National University of Colombia in Bogota, and I obtained a Masters in Stratigraphy and Sedimentology at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. In my current role as a geologist, I conduct regional geologica...

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Stephane

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“I graduated from ESCP Europe, majoring in project management and business to business marketing. After three years as project manager, I now coordinate the onshore logistics activities of our Nigerian affiliate.   I am the interface between the drilling, field operations, project, HSE material superintendent and our offshore sites. It’s my job to...

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Valeria

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We’re getting to know Budget and Reporting Coordinator Valeria. Here’s what she has to say about her work, “My department is part of the Finance Directorate at Total. I work on the preparation, delegation and follow up of the Affiliate Budget and on the detail of the Group Report. I have Bachelor Degree in Economics from L. Bocconi University, Milan, special...

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Frederic

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“My name is Frédéric and I’m a Commercial Manager for Refining & Chemicals in Total’s European Base Chemicals Marketing department in Brussels, Belgium.  I negotiate contracts with key customers who purchase benzene on the open market. I ensure that our products are sold at the best prices and are in line with the Group’s strategic choices and comme...

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Dyah

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Meet Dyah!  A Process Engineer for Total E&P, she tells us about her job and career so far.   “Process Engineering covers process design studies for any field development. This can be either brand new field (green field) or an existing field (brown field). My role is to design a facility, starting from gathering fluids from the wells, the...

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Morgan

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“My name is Morgan and I’m the manager of the Mandji Island projects at Total Gabon. My role is to coordinate projects from the definition to the construction phase, and also make sure they are delivered safely, on budget and on time. For incoming projects, I have to coordinate engineering, tendering and contracting process. Then for projects in the construc...

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Jean-Marc

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Meet Jean-Marc, Vice President, Social Business & Societal at Total. So just what does his job entail? Jean-Marc starts with an explanation of his title. “In French, the word ‘Societal’ covers relations with external stakeholders. In English, people tend to use broader terms such as ‘Social Responsibility’ or ‘Social Performance’. We’re trying to promote...

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Arpajit

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“Total recruited me last year on a visit to campus, while I was completing my petroleum engineering Master’s. Having already spent nine years with PTT, the Thai national oil company, I joined the company a few years into my career, but it’s only really now that I’m seeing what the global oil industry has to offer.   I’m now a completion engineer i...

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Ivan

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Meet Ivan!  He’s a Methods, Maintenance and Inspection Engineer at Total’s Incahuasi project in Bolivia. “I studied first in Bolivia, then completed a Master’s in Petroleum Engineering and Project Management at IFP School. Next, I interned as a Drilling Engineer at Total.   In my current role, I’m working directly with the site Maintenance an...

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Stéphanie

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Here’s Stéphanie! “I’m a chemical engineer – my title is Scheduling, Feedstocks and Process Modeling Manager in the Refining and Chemicals Department at Total. That means that I manage a team of 7 people focused on scheduling and blending optimization models with feedstock data and distillation models.  I enjoy working with a team and developing my lead...

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Chris

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“I’m Chris, an Exploration Geologist for Total based in Paris. It’s my responsibility to identify and assess oil and gas prospects. Our aim is to find the next giant oil and gas fields. My role involves investigating the structure and evolution of the Earth and its natural resources, surveying and mapping promising sites and analyzing all geological data in ...

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Erin

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Meet Erin! She’s Senior International Legal Counsel at Total Exploration & Production (E&P) Division. “At Total, I get the opportunity to work on some of the most complex and challenging legal issues worldwide. Although I’m based in Total’s headquarters in Paris, I spend about half my time on the road – between Singapore, Indonesia, Australia, Papua ...

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Gavin

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“My name is Gavin and I’m a Research Geologist, based in the Geoscience Research Center in Aberdeen, United Kingdom. My role involves the development of the next generation of geological modelling tools within our in-house geomodelling software, for use by operational teams throughout the group I hold a Ph.D. in Earth Science and Engineering from Imperial Co...

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David

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“I have overall responsibility for coordinating new wells, well maintenance and well interventions at our sites on Alwyn North and Dunbar. The nature of the job means we often have to be reactive to issues as they arise. At the end of the year, we compare what we had planned to do, with what we actually delivered – there can be unplanned work that gets intro...

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Caroline

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“I work as an exploration geologist (also known as a synthesis geologist) within the New Ventures department at Total’s headquarters in Paris. Our overall goal is to enrich the mining portfolio of Total by choosing the most prospective blocks. To achieve this aim, we work in teams of geoscientists (geologists and geophysicists) to produce high-level technica...

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Nareswari

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Nareswari is the former Total International University Relations Project Manager.   “My name is Nareswari and I am in charge of building and maintaining relationships with universities and students around the world. Our main objective is to provide a pool of talented people for our medium and long-term recruitment needs.   I graduated w...

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Jan

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“I’m Jan and I’m a Senior Exploration Geophysicist at Total. My masters and PHd were in earthquake seismology and basin analysis, and I wanted to apply this knowledge in a large company where I could work globally on the whole spread of geographic environments. I now work in a group that focuses on fractured reservoirs. This is an area that requires both an ...

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Pauline

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Meet Pauline! She’s a Human Resources Advisor at Total, based in Houston, USA. “I’m in charge of the US Expat employees who are working in other Total affiliates or at HQ. I also take care of our USA internship and placement program, and university relations too.”   What’s Pauline’s advice to anyone considering a career in her field? “Patience, co...

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Anthony

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“My name is Anthony and I’m a HSEQ engineer – that’s Health & Safety, Security, Environment and Quality. I’m responsible for implementing each of these policies onsite, and I build integrated management systems to reduce the impact of our activity. It’s up to me to anticipate and minimize the risk of accidents or incidents across the 4 areas. That means ...

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Lucia

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Meet petrophysicist Lucia! “Before joining the oil industry, I gained my knowledge conducting an extensive basin-scale study of siliciclastic Permian deposits involving sedimentology, basin analysis, burial and thermal modeling, clay analysis and micropaleontology.  I started in the Total technical center based in Pau, France. The integration in Total w...

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