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Working at CYLAD

We are all passionate and enthusiastic...

…about the challenges of our clients and the way we contribute to their success.

What does working at CYLAD mean?

1/ INTEGRATION AND MENTORING

Once onboard, you are quickly involved in client projects. Coached by our senior consulting staff, you are supported in your development to rapidly become a fully effective consultant.

At CYLAD, we help you in building your career.

During your CYLAD journey, you are closely guided by a Mentor. Your Mentor answers all your questions and advises you along your career path.

 

 

2/ SKILLS DEVELOPMENT

Throughout your career at CYLAD, you continuously acquire new skills, strengthen your knowledge and expand your perspectives.

With regular trainings, ongoing mentoring support and close collaboration with the Partners, we provide all the tools you need to develop both your functional competencies and your soft and social skills.

In addition to our CYLAD Universities organized twice a year, we support your development with a training program tailored to your goals and helping you accelerate your career.

3/ TEAMWORK

Teamwork, whether with consultants, with partners or with clients, is a core value of the firm. It enables us to develop the most innovative solutions and achieve the best results for our clients. It also ensures that you have the best conditions for personal growth.

One of CYLAD’s trademarks is also the strong participation of the Partners in the missions. This guarantees a high quality service for the client while ensuring that you, as Consultant, benefit from the professional expertise and experience from our management team.

 

 

4/ STAFFING

When taking staffing decisions for client projects, we are listening to you.

We try our best to meet your expectations while keeping in mind that diverse experiences, topics and challenges encountered yield successful consulting careers.

5/ PERFORMANCE REVIEW

Twice a year, your performance is reviewed, and appropriate objectives are set for the upcoming period.

The main objective of our performance review meeting is to improve your professional and personal development.

 

 

6/ INTERNATIONAL OUTLOOK

With 8 offices in 5 countries, you will work in a global environment, with international teams. If you are seeking for projects abroad, we will facilitate experiences at different offices worldwide.

 

 

 

7/ ENTREPRENEURSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

You will work in the stimulating environment of a fast-growing company where each consultant actively contributes to further developing our firm.

Every consultant is a significant element of internal CYLAD organization from day one on.

 

Your career path

CYLAD structures the professional development of its consultants through 6 career steps.

Diverse and meaningful missions

Implementation of Program steering method in the defense field

Purchasing cost convergence in the aeronautical field

Post merger integration in the metal industry

Aleksej Oboskalov

What was the context and objective of your project?

During this 2-month assignment within a major defense manufacturer, we were asked to build the cost/time performance monitoring by the management of a big Program. A “big Program” is the development and manufacturing of a large vehicle such as an aircraft, a ship or a train lasting several years and costing several billion Euros. The objective is to follow progress in terms of costs and time over time, in order to comply with the business case and to secure the margin. Our project aimed to increase visibility on the situation.

The Program is divided into macro-activities over several levels. The project consisted of working with the various management teams to understand the situation at every level and compare actual costs (hours clocked by internal teams, purchases, etc.) with the “physical progress” (number of milestones validated compared to forecasts, amount of cables installed, etc.). This correlation method – called Earned Value Management – rests on a theory that we have adjusted for various clients. It enables performance monitoring and trend setting at a team level. A global program view is then created through consolidation of team performance data. It enables quick identification of risks and launch of relevant action plans.

And in concrete terms for a consultant?

This assignment was particularly diverse with, first of all, a structuring phase with a manager and a partner in order to adapt the methodology, and then an implementation phase. I built the tool through an Excel model, combining various management data (cost, progress, etc.), which is used by all the teams today.

I also contributed to the presentation of recommendations and results (summed up in a PowerPoint) for the Program Management and the Company Management. During this assignment, I interacted with more than 20 stakeholders in order to build and understand the cost/time performance calculated with their data.

 

Lawrence Thurotte-Weech

What was the context and objective of your project?

This was a 9-month assignment within a major aircraft manufacturer, where we worked with the purchasing controlling department. The objective was to set up tools and processes to monitor the evolution of purchasing costs for commodities (titanium, composites, forged parts, etc.) and small parts (bolts, bearings, connectors, seals, etc.). The end goal was to secure convergence of commodity prices towards the initial target given by the Program, all along the ramp-up phase.

We were asked to set up a reference shared with all commodity managers and to provide a cost forecast for the 100th aircraft by helping them assess the impact of on-going price reduction initiatives (the identification of new cost reduction projects is the objective of a following CYLAD Consulting assignment). This project helped the Program Management secure a global view on commodity cost convergence, which made up for a significant portion of internal production costs.

And in concrete terms for a consultant?

I contributed to three work streams:

  1. Data crunching: Design of a database identifying and listing parts installed on the aircraft, broken down into relevant categories – with associated quantities and prices (actual price, contractual price and forecast for 100th aircraft).
  2. Analysis and result interpretation: Identification of cost gaps (e.g. overconsumption of parts compared to forecasts, price deviation compared to contractual prices, missing/changed parts).
  3. Report and conclusions: Presentation of results during regular progress status meetings with other stakeholders (every 2 days with the Project Leader, weekly with other contributing teams, monthly communication to plants in several countries). In total, I interacted with more than 30 stakeholders.

Marcel Winnefeld

What was the context and objective of your project?

A large metal parts producer had acquired another industry leader to reinforce his competences and pursue his growth strategy. We were asked to support the integration processes, to identify synergies, to increase side efficiency and to enable profitable growth. The challenge: converting two companies with different structures, cultures and processes into one successful team. For our approach, we connected the leadership teams and built teams on the operational level to identify and implement measures for increasing efficiency and cost reduction.

And in concrete terms for a consultant?

Together with a partner and an experienced consultant, I implemented benchmarks between the sites to identify improvements for cost reduction. I prepared and conducted workshops and benchmark visits to identify further improvement measures on the shop floor.

I calculated business cases for selected ideas to guarantee their profitability. I also planned and accompanied the implementation process to ensure success and efficiency for people involved in multiple working groups.

I invested a lot of time in communication to align strategic open questions, to create a constructive mindset by looking for synergies and creating transparency on activities and objectives. I also prepared executive summaries and presentations of results for stakeholders. During this mission I interacted with more than 25 stakeholders from Germany, France, USA, Canada and China.

Meet our team

Cécilia Combey

Principal

Cécilia Combey has more than 10 years of professional experience in consulting and 4 years as an engineer in the airlines industry.

Her area of expertise is mainly in program & project management and performance improvement of aeronautic & pharmaceutical industries.

She holds a Master of Research in Transport Economics and a Master in Aeronautical Engineering

Recent projects include

  • Definition and implementation of a project management method including the development of a workload model and piloting of the load-capacity
  • Deploying a method of management and planning of major aerospace programs
  • Performance management through process harmonization and the definition of a common standard for pharmaceutical development centers
"Being a CYLAD Consulting member means being able to evolve in a demanding but caring environment where commitment is of the utmost importance in a dynamic and inspiring company."

Aleksej Oboskalov

Manager

Aleksej has more than 5 years of experience in consulting.

With a focus on aerospace & medical technology, his expertise includes growth strategies, project & program management and process optimization.

He holds an MBA in Technology Management from the NIT and a MSc in Mechanical Engineering from the TUHH.

Recent projects include

  • Defined roadmap to improve the profitability of a business unit by 12% p.a. in medtech industry
  • Ensured solution readiness as part of a digital transformation to secure product development milestones in defense and space industry
  • Defined sourcing strategy for specific assemblies in commercial aerospace industry
  • Developed & started execution of a 3-years Business Plan for a site in UK in construction industry
"I joined CYLAD in 2018 for three main reasons: 1. The focus on industries, 2. The active involvement of partners in missions and 3. The entrepreneurial spirit.
I enjoy shaping the future of industrial companies and grow both personally & professionally while being accompanied by smart people who share my values.
It is the whole CYLAD team that makes the journey so exceptional."

Ana Montemayor

Manager

Ana Montemayor has more than 8 years of experience in consulting.

Her areas of expertise are operational excellence and program & project management in both the aerospace and medical service industries.

She holds a Master’s degree in Industrial Management and a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering

Recent projects include

  • Lead time reduction through quick wins and sustainable improvements
  • Redefinition of a service sales strategy in the energy industry
  • Definition and implementation of an operational product management structure
"Being at CYLAD Consulting consists of more than working for a client or developing a project, it is about real teamwork. This cooperation empowered me as a trusted advisor, which is constantly demanding but also very rewarding."

Jean-Paul Dijkgraaf

Manager

Jean-Paul Dijkgraaf has more than 8 years in management consulting and 11 years in the aerospace industry.

The focus of his expertise is operations strategy and improvement in technology intensive industries, particularly aeronautics and energy.

He holds an MSc in Aerospace Engineering from Delft University of Technology and a postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration from OU Business School in London.

Recent projects include

  • Redefinition of a service sales strategy
  • Development of a resource impact methodology for digitalization initiatives in production
"The mindset at CYLAD Consulting struck me straightaway: entrepreneurial, highly motivated to deliver quality, and close to the client in a natural way. The open and non-prestigious culture of CYLAD, in combination with a group of very smart people, makes a very motivating working environment."

Camille Brial

Senior Consultant

Camille Brial has 5 years of professional experience in the aerospace industry.

She holds a double degree in business and engineering from HEC Paris and ISAE-Supaero.

Recent projects include

  • Set up portfolio management operating model and processes
  • Define and deploy value model to drive annual budget arbitration and projects prioritization
"Two main reasons made me chose CYLAD Consulting when I was searching for a new challenge. First, I wanted to work in a dynamic, demanding environment tackling several industries to keep learning and evolving. And equally important, I was looking for an empathic environment that promotes teamwork and cares for each employee personal learning path. "

Alric Guerineau

Experienced consultant

Alric has a 2 years experience in consulting. Since he joined CYLAD, he mainly carried out missions in Program Management in the defense and transport sectors.

He holds A M.Sc. in Management and a Bachelor of Law.

Recent projects include

  • Program Management for a major export defense program
  • Set-up of an optimization plan for the PMO function of an aeronautic manufacturer
  • Deployment of an IT integrated engineering & manufacturing tool for a train manufacturer
"I joined CYLAD Consulting in 2021, just after graduating. Looking back on the missions I have already been part of, I feel grateful to have been involved in such strategic and complex topics at an early stage of my career. CYLAD is a great place to grow professionally withing a truly caring environment"

Cécilia Combey has more than 10 years of professional experience in consulting and 4 years as an engineer in the airlines industry.

Her area of expertise is mainly in program & project management and performance improvement of aeronautic & pharmaceutical industries.

She holds a Master of Research in Transport Economics and a Master in Aeronautical Engineering

Recent projects include

  • Definition and implementation of a project management method including the development of a workload model and piloting of the load-capacity
  • Deploying a method of management and planning of major aerospace programs
  • Performance management through process harmonization and the definition of a common standard for pharmaceutical development centers
"Being a CYLAD Consulting member means being able to evolve in a demanding but caring environment where commitment is of the utmost importance in a dynamic and inspiring company."

Aleksej has more than 5 years of experience in consulting.

With a focus on aerospace & medical technology, his expertise includes growth strategies, project & program management and process optimization.

He holds an MBA in Technology Management from the NIT and a MSc in Mechanical Engineering from the TUHH.

Recent projects include

  • Defined roadmap to improve the profitability of a business unit by 12% p.a. in medtech industry
  • Ensured solution readiness as part of a digital transformation to secure product development milestones in defense and space industry
  • Defined sourcing strategy for specific assemblies in commercial aerospace industry
  • Developed & started execution of a 3-years Business Plan for a site in UK in construction industry
"I joined CYLAD in 2018 for three main reasons: 1. The focus on industries, 2. The active involvement of partners in missions and 3. The entrepreneurial spirit.
I enjoy shaping the future of industrial companies and grow both personally & professionally while being accompanied by smart people who share my values.
It is the whole CYLAD team that makes the journey so exceptional."

Ana Montemayor has more than 8 years of experience in consulting.

Her areas of expertise are operational excellence and program & project management in both the aerospace and medical service industries.

She holds a Master’s degree in Industrial Management and a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering

Recent projects include

  • Lead time reduction through quick wins and sustainable improvements
  • Redefinition of a service sales strategy in the energy industry
  • Definition and implementation of an operational product management structure
"Being at CYLAD Consulting consists of more than working for a client or developing a project, it is about real teamwork. This cooperation empowered me as a trusted advisor, which is constantly demanding but also very rewarding."

Jean-Paul Dijkgraaf has more than 8 years in management consulting and 11 years in the aerospace industry.

The focus of his expertise is operations strategy and improvement in technology intensive industries, particularly aeronautics and energy.

He holds an MSc in Aerospace Engineering from Delft University of Technology and a postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration from OU Business School in London.

Recent projects include

  • Redefinition of a service sales strategy
  • Development of a resource impact methodology for digitalization initiatives in production
"The mindset at CYLAD Consulting struck me straightaway: entrepreneurial, highly motivated to deliver quality, and close to the client in a natural way. The open and non-prestigious culture of CYLAD, in combination with a group of very smart people, makes a very motivating working environment."

Camille Brial has 5 years of professional experience in the aerospace industry.

She holds a double degree in business and engineering from HEC Paris and ISAE-Supaero.

Recent projects include

  • Set up portfolio management operating model and processes
  • Define and deploy value model to drive annual budget arbitration and projects prioritization
"Two main reasons made me chose CYLAD Consulting when I was searching for a new challenge. First, I wanted to work in a dynamic, demanding environment tackling several industries to keep learning and evolving. And equally important, I was looking for an empathic environment that promotes teamwork and cares for each employee personal learning path. "

Alric has a 2 years experience in consulting. Since he joined CYLAD, he mainly carried out missions in Program Management in the defense and transport sectors.

He holds A M.Sc. in Management and a Bachelor of Law.

Recent projects include

  • Program Management for a major export defense program
  • Set-up of an optimization plan for the PMO function of an aeronautic manufacturer
  • Deployment of an IT integrated engineering & manufacturing tool for a train manufacturer
"I joined CYLAD Consulting in 2021, just after graduating. Looking back on the missions I have already been part of, I feel grateful to have been involved in such strategic and complex topics at an early stage of my career. CYLAD is a great place to grow professionally withing a truly caring environment"

Eliott Atlani

Senior consultant

Eliott Atlani has 4 years of experience in consulting

His area of expertise are mainly in program management, operational excellence, and performance improvement, in industry and Aerospace sectors.

He graduated from ESTP Paris in Civil Engineering and holds a Master’s of UC Berkey in Systems Engineering.

Recent projects include

  • Framing and elaboration of a steering system for product development
  • Deployment of a workload and capacity planning system
  • Definition and implementation of a performance steering system and lean management processes
"Before anything else, CYLAD it’s a team and a mindset. The good atmosphere, along with strong sympathy and empathy between consultants can be felt right away. It’s also the right balance between high expectations on clients projects and a care for consultants’ well-being and development. Our projects are always very exciting, at the very core of large industrial companies’ challenges."

Maëlle Berger

Manager

Maëlle Berger has 6 years of experience in consulting and one year of experience in the chemical industry.

She has a degree in Chemical Engineering and a Master in Strategy and Management.

Recent projects include

  • Implementation of S&OP
  • Deployment of a Supply Chain Finance program
  • Implementation of competitive intelligence
"The association of Consulting and industries with high technological added value has made CYLAD Consulting a leading choice. I especially appreciate the dynamism and the high level of expertise within the firm. The stimulating working environment enables us to flourish both on a professional and a human level."

Eliott Atlani has 4 years of experience in consulting

His area of expertise are mainly in program management, operational excellence, and performance improvement, in industry and Aerospace sectors.

He graduated from ESTP Paris in Civil Engineering and holds a Master’s of UC Berkey in Systems Engineering.

Recent projects include

  • Framing and elaboration of a steering system for product development
  • Deployment of a workload and capacity planning system
  • Definition and implementation of a performance steering system and lean management processes
"Before anything else, CYLAD it’s a team and a mindset. The good atmosphere, along with strong sympathy and empathy between consultants can be felt right away. It’s also the right balance between high expectations on clients projects and a care for consultants’ well-being and development. Our projects are always very exciting, at the very core of large industrial companies’ challenges."

Maëlle Berger has 6 years of experience in consulting and one year of experience in the chemical industry.

She has a degree in Chemical Engineering and a Master in Strategy and Management.

Recent projects include

  • Implementation of S&OP
  • Deployment of a Supply Chain Finance program
  • Implementation of competitive intelligence
"The association of Consulting and industries with high technological added value has made CYLAD Consulting a leading choice. I especially appreciate the dynamism and the high level of expertise within the firm. The stimulating working environment enables us to flourish both on a professional and a human level."

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