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“To do this, Dassault will have to recruit more women graduates and earmark them for positions of increasing level of responsibility,” Guillemet says. “We have also made this a project at Dassault and it is quite important for us. Further diversifying the workforce would be beneficial to our industry. And as a woman at Dassault you can move up as I have shown.”


tests to validate aircraft conformity which is the last production step before delivery to completion. We also have the privilege of welcoming customers to visit their aircraft. This is a very nice moment for the technicians, engineers and workers because they are proud to present their work.”


Guillemet is dedicated to honing digital technology to streamline and assure architecture and assembly, while improving working conditions for technicians and lead times for aircraft delivery to Little Rock, Arkansas.


“To do this, Dassault will have to recruit more women graduates and earmark them for positions of increasing level of responsibility,” Guillemet says. “We have also made this a project at Dassault and it is quite important for us. Further diversifying the workforce would be beneficial to our industry. And as a woman at Dassault you can move up, as I have shown.”


Duality by Design Guillemet spends her days overseeing production line activities for both military and civil aircraft. She divides her time between process and production.


“We must respect both quality and delivery deadlines, so balancing these are my main drivers,” Guillemet explains. “My goal is to provide a sense of direction, to maintain a high level of quality and meet delivery targets every day of the week. We have to be willing to learn from others and always keep one step ahead and try to be better than yesterday.”


The fact that Dassault combines military and business aviation production lines in one facility keeps her invigorated. She maintains that it is this “duality” that keeps her passionate about her job and keeps the team focused on innovation


“It is the same process for both military and business jets,” Guillemet says. “In Mérignac, we perform both ground and flight


“We are in a constant virtual cycle,” Guillemet said. “It all takes about five months from start until delivery. “Every day we perform flight tests in order to check the aircraft performance in real conditions. When I see the aircraft on its first flight, it is a special moment because it represents the collaborative work of the teams.”


Tending to this constant pull of quality and efficiency, military and business aircraft and client and employee needs is a balancing act Guillemet admits. And yet it is just one half of her life.


“After having a family, I realized that to be good at work, you have to be good at home,” Guillemet admitted. “It is not an easy task for anyone. For men too.”


Guillemet and her husband, a veterinarian, live outside Bordeaux. They have two sons and two daughters ranging in ages from 25 to 17 years old. While their youngest is the only one still living at home, she still carves out time to be there for them. Her role as wife and mother are all part of the balance she calls “essential” to a full life. Family, running and reading are integral to her stability, she noted. “Finishing a novel takes a long time,” Guillemet explained. “But running is the perfect fit for a demanding career – all you need are some shoes. A quality performance is based on your hard work and your volition.”


In both her personal and professional endeavors, Valérie lives by this philosophy.


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