Renault profile: workshop manager Renault introduces ThiÃ©ry Stoll, workshop manager at Viry-ChÃ¢tillon, France. Q: What did you do before joining Renault F1 in Viry-ChÃ¢tillon? ThiÃ©ry Stoll: Before taking up my position as Machine Shop ...
Renault profile: workshop manager
Renault introduces Thiéry Stoll, workshop manager at Viry-Châtillon, France.
Q: What did you do before joining Renault F1 in Viry-Châtillon?
Thiéry Stoll: Before taking up my position as Machine Shop Manager at Renault F1, I worked in the domain of production cars in charge of the development of new fabrication processes and new products. After that, I returned to the aeronautics industry as Production Manager of a unit specialising in the machining of military and aeronautical components, a job that included the machining of prototype parts. Technically, it was cutting edge stuff and also highly specific as far as my management role was concerned.
Q: How long have you worked in F1?
TS: Renault F1 Team, which I joined at the beginning of 2003, is in fact my first experience of F1. The job I do today is totally absorbing and I work in a team that is totally absorbed by the sport.
Q: What are your responsibilities?
TS: Our department specialises in the production of prototype components, from pistons to the machining of engine casings. These parts, which could be described as 'primary', are often one-offs, which means there isn't very much margin for error. We also have to work quickly to ensure components are finished in time for the test session where the modification is to be validated. My responsibility is to supervise production quality and to ensure that lead times are met.
Q: What does your job entail on a day-to-day basis?
TS: I essentially look after the production of the Machine Shop, which means I am in permanent contact with the Assembly Shop and the Drawing Office, as well as with the different specialists. I also work on fundamental projects with a view to developing production methods that match the specific demands of each field. You have to be both rigorous and pragmatic and the working day can be very long. But I prefer to stay on until I have met my objective.
Q: What special qualifications or training does your job require?
TS: My experience is very technically biased. I started off in a different field altogether although the constraints and needs were very similar, and that has given me a better perception of the demands that go with my job.
Q: What personal qualities and skills are needed?
TS: The most important quality is an ability to listen. We are all highly motivated and each of us has his or her own particular area of expertise, so we've all got to pool together. It is essential to be able to take onboard any pertinent remarks that come from those working around you and to ensure that the team as a whole profits from them so that our individual skills push collectively in the same direction. This is what allows us to rise to new challenges.
Q: What do you like most in your job?
TS: The technical challenge, the fact that my work can make a difference and looking for new technical solutions that can contribute to pushing out the envelope. I also enjoy the teamwork. Over and above the demands and difficulties associated with production, teamwork heightens the motivation and satisfaction. For example, working late into the night to produce parts and seeing them fitted to an engine on the test bench the very next day is an incredible feeling we all share together.
Q: And what do you like the least?
TS: I would certainly like some days to be longer! In our work, the time factor is primordial. Any time spent on something that doesn't give total satisfaction is wasted. And that can be very frustrating!
Q: What is your most memorable moment with the team?
TS: Without hesitation when I attended the British Grand Prix. It was the first time I had followed a race from the wings. It allowed me to grasp the importance of my work and above all the necessity of doing it as perfectly as possible. Every single component has a vital role to play. The drivers and indeed the entire team must be able to have confidence in all the parts that make up the engine, and the chassis. At a race, you realise to what extent the effort you have put in during the previous weeks really counts.