Grande-Bretagne

Aldelia: Taking the pain out of moving people

Cédric Filet has built a recruitment and relocation business that is going from strength to strength. He says his recipe is to concentrate on detail and to anticipate every one of the employees’ requirements.

Cédric Filet has built a recruitment and relocation business that is going from strength to strength. He says his recipe is to concentrate on detail and to anticipate every one of the employees’ requirements.

Cédric Filet describes his business as ‘painkilling’. It is not a typical business philosophy, but it has enabled him to build a business that notches up many millions of pounds of turnover and is steaming ahead. The pain to which he refers is that of recruiting and mobilising staff from one country to another, for clients who work in the oil and gas sector. The places they work are often remote and sometimes dangerous, while the governments on whom they depend for their security and services may be bureaucratic and awkward.

Mr Filet who is 34 hails from Bordeaux. He came to London to start a subsidiary of the French company Coframi. He says, ‘I started it from scratch. We had one laptop and one phone. I registered this company as a member of the French Chamber of Commerce and ran it for 2 years.’ Mr Filet then joined Thales as the director for its professional services division in the UK. He says he then ‘wanted to go back into entrepreneurship’. He launched Aldelia into the IT recruitment sector some five years ago. But he branched out into the oil and gas sector after successfully solving a client’s need to recruit an executive.

From his UK base, he has built up teams of people in various locations, from Nigeria, through the Gulf and over to Brazil, who handle every need of his client’s workforce. ‘Everybody takes Aldelia’s tablet. Managing people is a pain and we are the painkiller’. Aldelia has between 13 and 15 clients at any one time. He is currently employed by blue chip names like Petrobras, Total, Adax and Technip. For a company that has no more than five years under its belt, this is a considerable achievement.

The company’s capacity to handle complex movements of people is shown by its work for Odebrecht, the Brazilian conglomerate. Odebrecht needed to move a 150 strong team of its people from Brazil to Abu Dhabi. The company is building a platform in the Gulf, and now needs the personnel to be onboard for commissioning and training. Once the platform is ready, it will then need to be moved to Brazil via South Africa. Filet says, ‘We began in the fasting period; imagine 150 people going to a Muslim country. We had to train and brief them in terms of cross cultural issues, manage all the payroll management, tax, accommodation, from A to Z. it is a huge task which is going well.’

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Décembre 2009/Janvier 2010
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