It's not just the athletes present at the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games (JOP) who will face a challenge. Sodexo, the catering giant, has been entrusted with the restoration of the entire Olympic Village. That is to say 15,000 people for five weeks, at the rate of 45,000 meals a day.
Sodexo must also restore 14 venues (dedicated to competitions) for the Olympic Games and nine venues during the Paralympic Games. All these missions fall precisely to Sodexo Live, Sodexo's activity in events, sports and leisure.
A fixed-term contract of at least fifteen days
"We will have to ensure a culinary feat," said Nathalie Bellon-Szabo, CEO of Sodexo Live. Admittedly, the company is used to major events (such as the Roland-Garros tournament or the Superbowl, the final of the American football championship) but the showcase of the Olympics in Paris is incomparable. Admittedly, the group has previously worked for other Olympiads (in Barcelona and London) but not to the same extent.
In anticipation of the work ahead, Sodexo launched a recruitment campaign for some 6000,2024 employees on Thursday. A wide range of services is concerned by Paris 40: reception, cooking, logistics, supervision, commissary... For 60% of the posts, a qualification is required, which is not the case for the remaining <>%.
"We will use several channels to recruit," explains Boris Pincot, Sodexo Live's HR Director, "in addition to using our major partners (Pôle Emploi, associations, temporary employment groups, etc.). We will organize several specially dedicated events, such as job dating. The person concerned is careful to specify that for a large number of positions, the submission of a CV will not be necessary.
It is a question of being able to give a chance to a maximum of people, as part of a fixed-term contract of at least fifteen days, and with the possibility of seeing this experience lead to a more sustainable career at Sodexo. Please note that a Sodexo Live certification will be awarded to all candidates selected for the JOP.
'A memorable experience'
Already, part of the workforce is on the starting line since Sodexo has used an internal mobilization phase. Some 600 employees will be seconded during the JOP. At the same time, the company's employees had the opportunity to send the application files of some of their relatives; Some 400 applications will soon be examined. Among the 600 employees already selected, some already know where they will be posted during the JOP.
"For all those who will be able to work during the Games, it will be a memorable experience," says Nathalie Bellon who, referring to a study by the Institut Montaigne, stresses that passion is a valued value in the context of a professional activity. "We are fully aware of expectations," concludes Franck Chanevas, General Manager France Spain of Sodexo Live, "not only must we meet the needs of athletes – for whom food is an indispensable ingredient in the service of performance, but we must also meet gastronomic requirements. Not to mention, and this is crucial, recruitment that puts inclusion and diversity at the top of the system." Since the beginning, the Organizing Committee has insisted on the CSR dimension of Paris 2024, with all the economic players concerned, such as Sodexo, knowing how to implement it.