It is not only the athletes present at the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games (OPG) who will find themselves facing a challenge. Sodexo, the collective catering giant, was entrusted with the restoration of the entire Olympic village. That is to say 15,000 people for five weeks, at a rate of 45,000 meals per day.
Sodexo must also ensure the restoration of 14 sites (dedicated to competitions) for the Olympic Games and nine sites during the Paralympic Games. All these missions fall precisely to Sodexo Live, Sodexo's activity in events, sport and leisure.
“We will have to ensure a culinary feat,” comments Nathalie Bellon-Szabo, general director of Sodexo Live. Certainly, the company is used to major events (like the Roland-Garros tournament or the Superbowl, the final of the American football championship) but the showcase of the Olympic Games in Paris is incomparable. Certainly, the group has previously worked for other Olympics (in Barcelona and London) but not to the same extent.
With a view to the work ahead, Sodexo launched a recruitment campaign for some 6,000 employees on Thursday. A wide range of services is affected by Paris 2024: reception, cooking, logistics, management, commissary, etc. For 40% of positions, a qualification is necessary, which is not the case for 60% remaining.
“We are going to use several channels to recruit,” explains Boris Pincot, HR Director of Sodexo Live, “in addition to using our major partners (Pôle Emploi, associations, temp groups, etc.) we are going to organize several specially dedicated events, such as job dating. . » The person concerned takes care to specify that for a large number of positions, the presentation of a CV will not be necessary.
It's about being able to give as many people as possible a chance, within the framework 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 Sodexo Live certification will be granted to all candidates selected for the JOPs.
Already, part of the workforce is on the starting line since Sodexo has resorted to 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. Note among the 600 employees already selected, some already know where they will be assigned during the JOPs.
“For all those who will be able to work during the Games, it will be a memorable experience”, continues Nathalie Bellon who, referring to a study by the Institut Montaigne, underlines that passion is a popular value in the framework of a professional activity. “We are perfectly aware of the expectations,” concludes Franck Chanevas, general manager for France and Spain of Sodexo Live, “not only must we meet the needs of athletes - for whom food is an essential ingredient in the service of performance - but we must also satisfy gastronomic requirements. Without forgetting, and this is crucial, recruitment that places inclusion and diversity prominently in the system. » From the beginning, the Organizing Committee has insisted on the CSR dimension of Paris 2024, it is up to all the economic players concerned such as Sodexo to know how to implement it.