François ISOPET

Congo Field Manager PNGF

François started as a production engineer and was based in Congo for five years before being appointed as a site manager in charge of Pointe-Noire Grands Fonds (PNGF) (Deep Seabeds), one of the most recent Group acquisitions. He particularly appreciates team work and the diversity of his role.

What is your background? Why did your chose Perenco?

I am Supelec Graduate Engineer. I decided to specialise in motorisation for one year at the IFP School in a view to work as an expatriate in the industrial sector. I quickly opted for the oil sector, which offered the opportunity to work abroad on large-scale projects.

I chose Perenco because the company had the reputation to entrust young engineers with responsibilities and allow a rapid skills acquisition from the beginning.

What is your career pathway at Perenco?

I started as a production engineer and then as a site manager in rotation in Congo. Today I am working to restart a field previously operated by another company, the Pointe-Noire Grands Fund (PNGF) block.

What does your role entail and which challenges do you face?

I am in charge of site productivity so I must ensure operations run smoothly and that people and facilities are safe. It is a management role with a strong human and technical involvement since my work consists in coordinating very different professional bodies such as production, electronics, mechanics and boilermaking to arbitrate and make decisions. To achieve this it is important to properly understand the challenges at stake. It is a team work and I am supported by specialised supervisors. We meet every morning to coordinate schedules that will be adapted as the project progresses. From the site I report to the production manager and the operations manager who are based in our Pointe-Noire subsidiary and provide supervision for offshore sites.

"This work goes well beyond my student projections. I work abroad on site and I have many responsibilities."

What do you like most about your job?

What I most appreciate is the diversity of skills that I must be able to display.

On the one hand there is management, i.e. the human aspect; you must know how to listen and be able to arbitrate. On the other hand there is the technical side, with a real palette of skills and issues. This diversity is what allows us to evolve and build our individual technical baggage while remaining a generalist with an overview.

Which corporate value(s) do you admire the most at Perenco?

They are all important. What makes the company's success is that all these values are shared by our collaborators.

What would you say to convince someone to join Perenco?

Perenco is a dynamic company that has full confidence in its economic model and its long-term strategy. It is a company that knows how to assign responsibilities to its collaborators who are passionate and optimistic men and women.

Staggered questions
  • What is your favourite word?


  • And the one you hate?


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  • What is your favourite acronym?

    TFV (Tour de France à la Voile)

  • A personality you love to follow.

    Vitalik Buterin, the genius of the blockchain

  • What do you miss the most when you are far away?

    Family and friends

  • How do you stay connected to your loved ones?

    WhatsApp and telephone

  • Your favourite country?

    The Principality of Sealand

  • Your favourite holidays?

    All of them … when you are in rotation, you appreciate all of them!