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SOM chooses Lille as a strategic location

In a constantly changing industrial landscape, SOM, a subsidiary of the ORTEC Group’s engineering division, has taken a new step forward by setting up in Lille. With 30 years of expertise and a worldwide presence, the ORTEC Group is extending its influence in the Hauts-de-France region. This strategic expansion, embodied by the move to Euratechnologies, testifies to the attractiveness of the Lille metropolis for industry players.

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30 years of industrial know-how 

Headquartered in Aix-en-Provence, France, ORTEC is a French company with an international reach, employing 14,000 people. Founded 30 years ago, the group initially evolved within French industrial basins, then gradually extended its influence on a global scale. Its customers include major players in a multitude of sectors: Petrochemicals, Nuclear, Healthcare, Aeronautics, Railways, Infrastructures…

Structured around four main divisions – Engineering, Contracting, Global Services, Energies – the group offers a vast range of skills and services. At the heart of its engineering division, SOM is positioned with an extensive range of services, from design office to project management, including industrial risk management with a strong operational presence in the field.

SOM Nord’s teams combine technical expertise and innovation to manage and monitor even the most demanding large-scale projects. Backed by a corporate culture rooted in in-depth knowledge of the industrial sector and a sustained focus on plant safety and security, SOM now employs over 1,800 people.

Lille: between dynamism and proximity 

SOM’s arrival in Lille in May 2023, the result of prospecting by Nord France Invest, the economic development agency for the Hauts-de-France region, is a significant step forward, aimed primarily at strengthening the company’s proximity to existing and potential customers. It also offers its consultants, who are often on assignment, an additional base in northern France. Among the key players in the project, Dominique BENOIT, Northern Area Manager, and Emmanuel BAILLY, SOM Normandie Branch Manager, play a key role.

Lille was chosen for a number of reasons:

  • A central position in the Hauts-de-France region, giving us easy access to major customers,
  • A dynamic ecosystem with major contracts such as SNCF,
  • Easy access to the company’s headquarters in Aix-en-Provence and to the French capital.

The personalized support provided by Hello Lille’s Pôle Invest also played a crucial role in this decision. As for the choice ofEuratechnologies for the office, it met several strategic criteria. The site, renowned for its dynamism, fits perfectly with SOM’s identity and philosophy. Euratech offers a location, away from congested areas and easily accessible by metro, a pleasant working environment thanks to its modern architecture and the peaceful surroundings of the eco-district, which is in line with the ambitions of the O’Climat ORTEC program for energy transition.

Our strategy of bringing the company closer to its customers and employees, while at the same time integrating into a dynamic environment conducive to innovation, favored this choice. This move underlines SOM’s commitment to the Hauts-de-France region, and its desire to make a long-term contribution to the region.

Recruitment scheduled for 2024  

Hello Lille’s Pôle Invest facilitated relations with key players, particularly in the employment sector, and Hello Lille made it much easier to set up the company.

For 2024, SOM Nord has an ambitious development plan, including the recruitment of around ten professionals in the region, with the prospect of increasing this number according to future opportunities. The Lille office aims to recruit highly specialized profiles, including engineers and technicians in planning, project management, works coordination and maintenance.

The Hello Lille touch 

Project supported in collaboration with our regional partner Nord France Invest.

Hello Lille’s involvement in this project:
– presentation of the Lille metropolis and its assets to project owners,
– support in finding premises,
– encouraging and mobilizing employment players around immediate and future recruitment,
– connection to the local ecosystem,
– communication around networks and events of interest to the customer.