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Testimony 23.08.2022
Employee Portrait: Joel Lara, Project Manager & Integration Analyst

What is your current position at SEGULA?

I am a project manager for SEAT SA within the contractual framework between SEGULA and SEAT SA.


What other professional experiences have you had?

Before working for SEGULA, I was employed by Latesys as a project manager for Fusion for Energy (F4E). F4E is the European Union organization that manages Europe’s contribution to the ITER project, which is one of the world’s largest scientific experiments on nuclear fusion energy. In brief, F4E contributes to the development of demonstration fusion reactors.

During my assignment with them, I worked with highly qualified project managers, mainly trained as engineers and physicists. My responsibilities were focused on the management, control and follow-up of supplier contracts, with tracking of deliverables and milestones, follow-up meetings with suppliers and the creation of corresponding documentation. Beside these tasks, I was responsible for the analysis and reporting of budgetary data, specifically commitments and payments, both for the department as a whole and for each project. All of this within the Remote Handling Systems department.

Prior to this position, I was a project manager and integration analyst for the company Reckitt Benckiser, at its headquarters in Barcelona. I managed the project of integration of a time and attendance software by access control, providing a solution to the Royal Decree-Law 8/2019. This one established the registration of hours worked to ensure compliance with the limits of working hours and create a framework of legal certainty for employers/contractors and companies.


What is your background? 

I have a Mechanical Engineering diploma from the University of Lleida, and I studied Project Management at the English University The Open University.


How and when did you decide to become an engineer?

Since I was a child, I have been curious to understand the things around me: how are they built, how do they work? Over the years, this curiosity turned into a will: I wanted to study engineering and I wanted to solve problems.


What do you like about working in the automotive sector?

Working in this sector is always a challenge. The automotive sector plays a very important role in the economy and is currently undergoing a huge change and transformation. So, it’s very challenging.

Besides that, R&D is crucial and, despite the uncertainty due to the pandemic and supply shortages, the future of this sector is full of opportunities. One example I can mention is the introduction of BEVs (battery electric vehicles) as opposed to the current ICEs (internal combustion engines).

For that, and much more, working in this sector is very attractive to me.


What challenges do you face at SEGULA?

The biggest challenge is to create synergies between my background and the tasks I am given, to achieve the best possible results.


What do you like about your position today? Do you have any successes to share with us?

Having recently taken up my new position, I can’t really answer that. However, I would like to say that I am very satisfied with the working environment, the constant support I receive from the company and the facilities provided to perform the tasks.


What is your biggest dream? (personal or professional)

My biggest dream, professionally, would be that my accomplishments could improve people’s lives. It would be a great source of pride and I would feel completely fulfilled as an engineer if that were the case.