Close-knit Teams


Lafarge has locations throughout the world and has developed a culture of decentralization. The Group is characterized by its international scope and multi-local close-knit teams.

An international group*

Joining an international group like Lafarge offers a number of advantages:

  • a culture of internal mobility creates opportunities for a career abroad
  • cultural diversity within the group leads to personal growth and an understanding of different ways of working

At Lafarge, "international" is more than a buzzword. The distribution of the group's workforce around the world shows the wide-ranging approach we take to production. In fact, all of our products are manufactured locally.


*Figures as of 12/31/2010

A decentralized Group where everyone takes responsibility

Decentralization is a core element in our multi-local organization. The Group is made up of small units in which the performance of each employee matters.

For example, a Lafarge cement plant is an industrial asset worth around 200 million euros. Thanks to automated manufacturing and control processes, it can be operated by around 100 people. These entities are run by close-knit teams where you will rapidly take on responsibilities and your initiatives can quickly be put into practice.

Expansion in fast-growing markets: the example of China

In 1985, emerging countries consumed 56% of the world's cement. That figure rose to 79% in 2005 and is expected to reach 87% by 2020!

The group is fully mobilized to ensure long-term growth in these markets.

Bringing recently acquired, obsolete plants up to date, complying with environmental standards, improving the skills of employees and effectively applying safety rules: these are just some of the challenges faced by a sustainable leader!


China is the world's leading market for cement and consumes more than 50% of global output. Lafarge is increasing its production capacity in China through acquisitions and the development of existing factories and cement plants.

This growth will depend on significant, sustained recruiting for managerial positions in units and factories and for technical and support jobs.

China now represents more than one fifth of the cement workforce! Most recruitment opportunities concern the Chinese as the group is working to establish firm roots in the country and keep pace with market expectations.


However, in this country, all foreign investors are looking for skilled people who are open-minded and able to speak English. Competition is fierce!