Arnaud, from student jobs to procurement manager

Testimonial

Procurement Manager at General Purchasing, Arnaud joined Disneyland® Paris in 2001, but he had already held student jobs in the Parks’ early days! He tells us about his studies, his job, his daily work and what makes working at Disneyland® Paris so unique.

  • TELL us what you dID before joining the company

My first fixed-term (CDD) contracts were at Disneyland Paris when I was a student, between 1994 and 1996. I started at the Santa Fe in housekeeping, then in merchandise at Town Square Photo on Main Street. I had wanted to stay with an open-ended (CDI) contract, but I had to do my military service (I was one of the last conscripts [before the system was abolished in France]!).

At the end of my 10 months in the army, I quickly found a sales job in a toy store, and then was promoted to assistant manager in a chain shoe store. Learning by chance in June 2001 that the Merchandise division was recruiting Team Leaders externally, I decided to apply. I was thrilled to come back to the company in July 2001!

For 13 years, I worked in boutiques all over the Resort (both parks, Disney Village, the hotels) as Boutique Assistant, Project Assistant and Merchandise Duty.

These days, the move@dlp site makes it easier to learn about inter-division transfers. It was on this site that I saw an opening in the General Purchasing Department in 2014. I applied, and got the job!

  • what does your current job entail?

I am Procurement Manager at General Purchasing. I am part of a 40-person team that buys everything that is not sold in the Resort restaurants or boutiques. From furniture to maintenance supplies, from training sessions to kitchen appliances to advertising, the list is endless.

My role as Procurement Manager is to reference new suppliers, generate purchase orders and serve as intermediary between internal clients, suppliers and accounting, should a problem arise.  

Every day, I spend most of my time talking on the phone or writing emails to Cast Members I have never met!

  • why did you choose to work at DISNEYLAND PARIS?

“Eurodisney” was my first employer. Having worked at two other companies now, I realised just how unique the work ambiance and environment is at Disneyland® Paris. Despite my late hours in the boutiques (until 2 a.m. in peak season), I never wanted to leave the company. I was lucky to always be part of close-knit teams, something I have never experienced anywhere else!

This human diversity we encounter on a daily basis, both with other Cast Members and guests, is what makes this company unique, in France and around the world.

  • what is your best memory of working for our company?

It was when I was working at the boutique on Main Street, U.S.A. One day I was talking to a family and their little 6-year old boy was asking me a lot of questions about the Park. When he asked me if I lived over the boutique, it was hard to keep a straight face!

When you add the magic of the Parks to children’s boundless imagination, you get a lot of really crazy questions!