Meet the Crew: Mahindra Logistics Manager Elisabet Margais
Posted on: 21 March, 2017
Your interests shape your desires that in turn make you, YOU!
Marketing, Communications, Accounting, PR, Logistics and Motorsport Operations - Elisabet Margais has done it all. Elisabet believes that in this world of racing, the crew needs to be just as fast as the race cars.
Elisabet is our Formula E team’s Logistics Manager and today she gives us a sneak preview into what it takes to do what she does.
How did you begin your career in Motorsport?
I started working in motorsport nine years ago in the Marketing and Communications department of a racing team. The team raced in different national and international series. In many racing series, the team and the budget can be very small. You are often required to step up and take on some of the tasks of different departments. In my case, this included logistics, accounting, PR etc.
In the racing world, the team members need to be fast just like the cars, solving problems quickly and always being available
I think it is my ability to learn quickly and volunteer for new experiences, that has made me successful in my job so far.
What are your responsibilities between races?
Quite simply, my main role is to make sure that the team gets to where it needs to be, on time and with the details they need to perform without any additional hassle at races. I am in charge of logistics department moving people around the world, booking flights, hotel rooms, car rentals and coordinating visas.
This may sound like an easy task but in the past paced world of motorsport, there is no room for error. Each task requires coordination with so many team members, based in many countries and can often feel like solving a puzzle. In many ways, I feel like a parent of the team, making sure everything is ready and trying to take away as much hassle from the team so they can focus on racing.
What are your responsibilities during race weekends?
I am based in the Mahindra Racing Formula E factory in Barcelona full time. So much planning goes into each race and while I must be available to help with any last-minute details during a race, I am also already working on plans for the next race and even the races after that.
Is working with a Formula E team any different from other teams?
In general, most racing series are very similar but the difference with Formula E is that it offers new race locations in exciting cities and also that there is a strong desire from everyone, whether you race the car, book the flights or make the coffee, to see the championship succeed.
There is a lot of energy in this sport
What is the most challenging thing about working in motorsport?
You have to be always available. I have my usual working day in the office but have to also be available to suit whatever time zone the team is currently in. It is demanding and of course can be stressful but I am lucky to work with wonderful people at Mahindra Racing.
What is the best thing about your job?
The best thing about my work is that every day is different. Every race destination presents a new puzzle to solve and new people to meet. When I was travelling to races previously I always loved travelling and meeting new people.
What is the highlight of your career?
I was part of the team that won the FIA Formula E Driver Championship in season one. Everyone worked extremely hard to improve in every area we could and over the course of the season we turned the direction of the season around completely and won the championship in the final race. This same determination and team spirit are in the Mahindra Racing team and we are working together to make something very special.
Mahindra Racing Formula E Team
What are your interests outside of motorsport?
When I have an opportunity, I like to go out with my friends, swim and read.
How would you advise someone who wants to do your job one day and work with a racing team?
To do my job you do not need to be passionate about cars and good in school necessarily but you do need the determination to work very hard and to be very organized. You cannot do things by halves in motorsport, it often requires sacrifice and hard work but there is so much to gain from working in such an exciting industry.
You do need the determination to work very hard and to be very organized.”
The attitude, the perseverance, and the passion - there's no standard skill-mix that can prep you for this fast-evolving industry. With a job like Elisabet's, one has to wonder - does man move faster or does the machine?
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