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Apr 2005Oct 2011

General Manager Operations (Plant Manager

Huhtamaki Spain, S.L.

I manage the plant of Huhtamaki Spain, with sales growing between 2005 and 2010 from 32.7M EUR to 42.9M EUR (+31%), and EBITDA increasing from 2.6M EUR to 3.8M EUR (+50%). I am responsible for Production, Supply Chain, Finance & Administration, Human Resources, Quality Management, Information Systems and New Product Development, and manage a budget of 31.7M EUR. My major achievements are:

·the transfer, integration and turnaround of the paper cup production from a German plant into Huhtamaki Spain, duplicating it’s size and introducing new product lines

·the increase of production capacity by 40% to meet increasing customer demand through investments, flexible working models, and continuous improvement;

·the reduction of customer quality complaints and non-quality costs by more than 60%;

·the implementation of a Lean 6 Sigma culture to accelerate savings and process improvement;

·the increase of the OTIF from 88% to 94% through a reengineering of the Supply Chain processes (forecast to delivery);

·the reduction of the accident rate by more than 90%;

·the improvement of the management skill level of the operations management team through an external coaching programme based on 360º evaluations;

certification for OSHAS 18001 in 2008 and FSC and PEFC Chain-of-Custody in 2009.

Nov 2002Mar 2005

Process Improvement Manager

Huhtamaki Spain, S.L.

I am a member of the management team, with responsibility for Process Improvement, Supply Chain (warehousing, distribution, planning and sourcing), Quality Management, Information Systems and Customer Service. My major achievements are:

·the implementation of Sales & Operations Planning covering the areas of product development, demand management, supply planning, and financial planning. We achieved an improvement in the forecast accuracy and an increase in the supply reliability, that resulted in an increase of the delivery performance to our customers from 80% to95+%, while reducing the inventory days with 25%.

The implementation la certificación de BRC-IOP (HACCP) for the food industry.
Jan 2002Oct 2002

Customer Service Manager

Huhtamaki Spain, S.L.

I was managing a team of 10 people for Customer Service and Traded Goods purchasing, and was responsible for continuous process improvement. One of the major achievements was the reduction of the credit notes by 50%.

Nov 2000Dec 2001

BPCS Project Manager

Huhtamaki Spain, S.L.

I manage a 5 person team to implement a full scope BPCS ERP system. The project was implemented on time and below budget with all the planned functionality available on start-up and no business disruption during the system switchover. The new ERP system increased the system speed, availability and reliability, and allowed more users to be connected to the system with more functionality, necessary to support the sales and process development of Huhtamaki Spain.

Jan 2000Oct 2000

Group ERP Project Manager

Huhtamaki Van Leer Coordination Centre

I coordinate BPCS ERP and related project implementations throughout the group, and was responsible for the development of Core Systems for a unified implementation in all the units. The major achievements are the coordination and start-up the BPCS projects in Gosport (UK) and Nules (Spain); the update of the BPCS Core Systems of Manufacturing, Sales and Supply Chain Management to the new version of BPCS; and the development of a Core System for Business Intelligence (Cognos) with a full set of data warehouses and reports covering the reporting and information needs Huhtamaki.

Aug 1998Dec 1999

BPCS Project Engineer

Van Leer Performance Packaging, Inc

I am part of a 6 person project team to implement a full scope BPCS ERP system, with integrated planning, warehouse management, and SFDC systems. I implemented specifically the Manufacturing and Costing BPCS modules, and specified, programmed and deployed an integrated Shop Floor Control and Data Acquisition system. The project was completed on time and on budget with all planned functionality available on start-up, and the system changeover happened without any business interruption in a 24/7 production environment.

Dec 1997Aug 1998

BPCS Project Manager

Van Leer Flexibles, N.V.

I was appointed BPCS Project Leader in mid-project with the objective to turn the project around. The main functional areas of responsibility were Manufacturing and Supply Chain. I also designed and implemented an integrated Shop Floor Data Collection system. 

May 1996Aug 1998

Process Engineer & QA Coordinator

Van Leer Flexibles, N.V.

I report to the Technical Manager and my responsibilities were Process Engineering, Automation and Quality Assurance.

Sep 1991Mar 1995

Scientific Co-Worker & Teaching Assistant

Free University of Brussels

I conduct research on polymers with thermal analysis and spectroscopic techniques. The main research subjects were non-linear optical materials and polyolefins. I successfully completed two studies on polyethylene blends for Shell Research S.A. that allowed Shell to significantly improve the quantitative analysis of polyethylene blends. I am also responsible for the Procter & Gamble, Petrofina Research and Exxon Chemical accounts. I was also responsible for the organization of the exercises, practical work and written examinations for the courses of Physical Chemistry, Chemical Kinetics, and Polymers (1992-1994), and General and Organic Chemistry (1994-1995).


Oct 1995Jul 1996

Business Administration

Free University of Brussels
Oct 1986Jul 1991

Chemical Engineering

Free University of Brussels

Specialization in Organic Chemistry and Polymer Science. Thesis: “Synthesis and Characterization of NLO-Polymers. PPV and Derivatives”. 


I am an experienced operations executive with domestic and international experience, having held for more than 8 years a management position, with extensive experience covering all aspects of the business (information systems, quality management, supply chain, production, HR finance and sales). I am specialized in operations management, project management, change management, process design and improvement, sales and operations planning, quality assurance, supply chain development and management, Lean 6 Sigma, and people development. I am fully trilingual (Dutch, English and Spanish) with working knowledge of French and German. My core values are: integrity and honesty, commitment and responsibility, orientation to results, and people development.


General Manager or Director of Operations position in an industrial company. 


Multilingual: Dutch, English, Dutch, French, German
Dutch: Mother tongue English: Native Spanish: Native French: Intermediate German: Beginner
People Development
Continuous Improvement
Quality Assurance
Supply Chain Management
Sales & Operations Planning
Change Management
Project Management
Operations Management

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