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-Result driven global executive with a proven track record of 20 years experience in delivering world-class procurement, and successfully transforming large purchasing organizations.

-Recognized for global leadership and highly effective relationship management.

-Strong ability to provide skilled and practical guidance at C-level.

-Adept at building and managing cross-cultural teams, including processes, tools and metrics that enable their success. Ability to lead, think and act cross functionally.

-Capacity to operate at strategic and tactical levels, with demonstrated expertise in streamlining processes, driving innovation, and securing cost savings.

-Experienced in automotive, construction projects, environment, waste management, railway operations and oil & gas sectors.

-Fluent in French, Spanish, and English

Work experience

Nov 2006Present

Chief Procurement Officer

Veolia Environmental Services

-In charge of Procurement strategy and implementation framework for the expected business transformation, including deployment of ERP’s (Oracle, SAP) in pilot countries.

-Structured the global Procurement organization to provide direct support to local operations while achieving significant transversal synergies on categories and projects.

-Created and led the Purchasing Executive Committee with Procurement VP’s.

-Developed relevant metrics of purchasing activities to raise internal perception, increase compliance and consistently deliver the expected cost reduction plans of 360 Mi€ / 5 years.

-Established Purchasing development roadmaps to focus on higher-value, higher-impact areas of spend in 4 Bi€ worth of operational expenses, and capital expenditures.

-Deployed web-enabled tools to improve spend analysis and performance follow-up.

-Defined best practices, tools and systems to improve significantly procure-to-pay processes.

-Organized Purchasing Training for staff and internal stakeholders.

-Initiated vendor development plans based on risk assessment and continuous improvement.

-Integrated Procurement into new business acquisition cycle with Sales and Marketing.

-Promoted and enforced Corporate Social Responsibility into Purchasing to meet customer demands and enforce the highest standards for professional integrity and business ethics.

-As a result, Purchasing managed spend rose from 0.6 to 2 Bi€ in 5 years while compliance improved from 50 to 90%. In the meantime, strategic supplier base was reduced by 50%.

Jan 2005Sep 2006

Group Commodity Director

Faurecia Global Purchasing

-Formulated and tactfully built internal consensus on the “Metal” commodity strategy for raw materials and parts, addressing a global spend of 1.4 Bi€.

-Initiated and maintained a project pipeline of more than 80 Mi€ potential savings.

-Deployed first class procure-to-pay processes (ERS / Self-billing).

-Located vendors in emerging countries, and developed sustainable partnerships with BRIC suppliers, in compliance with lean manufacturing and high environmental/social standards.

-Identified relevant external innovations and supported Marketing for business acquisition.

Apr 2002Dec 2004

Purchasing director

Faurecia Automotive Seating

-Member of Executive Committee for two major Business Units. In charge of Purchasing and Supply Chain to support 20 plants. Accountable for 950 Mi€ spend in raw material and parts.

-Quickly reorganized a team of 120+ to improve operational efficiency and client satisfaction.

-Defined and executed strategic sourcing plans to achieve 280 Mi€ savings over 4 years.

-Improved performance follow-up and financial reporting of procurement activities.

-Implemented innovative web-based tools for sourcing and contract management. 

Sep 1997Mar 2002

Purchasing Manager


-Organized and managed a team of 24 specialized buyers and contract specialists.

-Rapidly focused on highest impact areas to optimize a spent of 300 Mi€ worth of equipments, works, and services, in compliance with EEC procurement procedures.

-Implemented sophisticated performance contracts with key suppliers and subcontractors.

-Solved long lasting claims and managed to bend several monopolistic supplier positions to achieve significant savings in capital expenditures (Rolling stock and fixed equipments), energy (Electricity) and maintenance (Fire detection, communication, re-railing, points, …).

-Deployed best practices and strengthened internal credibility of Procurement.

-Improved operational efficiency through definition and follow-up of key performance indicators based on service level agreements with internal stakeholders. .

-Reorganized supply chain to improve customer focus and reduce maintenance time.

-Implemented SAP and on-line tools, to write the first e-sourcing success stories.

-Outsourced procurement of standardized non-critical items.

-Reduced supplier base by 70%, and achieved 20% cost savings over 3 years.

Aug 1993Jul 1995

Director PADI European Collegz

PADI Europe

-Negotiation with governments and appropriate sport institutions in Europe for the official recognition of PADI certifications. Relations with TV, written press, and the recreational diving sector in general. Consultant for PADI Europe.

Dec 1985Dec 1993

Purchasing Manager

Sclumberger oilfield Services

-Hired as Product Engineer, became Project Manager in 1988.

-In 1990, promoted Purchasing Manager, to optimize a global spend of 50 Mi€.

-Worked with senior management and clients to formulate the Purchasing strategy.

-Organized and managed a team of 5 specialized Category Buyers.

-Identified and implemented cost-saving initiatives aligned with client needs.

-Developed synergies with North American and Japanese organizations.

-Secured global partnerships with major suppliers to provide direct delivery to Operations.

-Reduced acquisition costs by 27% over 3 years on electro-mechanical components.

Apr 1984Nov 1985

Quality Engineer


-Developed and deployed real-time control systems, to meet OEM's quality requirements.

-Ensured worldwide coordination among manufacturing units and local contractors.

Sep 1981Jul 1983

Project Engineer

IUTET Instituto Universitario de Tecnologia del estado Trujillo

-Prepared specifications and bidding documents for works and equipments to be sourced.

-Evaluated proposals, aligned bids, and formulated recommendations to the Tender Board.

-Responsible for contract follow-up and completion. 


Sep 1995Jul 1997


IESE (Instituto de Estudios Superiores de la Empresa)
Sep 1978Jul 1981



One year exchange program with Tufts University (September 1979 - June 1980)

+ 6 months internship at Stress Technology Inc., Rochester NY, as Project Engineer.