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Work experience

Nov 2008Present

Supply Chain Team Lead

Silverbrook Research

In charge of the supply chain team for Silverbrook Research printhead division

Nov 2005Jun 2008

Head of Division

Cotecna

Branch Manager of Sinoswiss Inspection Co. (74 persons in China),  joint venture with logistics leader Sinotrans, for Shanghai and Nanjing branches, covering staff of 36 and 4.9 m$ revenue in 2007, in charge of budgeting, HR, IT. Launched projects to develop supply chain innovative services, combining sourcing, inspections and logistics in China.

  • Initiated inspection hubs with Sinotrans to rationalize product flow and quality controls for exports to Australia for a Sydney based distributor (5000 containers / year).
  • Started operations of environmental audits for the IT industry and sourcing services for equipment, retail, textile, and consumer goods customers.
  • Implemented an improvement plan for institutional inspections to increase the level of service and reach 500 k$ subcontracting cost savings per year (42 000 inspections).
May 2003Oct 2005

Asia supply chain manager

For the Personnal System Group, covering PC, notebook and accessory divisions, defined supply chain strategies and lead cross functional improvement programs over Singapore and the Asia-Pacific region. Managed transversal relationship with product divisions in the US and regional supply chain team in Singapore.

  • Drove marketing, supply chain and logistics notebook teams from Sydney office to reach 70% direct shipments from Chinese suppliers. Achieved 4.2 m$ saving over 3 years while meeting customer lead-time expectations in Australia and New Zealand.
  • Lead an Asia Pacific program of 6 projects to reduce trading expenses by 5$ per PC and 6$ per notebook (20 m$ saving): air/sea conversions, contract re-negotiations, tax optimizations, packaging design…
  • Re-engineered display monitor supply chain with a hub in Shanghai to serve North Asia with 2.8 m$ saving per year on inbound costs.
Jun 2001Apr 2003

Procurement quality manager

For the Business Desktop PC Division headquarters (4 mio PCs a year), has been asked to relocate to Hong Kong to start-up a local organization in order to solve big recuring quality problems. Developed and managed a team of 4 engineers to control commercial PC chassis manufacturing in 4 outsourced Chinese factories (240 m$ per year portfolio). Reduced the quality issues by 90% in a very challenging business environment.

Participated to the selection and evaluation of the Taiwanese partners: Acer, Asus, FIC... influenced their improvement programs, organizational changes and new product introductions in China.

Jun 1997May 2001

Procurement industrial engineer

For the Business Desktop PC Division headquarters, selected new suppliers of mouse and keyboards (48 m$ per year) for the worldwide PC product line, standardized from 4 to 2 product lines, lead 12 new product introduction projects.

Evaluated and managed the Taiwanese vendors: Lite-On, Chicony, Logitech… drove manufacturing implementation in China, reduced the failure rate by 80% with a 60% cost reduction. Performed regular factory audits in China, Asia, America and Europe.

Jul 1996May 1997

Project buyer

For the Car systems division international competence center, participated to the product development teams (2 radios, 1 tuner and 1 navigation system) for purchasing and standardization of electronic components. Operational management of 25 suppliers (14 m$), with 5% yearly saving. Set-up just in time processes. Participated in the international negotiations and total quality improvement teams.

Jun 1994Jun 1996

Corporate buyer

In the French headquarters and national organization purchasing center, defined purchasing strategies on indirect commodities and services over 30 national sites, leader of the project teams. Negotiated 40 agreements (20 m$) with savings from 2 to 20%. Junior consultant in a Booz-Allen study. Set-up ISO 9002 certification.

Education

19901993

Engineering Master

INPG

Major in industrial engineering (60%), management and economics (20%), social sciences (20%). A 3 year course following a 2 year preparatory program.

References

Vincent Le Flohic

“I worked with Nicolas during 4 years. I consider that he is one of the best professional around when it comes to securing productions, auditing & building relationships between Asian & European teams. Very analytical, serious and committed but with a gentle approach to people, Nicolas works extremely well within challenging and complex multicultural environments.”

Jean-Luc Coppin

“I have been working in the same group with Nicolas to develop our supply chain in Asia pacific and Japan. He is very professional in project management, procurement, and has demonstrated high value in leading project or direct team. He is very smart and works all the time with fun and respect of people.”

My contribution

Competencies

Summary

Nicolas built over 15-years of best in class experience in Procurement and Supply Chain with blue chip companies, for which he generated cumulated savings of over 87 million Australian dollars, while handling portfolios totalling 594 million.

He is bringing a very unique skill set, ranging from direct procurement in various categories like electronic components and finished computer goods to large scale indirect spend projects, hands on practical experience in multimillion dollar contracts and quality assurance, as well as strategic analysis in end to end supply chain networks and procurement processes improvements. Most recently working in a General Management role in a team of 37, Nicolas’ business and customer orientation, perseverance and long term vision gained him recognition as anopen yet demanding leader and negotiator.

Nicolas has flown almost one million kilometresto source products and services in Americas, Europe, and Asia Pacific. He lived and worked for over 4 years in China to set-up and develop local teams (Hong Kong in 2001 and Shanghai in 2005), and speaks Chinese.

Working visa 457

Relocating for the long run to Australia, I start with a 457 working visa which allows me to work for any company in Australia until August 4th, 2012. I obtained this visa through spouse sponsorship of my wife, who is relocated to Sydney by Microsoft.