I joined Croda in September 2006 as our site was acquired by Croda. It was an exciting challenge to integrate into this new group as our business model was different. My role was Planner for Chocques, our site in France. Shortly after this, I was promoted as long-term planner (Demand Manager) where I was in charge of compiling all data for the site used in the Sales & Operations planning. This montly process centralised the demand for the eight industrial sites in Europe and identify supply issues for the coming months. This role allowed me to get my first contact with the European Supply Chain Manager & several Vice Presidents of businesses working with us.
In 2007, I was fully involved in an internal project to replace our exisiting materials management system. The system proposed by Croda was fully integrated so a big opportunity to learn new transactions arose. Blue prints, trials, training and reporting were all tasks which I had to be involved in. For just over a year, I worked closely with the Systems Team to deliver this project and on the 1st June 2008, we launched the new system without any issues and today, most of the functionalities are used on a daily basis by planners.
Material Transfer Projects
In 2009, Croda took the initiative to transfer a large number of products to the Chocques site due to the unfortunate closure of a UK based site. This project was key for Croda as more than 30 key products had to be transfered and successfully introduced to our site. I was fully involved to ensure that customer service would continue to be delivered with the high standard Croda customers expect.
Planning and Site Service Improvements
After 3 years with the Croda Group, we decided to create a planning team comprised of three people. I was nominated as Planning & RM Manager for the Chocques site, which meant that I would be in charge of a team. Later in 2010, we then recruited an extra person who would be in charge of modelling the flux for an extension project. Their role was a planning assistant. It was very interesting as we developed several models with a dedicated software through which we supplied a large number of data to the project team. This work brought to the team lots of extra skills which was very useful.
Today, I am very pleased to lead a small team of four people, mainly focussed on Customer Service and continuous improvement for Croda.
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