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Juan



Coordinateur Achats et Synergies, France

 

 

  

Why did I join Smurfit Kappa?

I always looked into international projection when making professional and personal decisions, this is why I studied in a multi-national double degree program and afterwards I joined organizations with important international exposure. Smurfit Kappa clearly fulfills these expectations.

I joined Smurfit Kappa after a year experience in the strategy department of a Beverage industry leader and 4 years in restructuring consultancy. I was seeking for new challenges in a stimulating business environment with an international scope and interesting career opportunities.

My career path with the company

After several months in the Global Sourcing Department in charge of several sourcing projects, I joined the French corrugated operations to coordinate purchases and support synergy projects.

What I am currently working on

My time is shared between purchases coordination for the French corrugated business which involves conducting tenders, implementing group’s sourcing policies, follow-up relations with suppliers… and leading various projects ranging from transport optimization to synergies in recovered paper management.

What has been the most rewarding experience at Smurfit Kappa?

The most stimulating experience for me is achieving complex problem solving needed in the different projects in which I participated as well as working with sharp and experienced decision-makers in the company. Smurfit Kappa gives me the opportunity to learn about the packaging business through the fast track and provides a stimulating international working environment.

What does one working week look like?

Within Smurfit Kappa, every week is different for me, it may vary from project follow-up through site visits to intense negotiation meetings with suppliers, as well as a wide range of activities such as meetings with the group’s sourcing network, model analysis, benchmarking, market reviewing… As you may understand, there is no room for routine.

What does the future hold?

In such a diverse organization with along with its international projections, it is difficult to know what and where the next challenge will be set, specially knowing that Smurfit Kappa provides a very wide range of career opportunities.

What advice would you give someone considering joining Smurfit Kappa?

Smurfit Kappa gives stimulating challenges to young professionals which makes working for this company inspiring and motivating. I would advise the use logical thinking and open-minded approaches to understand complex situations, hard working and a strong sense of entrepreneurship.

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