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Christian Balac

Function: Procurement
Industry: Automotive
Category: Components & Parts
Level of responsibility: Senior
Procurement system: SAP

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● Commodity Management ▹ Definition of long term strategy, in/outsourcing decision and management of allocation between suppliers and plants ▹ Analysis of supplier performance and optimization of the portfolio ▹ Budget preparation, monitoring and reporting ▹ Price negotiation ▹ Contracting of Supply, Logistic and Quality agreements ▹ Identification and management of critical product/supplier risks and related action plans ● Sourcing and Supplier development in Low-Cost Countries ▹ Scouting, assessment and selection of new potential suppliers ▹ Supplier risks evaluation via process and system audits and monitoring of improvement plans. ▹ Improvement and technical validation of initial samples via PPAP automotive procedure, until mass production ● Management of international and multidisciplinary teams ● Management of transversal projects in international environment and complex industrial context involving subcontractors ▹ Management of industrial projects and product and process development projects ▹ Transversal vision with project mode way of working ▹ Knowledge of Quality and problem solving (FMEA, MEDIC, 8D, FTA-PDCA, etc..)

Work experience section iconWork Experience

Brushcards & Electronic Components Commodity Buyer

Nidec Motors & Actuators (NMA) (Ex Valeo Motors & Actuators)

August 2010 - Present (13 years, 11 months) | Créteil, France
Brushcards & Electronic Components Commodity Buyer, Nidec Motors & Actuators (NMA) (Ex Valeo Motors & Actuators) : ▹ Management of the most complex commodity of the company (electromechanical assemblies and related sub-components) (TO> 40 M€) for the 5 plants (Germany, Poland, Spain, China, Mexico): Definition and implementation of a global strategy – Responsible for negotiations, supplier selections, resourcing / insourcing decisions, efficiency, long term strategy and monthly reporting. ▹ Scouting, assessment and selection of new potential suppliers ▹ Responsible for the application of the defined strategy by the advanced project buyers and modification project teams. Definition of the priorities of productivity projects. ▹ Definition, with the support of a junior buyer (functional reporting), of the strategies for the subcomponents, via globalization of purchases of the sub-components by our direct suppliers, in order to negotiate, when appropriate, at global level, direct and indirect supplies. Results : ➟ Implementation of a long-term strategy on brushcards and some electronic components ➟ Study and implementation of Brushcard production insourcing projects, and development of Dual-source policy on most of the components.
Product Line Purchasing Manager / Strategic Commodity Leadbuyer

Philips Automotive Lighting

October 2004 - August 2010 (5 years, 10 months) | Chartres, France
Product Line Purchasing Manager / Strategic Commodity Leadbuyer “Business Group Automotive” (BGA) (Brazil, Poland, China, Germany and France) ▹ Metal caps, Lead-in-wire and Softglass Commodity Lead-buyer (TO> 15 M€): Responsible to develop and implement strategic sourcing plans for these commodities at BGA level. Responsible for supplier allocation, Annual Operating Plan, 4-year Strategic Plan, and reporting – Contracting of Non-Disclosure, Supply, Quality and Logistic Agreement. ▹ Leader of BLS “Double Source Projects Purchasing Team”, responsible for the development and validation of new « Low-Cost » components’ suppliers (China, Poland, Belarus, India, Indonesia, etc…) - Coordination for all aspects linked to the introduction of these suppliers in the six factories (technical validation, stocks, logistics, quality..) - Development of the suppliers to an “Automotive Quality Level” through regular process and system audits and action plan monitoring. ▹ Driver of TCO/Cost Analysis/Improvement projects for these commodities with key suppliers. ▹ Responsible of the budget, purchasing efficiency, monitoring and reporting for the whole raw material portfolio of the « Product Line Conventional » of Chartres (8 M€). ▹ Creation and implementation of a procedure for Component Purchasing Projects, including supplier’s PPAP. Results : ➟ Implementation of new suppliers (Chinese, Polish, Belarus and Indian) ➟ Outsourcing of 75% of the portfolios and savings between 15 et 30%
Project Manager

Philips Automotive Lighting

August 2000 - September 2004 (4 years, 1 month) | Chartres, France
Project Manager « SilverVision » and « SilverTop » in the Development department, within Philips Automotive Lighting in Chartres, France: ▹ Responsible for the development of a new range of signaling lamps : Project Management from functional specifications drafting and profitability calculation up to manufacturing of the product. ▹ Coordination of multidisciplinary project teams (Development, Marketing, Purchasing, Logistic, Production, Industrialization, Quality, Documentation, Administration …) as well as a technological team of engineers from Philips Research, Philips Central Development Lighting, and Philips Aachen Special Lighting. ▹ Management of projects aiming at subcontracting processes or components within French, and foreign companies. ▹ Management of a development team dedicated to colored lamps (3 technicians) ▹ Extensive use of Automotive Quality and problem solving tools (FMEA, MEDIC, 8D, FTA-PDCA, etc..) ▹ Responsible for the implementation of ISO-2002 / TS16949 way of working within the development department. Results : ➟ Development and industrialization of the most profitable lamp of the Business Line (PY21W SilverVision) ➟ Extension of the range to the American and Japanese market (increased complexity in logistics and quality)
Process Engineer

Philips Display Components

September 1998 - July 2000 (1 year, 10 months) | Eindhoven, Netherlands
Process Engineer in the Central Development Center for Color picture tubes (Philips Display Components, Eindhoven, The Netherlands) ▹ Management of Type Development or Technology Projects. ▹ Responsible for the “Matching” process for a new 29’’ Real Flat tube to be introduced in Dreux. ▹ Responsible for the specifications, design and performance of a purchased Deflection Unit developed by Samsung Korea for a new 19’’ Monitor tube, and development of the related process for the Philips Taiwanese factory.
Engineering Project Leader

Philips Composants et Semiconducteurs

November 1995 - September 1998 (2 years, 10 months) | Dreux, France
Engineering Project Leader in a TV picture tube factory, in Dreux, France, including: ▹ Process and Software project leader for the design of a new screen settings optimization machine, in collaboration with other European facilities. ▹ Project Leader 29SF MM: Responsible for the development up to the industrialization of a picture tube with improved performance for the multimedia market.

Education section iconEducation

Ecole Supérieure d'Electricité (Supélec)


1992 - 1995
Lycée Hoche

Preparatory courses for "Grandes Ecoles"

1990 - 2010
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