Why join SGD Pharma?
SGD Pharma, inspiring confidence, is :
- A global leading company in the glass primary packaging for the pharmaceutical industry
- 5 factories and 10 sales offices around the world committed to deliver top quality glass vials for patient safety
- 2 750 employees supporting globally and locally international customers, as well as local players
- Men and women acting daily with their passion for pharma glass
- A growing player with a long-term vision and strategy
- A company supporting diversity, facilitating and advancing knowledges transfer, giving its talents and experts the possibility of growing.
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AREA SALES MANAGER ITALY / MIDDLE EAST / SOME EUROPEAN COUNTRIES – LOMBARDY OR EMILIA-ROMAGNA - ITALY
GLASS PRODUCTION MANAGER BASED IN ZHANJIANG PLANT - CHINA
SALES MANAGER FOR BEAUTY CARE BASED IN SHANGHAI - CHINA
INTERNAL AUDITOR BASED IN VEMULA PLANT, TELANGANA, INDIA
VERKAUFSGRUPPENLEITER - KIPFENBERG (GERMANY)
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Can you give us your background?
I graduated in accounting at New York’s Queens College and I joined, in 1999, Saint Gobain group.
I started with administrative responsibilities before replacing the financial controller and also taking care of some human resources (payroll etc) tasks. In 2007, SGD North America was created after Saint Gobain sold its glass subsidiary to a investment fund and my role was more focused on unpaid receivables collection. With a new shareholder’s arrival in 2010, some strategic change took place and, in 2016, the activities related to beauty and pharmacy were split and each entity had full autonomy. This is when I joined SGD Pharma and was appointed Controller of the NY sales office which employs eleven people and covering North, South and Central America regions.
Can you describe your job in more detail?
Actually I have a double role, Controller and Office Manager.
As a Controller, I’m charge of the NY office accountancy but also of the management of the administrative aspects (payroll management, health insurances, pension private schemes etc) for all the employees and also of the building management issues. It is a position very much focused on finance and administration but it is very varied since we are a small office and we need to be multi task!
Are there any achievements that you are particularly proud of since you joined the company?
I’ve been in the group for the past 18 years so I’ve been through many changes both on the capitalistic side or the size of the company and the tasks I was assigned to. The change related to the cosmetic and pharmaceutical activities’ split that took place in 2016 was a major one because it meant to set up new agreements and contracts with all suppliers and service providers (health insurers, retirement plans providers, the building managers etc) with an office that was smaller than before. I had to renegotiate various services with all our partners in a rather short time.
Is there anything specific that you like in your working environment that you would like to share?
What I like is to be part of a leader company with a global reputation but in a human scale office benefitting from a friendly atmosphere but also autonomy. We are lucky to have a local management that is able to pass on its enthusiasm to the teams and this is very appreciable, especially when you are in an dozen people’s office!
Can you tell us a bit more about your background and what you did before your current role at SGD Pharma?
After I graduated in China in Mechanic and in Project Management in France, I started working in a French company based in China in the eyeglass sector as Sales Technical Support.
I joined SGD Pharma in 2010 in charge of quality and decoration development. I was given, a year later, an additional responsibility and became Decoration Manager and, in 2012, was promoted New Product Development Manager. In 2015 I became R&D Director since our strategy in Asia shifted towards more innovation. Since this year I am also Commercial Director for the Asia Pacific region.
How would you describe your current job and your different responsibilities?
As SGD Pharma Commercial Director, I am in charge of developing the whole Asia Pacific region. I manage a sales team of 28 employees including sales, marketing and administrative staff and we have a network of agents and distributors across 15 countries in the vast market of Asia. We operate in three different markets - pharmaceutical, beauty and health care - and each market has a dedicated sales team. To allow me to dedicate myself fully towards this activity, a new R&D Manager will take over this role after a phase of well-managed transition.
Is there something specific (projects, assignments, challenges) that you achieved and are particularly proud of since you joined the company?
I am fortunate to have had many exciting challenges since I joined SGD Pharma. I’m particularly proud of the New Product Development department’s creation which became our R&D department. The diversity of countries and markets coupled with an ambitious Business Plan will need high flexibility, agility and faculty of adaptation. I am proud to have been chosen as the Commercial Director for the Asia Pacific zone.
Is there something particularly that you appreciate in your work and/or working environment?
I appreciate to work with my team and also with my manager who supported my confidence and helped me to improve and grow professionally and personally.
Can you tell us about your background?
After a training in mechanics, I started working, in 1992, in the plant where I am today but did not belong to SGD Group yet. Hired as a sorting operator, I was promoted team leader and became, a couple of years later, Health and Safety Manager (EHS). In this context, I followed a certifying training to upgrade my expertise in this sector. Meanwhile the plant became a subsidiary of SGD group and, in 2014, I was appointed Perfumery Production Manager. After the split of the two activities - pharmaceutical and cosmetics - SSV was dedicated to the pharmaceutical bottles and, since 2016 I’m an in charge of the whole site.
Could you describe your current role in more detail?
My role is really multitask since I am in charge of ensuring that the sorting quality is excellent with specific objectives but I am also very much involved in the human resources management since the activity of our site is essentially manual and done by a majority of women.
Work conditions and well-being at work are very important for our site’s productivity to be good.
All my previous positions are helping me in my current role as it enables me to have a global vision and understand and manage all the aspects related to the employees’ work.
Are there any achievements that you are particularly proud of since you joined SSV?
When I was Health and Safety Manager, I created a Unique Document mapping out all the plant’s potential risks and all the measures to implement in order to avoid or minimize the identified risks.
Also, when the plant switched from serving two divisions – perfumery and pharmacy – to being solely focused on pharmacy, I helped to this transition phase requiring sometimes to train the staff when needed.
Is there anything specific that you like in your working environment and that you would like to share?
In the company for more than twenty years, I had the opportunity to grow in my job and to be where I am now thanks to a range of factors: the training I received, the trust I was able to gain and the autonomy in my work. Today we really work in a ‘collaborative mode’ where the discussions are key in our site and I’m delighted of that because my role reflects fully this approach.
*SSV, a subsidiary of SGD Parma, is a French site dedicated to pharmaceutical bottles’ sorting
Can you give us your background?
After studying international trade in France, I did an internship in England in the transit sector before coming back to France and work for various companies (mobile phones, fashion, cosmetics…) as an export sales assistant. In 2002, I joined SGD Pharma as an export sales assistant to support sales in the Middle East and Africa region.
Could you describe your role in more detail?
My job evolved substantially since I joined SGD Pharma. On top of supporting the sales teams on different topics (transport, customs, contracts…), I take our clients on site when they come to audit our French and German plants. I also travel sometimes for client events (tradeshows, visits…) and attend actively to seminars organized for our agents in those countries. Since 2014, I also train sales assistants in China so that our procedures and service levels are consistent for our clients and prospects all over the world.
Are there some achievements that you are particularly proud of since you joined SGD Pharma?
Among the challenges that I faced, one of the most interesting is to work for a region where there is a strong competition of local low-cost players. The challenge is to convince our clients that SGD Pharma is a high quality supplier and a global reference in the market of pharmaceutical packaging.
Another challenge that I was able to take up was to train sales assistants in China which has sometimes been complex because of the different culture and language but also very interesting.
This has enabled us to set up consistent process and also to share and to create links with people that we worked with but that we did not know...
Is there anything specifically that you appreciate in your work environment and that you would love to share?
What I appreciate most is the variety of my job as there is a lot of work upstream (prospects) and downstream (customers) and this enables me to connect with many departments both internally and externally. This creates a synergy and a dynamic that are really stimulating and a trusting environment that is very rewarding.
Can you give us some information on your background?
After graduating in a French business school, I attended a postgraduate program on purchasing and logistics before joining VALEO, a French automotive supplier, where I held different positions (purchases, trading etc) for about ten years. I pursued in the automotive sector in a smaller company by setting up a trading department for automotive spare parts and a consulting activity. I then discovered the packaging sector and was hired, in 2011, at VG Emballage as Supply Chain Director.
Can you tell us more about VG Emballage and describe your role and responsibilities?
VG Emballage is one of the largest French distributors and designers of plastic, glass and aluminum containers for the cosmetic, pharmaceutical and many industrial sectors. With a team of 63 employees, we are distributing, in France and abroad, close to 400 million containers per year.
As Supply Chain Director, I manage a team of 24 people with whom I’m in charge of managing the purchases, the supplies and the stocks, our warehouse in Sucy, operational quality and developing standard products’ range.
Are there some achievements you are particularly proud of since you joined VG Emballage?
I participated to the various changes that VG went through since 2011 either in terms of organization, teams or tools. I set up and implemented a new purchasing policy by developing new methods, optimizing supplies and enlarging the international scope of our suppliers.
In 2016, we changed the Supply Chain organization by adding new positions (quality, logistics, product managers etc).
Is there something you particularly like in your work environment that you would like to share?
Our activity as a distributor of multi-material packaging for various industries enables me to handle different technologies and projects which is very enriching and instructive.
The numerous assignments I have to handle makes by job very varied and therefore I’m never bored!
*VG EMBALLAGE is a subsidiary of the SGD PHARMA group. VG EMBALLAGE designs, develops and markets primary packaging solutions comprised of stock bottles and of decorations and accessories.
Can you give us some information about your background (studies and previous jobs) ?
After I graduated, in 2002, as a major in agriculture, I started working for various companies, mainly in charge of administration and office management. In 2006, I joined SGD Asia Pacific as a HR Supervisor until I got promoted Manager and Director in 2014.
Can you describe your current role in more detail?
As HR Director, I have to ensure that the strategic objectives of our group are achieved also in terms of skills, performance, corporate culture and many more fields as implementing training programs for the plant’s employees.
Are there specific achievements you are proud of since you joined SGD Pharma?
Since I joined, I am particularly proud to have implemented some management tools such as the Employee Behavior Handbook that help managers to drive their team. I also participated in a major project targeting employee’s turnover reduction rate which cut the rate of almost of 50% in four years. I’m also quite proud to work for the SGD Academy aimed at recruiting locally young talented people after graduation and train them for a 3 years period.
Is there something you particularly like in your company’s working environment and that you would like to share?
SGD AP is a company that supports talents independently from your background either in education or your past experience. Even if I had no major experience in HR and was not totally English fluent, I was given the opportunity to learn, to train and grow both professionally and personally. I am now in the position of doing the same with talented young people and I find it incredibly rewarding.
What is your background?
Following my graduation as an engineer, I started my career in 1993 working for a French automotive supplier in the Product Development division. After 3 years, I joined Saint Gobain Group where I was in charge of new products’ development for the perfumery glass bottles division. In 2001, I moved to the pharmaceutical business unit and, in 2005, I was promoted Quality Manager for the Mers plant. Following the group’s businesses split, I joined SGD Pharma team in the new plant at Saint Quentin La Motte in 2016.
Can you describe your role at SGD Pharma?
Managing a team of 12 people, I’m the plant Quality Manager and also in charge of Products Development. As Quality Manager, I need to ensure that quality achieved is the best possible on three different levels: the one obtained internally, the one provided to the client both in terms of products and services and the one linked to quality systems (audits, certifications…). On top of ensuring the plant quality, I am also part of a group defining the company’s global quality policy.
As for Product Development, I am mainly in charge of the whole data management related to the products, the molds and new products’ development for the pharmaceutical industry.
Are there any achievements that you are particularly proud of since you joined the firm?
Ensuring the production’s transfer from Mers to the new plant, a facility that was built within a year, respecting all technical, quality and Good Manufacturing Practices’ constraints was a real challenge. The objective was to avoid any disruption in the manufacturing process and satisfy our clients – more than 300 – by delivering excellent products during the transition period.
Are there any specific elements that you particularly appreciate in the SGD Pharma working environment?
The work environment is very international both internally thanks to all the employees coming from various continents and externally with worldwide clients so it is very enriching. Also, top management’s presence on the various industrial sites and therefore its accessibility makes communication easier and generates constructive discussions.
Could you give us some information about your background?
After graduating in a business school (Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris) in 2003, I joined Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC) for eight years working as a consultant assisting companies’ financial departments. I joined SGD in 2011 as Accounting and Reporting Manager and after the split between the perfumery and the pharmacy businesses, I integrated SGD Pharma and also took over French accountancy and taxation responsibilities.
Can you describe us more specifically your current role at SGD Pharma?
Today I have a dual role with financial reporting and consolidation on one side and French accountancy and taxation on the other.
As for the reporting and consolidation are concerned, I manage the results’ analysis and aggregation of all subsidiaries in order to have a global vision of the group’s performance.
For the accountancy part of my job, I supervise a team in charge of all French entities’ accountancy. Finally, as for my taxation responsibilities, I have to ensure that all taxation rules are respected, that the information provided is reliable and I also need to coordinate some international taxations issues.
Are there any specific challenges that you took on since you joined and that you are particularly proud of ?
One of the challenges that I was given was to deliver financial accounts and statements to our investors only for the pharmaceutical business while the activities were not yet split. This phase of data research, analysis and compilation in a very short timing to prepare the split, was a real challenge.
Another achievement was my involvement to SGD Pharma’s project of the company’s sale to JIC, our new shareholder. I was in charge of preparing, coordinating and delivering all the financial information requested by the investors.
Is there one or various elements that you particularly appreciate in the working environment of SGD Pharma ?
Since my arrival at SGD five years ago, I took part in various projects and I appreciate this fast paced context which allows us not to settle too much in a routine mode. Projects involve various company’s departments and enhance team work which I really enjoy. Besides, I love to work in a multi -cultural environment even if it can sometimes be challenging.
Could you give us your background ?
After graduating in 2004 in production engineering, I spent various years working in Supply Chain & Purchasing and specifically 7 years with Schott Tubing Plant in India where I held different positions.I joined Cogent in 2014 and I’m currently following an executive MBA from the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad that should end this year.
Can you describe your role and main responsibilities?
I am responsible for SGD Pharma India Supply Chain Management & Purchasing activities managing a team of 17 employees for the Logistics and a team of 6 people for Purchasing. In both areas, I work closely with the local and head-quartered based management teams to ensure a strong with the global corporate strategy. I am now also the Asian Coordinator in the Global Purchasing team.
Are there some specific achievements that you want to share since you joined?
A first achievement was to organize the transformation and professionalization of our Supply Chain and Purchasing team. A second achievement has been my participation on a project to improve our cash flow management. The last achievement I would like to mention is a team one as we all participated in a project to successfully obtain the ISO 15378 certification for our plant and integrate SGD Pharma in 2015.
Is there something you particularly like in SGD Pharma’s working environment?
It is rewarding to feel supported by the management and work in a multicultural environment and with cross functional teams. I also particularly appreciate the talents’ recognition policy and the opportunities for employee empowerment and individual development.
What is your background and your current role at SGD Pharma?
After my studies in mechanical and process engineering, I started my carrier in the chemical industry. For many years, I worked for various companies as a plant engineer before developing skills in EHS. After exciting years striving for best practices within a global organized EHS team, my job focused mainly on energy and process safety management. One year ago, I joined SGD Pharma in Kipfenberg, responsible for EHS Management.
Are there any specific achievements you are particularly proud of since you joined?
In my role, I’m working mainly on health & safety aspects of the German plant and I’ve been challenging the organization to increase the communication process about safety issues.
Plant site safety statistics are showing a better safety performance and I’m happy and proud to be a part of it!
Is there something you particularly like at SGD Pharma?
Organizational changes, like we currently experience at SGD Pharma, normally initiate opportunities for growth, not only in business, but also in skills, qualification and competencies. I look forward to these changes and the opportunities to share EHS experience throughout the group.
Can you sum up your experience and tell us about your current role at SDP Asia Pacific ?
I have over 30 years’ experience in the glass manufacturing industry and I joined the SGD AP in early 1980s. As you can imagine, I held different positions at SGD (worker, hot end technician, hot end Manager…) before being promoted Productivity Manager in 2011, my current position.
I strengthen my expertise also by spending some time at various SGD’s plants in Asia, Europe and USA to improve my skills and learn everything about the bottle manufacturing process !
Currently, ’m in charge of the Productivity Department. My main responsibility is to assist the R&D department to develop the new bare glass bottles but, most importantly, I’m responsible to improve the production’s performance. Besides, I am also in charge of the glass bottle sampling, finding suitable solutions to the daily troubleshooting for major defects and of strategic planning.
Are there specific achievements you are proud of since you joined?
When I worked in the Hot End as a Manager, we were faced with a challenge linked to a strategic decision to shift from drinking bottles to healthcare and infusion bottles to focus our activity on the pharmaceutical industry. I had to lead my team to overcome many technical challenges and ensure the successful production of all these new products including a full sampling.
In 2015, I took the responsibility to set up new machines in order to get the production line ready to be used as soon as possible.
Why SGD Pharma ?
SGD Pharma is a market leader in the pharmaceutical glass packaging arena and continues to invest in their manufacturing, quality, innovation and people. SGD Pharma is considered a premium brand in pharma packaging in the US, and it is allowing me to work with top pharma companies in the world, which in turn has been helping me grow professionally.
What is your background and your current role at SGD Pharma?
My background is in Packaging Engineering and Material Sciences. Before joining SGD Pharma, I worked for a leading pharmaceutical company developing packaging to improve the product and consumer experience. For SGD Pharma, I am responsible for sales and new business development in North America.
Are there any specific achievements you are particularly proud of since you joined?
Since joining SGD Pharma in 2010, I am very proud of the business development and growth I have achieved for our North American business.
Can you tell us a bit about your background ?
After graduating as a chemical engineer in Mumbai University, I started my career as a quality consultant for various companies in the chemical and glass sectors including Onaway Glass and Nipro Tube Glass Containers where I stayed for 10 years covering various roles.
What is your role at SGD Pharma India ?
I joined SGD Pharma India in 2013 where I now supervise all glass conversion operations, the R&D department and all projects related to the plant. My main responsibility is to achieve the best quality for our products through regular benchmarks.
Are there any specific achievements at SGD Pharma India that you are proud and/or something you particularly like in SGD Pharma’s working environment ?
Increasing the glass vials’ neutrality by improving the forming process was a major challenge and I’m really happy we achieved it. I also worked on energy consumption’s reduction that we lowered of 30% by changing the utilities’ configuration and improving the OEE.
Great leadership, clear goals and senior management’s support on key projects are elements that I appreciate at SGD Pharma. They bring indeed a sense of confidence that encourages us in our work on a day to day basis but also in the long run.
Could you briefly describe your career ?
Before joining SGD Sucy plant on February 2015, I have been working in a manufacturing company of glass luxury bottles for over 23 years. I experienced different positions in glass production (team leader, Manager of the Glass Production Department).
Tell us more about your position
I’m responsible for the Glass Production department, composed of 24 persons working 24 hours a day and 7 days per week. My main mission is to deliver glass in quantity and quality to the Production Department. I manage raw-material supply, I control the glass formulation in compliance with the Pharmacopoeia and I monitor the furnaces.
What are the main projects set and on-going?
Last year, I implemented new corporate indicators to better monitor the furnaces, to allow plant comparison and to give a better visibility on our performance to the technical management. Today, we are managing major maintenance work on our furnaces structure in order to ensure the continuity of the activity and to guarantee the glass quality. We are also working on the optimization of operational parameters to improve our energy performances.