At LACROIX Electronics’, as in many industries, the supply service is a strong link in the production process. Spotlight on the work of Stéphane Bonsignori, Supply Chain Procurement Officer, in our French electronics factory.
After a DUT (Diplôme Universitaire de Technologie [French university degree in technology]) in logistics and transport management, I enrolled in the École Supérieure de Logistique Industrielle [Graduate School of Industrial Logistics] near Rennes, France. After graduating, I first worked for an Airbus subcontractor in Nantes, France. I was responsible for inventory management and purchasing of materials for building maintenance. I then worked as a procurement officer for a central purchasing agency in Northwestern France which specialises in spirits.
I quickly found that I wanted to move closer to the production chain in an industrial environment in order to truly play a larger role in manufacturing. That is how I came to apply for a position at LACROIX Electronics. This position came with many challenges. I arrived here in December of 2017.
I really did not know much about electronics. However, whether it is spirits or electronics, the skills required for a position such as mine remain the same: inventory management, knowledge of various procurement processes, forecasting, etc.
Working in the electronics industry has a more technical side to it, I was fortunate to have four weeks of support as I was familiarising myself with this new field. I quickly felt that I was part of the team. I gained a better understanding of production operations at LACROIX Electronics thanks to a week spent immersed in the production facilities. After a day in reception, another in component preparation and a final day on the production line, I had a broader view of the factory’s organisation.
I work in a team of about a dozen employees. My job consists of:
In brief, the challenge in my job is ensuring continued production, which requires being proactive.
In my position there are daily challenges. In fact, my department is one of the strong links in the production process, given that the component is the key element in all production. I also enjoy the transversal nature of my position and the continual exchanges with other departments it requires.
For example, I work in concert with the planning department to prepare a consistent procurement plan based on customer needs. I must also work jointly with the purchasing department to increase supplier performance and rate of service while optimising inventory levels. Or I have to be able to offer alternatives to our customers’ production engineering department in the event of an upcoming disruption in the procurement of a component.
Eventually, proper organisation of the Supply Chain depends in part on the company’s performance. A broad view of production is essential to be able to understand production mechanisms, but is also crucial to anticipate the needs of each department.
Supply Chain Procurement Officer
December 2017 – Arrival at LACROIX Electronics