Francois Lucas

Francois Lucas

Business Operations - China

Shanghai, China

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His background

  • Today
    2017
    August 2012

    Operations Director - China

    HEF Group

    HEF is a French SME which develops and markets innovative solutions in the field of tribology and surface engineering. I am responsible for the operations of six nitriding units in China.
  • Today
    July 2012
    October 2011

    COO / CFO

    NFlick Pte Ltd

    Co-founded nFlick – a unique information technology services company, which targets personalized information services on web portal and mobile application through an advanced recommender engine.
  • Today
    September 2011
    July 2010

    Regional Manager, Strategic Projects, China

    Federal-Mogul Corporation

    Responsibilities include the development of the project plan to consolidate two operations into a single Powertrain aluminum bearings manufacturing site in the Shanghai area. The project budget is about $ 35 millions.
    • Negotiated land purchase and relocation compensation with local government and industrial zone.
    • Developed a new 10,000 sq meters facility design and lean process layout.
    • Developed manufacturing plans to enable successful relocation of both JV’s to the consolidated site
  • Today
    June 2010
    August 2009

    General Manager

    Dextra Building Products (Guangdong) Co., Ltd.

    Managed plant operations, led 130 employees for an annual turnover of $ 15 millions.
    • Structured the plant’s organization, revamping the Manufacturing, Supply Chain and HR departments.
    • Implemented operational performance metrics – focus on continuous improvement.
    • Reduced workers turnover by 12% through financial and non-financial incentives.
    • Increased profit margin by 7% through reduced raw material costs and process re-engineering.
    • Led the on going plant relocation project: plant design, process equipment layout and contractors planning follow-up.
  • University of Southern California (USC), Marshall School of Business

    Executive MBA
    Management
  • Today
    July 2009
    April 2007

    Manufacturing & Project Manager

    Fedral-Mogul Corporation

    Manufacturing Manager – Aluminum Bearing’s Material Plant, Shanghai, China  2008 - July 2009
    Responsibilities include the management of a team of 70 workers in 3 workshops to produce 400 tons materials monthly output and annual sales of $ 10 millions.
    • Consistently met production targets uplifting customer satisfaction.
    • Increased productivity by 20% through new process work flow.
    • Reduced inventory by 35% through optimized scheduling for labors and shifts.
    • Executed a successful 25% headcount reduction plan without disrupting production.

    Project Manager – Federal-Mogul Head Office, Shanghai, China  2007
    Responsibilities include the coordination of the work of 3 project teams involving 15 people for the purchase and takeover of an existing bearing’s material plant, the construction of a new plant and the transfer of existing businesses to the new plant.
    • Responsible for overall project planning, activities follow up, and reporting to higher management.
    • Involved with the set up of a new joint venture.
    • Coordinated technical activities for new manufacturing processes and equipment implementation.
    • Negotiated with local companies for the design, the construction, and the supervision of the new facility.
  • Today
    March 2007
    October 2000

    Quality Manager, Project Buyer, E-procurement Project Manager

    +5000 employees

    Quality Manager, Paris, France  2006-2007
    Responsibilities included: the quality of outsourced engine parts, specifically: cooling systems, EGR, and intake systems.
    • Improved supplier selection by assessing supplier quality during the bidding phase.
    • Led APQP activities during product and process development.
    • Assessed supplier product quality in the field.
    • Led supplier process audits throughout Europe.

    Project Buyer, Wuhan, China  2004-2006
    Responsibilities included supplier development with an emphasis on quality, cost, and lead-time reduction. Focussed on products required by DPCA, a joint venture between PSA Peugeot Citroen and Dong Feng Motors.
    • Boosted the local integration of engine and gearbox parts consistent with stringent quality management standards.
    • Improved product quality in auditing and inspecting Chinese suppliers.
    • Reduced procurement cost on numerous mechanical parts by 6%.
    • Reduced delivery lead time according to the assembly plant requirements.

    E-procurement Project Manager, Paris, France  2000-2004
    Responsibilities included the implementation of internal procurement electronic catalogues concurrent with the implementation of a full-blown ERP SAP system.
    • Defined the targeted procurement processes and validated the project Blueprint.
    • Designed the interface solutions between SAP R/3 and legacy systems providing business expertise.
    • Trained more than 200 users of the new system.
  • Today
    February 2000
    September 1998

    Business Devlopment Engineer

    AREVA (Framatome ANP), Beijing

    World leader in the design and construction of nuclear power plants, and the supply of fuel, maintenance and modernization services.

    Business Development Engineer - Framatome Beijing Representative Office, China
    • Searched the Chinese market for tenders for the mechanical subsidiaries of Framatome.
    • Assisted Framatome representatives during negotiation.
    • Organized seminars to present the French tender (with EDF and Alstom) for the future Chinese nuclear power plants.
  • Beihang University (BUAA)

    Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (BUAA), Beijing, China
    Granted by both the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Chinese government to work on the project of the high speed train between Beijing and Shanghai.
  • , Levallois Perret

    Msc Mechanical Engineering

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His languages

  • English
    ****Bilingual
  • French
    ****Bilingual
  • Chinese
    ***Fluent*

    About him

    Professional with thirteen years of progressive experience including eight years in China, with a major focus in the Automotive Industry. Strong exposure to joint venture manufacturing operations and dealings with Chinese governmental bureaus. Facilities background and Greenfield site development. Experience includes: General Management, Industrial Projects Management and Plant Operations. Graduated with a Masters of Mechanical Engineering and an Executive Masters of Business Administration. Bilingual: English / French. Fluent in Chinese (mandarin).

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