Senior Project Manager, SANQUIN PLASMA PRODUCTS B.V., 2017- Present

Project Leader - AVANTIUM, Amsterdam, 2016-2017

Freelance Consultant - SELF-EMPLOYED, Barcelona, 2014–2016

- Consulted for various international companies (Europe, USA, South Africa) with the ultimate goal of exceeding customer’s expectations by using PMI-aligned project management methodologies

- Introduced the sales team of a local commodity distribution company to new potential markets for some of their existing products (activated carbon, zeolytes, etc.)

- Implemented and validated a new pelletizing process for the manufacturing of a best-in-class absorbent that removes sulfur bearing compounds from any gas stream

- Established an ISO-complying protocol for testing and characterizing newly developed absorbents at a laboratory scale

Project Manager - PRESSPART MANUFACTURING S.A., L’Arboç, Spain, 2012–2014

Division of Heitkamp & Thumann Group specialized in the manufacturing of components for the pharmaceutical industry. Presspart’s Spanish site manufactures plastic drug delivery devices (120 employees)

- Successfully led a strategic project with a new customer to Presspart Group

o Built and directed an international cross-functional team of 25+ stakeholders within a matrix organization

o Defined and implemented a portfolio of project management documents (Gantt chart, APQP, executive one-pagers…) to track and measure the achievement of project’s milestones

o Closely monitored project’s critical path and risks throughout its life cycle. Escalated to senior management when necessary

o Controlled project budget (2 M €) and reported baseline variances to steering committee

o Channeled all communications with the customer regarding regular project updates, change of project requirements and overall project performance

o Supervised critical suppliers during the manufacturing and validation of new pharmaceutical process equipment (i.e. molding tools and high output assembly lines)

- Ensured project alignment with organizational and international policies (GMP, ISO) across multiple departments

- Counseled global sales team on the technical aspects of new projects, ranging from the introduction of new products (i.e. otic dispenser, labeled MDIs) to the implementation of an internal SAP system for a leaner sample management

- Actively participated in quarterly sales meeting, providing timely update presentations on projects status. Reviewed the issue log accordingly

Technical Project Manager - BIOCONSERVACION S.A., Gavà, Spain, 2009–2012

Mid-sized company (50 employees) that supplies turnkey solutions for gas filtration applications

- Conceived, developed and characterized novel engineered absorbents to satisfy the gas filtration market demands. Among them, an outstanding dry scrubber with the highest H2S absorption capacity in the market

- Significantly improved (20%) the absorption capacity, removal efficiency and mechanical properties of existing absorbents by using an “outside the box” approach

- Carried out the industrialization of newly developed formulations, including the optimization and validation of manufacturing parameters

- Commissioned the set up, installation and validation of new filtering equipment at customer’s site

- Mentored sales team on the technical features of newly developed absorbents. In addition, provided advice regarding commercial strategies for all filtration products in the portfolio

- Drafted several case studies for the marketing department to increase company’s visibility

Visiting Scientist - EASTERN REGIONAL RESEARCH CENTER (ERRC), Philadelphia, USA, 2005–2008

ERRC is the largest agricultural research center in the United States (200 employees)

- Developed, in cooperation with Tomas Bata University, a mathematical model to optimize the brine curing process of raw hides with the goal of reducing its environmental impact

- Developed and characterized novel biopolymers made from renewable resources to be used as finishing agents in the leather industry

R&D Scientist - CSIC, Barcelona, Spain, 2003–2005

CSIC is the largest public scientific and technological research institution in Spain

- Developed high added value biopolymers (gelatin, hydrolyzed collagen) made from leather processing waste products, with potential uses in the tanning, cosmetic or packaging industries

EDUCATION

- Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, University of Barcelona & US Department of Agriculture, 2009

- M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering, University of Barcelona & Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, 2005

- B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering, University of Barcelona, 2002

ADDITIONAL TRAINING

- PMP® License # 1750216, Project Management Institute, 2014

- Problem solving 8D/3D, 2013

- Product management and innovation in technological environments, 2011

- Quality control management & ISO 9001 certification, 2001

LANGUAGES

- Spanish and Catalan: native

- English: Full professional proficiency. Certificate of Proficiency, 2009

- French: Limited working proficiency. D.E.L.F. certificate, 1995