This is my first job after graduation. L’Oréal chose me because considering all the technical competencies, they found that I spoke the best English and French among the Chinese and I spoke the best Chinese among the English and the French.
I started by learning SAP R3 and APO. I was a fast learner thanks to my former ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) experience in Dannon and Chanel. In addition, I spent a lot of time in bookstores and did a lot of research to enrich my knowledge on SAP. I adapted myself to the French way of working and very soon got along really well with others. 3 months later, I began to work on deploying two L’Oréal Chinese factories with SAP solutions. One is in Yichang and the other in Suzhou. Since they were using X3 during 10 years and had hardly heard of SAP, my colleagues and I did a lot of preparation work including understanding their local needs, analyzing the differences between their daily practices with technical functionalities, coming up with new ideas, presenting new solutions in order to help them go through this difficult period of transformation. I remember the day when I took the plane at 1pm in Paris and arrived 5am in Shanghai, I went straight to the hotel and launched myself to work during 36 hours. I remember during 6 months arguing with SAP for a defect and asking for a satisfying solution. I remember having 3 hours meeting translating Chinese to English, English to French and French to Chinese make sure that everyone was on the same page. Today, as a result of our great efforts and commitments, both Yichang and Suzhou are working – more... well with SAP R3 and APO.
Now I’m managing the EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) project, which will facilitate the information exchange between L’Oréal US factories and suppliers. Any mistake in one piece of information (quantity, date, address, etc.) can cause huge loss to the company. Therefore, this project requires someone who is expert, thorough and careful. I also need to switch between France and the US every 1-3 months, thanks to which I become more interested in American culture and decide to look for a job in the US.
I really appreciate the opportunities of working in an international company and being involved in and managing international projects. – less