Borderless Careers

Date: 12/20/2012

Meet Matt, Country Supply Chain Manager

Location: Chad
Degree: Bachelor’s degree, international ecnomics
Institute: Washington University, U.S.A.
Start Date: 2009

“Get ready for a wild ride! This is the toughest job you’ll ever love!”

Matt began his career with Schlumberger in North America on the Centralized Sourcing Team, with a focus on Well Services. In less than 2 years he became the North America Sourcing Manager, responsible for Well Services equipment. Soon after, he transitioned to special projects and spent a couple months working in Poland. He’s now the Country Supply Chain Manager in Chad.

What attracted you to work in the supply chain business?
Supply chain is woven into the fabric of any operation. Regardless of the industry, the four basic components of running a successful operation—sourcing a product, moving a product, storing a product, and using the product—are managed by supply chain and I wanted to be a part of that.

What could a supply chain employee be doing on a daily basis?
We are a 24/7 operation in Chad, and we start each morning with a team meeting: We ensure all safety assessments are up to date, address client concerns, and review team


issues. The team then spends the rest of the day looking at operational issues, such as the sourcing and procurement of a new product or service, moving a product from Point A to Point B, customs clearance, or inventory management.

Describe a typical day in your job as a Country Manager.
A large part of my daily role, like that of any manager, is focusing on company objectives and personnel development. Our team has three guiding principles we focus on daily: First is safety, which is on everyone’s mind every minute of the day. Second is service quality: Our goal to have a best-in-class supply chain organization in Chad, so we focus daily on efficiency gains and continuous improvement. Third is ethics—we represent Schlumberger, and we take this privilege very seriously. I am ultimately responsible for ensuring we follow these principles.

Has the training you’ve received at Schlumberger met your expectations?
Apart from formal training, I realized very quickly the key to my success would be finding people in both the segment and supply chain willing to share their knowledge with me. There is a wealth of experience and talent within this company. Perhaps I got lucky, but I’ve found that most people are extremely generous with their time, and I’m eternally grateful.

What has been the highlight of your career with Schlumberger so far, and what do you enjoy most about your job?
The highlight of my career is simple: exposure. I’ve been involved with multiple business segments and support functions and, most important of all, a wide diversity of people. In just under 4 years I’ve worked on four continents with people from many different backgrounds.

What are the biggest challenges you face in your job?
Aside from the operational aspects, the biggest highlight is also the greatest challenge. In a company as dynamic as Schlumberger, I needed to learn on the fly, adapt quickly to new situations, and never let my performance slip.

What opportunities does Schlumberger provide for career development?
Opportunities are plentiful at Schlumberger, but it is a meritocracy. Nothing is given to you. If you perform, you’ll be rewarded with a bigger challenge.

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