Your Advantage

Our two native languages and the many years of practical experience in both Japan and Switzerland enable us to develop a structured and transparent course of action for you. Our goal is to achieve a successful market position for the further economic development of your company in Switzerland and/or in Japan. Whether it is about the approval of new products, new strategies or procedures, reorganisations or restructuring efforts, our knowledge of the cultures and mentalities enables us to adhere to your project specifications. The following tasks describe our most important successfully realised projects:

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Professional Qualifications
• Eidg. dipl. Konstrukteur (design engineer with Swiss certificate)
• Eidg. dipl. Handelsdiplom (Swiss diploma in commercial trade)
• Eidg. dipl. Wirtschaftsinformatiker mit Schwerpunkt Projektmanagement
(Certified IT business engineer specialising in project management)
Skills and Competencies
• Registration and approvals for subsidiaries
• Product acceptance tests (legislation, safety aspects)
• Product presentation and demonstration on location
• Development and organisation of Pre-Sales, Sales and After-Sales divisions
• Planning and approval of infrastructure
• Process optimisation and organisation development
• Cooperation with external partners and service providers
• Interdisciplinary project management
• Acquisition of new customers in Switzerland and abroad including appointments
• Assignment negotiations with decision-makers
• Leadership experience with directly subordinate employees in Switzerland and abroad
• Close collaboration with an insurance company for life and non-life classes
• Recruitment and appointment of resources (AWA & Seco approval)
Language skills
Sprachen
• Swiss-German: 1st native language
• Japanese: 2nd native language
• English: Business fluent
Assignments
Duration: Project & Integration Manager Japan
14 month Swiss corporation for software and hardware solutions in Zurich
Actual situation:
The current software used in global securities trading cannot process and confirm
purchases and sales within 24 hours.
Target situation:
Transact global security trades within 24 hours regardless of time differences.
Responsibilities and main tasks:
• Acquisition and determination of 4 potential Japanese banks in Japan
• Intensive consultation and supervision of Japanese pilot banks for specific hardware and software solutions
• Close cooperation with Japanese authorities with regard to legislation and
security
• Coaching Japanese users
• Managing the support centre for the Japanese market
• Creation of training documents for every update
• Responsibility for budget, resources, deadlines, risk and quality management and system performance
• International travel up to 70%
• International cooperation with external partners and service providers(consultants)
Successes and results achieved:
• Budget responsibility CHF 920,000
• Resource responsibility for 12 employees (Japan & Switzerland)
• Productive use successful in all pilot banks
Duration: Technical Project Manager Switzerland & Japan
7 months Swiss construction company in Winterthur
Actual situation:
A Japanese scrapedozer is marketed in Europe through the Swiss company (sale or leasing).
Target situation:
To acquire a license from the Japanese manufacturer to build the scrapedozer in Switzerland to cut costs.
Responsibilities and main tasks:
• Consulting and supervision with regard to establishing contacts and partners
• Preliminary clarifications in Switzerland (construction law, patent office, security loopholes, etc.)
• Close cooperation with the Japanese manufacturer
• Responsibility for feasibility analysis and risk management
• Provision of scrapedozer servicing and operators
• Collaboration in translating the operating manual into German
• Travel preparation and planning daily meetings in Japan
• Exchange of know-how with an Italian construction company
Successes and results achieved:
• Budget responsibility CHF 360,000
• Licenses and patents granted for the European market
Duration: Digitisation Project Manager
24 month Swiss pensions company in Zurich, Dubai, Hong Kong & Tokyo
Actual situation:
A company specialising in company pension schemes manages customers and customer mutations on paper.
Target situation:
Entire history to date in digitised form. New customers, customer mutations, payment reminders, etc., are electronically logged and processed in a new application.
Responsibilities and main tasks:
• Acquisition of various external service providers
• Main responsibility for quality and performance during the pilot phase
• Close consultation and supervision of 4 different locations with the goal of making the new application as lean as possible for all users
• Coordination and organisation between 3 parties (client, external digitisation company and external software company)
• Technical and innovative employee development in Switzerland and abroad
• Responsible for budget, resources in Switzerland and abroad, deadlines, risk and quality management, system performance, change requests
• Responsible for the Unit Phase
• Presentations to the STC (Steering Committee)
Successes and results achieved:
• Budget responsibility CHF 1.1m
• Resource responsibility for 21 project employees
• Digitisation successfully implemented
Duration: Production Project Manager
12 month Swiss company for measurement technology in Zurich
Actual situation:
A Swiss measurement technology company develops, manufactures and markets its own products worldwide.
Target situation:
Production relocated to the USA for cost reasons.
Responsibilities and main tasks:
• Acquisition of potential manufacturers in the USA with regard to replacement parts for the products
• Responsible for quality
• Intensive testing with a pilot company (an existing customer) with replacement parts from the USA.
• Feasibility analysis, risk and quality management
• Technical consultant and supervisor between the existing supplier in Switzerland and the “new” supplier in the USA
• Presentations to the STC (Steering Committee)
Successes and results achieved:
• Budget responsibility CHF 350,000
• Resource responsibility for 5 project employees
• Ensuring the supply of replacement parts after production stop
Duration: Project Manager Japan
48 month Swiss SME in Zug & Tokyo
Actual situation:
The Swiss company is successfully active worldwide in the measurement instrument segment.
Target situation:
Development of a subsidiary in Tokyo.
Responsibilities and main tasks:
• Determination of the location with all the necessary approvals
• Recruitment of Japanese staff in Business Development, Sales, After-Sales and Back Office
• Introduction of products to the team
• Approval of products (license granted for the market)
• Responsible for demonstrating the new products to employees and customer
• Development of logistics with an ERP system
• Responsible for the entire infrastructure (including company vehicles)
• Business field development; recognising and cultivating market potential; development of market strategies; acquisition of new customers and orders; account management
• Proprietary branch in sales with foreign corporations in Japan
• Personnel and technical management of 8 employees
• Cooperation with external partners and service providers
• Close cooperation with the Swiss owner
Successes and results achieved:
• Budget responsibility CHF 5.8m
• Proprietary sales increase of CHF 850,000 (from start-up)
• Resource responsibility for 8 employees
• Successful development of the subsidiary
Duration: Projektmanager Schweiz
15 months Japanese company in Ise & Zurich
Actual situation:
The Japanese company manufactures luxury goods and is successfully represented around the world.
Target situation:
Development of a branch office in Zurich, also as the main business location for Europe
Responsibilities and main tasks:
• Development of the branch office in Zurich with all the necessary approvals
• Recognition and cultivation of market potential; development of market strategies
• Close cooperation with an external marketing company
• Acquisition of customers in Switzerland, securing customer orders
• Recruitment of Key Account Managers with a focus on sales
• Contact and development with other branch offices in western Europe
• Approval of products (license granted for the market)
• Responsible for participating in trade fairs (as exhibitor)
• Development of logistics
• Daily contact with the Japanese manufacturer (engineering, production & sales)
• Responsible for import and export
• Personnel and technical management of 4 employees
• Cooperation with external partners and service providers
• Development and management of insurance policies with AHV, BVG, IV, EU pensions, liability insurance, vehicle insurance, etc.
Successes and results achieved:
• Budget responsibility CHF 1.0m
• Resource responsibility for 4 employees
• Successful development with additional branch offices in Belgium, France and Germany
Duration: IT Project Manager
18 months Major Swiss bank in Zurich
Actual situation:
When an account is closed, the back office checks the interfaces (e.g. standing orders, debit card, mortgage interest, funds, currency account, credit card, etc.) in 68 different applications. This made the closure process too long.
Target situation:
Automated process for closing private and savings accounts in a new application. Initial implementation for national customers, subsequently for international customers (with a focus on accounts of Japanese customers).
Responsibilities and main tasks:
• Selection of an Indian company and appointment of Indian employees onshore and offshore (software developers, software engineers, data analysts)
• Development of 2nd and 3rd Level Support for the new application
• Responsible for technical and personal employee development in the Business Unit
• Responsible for budget, resources, deadlines (iterative process) risk and quality management, system performance, change requests
• Safeguarding the 68 database queries via MAP services (XML string)
• Safeguarding test data in the test server
• Compliance with agile project management
• Responsible for overall business analysis, business requirements, test phases such as Unit, Regression, UAT, PAT, go live and subsequent “SOS” run-throughs
• Presentations to the STC (Steering Committee) und Business
• International cooperation with temporary work permits and external partners and service providers (consultants)
Successes and results achieved:
• Budget responsibility CHF 1.2m
• Resource responsibility for 18 project staff
• Back office obviation
Duration: Migration Project Manager
26 months Swiss insurance company in Zurich
Actual situation:
A German insurance company acquires two medium-sized Swiss insurance companies in the life and non-life segments.
Target situation:
Migration of all products to a newly acquired insurance application. As this application can only migrate the main product per policy (e.g. a capital-forming 3a), the system needs to be reinstalled for all other options (e.g. increasing fatalities).
Responsibilities and main tasks:
• Execution of feasibility studies and risk evaluations
• Compilation of product requirements and definition of specifications
• Solution approaches for non-migratable policies with regard to products
• Determination of standards in close cooperation with FINMA
• Ensuring compliance through output management with regard to content, number correctness and timely delivery to the customer
• Technical and innovative employee development
• Responsible for budget, resources in Switzerland and abroad, deadlines, risk and quality management, system performance, change requests
• Close cooperation with technical experts from the 3 former insurance companies
• Presentations to the STC (Steering Committee)
• International cooperation with external partners and service providers (consultants)
Successes and results achieved:
• Budget responsibility CHF 1.6m
• Resource responsibility for 12 project staff
• The existing systems were deactivated over time
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