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Kristoffel Verdonck

Hands-on Generalist in Business Development

Can work in or around Brussels

  • 50.8465
  • 4.3516
  • Suggested rate €800 / day
  • Experience 7+ years
  • Response rate 100%
  • Response time 1 hour
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Location and workplace preferences

Location
Brussels, Belgium
Can work onsite in your office in
  • around Brussels and 50km

Preferences

Project length
  • ≤ 1 week
  • ≤ 1 month
  • Between 1-3 months
  • Between 3-6 months
  • ≥ 6 months

Verifications

Freelancer code of conduct signed
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Email not verified

Languages

  • English

    Native or bilingual

  • Dutch

    Native or bilingual

  • French

    Fluent

  • German

    Conversational

Categories

Skills (9)

Kristoffel in a few words

I am looking for PROJECTS that are VITAL AND CRUCIAL, BUT NOT URGENT for the future of company. Many projects remain on hold because management does not have the time nor the resources to pursue, research or develop them.
A few examples of work I have done in the past:
- Market research for the geographical expansion of a Fitness Chain
- Research of possibilities of implementing RFID for a Fashion Company
- Consolidation of Purchasing Strategy and Renegotiation of Supply Contracts for a Natural Stone company.

I am a BUSINESS GENERALIST with a strong CREATIVE personality with the unusual combination of being ANALYTICALLY & NUMERICALLY SKILLED.

BOARD-LEVEL EXPERIENCE:
- Board member LACO NV, an IT Consultancy
- Board member SPES VZW, a charity

Currently I run my own steel agency representing CARGILL METALS, LAMINOIRS DES LANDES and EUSIDER TRADING SA.

Experience

Katoen Natie NV

Chemical

Commercial Manager Grinding Services

Antwerp, Belgium

January 2004 - January 2006 (2 years2 years)

- Sales and Business Development of Industrial Milling and Logistics services for the Petrochemicals and Specialty Chemicals Industries
- Full responsibility for contract negotiations and development of new investments and business opportunities
- € 3 million Profit and Loss responsibility
- Achieved 15% annual growth in customer portfolio
- Hands-on “on-the-floor” experience operating heavy equipment

GDF Suez Trading - Suez

Energy & Utilities

Energy Trader

Paris, France

January 2006 - January 2011 (5 years5 years)

Oil Derivatives Trader • Paris, France • January 2011 – December 2011
- Market Maker Crude Oil (Brent, Dated Brent and WTI) – responsibilities: pricing, quoting, and hedging of oil contracts for internal and external customers
- Desk P&L: + 30 million USD
- Limited Proprietary Trading book

Coal and Freight Derivatives Trader • Brussels, Belgium • December 2006 – December 2010
- Market Maker for Coal Futures and Dry Bulk Forward Freight Agreements: pricing and quoting coal-indexed contracts for internal and external customers
- Designed, executed and managed hedging strategies for the Physical Coal exposures (12 million tonnes annual volume).
- Proprietary Trading account with € 1 million VaR – average annual P&L: 2.4x VaR

Buy-out Candidate

Banking & Insurance

Freelance  - As a freelancer

Brussels, Belgium

January 2012 - January 2014 (2 years2 years)

- Pipeline evaluation of over 100 take-over targets
- Hands-on experience in market analysis, deal sourcing, company analysis and valuation, transaction structuring and negotiations

Wijngaard Natie Terminals NV

Logistics & Supply Chain

Business Development Manager

Antwerp, Belgium

January 2014 - January 2015 (1 year1 year)

- Sales and Business Development of steel handling, stevedoring & warehousing activities for international steel manufacturers and steel traders
- Project development of on-site logistics solutions for steel handling

Jims Fitness NV

Sports

Consultant  - As a freelancer

Brussels, Belgium

January 2015 - January 2015

- In-depth qualitative and quantitative analysis of the Fitness Market in Northern France for selected cities
- Identify potential take-over targets
- Identify strategic locations for expansion
- Establish relationships with key commercial property brokers and developers

Van Den Weghe NV

Architecture & Urban Planning

Purchasing and Logistics Consultant  - As a freelancer

Zulte, Belgium

January 2018 - January 2018

- Consolidation and renegotiation of purchasing agreements with suppliers across three sites
- Design and execution of cost-cutting program for consumables and services
- Implementation of KANBAN system for warehouse management

Kips Bay Metals & Commodity Agency

Import & Export

Founder

Brussels, Belgium

January 2015 - Today (7 years7 years and 5 months)

- Benelux Agent for LAMINOIRS DES LANDES – Heavy Plate
- Northern European Agent for CARGILL METALS – HRC
- Independent Agent for prime and non-prime steel products
- Broad network of industry contacts: Steel Service Centres, Traders and Large End-Users

Education