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Ben Couzens



As Global Head of ERP for Trafigura Puma-Energy Ben led the integration and IT Enabled Organisational Change Management of 10 downstream and midstream Oil companies immediately following acquisition. These national companies include America, Vietnam, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and 3 downstream oil companies in Australia. Ben's experience in Upstream Oil includes consultancy and ERP master data management.

Ben has directed SAP ERP and NAV ERP projects in Africa, Asia, America, Australia, Europe and Eastern Europe as Global Head of ERP in Trafigura Puma Energy and as Deloitte Partner in Charge of ERP Central Europe.

Industry sectors Ben has worked in include upstream oil, midstream oil, downstream oil, energy, nuclear, utilities, manufacturing, construction, financial services, banking, consultancy, software, telecom, beverage, retail and distribution. Ben's experience of directing software offshoring and near shoring includes India, Philippines and Eastern Europe.

Ben has a Degree in Engineering from the University of Cambridge and an MBA from the University of Warwick.

International work experience building teams and businesses: -

• Africa: Angola (½yr), Tanzania
• America: Guatemala, Honduras, San Salvador, USA (½yr)
• Asia: India, Indonesia (½yr), Kazakhstan, Oman, Papua New Guinea, Philippines (½yr), Russia, UAE (1yr), Vietnam (½yr)
• Australia (1yr)
• Central and Eastern Europe: Croatia (½yr), Czech Republic (9yr), Estonia, Hungary (½yr), Poland (2yr), Romania (3yr)
• Europe: UK (resident), France (2yr), Germany (½yr), Switzerland (½yr), Sweden

Key Strengths: -

• Oil and Gas Upstream - subsurface integrated studies, project management, consultancy sales, resourcing
• Oil and Gas Midstream & Facilities - Oil refineries, petrochemical plants, oil fired power stations
• Oil and Gas Downstream - NAV 30 country implementation for refining, storage, distribution and retail. ERP SAP Consultancy to downstream oil. Detailed technical and business knowledge of downstream oil
• Professional Services & Consulting - Partner Deloitte, recruited and trained 100 SAP consultants, Senior Manager Coopers & Lybrand, freelance consultant, Global Product Services Director Misys
• Industrial Engineer - Chartered Civil Engineer. Qualified in general engineering. Experienced in engineering design and project management of construction, structures, energy, telecom, manufacturing, automotive, beverage, distribution, oil and gas upstream midstream and downstream
• Strategic Management - implementing mergers and acquisitions including board strategy, hands-on implementation of global mergers and rebuttal to monopolies commission
Led the integration of several large downstream oil companies (Vietnam, Indonesia, 3 Australian companies, Papua New Guinea) from the first day of acquisition

Additional Strengths: -

• Civil Engineer - project manager/engineer for the construction of petrochemical plants, power generation, bridges, railway, motorways, aviation, military. Chartered Civil Engineer
• Manufacturing - Directed SAP implementation in TRW Automotive Czech. Directed development of bespoke manufacturing systems for Bowater subsidiary
• IT - Information Technology - 25 years' experience ranging from "hands-on" IT, to IT team management, to directing an IT/IS staff of 300+
• ERP - Enterprise Resource Planning -
NAV - Puma Global Head of ERP implementing NAV in 260 group companies in 30 countries, particularly Australia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Angola, also Tanzania, Estonia, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador.
SAP - Deloitte Partner in Charge SAP ERP in 17 European countries, implemented, supported, sold $70m fees in 7 years; recruited, trained and directed team of 100 SAP implementers
Directed full project lifecycles including successful go-lives and transition to support
• International Scope - Excellent local knowledge and empathy with Europe, Eastern Europe, Russia, Kazakhstan, Philippines, India, Asia, UAE, USA. See below for details
• Financial Consultant - certified as Financial Consultant by SAP Berlin, Senior Manager Coopers & Lybrand, Partner Deloitte
• Financial Services - Directed development & support global banking software. Led consultancy to leasing company
• Retail Banking Software - design, develop, implement, support, sell in 400 banks worldwide
• IS - Engineering Information Systems - finite element software developer, leading-edge 3D graphics developer, automated design engineering systems
• IS - Business Information Systems - business systems developer, bespoke software, packaged software, ERP, SAP, Microsoft Navision NAV
• Engineering Design Software - design, develop, implement, support, sell - won and directed outsourced software maintenance for Ministry of Transport
• Structural Engineer - designed military, transport, bridges, finite element analysis, theatres,48 storey building, prisons, hospitals, housing, roof structures
• Industrial Technology - Designed and commissioned automated controls for large industrial saws. Technical consultancy for Bowater window manufacturing. Design enhancements for manufacturing of building products. Knowledge of upstream and midstream oil technologies. Established ITIL support for downstream industrial fuel delivery systems in APAC
• Distribution - Directed NAV bespoke development of distribution module
• Gas and Electrical Utilities - Implementation of billing systems for national gas and electrical retail utility companies
• Nuclear Power - IT strategy
• Manufacturing - management, machine design, software automated manufacturing
• Project Management - major Civil projects, major IT projects, oil and gas consultancy, financial services. PRINCE2 Certified Project Manager
• Program Management - complex international systems implementations
• Board Positions - Board Director MiTek (Bowater), Board Director Misys
• Large Teams - Built and directed teams from the smallest to 300+
• MBA and MA Engineering. MBA Warwick Business School Warwick University.
MA Engineering Cambridge University.

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Finding Oil & Gas in Mexico The Geological Society
17 Sep 2015
Transforming Sub-Surface Interpretation Kensington Close Hotel
13 Apr 2015
Finding Enough Oil & Gas in NW Europe The Geological Society
12 Mar 2015
Developments with the digital oilfield Hallam Conference Centre
01 Dec 2011
Total 3D seismic onshore - a disruptive transition! The Geological Society
09 Nov 2011
Developments with digital oilfield IT infrastructure Hallam Conference Centre
02 Jun 2011
Advances in Exploration Technology The Geological Society
15 Feb 2011
Advances in Seismic The Geological Society
25 Jan 2011
New ideas for collaboration and the digital oilfield Inmarsat Conference Centre
09 Dec 2010
Exploration in the post-Macondo world! Inmarsat Conference Centre
07 Oct 2010
Carbon capture and storage The Geological Society
15 Sep 2010
Emerging Deep Water Areas The Geological Society
26 May 2010

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