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Romain Lazerand

Romain Lazerand

Nordic Naturals

Buyer/Product Manager

Personal Information

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School: University of California, Berkeley

Major: Political Science

Years at College Works: 2010

Career Information

Company You Work For Now: Nordic Naturals

Title: Buyer/Product Manager

Industry: Pharmaceuticals

Brief Description of Duties / Responsibilities

Purchase raw materials and manage the production of Finished Goods through Contract Manufacturers. Manage a budget and timeline to not be over budget and not have backorders. Manage all Liquid, Gummy and Samples vitamins, Domestic and International.

What Has Been Your Proudest Accomplishment Post-CWP?

1st place at an international triathlon with no training.

CWP Career Impact

In one sentence, what has CWP meant to you?

CWP made me realize that any experience is a positive experience if you know how to look at the benefits of them, and nothing is too hard or impossible if you put your mind to it.

How did your CWP experience impact your career? Immediately after graduation? Now?

CWP helped me get more respect in the work place because I already had the managerial/executive experience so when suggesting something, people listen more.

What do you want to tell your clients about what it meant to work with them and how it has helped you get to where you are today?

Don't have a favorite, they all had different insights on what we were doing, positive or negative, just soak it all in and learn from them.

What was the greatest lesson you learned from your CWP experience?

Never give up.

How has the friendships and networks you built during CWP affected you?

Networks was amazing, clients and coworkers, use it because you never know, you may end up working for one of your coworkers or client soon after, or them working for you.

If you had to come up with an one line slogan for CWP, what would it be? :)

CWP - Take yourself outside your comfort zone for the most rewarding work experience during college.

Advice

What advice do you have for potential CWP participants? Current CWP participants?

Don't give up, it's hard, it's the hardest thing you have ever done, but it's the most rewarding if you are willing to see that.

What's your best advice for someone interested in entering your career field?

If you can get through CWP, you can get through any work in any industry, because it's simple but hard enough that you touch every aspect of a business. If you can hold a budget and a timeline, does not matter what the commodity is, hold that in any industry.

What's your favorite memory from CWP?

Paint training with everyone, that was quite a blast- a girl fell in a 5 Gal paint bucket first thing in the morning.

Last words of wisdom

Believe you are the best, even if you are not, have patience and integrity with your coworkers and clients. Being outside your comfort zone is the best thing you have ever done, don't give up because you will discover things you never knew you were able to do.