Simon Muys ID  Hi, I'm Simon Muys

I'm an entrepreneur, musician and author


and also working for Amazon.

What am I about?

Simon Muys, born and raised near Calais, in the North of France. I have studied journalism and politics, but am mainly experienced in digital communication.

I stopped working as an Account Manager for Vanksen in early 2015 to launch a startup project aimed at helping authors to publish, spread and monetize contents.

Mid-2016, I started working as a Marketing Specialist for Amazon Prime in its Luxembourg headquarters.

I play music in a duet-band called Says with Mister Jean Caritte.

I’ve also published a novel called Zodia (actually only the first book of a five-book series: “Of Life And Death”). It is available as e-book or printed edition in English and French on Amazon.

Contact Details

  • Simon Muys
  • 8, rue des Capucines
  • L-8043 Strassen
  • LUXEMBOURG
  • +352 691 200 299
  • mail@simonmuys.com
  • simonmuys.com
  • says.rocks

My novel Zodia

Of Life And Death is the first book of a series of five fiction novels I intend to write.

A story about life and death. And those who decided to play them like Gods.


“Zodia kills people. It’s death, with its long scythe, taking lives carefully selected by Gods. Who leads the organisation? How is it organised? How does it judge so absolutely? Does it condemn itself absolutely too? It is up to you to uncover all this.

What I know is that the Z pin is their fabric. Their proud signature stamped next to each of their stunts. A golden Z letter on a circle, half way between Zorro and the Anarchy symbol. A shining beacon of hope.

Because Zodia is starting to raise hopes. For those who despaired. Of the powerful, the untouchables, the richest among the richest, the usual criminals, the ones who usually pull strings, and triggers. Zodia doesn’t just kill anyone. It kills those who deserve it most. From my information, the assassins have targeted some of the worst human beings on this planet. And so the word spread. The organisation became a legend. In a matter of months.

Little information filtered through… But I gathered it all. They are knights, with names taken from stars constellations. There was an old Japanese manga which had the same way of storytelling… It must have inspired them… I guess there must be bronze knights, silver knights and gold knights then, same as the anime. But who’s in charge? Who started it? How are they funded? It is as much a mystery to me as it is for most governments.

Zodia kills people. No one knows for sure if we should be glad and thankful, or worried, concerned, afraid… But everybody’s trying to find out who they are and why they do it.”


Bernhard Elberg

Projects on which I have worked

These are some of the accounts and projects I have been working on for the past several years.

Zodia

Zodia

Says

Says

Amazon Prime

Amazon Prime

Dymens.io

Dymens.io

Neweet

Neweet

Aldebaran

Aldebaran

Paris Games Week

Paris Games Week

Business Innovation Observatory

Business Innovation Observatory

Columbia

Columbia

Warner Bros – The Hobbit III

Warner

Garder le contrôle

Garder le Contrôle

BNP Personal Investors / Arval

BNP

Bernard-Massard

Bernard-Massard

EasyVoyage

EasyVoyage

Bofferding

Bofferding

SES

SES

Tasks I have carried

I have made efforts to keep a very general profile and to get experience in a large range of complementary fields.

1. Strategy

From my very first experience, I have always tried to look at each professional experience from a strategic point of view to propose solutions that fit requirements, but also to foresee future needs or difficulties and to plan for the big picture. Drafting business strategies and plans or conceiving communication campaigns has been one of my prior task in my career.

2. Communication

As a content, project, and account manager within communication agencies, I have learned to carry on all the usual parts of a communication strategy, from the most operational point of view to decision making. Over the years, I have conducted PR operations, street marketing, community management, advertising, video shooting, search engine optimisation, digital campaigns…

3. Project Management

As a generalist, I have not specialised in any particular field but rather developed management skills to organise and overview projects and strategies deployments. I believe in team work and expertise, and I believe a good manager should know and understand his collaborators. I think my ability to detect people abilities and to accompany them in their personal development makes this easier.

4. Web development

I am not a state-of-the-art developer and I am not skilled enough to pretend doing real developers job. But I have built myself several websites, using Laravel framework or Drupal CMS and I am used to integrate bootstrap templates. My inclination for development is an excellent way to keep up with developers technology and language and facilitate project management.

5. Web design

There again, I am not a designer and I sometimes believe I have a poor eye and little creativity. Still I am fully suited to perform design work on Adobe Creative Suite, for vectorial design, photoshop, video edition or animation. These technical skills allow me to communicate better with artists and designers and understand possible barriers.

6. Content Management

As a trained journalist, my first activity has been content production (articles, photos, videos). Within Vanksen agency, I have conducted a research about brand content strategy and set up a team to propose content strategies for clients. Neweet is also about finding a way to facilitate content production and management at a much wider scale.

Languages

“Wherever you go, whatever country you visit, learn the language!”
(From T.E. Lawrence to Indiana Jones)

100%
French
95%
English
85%
Spanish
50%
German
40%
Chinese
20%
No


Resume

My journey has been long serie of experimentations through very different paths and structures to gain experience and perspectives.

Work Experience
2006 – Now

Aug. 2016

Marketing Specialist – Amazon

Responsibilities:
I am responsible of content testing for the Amazon Prime program in France, Italy and Spain.

Mar. 2015

Entrepreneur – Neweet

Responsibilities:
Neweet is a startup that aims at paying authors for their created contents.

Jul. 2012

Account Manager – Vanksen

Responsibilities:
In charge of a project management team (5 persons), which overlooks the deployment and production of digital strategies. My role was to define clients’ strategies, to manage the team to deploy them and to ensure objectives, deadlines and budgets were reached.

Jun. 2010

Content & Project Manager – Nvision

Responsibilities:
Web project management: web strategy, website development, online communication consulting, media content production…

Apr. 2010

Webmaster/Project manager – Decathlon

Responsibilities:
In charge of setting a social network for the golf section of a sport retail shop. Production of communication support (video & presentation).

Oct. 2008

Communication Officer – Klinger Sogefiltres

Responsibilities:
In charge of rebuilding the company’s website and setting an emailing system. Production of communication supports (presentations, videos).

Feb. 2008

Intern – European Parliament

Responsibilities:
Intern within the DG Innovation & Techonology’s Intranet services. In charge of project definition for Intranet sites (institutional). In charge of communication campaigns. Production of communication material (videos, presentation, print).

Feb. 2007

Analyst Reporter – China Trade Winds

Responsibilities:
In charge of setting a social network for the golf section of a sport retail shop. Production of communication support (video & presentation).

Feb. 2006

Web Content Manager – Hikari Productions

Responsibilities:
In charge of setting a social network for the golf section of a sport retail shop. Production of communication support (video & presentation).

Education and training
2001 – 2006

2004 – 2006

Master in International Political Journalism

Specialised on Chinese civilisation area
Institute for Political Studies, Aix-en-Provence, FRANCE

2005

Short-term mandarin program

6 weeks language course in Chinese mandarin
Beijing Language and Culture University, Beijing, CHINA

2001 – 2005

Diplôme de Sciences Po Aix-en-Provence

Section “Information & Communication”, year 2003-2004 in exchange program ERASMUS with Universitet i Bergen, NORWAY
Institute for Political Studies, Aix-en-Provence, FRANCE

2001

Baccalauréat Scientifique

Mention Très Bien
Lycée Léonard de Vinci, Calais, FRANCE

Time spent abroad

You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to. (Bilbo Baggins)

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Personal Skills & Competences

When it comes to technical matters, my proficiency mostly comes from curiosity, experience and hands-on approach.

75%

HTML5 + CSS3

55%

Bootstrap

60%

PHP / MySQL

60%

Laravel

50%

Drupal

85%

Adobe Creative Suite

95%

Microsoft Office

85%

Google Services

90%

Social Networks

85%

SEO / SEA

References

Feel free to contact any of my former managers or colleagues for references.

Amazon

Louis
Direct manager

Louis has worked in Amazon for 9 years, building some of its best programs, from MarketPlace to operations, Prime SameDay and Prime Europe.

Vanksen

Jérémy
Direct manager

Jérémy has been Associate Director for Vanksen for the past four years. He recruited me and has remained my direct manager during my years within Vanksen.

Nvision

Nathalie
Direct Manager

Nathalie was Art Director within Nvision when I joined the agency. I got under her supervision after my trial period and she has managed me during 18 months afterwards.

Hikari Groupe

Myrto
Direct Manager

Myrto war Chief Editor within Hikari Groupe during my time there and she supervised my work, especially when I have taken charge of content production for www.aujourdhuilachine.com.

Vanksen

Xavier
CEO

Xavier is the CEO and founder of Vanksen and has monitored personally my work on several occasions.

Hikari Groupe

Anthony
CEO

Anthony is the founder and CEO of Hikari Groupe. He recruited me as an intern in 2006 and hired me afterwards to be the main editor of the newly created website www.aujourdhuilachine.com.

China Trade Winds

Eric
CEO / Direct Manager

Eric is the founder and director of China Trade Winds. He recruited me in 2007 to be an analyst reporter for his weekly publication.

Vanksen

Alicia
Teammate

Alicia was a trainee Project Manager within Vanksen when I joined the agency and has been the first teammate put under my supervision. I have managed her through several projects during two years.

Vanksen

Joffrey
Teammate

I have recruited Joffrey as a trainee Project Manager and hired him fulltime afterwards. He has become the agency’s Social Media Manager after my leave.

Vanksen

Mathieu
Teammate

Mathieu has been a Project Manager within Vanksen for several months before joining my team. I have managed him through some of the agency’s key accounts.

Vanksen

Margaux
Teammate

I have recruited Margaux as a trainee and successfully hired her several months afterwards to become a Social Media Project Manager within my team.

Vanksen

Eva
Teammate

I have recruited Eva as a trainee Project Manager within Vanksen, but have not been able to keep her afterwards despite excellent recommendations.

Vanksen

Sophie
Teammate

I have recruited Sophie as a trainee Project Manager during her studies ceasure year.

Vanksen

Rashina
Teammate

I have recruited Rashina as an intern within my team, but I have left the agency before its end.

Nvision/Vanksen

Julien
Colleague

Julien has started as a young developer within Nvision and followed me to Vanksen where he rised quickly to become Production Manager. We have worked together on technical matters and websites development on many occasions.

Nvision/Vanksen

Gauthier
Colleague

Gauthier has started as a trainee designer within Nvision, where he got recruited. He followed me to Vanksen, where we have worked on many occasions on design, front-end and user experience questions.

Vanksen

Lucile
Colleague

Lucile has been recruited as a Senior Consultant within Vanksen and we have worked several times together to define communication strategies for the agency top clients and prospects.

Hikari Groupe

Aviva
Colleague

Aviva is a TV news reporter who is now Chief Editor within Hikari Groupe. She has worked with me on several occasions to train me as a journalist.

Hikari Groupe

Christèle
Colleague

Christèle is a TV news reporter who worked with me on several occasions and trained me to edit video news reports.

Expertises

I value general knowledge above all and have little true expertise about a single topic but I am more qualified in the following areas.

Digital communication

90%

Business strategy

80%

User experience

70%

Brand content strategy

90%

Journalism economics

75%

Political sciences

55%

My music band Says

I sing and play guitar, bass and piano with my friend Jean Caritte with our duet folk band Says.



If you want to get a little glimpse at what’s being done on this front, just visit Says website.

Contact Simon Muys

Feel free to contact me anytime for professional matters

8, rue des Capucines, L-8043, Strassen, LUXEMBOURG