He began his career in 1994 at the French Ministry of Finance. Until 1998, he was Deputy Head of the Central and Eastern Europe office and then Deputy Head of the Services and Intellectual Property Office. He joined the World Bank as an economist in 1998. In 2000, he returned to the French Ministry of Finance, first as head of the public finance office and then as Head of the Credit Insurance Office and Chairman of the Guarantee Commission. In 2005, he became Technical Advisor to finance minister Thierry Breton, and Deputy Chief of Staff first to François Loos and then to Christine Lagarde. In 2006, he became Chief of Staff to Christine Lagarde and Deputy Chief of Staff to Thierry Breton. From 2007 to 2009, he was Special Advisor to Christine Lagarde, then finance minister. Since 2009, he has been a Special Advisor to Michel Rocard on Arctic and Antarctic international negotiations.
Stanislas Pottier is a graduate both of Ecole Supérieure de Commerce in Paris and of Ecole Nationale d’Administration.