Accounting in business : volte-face, or occupational choice ?

the 04 October 2017 – AP-WRITING – Law – Experts-comptables

© DR. Lawrence Lanzini and Sebastian White, graduates of accounting expertise.

Already present in the Lounge of the Student to the sides of the superior Council of the Ordre des experts-comptables, the institute of graduate Accounting in a Company (ECE) is honored to contribute to the training of future experts.

A strong and active network representing potentially 20 000 graduates of accounting (CTA) in business, ECE has selected two of its members to shed light on their career choices.

Their filmed portraits will be used as support of the training “Management of the teams and career choices” at the Centre of Training of the Accounting Profession (CCPE) during the third year of the internship of accounting expertise.

“Being a chief financial officer and to have the DEC, that makes the difference ! ”

The first portrait is dedicated to Laurent Lanzini, director of mission within the context of a firm of auditors and legal expertise. The second is the portrait of Sebastian White, chief financial officer of a sector of activities of an international group and head of structured finance, export for the whole group.

On the occasion of the summer Universities, we propose to you to look back on their career paths respective, their motivations, cross -, and their advice for future experts for their professional development.

Career respective

Laurent Lanzini carries on currently in the office. 36-year-old, he is the owner of the DEC since 2012 and has an experience of 11 years. He has worked 6 years in office, then 4 years in internal audit in a bank, before returning to the cabinet a year ago.
Having spent almost as much time in the office and in the company, he is as much attracted by the one as by the other. His choice is now based more on the attractiveness of the feature on the mode of exercise. His first experience, in a consulting firm on a human scale, has enabled him to discover the trade. He decided then to do his internship in a large audit firm, considering that it was the best place to learn the profession early in their careers.
Then, he turned to internal audit within a bank, in order to deepen the experiences in banking acquired in the firm and a better understanding of the business world.

Sebastian White is an employee of a company. Aged 42, he is owner of the DEC since 2013 and has 20 years of experience, including over 8 years in big audit firm.
In the office, he especially appreciates the relationship with the customer and the variety of missions and customers. Contacted by a recruiter, he decided to integrate an international company in the medical technology industry. Sebastian White has obtained her DEC recently. He began his internship in the cabinet and the finished in business.
The DEC has allowed him to acquire high-level technical skills, notably on standards and the regulatory watch : “to Be chief financial officer and to have the DEC, that makes the difference ! “.

Motivations for cross –

Laurent Lanzini has chosen to integrate an existing structure, rather than consider a creation ex nihilo. Strong of 35 people for 8 associates, the firm for which he works, brings him security in the face of the challenges of the profession. Moreover, the scope of judicial expertise allows her to approach ever new subjects. A firm, well-established, can benefit from the specific skills of the collaborators and associates, as well as to exchange technical and professional rewarding. Focusing on financial stability, Laurent Lanzini has chosen to be employed in a first time, while looking to evolve into the association by providing the means to acquire all the skills necessary to exercise this responsibility.

Sebastian White appreciates all the diversity that the richness of the activities of the company where he works : design, manufacture and distribution. He particularly likes working in a team project in addition to the financial sphere. The company allows you to invest in a structure and to be in relationship with all key functions (research and development, commercial, DRH, DSI, general directorate, etc).

Its recommendation first to make the choice of a professional, is to know oneself. In this case, it was guided by the desire to undertake and to have a global vision of the company. It also considers that it is important to benefit from resources and means to work in good conditions. He appreciates having a space of freedom to create and propose initiatives and it takes a lot of fun to set up and animate multicultural teams. The icing on the cake, it can also actively contribute to the development of the activity in developing financing solutions tailored to customers ‘ needs.

Advice for future experts

Laurent Lanzini suggests to the employees in the office to accept hierarchical relationships and cultivate them. The partner puts up all of his time and his energy in his cabinet. This requires that you deliver quality work at the height of its legitimate expectations. To integrate into an existing organization with its own culture and its established rules, the adaptability is another key factor of success.

In addition, the management teams at the firm requires ownership of fully and entirely to the HR function. In fact, employees expect a strong commitment on the part of their hierarchy. For example, it is important to conduct a final interview mission. Another point of attention for the employee in the firm is respect for the decision-making power of the partner in terms of strategic choices, development of the firm, organization and methods, or even technological choices.

“The management teams at the firm requires ownership of fully and entirely to the HR function”

In all cases, Laurent Lanzini plebiscite the year in the office. The diversity of the situations encountered can then be valued in business. He finds that the reverse is more rare. Indeed, the passage in the company is perceived as a specialization, while the cabinet gives a more global view.

To choose between several companies that recruit, Sebastian White advocates to mature in his decision-making, and to take account of the following criteria : the business project, its size, its sector of activities, its prospects of evolution, and the role of the finance function. It must also be able to identify the conditions to express themselves fully, to perpetuate his or her employment and avoid any monotony.

The chief financial officer reconciles the roles of guardian and Business Partner. This calls for a situational intelligence to adapt to different professions and profiles. Sebastian White said that to be an expert in a field, facilitates cooperation with others. It is recommended to clarify the boundaries of the proposed function, feel comfortable in taking charge of the finance function (often quite autonomous), and demonstrate a high sense of relational and educational.

Sebastian White concludes that the source of motivation common for the expert in office, as in business, is to support leaders in their decision-making.

In summary, the DEC offers prospects for development, and covers the choice of career is very broad, questioning techniques and a variety, and rewarding encounters with the key. The two profiles presented here are an overview. The point of convergence that emerged between these profiles is the adaptability. A career made of back-and-forth between the firm and the firm denotes adaptability, the faculty of the graduate to seize the opportunities and to reorient themselves, such as likes to remind the president of ECE, Eric Freudenreich.

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