Supporting decision making of management through financial analysis

Updated on Apr. 7, 2017. The validity of this article may expire without notice.

France
Simon Vallet
Finance Department
Toray Films Europe S.A.S. (TFE)

  1. Q1. What was your most impressive work?
    I contributed along with the whole finance team to streamline our yearly financial closing cycle: we reduced it from 15 to 7 working days within two years. We worked hard over this period both on improving our information system (IS) tools and implementing relevant communication with all involved departments: very interesting team work!
  2. Q2. What does your company do?
    TFE is the Toray Group’s European base for manufacturing PET and OPP films. Our films are used in flexible packaging and for industrial applications such as photovoltaic panels.
  3. Q3. What does your department/section do and what work are you in charge of?
    I am a manager in the Controlling Section of Finance Department. Our work consists of building the financial statements, providing analysis to top executives, managers and operators, and conducting the budget and forecast processes. On a daily basis, we also work on adapting our reporting and follow-up tools for new upcoming challenges.
  4. Q4. What kind of job do you mainly put a lot of effort into?
    I really strive for constantly improving my job and the analysis I can provide, in order to be as helpful as possible to support the decision making process.
  5. Q5. When do you feel rewarded at work?
    I feel rewarded when I help colleagues in other departments to better understand the financial impact of their activity, and thus making them more aware of the economic point of view. I always try to support them.
  6. Q6. What is it that you put a lot of effort into in your personal life?
    I really like sports, and spend a lot of time and energy on this passion. Since I was very young, I liked playing various sports such as football, tennis, swimming and so on as much as following them like attending matches, watching on TV, etc. Sports gave me values such as respect of others and giving the best of myself. My best sports experience is supporting my favorite football team based in Lyon. I used to attend almost all the home and away matches, in France and Europe!