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Everlam: the bridge to a perfect fit

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Business Continuity

Furthering

Recruitment & Selection

The author of this articleHanne Hellemans - Blue Chip Boutique Leader Transition & Support
Everlam reached out to TriFinance for support until the start of a new finance colleague as deputy CFO. Our Project Consultants ensured business continuity, and subsequently, the transfer of the financial activities.

Everlam is a carve-out of Dupont. It is specialized in Polyvinyl Butyral (PVB) interlayer for safety glass laminators. Its Center of Competence, consisting of o.a. the finance team, is located in Mechelen (Belgium).

When the Sales Controller left their finance team, they reached out to our Transition & Support unit in the Antwerp region. Until the start of a new finance colleague, our Project Consultants Charlotte Buyse & Laurens Seys ensured the correct follow-up and, subsequently, the transfer of their financial activities.

TriFinance already supported Everlam in the past with the set-up of S/4Hana, as a replacement of the previous SAP system. This positive experience led to a new, successful collaboration.

It is not straight-forward that a company involves an external party in strategic decision making. It is nice to see that TriFinance has gained this trust.
Charlotte Buyse, Project Consultant at T&S Antwerp

More than business continuity

"The main scope of the project consisted of guaranteeing continuity. The management team wanted to keep sufficient insight into the sales activities, in order to be able to swiftly respond to important trends or deviations with regard to the budget and the forecast,” explains Charlotte Buyse, Project Consultant at Transition & Support Antwerp. "In addition, we made several analyses within the regions and between the products to support them in making important managerial decisions."

“This was my first project at TriFinance. On the one hand, I found it comfortable to fall back on my experience as an Analyst, on the other, it was challenging to end up in an unknown, international environment, where I could focus on finance and collaborate with the Executive Management team. This gave me the unique opportunity to be closely involved in strategic decisions about the future and the objectives of the company,” says Charlotte. “It is not straight-forward that a company involves an external party in this. It is nice to see that TriFinance has gained this trust. ”

I really like the furthering model of TriFinance, where Project Consultants get the opportunity to follow their own ambitions.
James Lawrence, CFO at Everlam

An excellent opportunity

During this period, Everlam seized the opportunity to look for the right person to complete the finance team. This would be someone who, in addition to the role of Sales Controller, would also act as a Business Partner for the Executive Management team. Therefore, at the request of Everlam, TriFinance searched for a "deputy CFO" as a permanent recruitment.

As the project at Everlam turned out to be longer than initially planned, it was agreed with Everlam that Laurens Seys, also Project Consultant at T&S Antwerp, would take over the role of Charlotte. He has formed the last bridge to the start of the new colleague.

“I really like the furthering model of TriFinance, where Project Consultants get the opportunity to follow their ambitions; it’s quite unique. So, when Charlotte told me she had a new learning opportunity at another project, I totally understood!” says James Lawrence, CFO at Everlam.

 

Perfect fit

An intensive and careful transfer by Charlotte made it possible for Laurens to continue the financial activities in an accurate way. For Laurens, it was his first experience as a Controller. Therefore, he could call on his technical mentor to help him out with any questions.

“I was happy to see that TriFinance could guarantee a professional continuation of the project. Both consultants were very committed and eager to learn. They both made a great fit with the finance team.” explains James.

At the end of 2019, the new deputy CFO started at Everlam via TriFinance. Laurens took care of the transfer of the financial activities.

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The author of this articleHanne Hellemans - Blue Chip Boutique Leader Transition & Support

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