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H.Essers: support and optimization in a fast-growing international organization

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TriFinance supports the finance team of H.Essers with several services: from project consultancy to interim management and permanent recruitment.

About H.Essers

H.Essers, a family business with roots in Limburg (Belgium), is a leading logistics partner within Europe. H.Essers offers optimal supply chain solutions within the strategic segments Chemistry, Pharma, Infra and Parts.

H.Essers wields a growth strategy, organically, but also through targeted strategic acquisitions. The success of H.Essers is undoubtedly related to a strong team of professionals with international and complementary skills and competencies. The family values are embedded within the organisational culture, which results in direct and open communication between more than 6500 employees, spread over 73 locations in 17 different countries.

The challenge

H.Essers has grown rapidly in the past 10 years. This does not only affect the legal structure, but also the financial organisation of the group. The bookkeeping of Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and Denmark is managed from the Belgian HQ by a finance team of 35 people. The bookkeeping of the other countries is organised locally, but the consolidation is centralised in Belgium as H.Essers reports under the Belgian accounting legislation.

“In addition to the daily follow-up of our financial activities, we are constantly looking for opportunities to optimise and standardise our processes in order to work similarly across the different countries,” explains Jordy Vos, Head of Accounting at H.Essers. Given the long-term focus on expansion, the need for standardisation of processes is increasing.

Why TriFinance?

“After the retirement of a colleague in our GL team, I started looking for a complementary profile to look into potential optimisations, while our GL bookkeepers could continue focusing on their daily activities. I chose to work with a partner, because I am convinced that the objective view of a project consultant, and his acquired knowledge and experience from other organisations, can help us move forward quickly.”

TriFinance is a well-known partner for H.Essers. Our project consultants have been supporting the finance team for a while now, depending on the needs. Moreover, Jordy himself started in his current position at H.Essers through TriFinance. “Their professionalism and personal follow-up impressed me!”

Jordy always contacts several parties when there is a supporting need, according to internal regulations at H.Essers. “TriFinance always manages to introduce someone with the right skillset ànd the perfect match to the team! I think the latter is very important.”

In addition to the request for support of the GL team, H.Essers needed a temporary Credit Controller, as well as an expert to optimise and standardise the consolidation process. TriFinance also offered a fitting solution for this.

TriFinance always manages to introduce someone with the right skillset ànd the perfect match to the team! I think the latter is very important.
Jordy Vos, Head of Accounting at H.Essers

The result

Maxim Jackmaert, Project Consultant at Blue Chip Boutique Transition & Support (T&S) Antwerp, started at H.Essers as GL bookkeeper. “This project appealed to me, because of the wide variety of tasks and the opportunity to gain experience in a complex and fascinating industry. Moreover, I live within the region, which ensures a pleasant work-life balance.”

In this role, Maxim supports the team, a.o. in the preparation of the financial statements and the obligation with regards to corporation tax. Next to this, he was given the opportunity to participate in due diligence projects related to acquisitions and mergers, and he started to formalise transfer pricing in contracts.

Sanne Grondelaers, Project Consultant at Blue Chip Boutique CFO Services, started at Credit Controlling. She provides first-line support for customers and looks at optimisation of the collection procedure based on the creditworthiness of customers. Güdrun Verhelst started as Consolidation Manager ad interim, and is responsible for the documentation and optimisation of a new consolidation tool.

Furthering of our consultant

“I learned to work with financial tools such as the IBS bookkeeping platform, and the ERP system TMS, but I was also able to further develop in business analysis and reporting. Thanks to the openness at H.Essers to pick up new things, I was able to delve into fascinating topics such as due diligence and transfer pricing.”, says Maxim Jackmaert.

In her role as Credit Controller, Sanne worked with Creditsafe, Eyecontrol and IBS. “Next to getting to know several important financial tools, I discovered what credit controlling means within a complex, international environment. I also set up a risk matrix, for which I could rely on the expertise of my colleagues at TriFinance.”

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