I am an experienced French qualified accountant currently based in Prague,
CPA (member of the Institute of Public Accountant),
ACCA (Affiliate chartered certified accountant)
centre of Excellence, transition to SSC & standardization of processes
team Management/department cost control
FP&A, forecasting & Budgeting
P&L, Month-end closure
French & US GAAP & IFRS
SAP FI/CO, MM,
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Is this profession a tradition in your family?
Nothing like a tradition however my Uncle was a chartered accountant and my brother studied accounting as well
Can you tell us more about your background and your main areas of expertise?
I started my career in UK in a global FMCG company and then moved on in other blue-chip companies Where I developed my expertise in business controlling, transfer pricing, FP&A and transition to SSC & standardization of processes
What were your beginnings?
At the bottom down…that how you learn…
What tools do you use on a daily basis related to your work (applications, planners, etc.)?
Window Excel is everything…
Do you work from office, home, cafe?
From the office and from Home…I can’really get focused in coffee and the internet is usually not good enough for my needs.
How many hours per day do you work on average? What was your longest working day in history?
On average 8h a day but when you have to…you just have to so id one from 8am to 3am…as well
Do you promote your services (if so, how)?
I am a member of Francouzsko-česká obchodní komora and of the Komora certifikovaných účetních but I don’t really advertise my services otherwise
What would be your advice if one thought about a career in the industry?
To get an international recognized professional certification
What's the best and worst thing about freelance translators?
I am still working for an international corporation as an advisor, so I am not entirely in freelance, I like this flexibility which allow me to take client I am interested in
Where do you think your profession will be in the next 15 years in relation to technological change, artificial intelligence, etc.?
I think the traditional task in accounting will be hugely affected by Artificial Intelligence, and technology mean the profession will be more and more focused on the advising role and only the most trained and qualified people will survive. Also in
Czech the accounting profession is not regaled by law, this will probably change on some point as well.
Are you a morning or a night person?
Are there any books that you would recommend?
I am a big fan of Michel Houellebecq and I am looking forward to read his last book: serotonin
Are there some professionals in the industry who are inspiring you? (if so, why)
More a company… Arthur Andersen LLP …on what not to do..
How does your day in a life look like?
Nothing special…just like everyone else