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Isabelle Semence - DAF Sulzer

Conflans-Sainte-Honorine (78700) France

Situation professionnelle

A l'écoute du marché

Souhait professionnel

Directeur Financier Groupe
Plus de 10 ans
Plus de 100 K€
Type de contrat
- Directeur administratif / financier
- NC - Non communiqué
- NC - Non communiqué

Expériences professionnelles

Finance director - country business unit france - thales defense mission systems

Thales DMS France , Elancourt - CDI

De Octobre 2018 à Aujourd'hui

Thales Group (€19 billion of Sales - 80000 employees) : leader in electronics for aerospace, defense, security and transport
Thales Defense Mission Systems Country Business Unit France
€2 billion of sales – 5000 employees – 6 locations in France

Managing a financial services center of excellence of 85 people covering the areas of Accounting &Tax, Treasury & Cash Management, Budgetary Controlling & Reporting, Procurement Controlling, Finance Engineering, Sales Administration, Internal Control.
I lead for my GBU the project of Finance transformation initiated by the Group, to improve process efficiency, increase professionalization of Finance jobs and reduce costs:
• Reshaping departments’ organizations after the merger of 3 legal entities and the mutualization of Finance functions, renewing a 3rd of employees’ positions in 1 year, creating Procurement Controlling function to better serve our business partners.
• Roll out of SAP migration (2 waves in 18 months) and Concur.
• Co-localisation of Accounting in one location, project hold in 9 months (including 4 months of negociation with worker councils); rework on the processes to increase day to day efficiency in process flows & implementing a modern organization in Account Payable; rationalize Accounting positions (reduction of 30 % of people in 12 months).
• Change management in team’s behavior to a customer orientated mindset, drafting a Service Level Agreement to serve Engineering competency centers, Support Functions and Business Lines managers.
• Ensuring process sustainability during Covid crisis.

Head of south europe finance services (france, spain, italy, belgium, morocco)

Sulzer , Buchelay - CDI

De Octobre 2016 à Octobre 2018

Managing the South Europe Finance Services center of excellence in addition to my France CFO role covering the areas Procure to Pay, Order to Cash Record to Report, Treasury, tax and Credit Management, France and Morocco Controlling, monitoring 40 people.
I lead for France and the South Europe cluster the project of Finance transformation initiated by the Group, to improve process efficiency, increase professionalization of Finance jobs and reduce costs:
• Redefining the Finance organization and implementing complex matricial set-ups in South Europe as per the new Group Finance operating model.
• Participating to the outsourcing project of Accounting to DXC and leading the project for South Europe cluster; design part of the project hold with the group and DXC in 9 months, roll-out in 9 months, with a reduction of 25% of people.
• Managing cluster’s Finance Services related activities and supporting the harmonization of Finance processes.

Finance director sulzer pompes france

Sulzer , Buchelay - CDI

De Juin 2013 à Octobre 2016

SULZER, leading provider in industrial and rotating equipments’ maintenance CHF 3.3 billion sales – CHF 264 million operating income - 17.000 employees)

Sulzer Pompes France : 150 employees, 1 production/distribution entity, 4 subsidiaries fiscally integrated, €40 million sales, breakeven operating income
As part of the Steering Committee of France organization, I achieved:
• Development of a team of 12 people (Accounting, Cash Management, Management Control, Legal, IT and General Services) with overall responsibility for all finance functions) and related processes.
• Setting-up an organization acting as business partner to support business issues solving, in the context of business plan change (from New Business to Services)
• Contributing to the development of the mid-range plan with responsibility for the establishment of annual budgets and objectives.
• Leading several organizational & process changes: due diligence for Finance & IT, project lead of the merger of 3 legal entities, work on transversal processes with Operations Director (inventory & fixed assets counts, monthly forecast).

Deputy head of finance utas – pfc


De Septembre 2008 à Mai 2013

UTC Group, leader in aerospace industry ($58 billion sales - $5,3 billion operating income - 240.000 employees)
UTAS – PFC : 1100 employees, 2 production/distribution entities, 1 entity for engineering support, $348 million sales, -5.5 million $ operating income

As part of France organisation managing team, I achieved:
• Coordinator of 20 years strategic plan and of budget processes, monitoring of monthly reporting & forecasts. Work on closing process optimization (30%-time reduction). Monitoring of internal control.
• Leader of continuous improvement kaisen finance processes (AR, AP and GL, decrease of closing period from 3 to 2 days, standard hours), operational processes with Logisticians and Sales Admin (government customer invoicing process, consigned government inventory…).
• Project Manager of AR and AP outsourcing process in UK shared services center: resources management, process redesign, harmonization of accounting systems, IT migration, leading relationships with worker councils; project hold in 12 months including 4 months IT tasks and negotiations with worker councils.
• Rebuilding process for Aftermarket government contracts Finance management; Validation of Business cases.

Controller for instruments gbu

ESSILOR INTERNATIONAL , Charenton le pont cedex - CDI

De Septembre 2003 à Juin 2008

ESSILOR Group, worldwide leader of optical industry (€2,7 billion sales - €460 million OI - 29.000 employees)
Instruments Global Business Unit
650 employees, 28 distribution subsidiaries, 4 production entities (France, USA, Chine), €150 million sales, €19 million operating income

As part of the GBU Steering Committee, I achieved:
• Implementation of Essilor Instruments’ consolidated financial reporting, creation and consolidation of short, mid- and long-term financial plans acting as business partner to the GBU Steering Committee member.
• Strong support to the structuration of Essilor Instrument North America by bringing financial knowledges and impacts to production Directors and to GBU steering committee, to achieve a level of sales multiplied by 2 and EBIT multiplied by 3.
• Improvement of Group Finance Manual rules and processes related to Instruments business.

Internal auditor, head office & europe

ESSILOR INTERNATIONAL , Charenton le pont cedex - CDI

De Mars 1999 à Août 2003

ESSILOR Group, worldwide leader of optical industry (€2,7 billion sales - €460 million OI - 29.000 employees)

Audit of 12 European major subs (€10 to 130 million sales) and corporate project assignments
• Manager for assignments (training and management of 2 employees) : 20 operational audits (accounting, inventories, investments, purchases, reporting, sales, treasury, consolidation, acquisition), 7 organizational audits (business zone and inventory department organization/process) and head office assignments (intranet implementation of Finance Manual, new unified group reporting tool, divesture audit of contact lenses GBU).
• Analysis of external auditor’s year-end memorandum, European audit planning & audit management tools elaboration (assignments letters, quality surveys, audit work plans).

Formations complémentaires

DEUG Sciences Economiques


1991 à 1993

DEUG Sciences éco

Maîtrise des Sciences de Gestion


1993 à 1995




1995 à 1996




1996 à 1998




2004 à 2005




Co-Présidente DFCG Ile-de-France

Parcours officiels

MAITRISE Sciences de Gestion


Anglais - Courant

Espagnol - Notions


Techniques financières
• Monthly closing, reporting, forecasting (budget/MT Plan), cash management • Business analysis to enable decision making process as business partner • Management of relationships with third parties (banks, external auditors, Certified Public Accountant,
• Management (functional and hierarchical) up to 85 people in several countries, in international companies with complex matrix organization
Amélioration continue
• Leading change management projects: organizational changes (due diligence, merger, outsourcing), harmonization of accounting systems and redefining of Finance processes with use of Lean & “Agile” tools
Expérience internationale
* Running the Finance Services in South Europe (Belgium, France, Spain, Italy, Morroco) from France but with several travels

Centres d'intérêt

  • Since 2020
  • Co-President of DFCG Ile de France Since 2004
  • active member of DFCG (Association des Directeurs Financiers et de Contrôle de Gestion) In 2020
  • member of jury of “Les trophées des leaders de la Finance” organized by Leaders League Rescuer first-aid (work)
  • Non profit-making organization (parents’ school representatives) Hobbies : Kun Fu
  • Yoga
  • Zumba
  • ski
  • theater
  • cinema
  • reading
  • travels