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Mar 22, 2021

The EMEA Recruitment podcast is pleased to welcome Francisco Canchanya, the Director Controlling Excellence & GPO Report-to-Decision at Swarovski in Switzerland.

“Instead of being really good at doing a particular thing, be really good at learning how to do new things.” 

Francisco speaks to Paul Toms, our Founder, after recently starting his Doctorate in Business Administration. His love of learning and breaking out of your comfort zone is a theme that runs throughout the whole conversation.

Francisco’s contribution to discussions on the future of the Finance function goes beyond the research and skills needed to expand your professional horizons; he also discusses the soft skills that he values in a well-rounded colleague. 

With lots of competition in the Finance profession, Francisco dives deeper into the strengths needed to become a high-performing business partner. He believes that Finance should be more proactive in understanding how the commercial elements and business model of the organisation are linked together. 

At the same time, Francisco explains why this commercial and business awareness must be enhanced by technology. Although he believes there are “tremendous opportunities” to add more value through data insights, he warns that we must be careful. Francisco looks at the importance of understanding what and why things are happening, rather than simply using predictive reporting to understand what might happen.

His ability to manage change is something that Francisco believes is his most valuable asset, both professionally and personally. In fact, working for a company that encourages innovation is something that he really enjoys. 

Francisco also discusses living and working across three different continents and five countries, as well as the advice he’d give to anyone starting a job search in the current market.


If you’d like to listen to a particular part of the podcast, please use the timestamps below:

01:55: Embracing learning opportunities on the job
04:58: Contributing to discussions on the future of Finance
06:11: What Francisco appreciates in a colleague
07:29: How to become a high-performing Business Partner
10:28: How to add value through data insights
16:35: What innovation looks like to Francisco
18:22: The ability to adapt
20:07: Moving to different countries
23:22: Advice for those starting a job search
26:42: How to connect with Francisco

If you’d like to reach out to Francisco, click here to visit his LinkedIn profile.


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