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Sep 10, 2020

The EMEA Recruitment podcast was pleased to welcome Bart Cornelissen for our latest episode. Bart is currently the Executive Director Corporate Finance at Seattle Genetics in the USA, but previously lived in Switzerland.

“In the end, you’re only as good as the group of people you work with.” 

This Finance podcast episode is a fascinating listen for anyone thinking of making a bold move in their life. 

Bart spoke to our Founder, Paul Toms, about how the need to have purpose and impact in his career lead him into the life science space. He was even lucky enough to be given the opportunity to work with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, after he reached out to a recruiter on LinkedIn. 

But it’s working with a great team that motivates Bart the most. He explains how he builds a culture of high-performing teams in the companies he’s worked with, as well as the skills and attributes needed to be a Finance leader as the role evolves.

Bart and Paul also explore how Business Intelligence and Data are driving the Finance function today, as well as how you achieve a work-life balance in the changing world.

Having presented to Bill Gates himself, it’s no surprise that Bart names him as his biggest influence – although he was nervous! Listen to the episode below to find out how Bill put him on the spot. 

These useful timestamps will help you find each section:

02:30 – What gets Bart up in the morning
04:15 – Joining the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and making the bold decision to move to the USA
06:35– Building a culture of high-performing teams
07:27 – Presenting to Bill Gates
09:00 – How the role of the Finance leader is evolving
11:10 – Using the right data and presenting it in a simple way
12:45 – The 3 things Bart looks for when hiring
15:00 – Bart’s mentors in Switzerland and the USA
18:20 – Who inspires Bart?
20:15 – Bart’s dream podcast guests
22:15 – How Bart achieves a work-life balance
24:28 – How you can connect with Bart 

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