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Nov 23, 2020

We were proud to welcome Roberto Bollinetti, the Group CFO at AMC International, to the EMEA Recruitment podcast.

“To learn from mistakes, we have to be so brave to make mistakes.”

From his home in Switzerland, Roberto discussed the challenges he currently faces as a Group Chief Financial Officer (CFO) with our Founder, Paul Toms. He explains that, although cash is king more than ever now, his challenges are not only financial; coronavirus is changing our way of working, making communication and motivation even more important.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on his organisation, but it has proven how quickly the company can adapt. Roberto explains how AMC International had planned a digital transformation in two to three years’ time, but was forced to complete it in just three months. To Roberto, it proves how well human beings can get things done.

He has some interesting advice on how to create strong teams, which can be applied to all functions of a business. Although he claims to have no recipe for staying focussed, Roberto explains to Paul how he keeps projects moving in the right direction.

We also asked Roberto some slightly obscure questions, such as whether he could cut down to a four-hour work day and what he hopes is written on his epitaph!

Regarding the Finance function specifically, Roberto explains how quickly Business Intelligence (BI) and Data is changing the role, and which direction he believes analysis is going in. 

We also found out why Roberto thinks sports stars make such good mentors – listen to the episode to find out who he’s most inspired by.

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These timestamps will help you find the section you’re looking for:

01:40 – Current challenges for a Group CFO
06:29 – Roberto’s key to success
09:34 – How to get everyone on board
12:26 – How Roberto stays focussed
16:21 – How Roberto would prioritise a 4-hour work day
22:50 – The impact of BI & Data on Finance
27:00 – Finding an inspirational person
31:34 – What Roberto wants written on his epitaph 

This episode of the EMEA Recruitment podcast is brought to you in partnership with Operation Smile, an international medical charity. We hope to raise vital funds and awareness of the work Operation Smile does to deliver life-changing surgery to children and adults with cleft lip and palate. To find out more, or to donate, click here:


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