What is your role at Ekibio?
I am an Accounting Manager. I manage 7 people, two of whom are on sites that are quite far away (one abroad).
What does your job entail?
My job consists mainly in passing on my knowledge to my teams. Every month, I also analyse the accounts for the business units I manage. I also take care of the tax returns because we don’t have a chartered accountant in house. I manage the treasury division for Ekibio’s group (reference for Léa Compagnie Biodiversité). Tax follow-up and declaration, as well as regular monitoring.
Can you describe your typical day at Ekibio?
It depends on the time of year. At the moment for example, I am gathering the bank statements from our foreign subsidiaries, so I can get a general overview of the treasury. The first 10 days of every month are devoted to generating figures, up to the EBIT. Because I’m the point of contact for accounts, taxes and treasury, I often have to deal with various issues.
Can you tell us about your background?
I went to a professional high school and then did a technical A level, before studying at a school for chartered accountants. I worked for a company in the paper industry, a big chemicals group, and then began working for Ekibio, which was called Euronat at the time, in 1999. After 21 years at the company, I’ve seen lots of changes!
What skills do you think are needed to do your job?
You have to be thorough, methodical, organised, honest and know how to respect confidentiality. You also need to be inquisitive and constantly improve your knowledge.
What made you want to come and work for Ekibio?
I wanted to work for a middle-sized company. When I started, Ekibio was a small company. I was interested in the company’s values and ethics, the desire to build a better world. Back then, the organic sector wasn’t as well-known and as developed as it is today. I first discovered quinoa while working for Ekibio!
What do you like about your job?
I like passing on my know-how and discovering new tasks. I am very independent in my role, I am trusted to make my own decisions and that’s very important. Since I started working at Ekibio, I have been able to discover different roles, it never gets boring.
What do you like about the company?
We are lucky to have a number of perks available for employees such as sports lessons or sophrology sessions that I go to regularly. We have a staff canteen with a chef who cooks original dishes. The heads of each department have an allocated budget for organising an event or activity with their teams every year. We hold seminars, organise evenings... Ekibio really makes sure that its employees feel good at work.
How do you imagine the next few years?
I would like to take on new projects, with new objectives. I like having challenges that help me thrive in my job.
Why do you think Ekibio is a human enterprise?
First of all, thanks to the well-being of its employees. There is also a profit-sharing scheme. Ekibio also takes care of any training needs for its employees. Finally, managers really listen to their teams and colleagues communicate well with each other.