25/09/2019 - CareersAfter studying in Poland, Anna began a brilliant career in financial controlling in France.
Tell us about your background.I studied in Poland at the University of Economics in Poznań. I graduated with a master’s in finance and monetary policy, but as I was more interested in the corporate field I joined AIESEC, the international association for students in the economic and business sciences. I was a project leader there, with a team of eight people working on a CSR project in companies, then Vice-President Finance for the local office in Poznań. It was thanks to this association that in 2007 I was able to come to France for a one-year internship in financial analysis and controlling at Delphi (today Aptiv), a company specializing in the design and production of automotive equipment.
What does your work involve?I'm the sales controller for OCTG Europe-Africa. I oversee the four main entities (France, UK, Nigeria, Germany) and work closely with their local controllers. I chiefly focus on the consolidated revenue and margins for France, for which I prepare the invoicing plan for each budgetary review. I have responsibility for consolidating the results and updating the forecasts for the whole region.
What are the qualities needed in your job?Firstly, rigor! This is vital to a financial controller’s work. To err is human of course, but the fewer mistakes that occur, the better!
Rigor is vital to a financial controller’s work. To err is human of course, but the fewer mistakes that occur, the better!Anna Zaborowska Sales Controller for OCTG Europe-Africa
What do you like about working at Vallourec?Right from the interview stage, I was impressed by the Group's human side. The people sat opposite really took the time to get to know me. In fact, it felt more like a discussion than an interview. Each time, I came out thinking to myself: "I'd love to work here".
What advice would you give to women leaving school today?I'd tell them that you don't need to do everything yourself. Women often want to do everything alone, but you really shouldn't be afraid of asking for help. It's also important to see the bigger picture and put things into perspective in our day-to-day work.
We are just as talented as men and we can do our jobs just as well as they can. I don't think we should try to be like them. We need to retain our identities as women.Anna Zaborowska Sales Controller for OCTG Europe-Africa
Who are you outside of work?When it comes to interests and hobbies, I'm rather an ordinary person. I enjoy reading, cinema, travel and games, like for example bowling, pétanque or board games like Trivial Pursuit. I'm also a very sore loser!