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Assignment for Sony Europe

In the summer of 2010, Sema Dalkilic, Head of Interim at Axiom, was approached by Sony Europe to source a number of interims for a major finance transformation programme being undertaken within the business.

The scope of the project was considerable, involving over 35 countries and 20 legal entities with ‘go live’ dates phased over a year. This meant it was essential for Axiom to have a pipeline of suitably skilled individuals throughout the life of the programme in order to meet key milestones.

The resource requirement was for several interims to join the Programme as ‘Country Transition Project Leads’ and Analysts to be responsible for the successful transfer of all finance functions (GL, AP,AR, FA, Tax & Controlling) from in-country finance teams to a new outsourced Centre of Excellence service provider.

The client required individuals with extensive finance process experience including month end closing, accruals/provisions, journals, balance sheet reconciliations, commercial reporting and process, procedures and controls documentation combined with good finance systems knowledge (SAP ERP). The ability to travel extensively within Europe was also key.

Working with her team of researchers/resourcers and fellow consultants at each key stage of the Programme, Sema identified a number of suitable candidates utilising a combination of known candidates, targeted job advertising and referrals from other candidates.   As a result of this work, a number of candidates were hired by Sony and successfully met their Programme deliverables. A number of these interims were subsequently offered new roles on other finance projects within the business.

Following the successful completion of the Programme, Richard Kendall, Sony Europe, commented that he was extremely impressed with Sema, her colleagues and the interims recruited into his team.

“Overall the quality of candidates both for interview and taken on across the past year has been very good from Axiom. I found the responsiveness & understanding to our specific requirements very good, and recognised our internal tight deadlines; this helped our project success.”

Commenting on the assignment, Sema Dalkilic, said

“Sony were a pleasure to work with from the outset. They provided us with a full overview of the Programme and its timelines, detailed role and person specifications and were receptive to advice from Axiom about the market and rates required to secure the most suitable resource. We are pleased to have played a part in the success of the project.”