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Laurent KUHLMANN

LAUSANNE

En résumé

Financial executive with 10+ years of broad experience in both local distribution units and European Headquarters. Recognized for financial expertise and ability to implement continuous change actions to enhance processes and systems in international and matrix management environment. Supervised and developed successful teams with responsibilities in P&L and Cash Flow management, financial planning & forecasting, strategic planning, reporting, controlling and accounting. Enjoy driving new improvements and participate in the business strategy definition to be an active contributor of a healthy continuous growth business.

Mes compétences :
Project Management
SOX
Reporting
US GAAP
French GAAP

Entreprises

  • Polaris industries - EMEA Finance Director

    2012 - maintenant
  • Stryker Europe - Finance Director, Orthopaedics

    2010 - 2012 • Responsible for all financial operations of the Orthopaedics franchise for Europe ($500 Mio sales).
    • Business partner to VP&General Manager providing commercial and financial analysis, advice and recommendations in order to ensure that BU objectives are achieved.
    • Work with country BU Directors on the strategy implementation and follow up on initiatives.
    • Restructuring of the sales organization.
    • Leads and motivates a remote team of financial controllers and analysts who act as business partners to country BU Directors.
    • Reporting and communicating performance both within Europe and also to corporate headquarters.
    • Report to CFO Europe and dotted line to the VP Orthopaedics Europe.
  • Stryker Europe - Business Process Improvement Manager EMEA

    2009 - 2009 • Partner with the Business and Finance stakeholders to drive process improvement delivery through process design and management skills.
    • Identify, qualify, select, structure and prioritize process improvement projects that are aligned with our Finance excellence goals.
    • Lead the European implementation project of Cognos 8 Planning to enhance the financial forecast process and accuracy with the adoption of a Driver-based Planning and 18months rolling forecast.
    • Report to the VP & CFO EMEA
  • Stryker Europe - Business Planning & Financial Reporting Manager, EMEA

    2007 - 2009 • Lead the EMEA division planning activities including Strategic plans, Budgets and forecasts and responsible for the consolidation, reporting, analysis and comments of complete financial statements submitted by our 15 countries. (2’000 employees and yearly turnover of $1,400 Mio).
    • Ensure financial statements compliance regarding corporate policies, US GAAP and SEC fillings.
    • Manage a team of 1 Reporting Specialist and 4 financial analysts.
    • Lead the European implementation project of Hyperion FM specifically designed for the European needs with the transition from a geographical business to a Franchise driven business. This 7 months projected included the need definition, building the project team, partnering with the Corporate Finance team, rework the closing process and training the countries finance team.
    • Finance expert for the European Oracle implementation (needs specifications and process review).
    • Prepare ad-hoc reports and analysis for Division Management as required.
    • Report to the EMEA Controller and member of the EMEA Finance executive team.
  • Stryker France - Financial Controller Manager, France

    2005 - 2007 • Deliver, analyze and comment on a monthly basis results of Stryker France activities (200 employees and yearly turnover of $100 Mio).
    • Pilot the monthly closing and reporting, prepare forecasts, budget and strategic plan in collaboration with the Finance Director and General Manager. Analyze the trends and performance to budget and ensure the expenses control.
    • Partner of Business Units directors to maximize our return on investments and make the best business decisions. Development of several decision-making tools like Investment scorecard, investments opportunity analysis and Customer account planning to help sustain our continuous business growth.
    • Developed a financial modeling system to evaluate multiple “what-if” scenarios. This system reduced forecast lead time by 50%, increased the process accuracy and improved staff’s awareness of actions needed to reach financial goals.
    • Management of the financial analyst team (2 Heads).
    • Ensure Business’s operations compliance as regards internal and external requirements (SOX, US GAAP, FCPA and internal policies).
    • Decisional and functional participation to several internal and European projects.
  • Stryker France - Financial Analyst, France

    2003 - 2005 • Extensive financial modeling including forecasts, balance sheet and P&L statements
    • Leading variance analysis, ratio analysis and comparative analysis of sales, cost of sales and operating expenses
    • Monthly reporting in US GAAP of balance sheet, P&L, Cash Flow and functional statements
    • Complete rework of the closing system and automation of Corporate reporting which contribute to lower the closing lead time by 20%
    • Setting up budget and monthly / quarterly forecasts
    • Budget control of the Subsidiary by cost centers
  • Bausch & Lomb - Financial Analyst, Export Distribution

    Montpellier 2001 - 2003

Formations

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