In this episode of the EMEA Recruitment podcast, we were pleased to speak to Tal Volok, the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at Evalueserve in Switzerland.
“The things that you did really well that made you a great Financial Analyst are not going to make you a great manager.”
Tal explains to Paul Toms how he’s taken many positives from the COVID-19 pandemic – one being his role with Evalueserve. When the world went into lockdown in 2020, Tal was working for SITA, an IT provider for the air transport industry, and had never worked a day from home in his career. Although he enjoyed spending more time with his children, the business was in crisis mode, so Tal found himself working at all hours.
Evalueserve, on the other hand, is headquartered in Switzerland, but runs as a virtual company; it’s something Tal couldn’t imagine before COVID.
A lesson that Tal has learned in the last few years is to take time to think, which he believes can add a lot of value and bring new thoughts to the company. He has also made time for networking through EMEA Recruitment’s events.
Despite spending the longest time he’s ever had in one role at SITA, Tal came to a point where he needed new challenges. His foundations in General Electric’s rotational programme have forced him to always “disrupt” himself. Tal feels that growth comes from uncomfortable situations, especially as you move to more senior roles.
Tal’s attitude towards stepping out of your comfort zone came from his mentors, who helped him learn how to energise himself and move onto the next challenge. He takes the same approach to business; a company cannot go on for 20 years using the same model if it wants to progress.
We explore how business intelligence (BI) and data is affecting the Finance function. Although Tal believes that people still need to make their own decisions, he does see the benefit of “failing fast” and moving on from a bad idea more quickly.
We also find out Tal’s key advice for hiring the right personality and skillset into your team – he has a useful exercise for anyone looking to build a strong team.
Finally, Tal reveals his plans for the next five years (at least) of his career. You can listen to the full episode on your podcast app or below:
If you’re looking for a particular part of the episode, use the timestamps below:
01:26: Taking the positives from the pandemic 04:42: Opening up to new opportunities 06:02: Spending more time with his kids 06:36: Prioritising thinking time 09:31: The last thing that made Tal smile 11:46: Starting a new position during COVID 19:56: Where Tal’s growth attitude comes from 24:17: Tal’s education at GE 27:49: The impact of BI & Data on Finance 33:02: The lesson Tal learned when hiring people 38:54: Tal’s greatest mentors 42:16: The next 5 years of Tal’s career 45:09: How to reach Tal
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