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2Q ’19

 

Incorporaciones 1Q ’19

Incorporaciones en España

Incorporaciones en Portugal

Aniversarios 1Q ’19

Cumplen 1 año en HipoGes

Cumplen 6 años en HipoGes

Cumplen 2 años en HipoGes

Cumplen 7 años en HipoGes

Cumplen 3 años en HipoGes

Cumplen 8 años en HipoGes

Cumplen 4 años en HipoGes

Cumple 9 años en HipoGes

Cumplen 5 años en HipoGes

Cumple 10 años en HipoGes

Training 1Q '19

Horas de External Training (Total)

Horas de Internal Training (Total)

Horas de Language Training (Total)

Entrevista: Lucía Fontes

Who is Lucía Fontes? Tell us a bit more about your path.

I’ve always been good with numbers and since I can remember I’ve wanted to work in finance, which meant that I started working in the field very early on during my Business Degree.

Worked at Deloitte for 6 years, mostly in Audit. Here I had the opportunity of auditing very different companies in different areas (construction, services, hospitals, etc.). I joined HipoGes in 2011 to create the finance department when there were just 35 employees and a few portfolios… and you could say the rest is history! 🙂

What are your main day-to-day responsibilities?

As of today, my responsibilities include four departments. Day to day is basically managing the middle management of these teams and kickstarting new projects.

In general I oversee all the financial operations of the organization; this includes accounting, reporting, cashflow, budget, procurement, scorecards, payroll and taxes mainly. Offices is another important part of the  job, specially these last months where we’ve opened two new offices in Spain and we’re still working on the new office in Porto.

Regarding portfolio administration and the new corporate services department, my involvement in these two areas is mostly concentrated in the closing of the portfolio, helping on the definition of the most efficient structure in terms of taxes, bank accounts, etc.

What are the most challenging aspects of your position?

Probably the most challenging part is the growth of the teams and the increase of responsibilities. All due to the constant adaptation and growth of the company. Also because each of the four departments is very different I am constantly changing from one area to the other, which can be challenging at times.

And what do you like the most about it?

I am a people person so I love working with teams. I consider myself very lucky of being able to work with all of the people in HipoGes. It’s very rewarding seeing people growing professionally throughout the years. I love the dynamic of the company, the constant growth and never-ending challenges. Life is good at HipoGes!

In your opinion, what are the most important attributes you need to have as a Head of Finance?

Analytical thinking, great communication skills, understanding of operations and a strong and solid sense of mentoring.

What do you think is the most significant barrier to female leadership?

The most significant barrier to female leadership I’d say is confidence. Confidence in oneself, confidence in others and confidence in the work. If these three things are tight and working in harmony, I believe we will see a lot more women in leadership roles in the near future!

To achieve this, in my opinion there are some key things that will contribute to building, shaping and empowering women from the ground up in the workplace:

  1. True equality: Complete removal of pay gap. Complete removal of «accepted» forms of sexism (dress code for example). True and complete fairness and an equal playing field is the first step to equality.
  2. Role models: Key thing here is visibility – if you can see it you can achieve it. The more women we have in leadership roles, the more women will see themselves in positions of power.
  3. Female empowerment and support: Understanding of the needs of women and putting programs in place to create a full support network. This probably is most important with motherhood: Good maternity leaves, paternity leaves, flexible hours, flexible work, access to facilities, support for the reincorporation into the workplace. In summary, becoming an advocate for family life.
What are your main day-to-day responsibilities?

Keeping the ethos and efficiency of the company ahead of the exponential growth we’re expecting in the next years!

 

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