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Sebastien Kuhn

Hard on the Problem, Soft on the People.

CFO's right hand for critical projects

from now
Interim Manager since: 03/2018
Update: 23.05.2024

Contact data

SEBASTIEN KUHN SAS, Strasbourg

Place de Bordeaux
F-67000 Strasbourg
zbp.auhxarvgfnorf@ehbwabo

Telefon Mobile
+33638547755

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Personal data

Date of birth
16.04.1979 (Age:45)

Short profile

Intro
Most transformation projects fail without clear objectives and adequate leadership support. Measuringprogress, creating alignment and transparency across the organization is key to succeed. Also, breaking silos is crucial because it fosters collaboration, ensures communication, and promotes a consistent approach.
The CFO's right-hand man makes it essential to break down these barriers for a successful transformation.
Experience overview
  • Entrepreneurial personality and change manager with extensive and long-standing project management experience in audit/finance and procurement
  • Broad experience in procurement transformation, digitalization of the procure-to-pay process, make-or-buy, transfer of work, carve-out and capex management
  • Successfully initiated and implemented strategic realignment and new processes
  • Diverse life experiences in France, Germany and the USA, understanding of multicultural challenges in cross-border projects
Tasks
  • Business Development
  • Building a Company / Business
  • Cost Reduction
  • Turnaround
  • Post Merger Integration
Functions
  • Finance
  • Management / General Management / Board
  • Purchasing
  • Sales
Role in the company
  • 1st Level / Executive Board / Management
  • 2nd Level / Division Management / Department Management
  • Projekt Manager (Leitung)
Industry experience
  • Aerospace
  • Construction Industry (incl. Suppliers)
  • Telecommunications
  • Energy
  • Financial Services
Type of company
  • Corporation / Group
  • Medium-sized Enterprise
  • Start-up
Regions (Regions where you have proven experience)
  • Europe (EU)
  • North america
  • France
  • Germany
Languages
  • German (Verhandlungssicher)
  • English (Verhandlungssicher)
  • French (Muttersprache)
  • Italian (Fließend)
Special certificates and awards
2023: Zertifizierter Interimsmanager (IFMT)
2022: Zertifizierter Verhandlungsführer (Harvard)
2013: CFO Becoming a strategic Partner Programme (Wharton) 

IM projects (self employed)

Company turnover in Mio $
10 Mio USD
Number of employees in company
30
City / place
Miami, USA
Measures taken
  • Definition of market segments and determination of sales targets (20/80)
  • Configuration of the CRM system and communication with the management
  • Conducting interviews and negotiations with stakeholders
  • Participation in conferences and trade fairs
Achieved Achievements
 
Company turnover in Mio $
70 Mio USD
Number of employees in company
30
City / place
Annecy, Frankreich
Mission
 
Measures taken
  • Definition of market segments and determination of sales targets (20/80)
  • Configuration of the CRM system and communication with the management
  • Conducting interviews and negotiations with stakeholders
  • Participation in conferences and trade fairs
Company turnover in Mio $
5 Mio USD
Number of employees in company
80
City / place
Strasbourg, Frankreich
Measures taken
  • Conducting interviews and negotiations with stakeholders
  • Conception of a joint operational business model
  • Communication with the management
Achieved Achievements
  •  Conclusion of business agreements with 4 competitive clusters in the region
Company turnover in Mio $
750 Mio USD
Number of employees in company
5000
City / place
Paris, Frankreich
Measures taken
  • Preparation and review of framework agreements with the legal department
  • Digitalization of purchase-to-pay and compliance processes
  • Change management with the stakeholders
  • Selection of local and international subcontractors (civil engineering, assembly)
Achieved Achievements
  • Shorter delivery times for turnkey projects to the customer
Company turnover in Mio $
5 Mio USD
Number of employees in company
80
City / place
Strasbourg, Frankreich
Mission
 
Measures taken
  • Development of a strategy, simplification of the commercial offer
  • Advising the management about the new organization
  • Change management with the 15 employees, definition of personnel objectives
Achieved Achievements
  • Handover of the new organization with creation of synergies
Company turnover in Mio $
2 Mio USD
Number of employees in company
10
City / place
Archamps, Frankreich
Internet
https://eipm.org
Mission
  • Contracts and legal aspects
  • Conducting negotiations with suppliers
  • Key Category Management, Supplier Relationship Management
  • Advanced tools to reduce costs
Measures taken
 
Company turnover in Mio $
20 Mio USD
Number of employees in company
200
City / place
Duppigheim, Frankreich
Measures taken
  • Risk analysis, communication, change management
  • Consolidation of requirements, transition from series production to after-sales service
  • Review and renegotiation of purchasing contracts
  • Various measures as part of the transition phase
Achieved Achievements
  • Reduction of supply chain risks during a critical change

Work history (permanent employment)

City / place
Augsburg
Remarks
Creating business cases for purchasing (material, assembly, detail parts)
Management of make or buy and production relocation projects
Implementation of various cash optimization projects
Employee management (6 employees), motivation, communication
Significant contribution to cost savings programs (25-50%)
City / place
Hamburg
Remarks
Conception of a process cost controlling approach for the assembly lines of airplanes
Review of helicopter product costs, optimization of inventories
Carve-out of the cybersecurity business with focus on business case and capitalization
Supporting the CFO in day-to-day business, participating in training courses
City / place
Paris
Remarks
Causal analysis of main risks, functions and programs
Communication with the management together with the Corporate Audit Director
Focus on programs, subsidiaries, purchasing, finance, CAPEX, export control
Supporting the department in defining effective corrective measures
City / place
Paris
Remarks
Advising the CFO on the correction of financial documents
Development of expertise on long-term contracts (IFRS 11)
Review of the accounting of financial instruments
Due diligence audits for acquisitions

Education

Notes / specifics
Admission through competitive examination
https://www.essec.edu/fr/programme/grande-ecole/grande-ecole-concours/

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