CorporateFinanceJanuary 31, 2019

Angelique Rooijmans, VP Business Analysis & Control, on digitizing the finance function

In Angelique Rooijmans’ new role as Vice President Business Analysis & Control (BAC) she is tasked with moving Wolters Kluwers’ finance function into the 21st century. She tackles this assignment by applying experience from her most recent role as Head of Program Management at our central technology organization.

In her role, which Angelique has held since June 2018, her priorities involve managing the BAC function and optimizing and digitizing finance within this function.

Angelique: “The finance function is a solid function, but it is experienced through reporting moments and other matters that quickly fall under unforeseen or ad hoc. With my project management approach, I hope to provide structure and tools for that, so that we can tackle matters in project form. We took a step back there because we had to answer the key questions first. What do we need? Where do we want to end up? What structure do we need for this? These questions must be addressed before we can move quickly ahead.”

Rooijmans understands further transitioning to a future-proof financial department won't happen overnight. “That takes time. You need to adapt when the opportunity arises. Or when you can demonstrate internally that this digitization will help us further. In that case, of course, we get on with it. A good example of where we have made rapid progress is with the internal roll-out of our GDPR solution. GDPR came in so urgently that we immediately had support for implementing that product. So that can happen very quickly. The enterprise approach that I saw in the implementation of this project is therefore positive for that large scope. We are flexible enough. We'll arrive at digital finance, albeit in smaller steps.”

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