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Interview with Federica Aurora

She joined Carlo Salvi in November 2019 as financial controller and just recently took over as CFO of the company.

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What is your role at Carlo Salvi and how long have you been working for the company?

I’ve been a financial controller at Carlo Salvi since November 2019.

Have you always had this position since you started?

Yes, this has always been my role at Carlo Salvi.

What is your educational background?

I attended Scientific High School, then I studied at Bicocca University in Milan, where I obtained my degree in Business and Economics, followed by a master’s degree in Audit and Control.

Did you know Carlo Salvi and the company’s machines before you started your job?

No, I didn’t know the company, but I was interested in switching from the consultancy world to an industrial one. You see, I worked at KPMG, an auditing firm, for four years before joining Carlo Salvi.

Please describe a typical day at work.

It depends on what’s going on. In general, I’m in charge of checking the financial and economic performance of the company, preparing many weekly or monthly reports to be shared with the parent company.

Then there are some periods dedicated to speci‐ fic activities. For example, from September to October I work on the budget for the next year, while from December until March I’m fully dedicated to the year‐end financial statement.

Lastly, I’m also busy in other activities such as dealing with the auditing firm and the other su‐ pervisory bodies, privacy issues, compliance, and I have daily contact with our affiliates.

What are your favorite tasks and why?

I like analysing specific areas of the financial statement, such as inventory or trade receivables. I’ve always liked those types of analysis: they might seem useless, but they’re actually important for understanding the company’s performance and which strategies need to be followed. Also, cash flow analysis is “fun” – at the end of the day, understanding inflows and outflows is what we do – or should do – for our personal savings!

Are you part of a team or do you work alone in your field? Are you frequently in contact with customers or suppliers?

I’m not in contact with customers or suppliers, only with a few external consultants. In Garlate, I’m the only one in my role, but I usually collabo‐ rate with colleagues at Hatebur with the same role.

If you could change anything about your job, what would it be?

I’d like to have more time for new projects, instead of always chasing deadlines!

Are you married? Do you have children?

No, I’m not married and I don’t have any children.

What do you like to do in your spare time? Do you have any hobbies?

Since I was a child, I’ve loved dancing, in fact I attended a dancing school for 22 years. Then it was no longer possible to match dance with work, but my passion for dancing and music is still alive. I also like going to concerts and wat‐ ching films or TV series.