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Hélène Blanc

Hélène Blanc

This young Administrative and Accounting Manager is working on the Fréjus tunnel renovation project. She tells us about the specificities of her role within a Franco-Italian team.

 Tell us about your university studies and career path to date.

Following a technical diploma (DUT) in Company Management and Administration, and a Bachelor's degree in Auditing and Finance, I completed a Master's degree in Finance and Management Auditing in Lyon. After my end-of-degree work placement, I worked for a year and a half at Veolia Eau, and I then carried out a few short-term contracts at Solvay and Total.

I joined Mobility in July 2016 as a structural management auditor (dealing with overheads and reporting). I then joined the Roads & Tunnels department as a Financial Manager, which enabled me to get more involved in project management.

What does your current role entail?

I am currently the Administrative and Accounting Manager for the Fréjus tunnel renovation project. In parallel, I provide management support within the Roads & Tunnels department.

For the Fréjus tunnel, I am responsible for monitoring and auditing expenditure (for the DPR sub-project and the project as a whole), for invoicing, and for the administrative management of the consortium led by Mobility, comprising five companies, of which three are Italian. I therefore have to adapt to take into account Italian financial and fiscal specificities.

Working on a project of this size, on a European scale, is new for me. Everything has to be created to suit the project: setting up a bank account for the consortium, management files, follow-up of invoices, specific tax issues.

This is the first time that I have worked in project mode, as part of the Franco-Italian team. Until now, I had only been in contact with Project Managers and Business Unit Managers. My Roads & Tunnels hat enables me to maintain an overview of all projects.




What do you enjoy most about your job?

This role has enabled me to have greater exposure to projects, to better understand all of the problems that can arise, and the processes necessary for a major project.

I have also been able to visit the worksite to see the tunnel.

I enjoy working with Italian partners and seeing the cultural differences in our ways of working.

The French team is taking Italian lessons for the project: although the Italians speak good French, this is very well received and helps to create cohesion. It is important to be able to communicate easily with our partners and to show them that we are making efforts to adapt. And for me, it's a bonus to be able to add a language to my skill set!

How does Mobility differ from your previous professional experience?

Mobility stands out for the complexity and scale of its projects, and also for the adaptability that is essential to working with each country or culture, which gives rise to different expectations and constraints.

Working in project mode gives me a real opportunity to develop my skills and know-how.