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Marie-Christine Bonin – Featured Member for September 2018

Senior Expense Accounting Specialist

Marie-Christine joined Mentor Graphics in 2009 as part of the HR expense accounting and Concur Support team. They support over 7,000 employees in 32 countries. Previously, Marie-Christine held different roles in the software and hardware industry. Marie-Christine has tenured experience in customer service, order fulfillment and finance. In Mentor Graphics, she has been part of the Concur implementation project and more recently, played a key role in driving the European T&E card implementation forward.

NAPCP end-user members who would like to connect with Marie-Christine, feel free to do so at MarieChristine_Bonin@mentor.comRead more about Marie-Christine in the interview below: 

1. What are you passionate about with your job? Outside of work?

In my current position where I administer our expense reporting and T&E card programs, I love the fact that the role is broad, with many complexities and challenges, and I am given the opportunity to contribute to the success of the organization. I’m involved in the expense accounting process and reporting/analytics, which gives me visibility of the impact of our area on the company’s results. Since my team supports employees and managers in all regions of the world, it brings diversity to my world and keeps me open-minded and learning new things every day. 

Outside of work, I am passionate about nature and animals. I love outdoor activities. I also have a keen interest for sciences, and data science in particular. I have just completed a Prof. Diploma in Data Analytics with University College Dublin. This is a direction I’m interested to pursue, with possible applications for the Commercial Card area (fraud detection, etc), finance and more general business analytics. 

2. What are you most proud of about your job? 

The expertise gained over the eight years in this varied role, and the tangible value each aspect of the job brings to the company. I am part of a very cohesive and experienced team of three, looking after our ~7,000 employees worldwide. We always strive to evolve and adopt the most efficient approaches for our processes and tools we use. 

As part of my employee-facing role, I provide support to my colleagues worldwide and help them spend as little time as possible on expense reporting and card account management. It makes a big difference in our employees’ experience of business travel.

My back-office role involves monitoring and maintaining oversight of the expenses going through our systems, carrying out targeted audits, expense analytics and month-end reporting, maintaining our tools, keeping the configurations up to date and the processes running smoothly.

Getting the positive feedback from employees I’ve helped, keeping our programs optimized and seeing the number of exceptions/corrections going down on the expenses is very rewarding!

3. Marie-Christine's current challenge:

 We have been acquired by a company much larger than us recently (Siemens). There is a lot of work to be done to compare and align our processes, and move to a unified way of handling expense reporting and card programs. I also expect the use of analytics to become more and more relevant to manage a larger program efficiently.

4. Fun fact: 

I live in a household with three different languages spoken daily, and I have managed to keep my sanity! I am originally from France and speak French to my children. Their Dad is originally from Germany and also speaks his native tongue with them. We speak English to each other since we met here in Ireland. Our two children usually speak English with each other, but they sometimes switch to Gaelic (Irish–which they learn at school) if they don’t want either of us to understand! 

Program details: 

  • Card count: 300 
  • Annual spend, CY2017: $1,531,000 or EUR 1,361,000
  • Annual number of transactions: 17,000
  • Current provider: CitiBank

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