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Spotlight On: Saskia van de Scheur

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News - 06 September 2019

Spotlight On is the platform where you can get to know some of the members of our team. Each edition looks at what the biggest value-add each role brings to clients, what's the best thing about working for ABN AMRO and answers to a number of personal questions. This edition focuses on Saskia van de Scheur.

When did you join ABN AMRO Asset Based Finance?

I’ve been working at ABN AMRO Bank since 2012. I started with a management traineeship consisting of 4 job rotations at 4 departments in order to get familiar with the bank while developing myself personally and professionally in a period of 15 months. After that I got offered a permanent contract as a relationship banker for business clients. I have been working at ABN AMRO Asset Based Finance as Strategy & Business Consultant since March 2018.

 

What is your role at ABN AMRO Lease?

I’m involved in defining the corporate strategy and facilitated strategy sessions for the Management Team to determine the value and prioritisation of strategic initiatives. I have an active role in translating the strategic vision into short-term strategies and track the progress of strategy execution to allow for potential (re)prioritisation. In doing so, I also have an active role in internal corporate strategy communication/engagement. Besides this, I recently teamed up with a group of diverse colleagues on our strategy. To execute it, I started to lead our Sustainability Community.

 

What do you enjoy most about your work?

The interaction with colleagues of all business lines as it gives me a great understanding of all aspects of entrepreneurship.  I also enjoy being able to create more awareness and engagement on sustainability. I am concerned about the environment and I think it is important that we, as an international company, need to do more to actually contribute to sustainability. I focus on strategic planning and therefore I focus on the future. What is my job worth when we don’t focus on sustainability topics? We all need to bank for better, for generations to come.

 

What’s the biggest value-add your role brings to clients?

Being able to define and execute on two key aspects with which we help our clients accelerate their sustainability shift, is a great value-add to clients. We aim to increase focus on financing businesses that have (or want to transform from a linear to) a circular business model and finance assets with proven CO2 reduction capabilities.

 

What's the best way to start the work week?

A chat with colleagues over a coffee.

 

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Spending time outdoors with my child, family, friends, exercising and enjoying good food and wine.

 

What is on your bucket list?

Visiting Canada because of its beautiful landscape and wildlife. I would love going whale watching there.

 

What was your dream job as a child?

Being a surgeon. I think it is because I always liked the idea of helping others so as a child a surgeon seemed like my dream job. Anyway, I miserably failed.

 

What makes your heart beat faster?

My sweet little boy Julius.  As I grow older, I envy children’s carefreeness.