The BSS Tour Bydgoszcz


F&A with no secrets

  • DATE: Holiday Inn Hotel
    36 Grodzka Street, Bydgoszcz
  • VENUE: September 11th, 2018,
    Tuesday, 9 a.m.- 7 p.m.


Be the first to know about:
  • the latest data on the potential of the F&A market in Poland and Europe;
  • practical application of automation and robotization in finance and accounting services;
  • the biggest challenges facing the Polish F&A industry in the outsourcing model;
  • recruitment expectations for candidates with a finance and accounting profile;
  • the actual state of the educational offer for the future staff of F&A operations centers;
  • the potential investment and further direction of economic development of the City of Bydgoszcz.


You will not be seen if you do not show your business to others! The presentation of your company, new business or already with significant market experience, is very important during business events! Proper exposition is the prove, your company takes care of good visibility and will not be unseen by your potential clients and business partners.

Behind every development there is feedback – opportunity to get familiar with the opinion of your client or business partner about your services, will help you to adjust your business to the market needs and will help you to increase your profits. It doesn’t matter how big organization you run – in our sponsoring offer you can find something adjusted to your needs and possibilities.


Networking is the very important part of our events. This is not only the opportunity to meet new and keep existing business contacts. Participation in the event creates the opportunity to analyse the work of your competitors and business partners.

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Why to attend?

The BSS Tour Bydgoszcz: F&A with no secrets is already the fourth meeting organized as part of the nationwide conference series organized by the Pro Progressio Foundation. The subject of the event will be broadly focused on finance services and processes related to them. It is this area of the business world that is one of the main groups of services that are most often subject to outsourcing or centralization within shared service centers.

During the conference there will be presented practical examples of process automation as well as the most important challenges faced by Polish and European F&A companies. The BSS Tour Bydgoszcz aims to discover, describe and bring up the area of issues related to finance and accounting processes. Starting from the current market potential of F&A in Poland and around the world, through a practical approach to process automation and robotic workshops, ending with a comparison of the recruitment needs of the finance and accounting world and the existing educational offer. The discussion panels and their issues will lead the participants through a number of issues, giving a comprehensive picture of the modern world of F&A.

The uniqueness of Bydgoszcz investment offer is undoubtedly strong IT specialization, supported by successes on an international scale. At the same time, however, the city is developing its potential in the area of finance and accounting services. These assets of Bydgoszcz make the city an ideal place for meeting experts and market leaders in modern business services during the autumn series of The BSS Tour: Poland.
The city of Bydgoszcz is the official City Partner of the conference. The Strategic Partner is the Bydgoszcz Regional Development Agency. The event is co-financed from the funds of the Regional Operational Program of the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship for the years 2014-2020 and from the budget of the Bydgoszcz Regional Development Agency.


09:00 – 09:40 Registration
  • Discussion panels will be run in Polish and English with translation in both ways.
09:40 – 10:00 Business profile of Bydgoszcz City Edyta Wiwatowska (Board President, Bydgoszcz Regional Development Agency)
10:00 - 10:50 Discussion Panel: Finance services in Europe Andrew Wrobel (Co-founding Partner, Emerging Europe)
Derk Erbé (Research Vice President, Supply Chain, Procurement and Energy, Horses for Sources)
Mariusz Szałaj (Co-founder, 4Synchronicity Customized Outsourcing Solutions)
Marta Rejman (Member of the Global Council, ACCA)
Paweł Rychlik (Senior Manager, Risk Advisory Services, KPMG)
  • current potential of F&A market in Europe;
  • analysis of the most developed finance services;
  • challenges and differences in provisioning of F&A services in Outsourcing and Shared Services models.
10:50 - 11:15 Coffee break
11:15 - 12:00 Business Case: Making Work Human with Robotic Process Automation (RPA) Paul Donaldson (Senior Director for Client Services, Automation Anywhere)

Automation is driving a new way of working in Finance and Accounting. Robotic process automation (RPA) is a software designed to automate simple, repetitive tasks that take up a large percentage of a workers’ time, such as invoicing, accounts receivables/payable, payment tracking, debt collection and expense management. Enterprises are adopting RPA to allow employees take a step back from those monotonous tasks and take advantage of the employee’s unique, human abilities.

As RPA is becoming an increasingly popular technology in modern enterprises, you may be asking yourself whether this is something that may be of help to you and your organization. In this session you will:

  • Learn about RPA, its evolution and how it’s changing the future of work
  • Discover results of an Enterprise RPA adoption study of over 50 enterprises by Everest Group
  • Gain insights on how to increase the impact and success of your own RPA deployment
  • Business Case: practical use of automation by Experian

Business Case: practical use of automation by Experian

12:00 - 13:00 Lunch
13:00 - 13:50 Discussion Panel: Challenges and trends in Polish F&A industry Violetta Małek (Managing Director, Gekko advisoryNOW)
Mikołaj Pluciński (Managing Director, TMF Poland)
Monika Nowecka (Vice President of the Management Board, Managing Partner of Accounting services, HR administration and payroll services , Mazars)
Monika Smulewicz (Managing Director at the Outsourcing Department of accounting, human resources and payroll services, Grant Thornton)
  • current status and the set up of new direction for Polish F&A industry;
  • which F&A processes are outsourced or centralized most often;
  • client vs. service supplier - who to select and what to expect.
13:00 - 14:30 Workshop: Build-a-Bot: bringing software bots to life Sean Gourley (Product Trainer, Automation Anywhere)
  • Learn how to actually build a bot in this personalized session designed for just about everyone. You will see just how easy it is to build and scale bots. Enjoyable. Enlightening. Time well spent.
  • Find out how automation is transforming the way entire organizations work. Learn which of your business needs could be addressed by advanced RPA, cognitive and analytics tools. Explore how to master automation on an enterprise scale. Interact with the leading Digital Workforce Platform and build your very first bot.
  • Important! The group is limited to maximum 15 attendees. There can be only one person representing a company. The workshop will be run in English. To attend the workshop, email us on:
13:50 - 14:20 Coffee break
14:20 - 15:10 Discussion Panel: Human resources in F&A – business expectations vs. educational reality Wiktor Doktór (CEO, Pro Progressio)
Jakub Bejnarowicz (Associate Director, Europe, CIMA)
Mariusz Szałaj (Co-founder, 4Synchronicity Customized Outsourcing Solutions)
Michał Kościanek (WE Operations Director, Carlsberg Global Shared Services)
Piotr Dziedzic (Senior Director, Michael Page)
Robert Gawłowski (Vice-Dean, WSB University in Bydgoszcz)
  • recruitment expectations in operation centres towards employees with finance profile;
  • current education offer for future F&A employees;
  • recruitment potential on Polish F&A market.
15:10 - 15:30 Closing and Summary of the event
15:30 - 19:00 Cocktail and networking
  • Moderator   Speaker


  • Mikołaj Pluciński
  • Managing Director, TMF Poland
  • Mikołaj Pluciński joined TMF Poland in 2000, opening the office in Katowice. At present, he is Managing Director. In 1997, he graduated from Silesian International Business School. In 1999, Mastére spécialisé Banque et Ingénierie Financiére was conferred on him by Toulouse Business School. Mikołaj gained his vast professional experience in the financial department of Unilever and at Ernst & Young, where he worked as a consultant to the biggest, global companies. Since 2018, he has been a designated honorary consul of Grand Duchy of Luxembourg in Katowice.
  • Monika Smulewicz
  • Managing Director at the Outsourcing Department of accounting, human resources and payroll services, Grant Thornton
  • She is responsible for shaping the offer, procedures and standards of the provision of services. She undertakes key decisions in the field of business development and marketing activities. She is also an expert in the HR and payroll areas, with extensive training and consulting experience, as well as passion for coaching. Lecturer of major universities. A valued speaker of conferences and congresses. The author of specialist publications. Her professional mission is sharing specialist knowledge in order to improve the quality of services provided by enterprises to employees.
  • Derk Erbè
  • Research Vice President, Supply Chain, Procurement and Energy, Horses for Sources
  • Derk is responsible for a compelling, leading-edge research agenda covering the core topics of interest for buyer and vendor communities in the areas of digital business transformation services and business operations, with a specific emphasis on key vertical markets, namely energy, utilities and resource industries. He works with the HfS research team on key research areas that are impacting HfS clients, such as automation, SaaS and workforce transformation. Derk is responsible for Custom Research at HfS, working across the commercial and analyst team and client organizations developing and executing research deliverables.
  • Monika Nowecka
  • Vice President of the Management Board, Managing Partner of Accounting services, HR administration and payroll services , Mazars
  • Monika Nowecka has been working for Mazars in Poland since 1995. She is a statutory auditor, graduate of Finance and Accounting and MBA studies at the Warsaw School of Economics. Monika Nowecka has extensive experience in accounting services for entities with various juridical personality and activity profile, including companies listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange. Monika Nowecka has significant expertise and practical knowledge in Polish and international accounting standards. She is a lecturer at trainings and author of various publications on accounting. She is an expert in the outsourcing sector and author of many publications in this field.
  • Andrew Wrobel
  • Co-founding Partner, Emerging Europe
  • Andrew Wrobel is the co-founding partner of Emerging Europe and the think tank's head of content strategy and publishing. He is also the chief strategist at the Emerging Europe Alliance for Business Services, Innovation and Technology. Andrew has authored and contributed to a number of international business, investment and trade-related publications, guides and reports, mainly about the CEE region. Currently, Andrew is pursuing a PhD degree in nation branding.
  • Wiktor Doktór
  • CEO , Pro Progressio
  • Wiktor Doktór is the Outsourcing Industry Expert specialized in a wide range of outsourcing activities, including BPO, R&D, ITO, Call and Contact Centre as well as in the subject of nearshoring and offshoring. He is the CEO of Pro Progressio - the consulting and advisory organization in the area of modern business services. Wiktor is one of the top outsourcing personalities in Poland, many times awarded for his work focused on the development and growth of outsourcing industry. Wiktor and Pro Progressio are European Partners of German Outsourcing Association, IAOP and GSA as well as other global outsourcing associations.
  • Violetta Małek
  • Managing Partner , Gekko advisoryNOW
  • Violetta has almost 20 years of business and finance leadership experience. She is a skilled expert in Business Services Sector as well as business and finance management. Prior to taking the directors role in KPMG, Violetta worked for McCormick where she led development of their shared accounting center for EMEA region. Earlier, she held responsibility for design and implementation of PwC’s internal shared accounting services center in Northern Cluster (Poland & Baltics). Earlier in her career, Violetta held the role of finance director at Avon Cosmetics Poland. She also served as finance director with both TNT Express Worldwide, and Abbott Laboratories in Poland and England.
  • Edyta Wiwatowska
  • Board President, Bydgoszcz Regional Development Agency
  • A graduate of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań in the field of law and post-graduate studies in Programming regional development and project management. She holds the title of a legal adviser. From 2000, she has been involved in investor service in Bydgoszcz. In the years 2007 - 2013 she was the Coordinator of the Investor and Entrepreneur Support Team in the office of the City of Bydgoszcz. As part of the conducted projects, she coordinated work related to the launch of a special economic zone in Bydgoszcz, and successfully conducted negotiations with domestic and international entities, resulting in the implementation of investments in Bydgoszcz. In November 2013, she was entrusted with the task of establishing the Bydgoszcz Regional Development Agency, responsible for broadly understood economic promotion of Bydgoszcz, cooperation with entrepreneurs and providing services for new investment projects. Currently, she is acts as the President of the Management Board of the Bydgoszcz Regional Development Agency.
  • Jakub Bejnarowicz
  • Associate Director, Europe, CIMA
  • He is responsible for creating and executing CIMA’s development strategy and carrying out educational activities in the field of management accounting in the region. He supports recruitment and training strategies of employers hiring management accounting professionals and puts into effect plans for continuous professional development of CGMAs (Chartered Global Management Accountants), finance professionals and future business leaders. He advocates Global Management Accounting Principles (GMAP) – a project promoting benefits of implementing the GMAP principles by employers.
  • Robert Gawłowski
  • Vice-Dean , WSB University in Bydgoszcz
  • His main point of interest is public management with special focus on local and metropolitan governance, as well as delivering public services. His PhD thesis Metropolitan areas in Western Europe based on the example of Greater London was awarded by one of the most influential scientific journal Self-government in 2012. During professional career he has gained the positions of adviser to the Minister of Administration and Digitalization, Ministry of the Interior, and expert in OECD.
  • Michał Kościanek
  • WE Operations Director, Carlsberg Global Shared Services
  • He is a seasoned professional with 15 years’ experience in BSS sector, including establishing and developing regional and global SSC and driving finance process transformation (Philips, HEINEKEN, WNS, Carlsberg). Currently he leads the Carlsberg Shared Services and is responsible for operational delivery for Western Europe in the Carlsberg Group. He started his career in Deloitte where he gained a broad experience in accounting, financial audit and financial management working with number of international and Polish public companies from manufacturing, construction and retail sectors.
  • Mariusz Szałaj
  • Co-founder, 4Synchronicity Customized Outsourcing Solutions
  • Co-Founder 4Synchronicity Customized Outsourcing Solutions, Ex Board Member, Director AVON Global Shared Services / CoE. Global & regional SSC organizations lead. Responsible for service delivery centers design & implementation and supervision in Poland, Russia, Argentina, China, India. He’s been driving various business transformation initiatives on the regional & global level (+50 countries impacted worldwide). Experienced in centralized business model’s strategy implementation & execution. He successfully implemented several global insourcing projects and led many near shoring and off shoring initiatives worldwide. Mariusz is a business driven expert in process excellence, effectiveness and competitiveness increase within global operations area. Mariusz has strong fi nancial, project & change management background.
  • Paweł Rychlik
  • Senior Manager, Management Consulting, KPMG
  • Pawel has over 20 years of experience on both the business and consulting side. He is an expert in the area of Financial Management. Since 2011, he has been associated with the Management Consulting department at KPMG Advisory - one of the leading consulting companies. Pawel manages a team dedicated to cooperate with enterprises in optimizing the processes of support functions, including the creation and development of Shared Service and Outsourcing Centres. He participates in projects carried out for Polish and foreign entities. Before starting work at KPMG, Paweł managed financial teams in companies from the FMCG sector as well as pharmaceutical and medical devices.
  • Marta Rejman
  • Member of the Global Council, ACCA
  • Marta is the Head of Shared Services Centre for Publicis Groupe. She is responsible for Finance, HR, Legal and IT services provided to CEE, Baltic and Nordic regions. Marta has spent six years as the Director of the European Finance Centre, building the JLL Shared Services Operation for the EMEA region. Before that, she has held positions of CFO and Deputy Director Finance and Administration at ING Lease both in Poland and Germany. She served six years on the board of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) and was also a member of its Audit Committee and Finance and Planning Committee. Marta has a degree from Warsaw School of Economics and an MBA from the University of Calgary. She is an ACCA member since 2002. She was a member of the first ACCA Poland committee in 2006, and has also been part of our International Assembly. Currently she is a member of the ACCA Global Council.
  • Piotr Dziedzic
  • Senior Director, Michael Page
  • A director leading the teams of Finance & Accounting, Shared Services, Business Support Services and Sales & Marketing. Over 12 years of professional experience in recruitment and HR consultancy, 8 years at Page Group. Over 500 completed projects. During the last few years, under the supervision of Piotr, Michael Page was one of the most dynamically growing recruitment companies in the specialist & managerial recruitment segment in Poland.He is responsible for managing large global RPO projects and key clients, ensuring coordination of contracts and communication activities, providing quality and professional recruitment processes. A Board Member of the Polish HR Forum.
  • Sean Gourley
  • Product Trainer, EMEA, Automation Anywhere
  • Sean is responsible for training across EMEA. He has over 10 years Financial Services experience with more than 6 years of those in Automation. Most recently, Sean was a Lead RPA Developer and Product owner in his previous role at American Express. Before his years in RPA he used to be a UAT Lead Tester and used to work in the financial services regulatory space.
  • Paul Donaldson
  • Senior Director for Client Services, Automation Anywhere
  • He leads the technical delivery functions to help clients and partners utilise and scale Automation Anywhere RPA and Cognitive software. This involves Customer Success, Partner Enablement, Velocity planning, training and support. Prior to that role Paul built and created the EMEA automation service line at Information Services Group. The role consisted of advising clients on automation strategy as well as ensuring world class delivery through hands on implementation. Paul was one of the early adopters of RPA whilst at the Xchanging group and masterminded their successful accredited RPA deployment.


Holiday Inn is located in the centre of Bydgoszcz by the 36 Grodzka Street. September 11th, 2018,
Tuesday, 9 a.m.- 7 p.m.
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