Sylvie Seksek

Sylvie Seksek

Independent HR consultant and trainer - French, English, Italian

Name :Sylvie Seksek
Phone :06 63 83 62 58

Professional experience

HR Consultant (self-employed)

Independent consultant, trainer and facilitator. My areas of expertise are secretarial and office management fields. I provide auditing & optimization (ie redesigning jobs), recruitment services and support for office manager and executive assistant jobs. I speak French, English and Italian.

My clients are companies of all sizes.

05.2014 - 12.2014


Transition office manager

Transition office manager (includes filling the position then re designing it and supporting in recruiting the permanent office manager).

  • Overseeing the smooth day to day running of the office
  • Serve as point person for duties including maintenance, mailing, supplies, equipment, access control, cultural events and overall workplace experience
  • Own and manage vendor relationships, agreements and price negotiations including suppliers. Review supplier agreements and service level agreements regularly
  • Maintain a safe and effective workplace for staff and oversee Health & Safety Compliance and implement necessary procedures including First Aid Officer, Fire Warden duties
  • Greeting and directing visitors, answering main office telephone system, respond to direct requests for information and/or forward messages to appropriate staff
  • Maintain cleanliness and safety of kitchen, conference rooms, equipment, and tools.
  • Coordinate all desk assignments, moves, and changes
  • Oversee and manage conference room scheduling
  • Manage the budget provided and work closely with Corporate Secretary to create a good office experience within a strict budget.
  • Make recommendations for cost savings, manage corporate credit card expenses/allocations and raise required purchase orders.
  • General admin support and special projects as needed including office parties and events
2011 - 2013


Office manager/paralegal for the legal department
  • FSI’s acquisition of equity stakes: Appointment process for the positions to be filled within the board of directors (drawing up a discovery report on the processes of candidates sourcing, selecting, assigning then appraising, plus implementing new processes)
  • Rationalizing the work organization of the legal team (drawing up a discovery report on the work organization of the legal team then implementing new processes and improving existing processes)
  • Implementing and managing the office documentary and archiving bases
2006 - 2011

REED SMITH (International law firm)

Bilingual paralegal/Executive assistant
  • Preparing the business planning for the corporate department
  • Business events management
  • Preparing and sending out press releases to clients
  • Obtaining documents such as by-laws and solvency certificates
  • Billing : preparing and following up on time sheets, expense reports and billing to clients
2004 - 2005

FORMAVEC (Vocational training association for adults)

Executive assistant/Office Manager/Trainer
  • Assisting the director in creating a vocational training association : locating and contacting potential funds, locating the BIDs, searching potential partners
  • Creating the training program for the association
  • Training adults on secretarial and computer skills then guiding them in their job searches
2002 - 2003

ALLEN & OVERY, then DAVIS POLK & WARDWELL (International law firms)

Executive assistant to International Capital Markets’s department partner
  • Personal assistant tasks (administrative formalities)
  • Translation work
  • Implementing and managing a new filing system for the office
1996 - 2001

SULLIVAN & CROMWELL (International law firm)

Bilingual executive assistant to partners
  • Coordinating several secretarial departments (such as those of the parties implied in a financial transaction)
  • Reviewing and circulating press clippings on subjects of particular interest to the office
  • Testing the skills and then training newly hired secretaries
  • Taking over specific tasks of the lawyers in their absence (including acting as the main contact person and coordinator for clients’ public relations offices that were filing press releases with the New York Stock Exchange and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington)
  • Organizing business and personal trips, transfers and relocations of executives in Paris


2006 - 2006

Certificate of transcriber-editor

Post secondary diploma
1987 - 1989

BTS Assistante de direction

Two-year technical degree in executive secretarial skills


Sylvie Seksek acts as an independent consultant, trainer and facilitator.

She worked for more than 20 years as an executive assistant, legal assistant and office manager for prestigious international corporate law firms (such as Sullivan & Cromwell, Baker & McKenzie, Allen & Overy, Jones Day..), consulting compagnies (AT Kearney, Booz Allen Hamilton) and investment funds (French sovereign fund Fonds Stratégique d’Investissement), before moving on to work as a freelance.

Her areas of expertise are secretarial and office management fields.

As a trainer, she works for Cegos, Demos or Comundi, the largest providers of training courses in France.

Sylvie also provides auditing and recruitment services designed to suit employers budget and needs in office management and secretarial support.

Sylvie speak French, English and Italian.

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