Beatriz Rivas, Finance Director for Moderna Alimentos

At Seaboard, we create career opportunities for select individuals that are passionate about working for a multinational company in exciting locations. We enjoy the challenges that come with operating a successful business with facilities around the world. Our team is made up of talented and diverse people that bring a unique blend of qualifications and experience to our company. The best way to learn about a career at Seaboard is to hear from our employees in their own words.

 

What is your job title and location?

I am the Finance Director for Moderna Alimentos, located in Quito, Ecuador. Moderna creates, produces and commercializes healthy quality products for the Ecuadorian food industry. We are an important wheat miller and have 5 plants in Ecuador with +750 direct employees and +2,000 indirect employees.

How long have you worked for Seaboard?

I’ve worked for Seaboard since July 2016

What are your responsibilities?

At Moderna, I am in charge of the following divisions: Financial Planning, Administration, Treasury, Risk & Collections and Internal Audit. We provide financial insight to increase efficiency and profitability.

What is your history/career path prior to Seaboard?

Before Seaboard, I was the CFO of Galletas Puig, a successful and well known Venezuelan food company with 105 years of tradition, 3,000 employees, and 3 manufacturing plants. My previous experience includes: Microsoft as Finance Director and BNP Paribas as Country Manager and CEO. I graduated from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon.  I have experience in multinational operations managing cross group and cross country boundaries. I  speak fluent English, French and Spanish.  I have worked for American, French and Venezuelan companies and this exposure has given me the ability to look at a situation from different points of view, allowing me to think outside the box. The exposure in the volatile financial behavior of an emerging country, not to mention the ever changing political factors, has been an aggregate value to assess business situations and forecast its impact on operations.

What do you enjoy most about working for Seaboard?

I enjoy Seaboard’s multicultural environment and diversity. We are all passionate about our job and enjoy the everyday challenges. We are down to earth and have fun doing what we do.

What’s your favorite story/memory about working for Seaboard?

My favorite experience thus far has been receiving Seaboard’s Wheat Shipments and seeing how through a manufacturing process, the wheat transforms into healthy and delicious products.

What important values do you think Seaboard delivers on?

  • Global and multicultural environment
  • Leverage diversity as a competitive advantage
  • Accountability
  • Passion for what we do

What surprised you most about your job?

At Moderna our passion for what we do nourishes people; there is magic on being a part of a manufacturing process that translates into amazing tangible healthy products. I love the food industry.

We have 5 plants and make +430 SKU’s. Moderna is fresh, young, healthy and fun. We work hard and are empowered to create and add value. In my professional experience, I have found that people in the Food Industry are usually very “down to earth” and authentic.

The people at Moderna are very warm and welcoming. They made me feel right at home. I had only been working at Moderna for a week, and it was touching to be surprised with a delicious cake and celebration from the whole team for my birthday.

How do you spend your free time? What do you like to do in the city where you live?

I spend my free time travelling inside the country. Ecuador is beautiful. Ecuadorians are welcoming and warm. The country is rich and full of tradition. It has been quite a nourishing experience. I have visited: Otavalo, Cotacachi, Quilotoa, Mindo, Papallacta, and of course all of our locations: Manta, Cajabamba, Cayambe, Amaguaña and Distribution Centers: Guayaquil, Calderon, Sto Domingo, Cuenca. Each place has its own charm.

 

What is your hidden talent? Or something most people don’t know about you?

I am a sommelier. It all started when I lived in France where I also studied French Literature. I did these studies in Venezuela in order to have a balance with the very financial side of me. Being a sommelier somehow increases your sensitivity and teaches you to appreciate everything in life, not only wine. You pay more attention to detail and you start to recognize and describe more subtle virtues and characteristics.