2015-05: NOMAX trading in Piekary Śląskie, Silesia, Poland

First meeting with a new concept

It has been a warm and sunny weekend when 13 participants, Controllers and Consultants from Romania, Croatia, Slovenia, Poland and Germany met in Piekary Śląskie, Silesia, in the south-west part of Poland at NOMAX trading.

Most of the participants arrived already the evening before, so they could have a typical polish meal in the Rezydencja Luxury hotel restaurant, one of the best in Silesia. The next morning some used to have a short visit to Bytom, an old diggers-town with a changeful past.

The meeting started at noon with a warm reception by Lukasz Janus, one of the (family-)owners of NOMAX trading and the personal presentation of all workgroup members.

In the beginning – after– Janusz and Mateusz Rozanski (Controller), Anna Domagala (head of sales) and Alexey Galuskin (head of production) gave an introduction into the company. More than 250 employees are producing meat-nets especially for the polish markets. As market-leader in Poland with a market-share of about 80% they intend to penetrate the European Union market with their innovative products and flexible production. A walk to the production lines gave us an impression of the modern structure of this company.

Nevertheless Janusz asked us to look at NOMAX trading with open eyes, because after so many quite successful years for people working there for more than 10 years the view to the companies chances is limited.

The Consultants and Controllers, all with at least 5 years experience in this business, had many questions, ideas for change and chances, suggested new ways of thinking.

The workgroup leader asked the NOMAX-management before to think about some questions we should help to answer. These had been:


  • 1.      How to enter German / European market of meat packagings?
  • 2.      How to establish production plant in Ukraine in regards to current geopolitical situation?
  • 3.      Sales controlling as motivation and assessment tool
  • 4.      Revision of management KPI’s dashboard
  • 5.      How to implement robust cost reduction program across the whole company?

The Controllers added:

  • 6.      Administration processes and costs – ways for renewal and reduction
  • 7.      What kind of recommendations to initiate the strategy-process

In the evening we have been invited to a exquisite dinner in our hotel.

The next morning we started to form 3 teams, each consisting of members from different countries to work on the topics (1) European markets, (2) sales controlling and (3) management KPI´s dashboard.

After a short lunch the groups presented their first ideas, results of the team-discussion and presented their intended going on for the next months work. In October 2015 we will meet again in Silesia to present and discuss the results of the international workgroups teams.

At 4 pm we left sunny Silesia with good impressions and the feeling to have got new friends following the international workgroups motto:
come together, work together, learn together, develop together

Polish-German-Work Group

The forerunner of the international work group has been the polish-german-work group, founded in 2010 by members of the Poznan and of the Berlin-Brandenburg-work groups.

The work group-leaders until 2014 had been very succesful Silke Lehmann (Berlin) and  Gosia Podskarbi (Poznan).

2014-04: Session in Lübben, Spreewald, Germany


German - Polish work group in full swing

On the 11th and 12 april 2014 16 Controllers from the regions of Greater Poland (Poznan ), East Poland ( Lublin ) and Berlin-Brandenburg met in Lübbenau in the Spreewald to learn to know more about the subject BigData and evaluate potencial  applications for the controller.

Three preparation groups , always mixed with controllers from Poland and Germany have met before in Poznan and Berlin to prepare the topics and to present at the meeting:


  1. What is BigData and what is different to Business Intelligence ?
  2. From BigData to one-page -only
  3. How can companies challenge BigData -
    Risks / opportunities for controllers and the society

The presentations and discussions were for the first time all held only in English. For some strange - but everyone got used to it ( and if necessary a colleague helped with a missing word!)

After the presentation we went into working teams, only interrupted by a spring-like boat ride on the Spreewald-channels.

In the evening there were of course a lot of opportunities to learn from each other, to meet and exchange ideas ; overall a successful working group session.

The next meeting of the work group will take place on June 05th and 6th, 2015 and then in october 2015.


2011-11: Session in Falkenberg near Frankfurt/Oder, Germany

I am sorry, in german:

2. Tagung der Deutsch-Polnischen Arbeitsgruppe:

Thema „Controllingprozess“

Am 5.-6.11.2011 in Falkenberg / Brandenburg, Hotel am Gabelsee

Die vorbereiteten Präsentationen des Vorbereitungsteams:

  • 1. Überblick über das Controlling-Prozessmodell der IGC
    Dr. Walter Schmidt, ask (Berlin), Bärbel Kuhn, Alba Management GmbH (Berlin)
  • 2. Funktions-Controlling
    Malgorzata.Podskarbi, VW (Poznan), Maria Sienkiewicz, VW (Poznan), Jakub Tomaszewski, VW (Poznan)
  • 3. Projekt- und Investitions-Controlling
    Harald Pick, Wall AG (Berlin), Silke Lehmann, BCIA GmbH (Berlin)
  • 4. Management-Reporting
    Agata Blumczyñska, VW (Poznan), Marian Kubiak, VW (Poznan), Mikolaj Demby, VW (Poznan)


Unsere Arbeitsergebnisse

Das Vorbereitungsteam:

Die Teilnehmer des Vorbereitungstreffens bei VW in Poznan (Posen) am 19.3.2011
Von links nach rechts Małgorzata Podskarbi, Dr. Walter Schmidt, Maria Sienkiewicz, Mikolaj Demby, Agata Blumczyñska, Harald Pick, (Silke Lehmann fotografiert)

Und hier geht’s zur ICV Internetseite unserer polnischen Kollegen

1. Deutsch-Polnische Tagung / 46. AK-Tagung Berlin-Brandenburg

Bei den folgenden Kurzfilmen könnt ihr miterleben, wie erfrischend und interessant sich die Zusammenarbeit gestaltet hat.

Das 1. Vorbereitungstreffen in Poznan, Polen

Beim Gegenbesuch zum 2. Vorbereitungstreffen in Berlin

und die Tagung des deutsch-polnischen Teams in Lagow, Polen.

Zu Finden auch beim Controller-TV.

2010-04: sessions of both ICV-work groups Poznan and Berlin-Brandenburg on Lagow castle

in German:

AK-Sitzung am 22./ 23.04.2010 auf Burg Lagow

"Aufbau eines nachhaltig wirkenden Controllings"


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