Isabel Portela

Loyal to working hard.

Isabel has a degree in Economics, an executive master in Project Management and a 21-year long career at Sonae. Proactive and autonomous since her student times, when she took the initiative to work in her Summer time to prepare for the work market. At the time, Isabel applied for an internship in administration and finances department to compensate the practical knowledge she found her degree to lack. The learning pursuit went on developing and implementing several projects that improved her company administrative and financial procedures. During her career, she has accomplished success in different projects and teams standing up to the challenge. Isabel’s secret is to discuss ideas, not people and keeping the focus on the results. Resilience is her main asset, if it has to be done she will do it regardless the overnight or weekends it costs.

A passionate woman that goes all the way for what she is committed to. Like once by joining her hometown soccer cheering squad when they were on the run for the 1st division or now, reading every night, even if it is just a line to maintain the habit.


Nationality Portuguese
Languages Portuguese, English, Spanish

Main skills

Project Management

Leadership

Problem Solving

Creativity

Achiever

Projects

SAP-FI implementation - Sonae (1998)

Cash & Treasury Reengineering: processes and systems - Sonae (2002)

Seguros Continente launch (2008)

Supplier Relationship Management (project team award in Convention Sonae MC - 2013)

Continuous Improvement - Sonae (2014)

Future Professional Interests

Corporate Management, Strategy

Business Development

Planning and Control Management

Career Goals

Apply all the knowledge and experience acquired throughout Isabel’s academic and professional path, in order to deliver meaningful and impactful projects/businesses. Be constantly challenged and reach a top management position.

Likes & Curiosities

Reading

Travelling

Photography

Playing the organ

Touristic castle guide (youth)

“The only way to do great work is to love what you do.”

Steve Jobs

Timeline
2017
Executive MBA
2014
Post Graduation Project Management (won the company project challange award)
2003
Mother for the first time
1998
Got married
1996
Started working at Sonae
1995
Economics degree
Resilient
Goal oriented
Energizing
Teamwork
Leadership

Top 5
Strengths

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