Jennifer Vaillancourt

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Vaillancourt,-JenJennifer Vaillancourt

Shaw’s Supermarkets
Director of Finance

Years with company:  Nine years

Education degree and professional/volunteer organizations:  BS in Finance from Boston College – Carroll School of Management, National Association of Professional Women

Mentors and how have they assisted you in your career:  Lisa Trumble, former CFO at Charter Professional Services in Salem MA, gave me my first push to move over from accounting into finance while working in the healthcare industry.  I have not looked back since.  Thank you, Lisa.  Shane Sampson, former Division President of Shaw’s Supermarkets believed in me when even I did not fully believe in myself.  Thanks for giving me a chance to shine.  I am forever grateful.

What are you most proud of in your career achievements?  Do you have a defining moment of your career to date?  After eight years as a senior financial analyst, I took a chance and asked for a promotion to director of finance when the position became available.  That was definitely my defining moment in my career to date.  Sometimes you cannot get ahead unless you directly express interest and take the reins of your own career.

Most challenging part of your job  The toughest part of my job was taking over this role during a challenging transitional point after a company buyout.  With little management experience, I was tasked with building a business-supporting finance team while taking on significantly more responsibility than I was used to in my former role.  That first year truly tested me, stretched my abilities, and helped build my confidence.  As hard as it was, I would not trade it for anything.

Advice for upcoming younger executives  When you figure out what you want in your career, do not listen when people say that you cannot have it.  Believe in yourself and never be afraid to ask for what you deserve.

Hobbies:  I love spending time with my husband, Keith and our two kids, Zoe and Zachary.  I also enjoy reading J.D. Robb novels, traveling, bowling and knitting.