Read our one-on-one interview with a Group Accountant at a leading engineering business to get an idea of exactly what the role involves.
I am currently contracted by a market-leader in the engineering sector as a group accountant. It is very exciting to be here because at the moment the group has grown considerably after acquiring a large American company recently. I was primarily hired to help with the company’s half-year reporting process. I work in a team that is responsible for pulling information together from all the business’ subsidiaries and consolidating them into one overarching report for the whole group.
Good Excel skills are an absolute must. I also think you need to be numerate, a good problem solver and be able to pick internal systems up quickly. Being proactive and looking for work is important, particularly as I am a contractor. The more I work and the more duties I perform, the more I learn, which can only be good for my career.
I immigrated to the UK from South Africa a couple of months ago. On arriving, I registered with Robert Walters and I had two interviews within four days. Once I was offered this one, I grabbed the opportunity with both hands. Prior to relocating, I qualified with one of the ‘Big 4’ accountancy firms.
I was particularly keen to learn new ways of working and new systems. I also felt my knowledge of other systems could bring something new to the table and I really wanted to contribute to a new business.
Good Excel skills are an absolute must. I also think you need to be numerate, a good problem solver and be able to pick internal systems up quickly.
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