I'm Andy Harland, I'm Commercial Finance Director for EMEA. Now, my role is to look after the profitability of the business and to keep the senior leadership team up-to-date on the monthly trading, and understand when it comes to commercial proposals whether or not those pieces of business will be more or less profitable than what we currently have. So a wide range, really.
I just kind of fell into it really. I ended up on a grad scheme with National Grid Trans Co, and started to really enjoy the financial side, so then went and did my accountancy exams.
Normal working day? Very much around looking at how we are trading, which channels are up and down, and largely a lot of project work as well. I always thought I'd just be purely involved with sales, but actually it goes right through operations, marketing, and the world of finance teams as well.
Prioritization without a shell of a doubt, is a daily challenge. Most people think the world of commercial finance is just numbers. It really isn't, it does span an awful lot. I suppose it is that breadth that, is the shear amount of things that you get involved in.
I supposed the strangest thing I've ever received actually is, in a UK role, I got sent an email one day, saying 'I thought I'd seen it all', to do with damage on a car, and there was a picture of a baby rat that had nested in the car and chewed through all the wiring of the car.
I think we very much getting much more customer-focused, a quite diverse team actually, lots of different language speakers and some quite culturally different backgrounds. I think people need to be curious to go and to be presented with a problem, and try their absolute best to fully understand that problem. I think determination for sure. In a lot of cases, I think we tend to get the first answer and think 'okay, we've got it', so we dig a little bit deeper and sometimes the first answer isn't exactly what you expected. And I'd say, probably lastly, a sense of humour for sure. The analysts in my team, all have study support packages around things like if they want to do their accountancy training or the management training scheme that are run are really valuable.
So I think in general the package is really good from a training and support point of view. From an analytical perspective if you're a Junior Analyst coming through, I think there is a real diverse nature of what you can be involved in. So there is an awful lot to learn, but if you're curious and determined to do that, then you can get a huge amount out of it. I've been very fortunate in the managers that I've had here that have also helped; very friendly environment, people really want you to succeed and people are very generous with their time as well.
So yeah, from a career's point of view, it's a good place to be, to learn lots of different skills and really challenge yourself.