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A week in the life of .... Andrea

This week we celebrate International Womens Day by taking a look at a week in the life of some of our female employees here at Atlas Copco.

Andrea Daniels - Business Controller, Desoutter

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I have been with the Atlas Copco Group for the last six years in the capacity of Business Controller. I currently work in the Industrial Technique Division, specifically for the CP Desoutter brand. My core responsibility is to provide the business with sound financial control (timely and accurate business and financial analyses to enable effective business decisions).

Working life varies from day to day. Some tasks can be quite routine in terms of dealing with recurring financial, customer and sales matters whilst others can include dealing with one off projects, working with HMRC, auditors or other external consultants, visiting customer sites and the list goes on. Albeit there are routine functions to the job, no two days are the same.

Monday

8:30 am meeting with internal sales staff/ order handlers to discuss logistics and invoicing issues. This sets the pace for activities for the rest of the work week.

Spent many hours during the day (on and off) responding to audit queries, speaking with external auditors and preparing statutory accounts. The Company is in the process of going through its statutory audit…a necessary evil!

12:00 pm meeting with the Project Team Manager to discuss progress, timing of projects and monthly reporting. This allows for a full review of the figures and provides an understanding for variances or unexpected changes in values to be reported.

Tuesday

An image of Andrea Daniels Desk
Monthly Meeting with internal staff to discuss work and general office related matters. This enables employees to express any concerns they have and also provides the forum for brainstorming to solve any issues that affects them, both individually and collectively.

Catch up with Credit Controller on collection and system issues, to discuss and agree best course of action.

Working with the Finance Hub (Brno/ Prague) in analysing/ reviewing accounting figures in preparation for month end reporting.

Continued working on statutory accounts and responding to audit queries

Wednesday

Monthly meeting with the Finance Hub to discuss group reporting matters. Here, issues that need to be solved prior to month end reporting are discussed and agreement is reached as to the flow for the upcoming reporting process.
Continued working on statutory accounts and responding to audit queries in addition to further preparation for month end reporting.

Thursday

9:00 am meeting with SAP support to address SAP Master data issues. Aim of the meeting was to arrive at an action plan to update the system with all relevant information on customers and vendors so communication can be in a more effective manner.

Meeting with external supplier to discuss Freight/ Customs. Putting plans in place so that subsequent to the Brexit transition period (ending 31.12.2020), there will be little or no disruption to the flow of goods for our customers and suppliers.

Continued responding to audit queries, preparing statutory accounts and working on month end reporting.

Friday

Weekly wrap up meeting with internal sales staff/ order handlers to assess the activities of the week and address any arising or upcoming issues.

Carrying out Day -1 group reporting activities. This involves reviewing stock, people management, accruals, prepayments (all jargon!) and other accounting activities.

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International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women's equality.

International Women's Day (IWD) has occurred for well over a century, with the first IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people. Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. IWD is not country, group or organisation specific.

#IWD2020 #EachforEqual

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