A day in the life of a Finance Business Partner

The scope of career opportunities available in the Languages Services industry extend further than just translating and interpreting roles and these roles are critical to the effective running of any Language Service Provider (LSP).

The next in our series of blogs on careers within the Language Services industry focuses on Finance Business Partner, Adam Majeed, and his insights into the world of Finance.

Describe what do you do on a day-to-day basis?

Apart from counting beans and tinkering with my fantasy football team, a typical day at the moment includes:

Describe your journey through the industry and how you got to your current job role

I graduated with a degree in Accountancy and Finance and after starting a temporary role with Capita Translation and Interpreting (Capita TI), I was offered a permanent role with the company.

My Journey has been in line with the growth of Capita TI. I started off as an Accounts Assistant, progressing to Management Accountant before my current role as a Finance Business Partner. There are many opportunities to develop yourself and progress with Capita TI if you have the drive and determination to succeed.

Why did you choose to move into a career in Finance?

I always loved problem solving and working with numbers; it is something I have always been good at and so it seemed like a natural choice for me, and a choice that I am glad I made every day!

What are the most challenging aspects of your job and why?

Financial forecasting can be challenging, but when you have historical information to guide you it can be an enjoyable experience. Refusing credit for a potential customer can also be particularly challenging when you have to explain that the number of offices or the professional look of a website doesn’t necessarily make a company creditworthy. Despite the effort and work put in to bring in a sale, cash is king, and a sale is only truly crystallised when the cash hits the bank. Generally, I will try to find a solution for the customer where the sale can still go ahead, keeping both the Sales team and the Finance department happy!

The most challenging aspect of the job, however, is meeting deadlines when working with large volumes of data, or when data is not readily available as Excel often crashes! Being able to remain calm under pressure is critical here and it is very rewarding when a deadline is met.

Remember:  “DON’T LIMIT YOUR CHALLLENGES, CHALLENGE YOUR LIMITS

What are your favourite aspects of your job and why?

Not counting beans but helping to grow them by working on challenging assignments and producing reports to help senior management make critical decisions. The finance department is extremely important to any business and it is satisfying to be a part of that as Capita TI grows.

What advice would you give to newcomers to the industry?

If you’re not a member of Mensa or have an IQ of 250, finance is not for you!

Joking aside – research which accounting body you would like to join and qualify with, as each specialise in different aspects of finance.  Keep calm, organised and always strive to improve on your skills. Finally, never give up!

What would you do if you weren’t a Finance business partner?

I would swim with the sharks as a Stockbroker, like on Wolf of Wall Street! Alternatively I would make use of my language skills in Punjabi and Urdu and become an Interpreter!

If you would like to find out more about a career as a Finance Business Partner, or in the Language Services industry in general, contact marketing@capita-ti.com. In the meantime why not visit our website to find out how we can help you with all your language requirements.



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