Alexandria loves her job as Financial Analyst and it comes through when she talks about it
“I can honestly say I love my job and that makes all the tough times worth it.”
Name: Alexandria Carpenter
Job title: Financial Analyst
What area of Sky do you work in? Commercial Finance, Customer Service Group
How did you get to where you are now? I studied for my CIMA qualification while working full time at a large bank. Having to juggle a lot of study and full-time work was challenging at times (not to mention the impact on my social life!) but allowed me to put what I was learning into practice and overall has given me excellent experience.
Describe a typical day… There is no typical day in CommercialFinance! I do a lot of stakeholder management, add commercial context around monthly reports, budgeting, forecasting, 5 Year Plan, monitoring the budget, challenging spend within my business areas, look at new business case proposals, project work…the list goes on and all of these things are touched on daily. I look after a business area which has 6 smaller business areas within it and each area looks at different things so there is always something new to learn and get stuck into.
What do you specialise in and work with on a daily basis? I specialise in getting into the heart of the business to help drive improvements in performance, reduce costs, look at new initiatives/ways of working and provide advice and insight on all financial matters within my area. This role is not just your typical number crunching accounting role, it’s about really understanding the wider business and the external environment in which we operate and taking this into consideration when making decisions.
Describe your work/life balance at Sky? My work/life balance is excellent. We all have laptops which allow us to work from home if needed and means we don’t have to take days off to wait in for the gas man. There is an on-site gym which I make good use of before work and also means I miss the morning traffic. Generally speaking, provided the work is done and you work your required hours, I’d say we’re pretty flexible.
What’s the most enjoyable thing about your job? Variety! There are no two days the same. My priority list at 9am on a Monday morning will often change several times throughout the day and it’s just all part and parcel for working for such a fast paced, innovative company. The Commercial Finance function really is at the heart of the business and our input is valued.
What would be your advice to someone who’d want to do what you’re doing? One of my tutors once said to me ‘short term pain, long term gain’ and this stuck throughout my studies and it’s so true! Of course, it’ll be tough going at times but I can honestly say I love my job and that makes all those tough times worth it.
An interesting fact/something no one else knows about you? I hate the feeling of cheese on my hands and wear food gloves if I have to touch it.
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