20 January, 2015

From the Big Four to top-flight retail

"Hi, I’m Jessica, I’m an ACA-qualified Accountant and I work in M&S Finance. 

"I’ve been with the business for nine months now. It’s been quite a change to come to work in the retail sector as I was previously working for one of the Big 4 accounting firms.

"My role focuses on managing the profitability reporting for General Merchandise and Food, as well as our retail stores and M&S.com. Sitting within the Internal Reporting team, I also spend a lot of time preparing internal management packs for Board meetings. These might include things such as progress against our KPIs and our outturn view of profit for the year, and I have to spend a lot of time working with people across the Finance function and other areas to pull these together.

"One thing that attracted me to M&S is the focus on Learning & Development. A variety of courses are offered through this programme, ranging from Technical courses on accounting matters, to more commercial ones, covering topics such as what it takes to run the M&S.com website, as well as developing soft skills such as negotiation. As well as developing my own skills, these also give me some context behind the numbers and make me feel in touch with what we are doing as a retailer.

"Whilst I am enjoying my role now, we are really encouraged to think about our future careers at M&S. Many people in Finance move around the business after around two years in role, which is great if you want a challenging and varied career."

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