University : Chester
Degree : BSc Accounting and Finance
Job Title : Finance Graduate
I joined Atos as I wanted to begin my career within a multinational organisation that could offer me a variety of opportunities. The 6-month rotation structure of the Finance graduate scheme attracted me as I could gain experience within different areas of finance whilst studying towards CIMA qualifications. Atos has fully supported my studies and has offered me roles to gain the experience and knowledge that I need for my career path. There is a strong grad community from varied departments with regular social events.
My job summed up
I operate within a team of professional Management Accountants, as well as working with service/project managers and consultants. Part of my role is to review the profit and loss accounts and to challenge and amend any abnormalities to ensure the figures are accurate. I also have regular month end activities such as accruing costs, analysing cost reports and bridging budgeted profits with actuals.
A day in my life
Reviewing P&L by market or service line, checking for variances between forecasted figures and actuals. Then speaking to project/service managers in the business for explanations or to amend mistakes.
General business as usual activities – at month end I would calculate costs needed to be transferred/accrued and journal them. I would also calculate and post revenue, depending on the type of project. I would then create flash reports with explanations of revenue & OM figures to present to management.
Meetings with delivery managers about new contract wins and changes to existing projects. Participating in Capex reviews to forecast capital expenditure on key accounts for the remainder of the financial year.
Communicating with service and project managers in the business to help overcome any financial issues that occur. Investigating parked invoices and overcoming the issue in order to get them processed.
Group meetings and training for the Three Peaks Challenge as well as planning other social events. In addition, I organise weekly 5-a-side football for the Winnersh Triangle Business Park.