At Careys, our employees positively impact our business, enabling our objectives and projects to be delivered successfully. From our regional offices to project sites, all of our employees commit to 'The Carey Way', striving for excellence in everything we do. Sharing her experiences, projects and implementing best practice, we caught up with our Finance Manager, Kerry.

Joining the Group:

I joined BDL Dry Lining in August 2012 as a Purchase Ledger Assistant prior to their acquisition by the Carey Group in September 2013, we moved to the Wembley Head Office as a Group in September 2014. Since then I’ve held various roles within the Finance team.

Current role and responsibilities:

As a Finance Manager I have responsibility for looking after the accounting management and financial reporting for Careys Civil Engineering. A large portion of my time is spent on completing the CVR (Cost, Value, Revenue) procedure and supporting the Commercial department to present an accurate financial view of our Projects. This information then flows into the management accounts pack along with information around cashflow and the balance sheet for Careys Civil Engineering which is used to complete the monthly board pack.  I also provide ad-hoc financial information when requested by other departments in the Group. As a Finance team we are always looking at how we can improve our processes and provide better information to the Group.

Why finance?

I studied accounting at university in Glasgow and decided that London would be the best place to pursue a career in Finance. When I applied for the position at BDL, I applied through an agency so at the time I didn’t realise the position was with a construction company. I’m not sure I would have sought out a career in construction, but it seems to have found me and it’s been a wonderful six years!

Breaking the mould:

I think a lot of people assume that we in Finance fit the stereotype of accountants, sitting at our desks with our calculators just waiting to tell everyone they’re spending too much money. That's not the case at Careys - we are here to provide support for all other aspects of the business, to provide them with the accurate and timely information they need. Other business units shouldn’t hesitate to ask us for this information, we really are here to help.

My biggest challenge:

The largest personal project that I took on since joining was completing my CIMA qualification. It was a lot of hard work but was made much easier as my day to day responsibilities complimented my studies. I also had a great deal of support from mentors within the company who had completed the same qualification. With several more recent members to our team studying towards their professional qualification, I look forward to providing the same support I received.

In one word I’d describe the culture at Careys as 'dynamic'.

Companies must avoid adopting a culture that is so rigid that it prevents them from adapting to changing situations. With the recent communication of The Carey Way strategy, Careys have promoted the culture as one that will evolve with its people as they strive for excellence by constantly questioning if what they are doing is the best way to do it, and to develop and implement best practice.

What I enjoy most about my role:

I enjoy the fact that no two days ever seem to be the same. Every day I feel like I’m contributing just a little more to the company, either through the work that I’ve accomplished, something new that I’ve learnt or by providing support to a colleague. I truly believe that Careys want their employees to succeed which makes Careys such a great environment to work in.

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