Under the Spotlight - Louise
Accounts & Purchasing Manager
The purpose of this is for our people to get to know you a little bit better, in a fun and relaxing way. So let’s get right into it…
First of all, congratulations on your 10th year Work Anniversary. That’s certainly something to be very proud of and we wish you many more successful years with Sinclair & Rush.
You were originally employed by Component Force and joined them on 18th December 2011. Tell us about those early days, what were you recruited to do for them and who did you report to at the time?
“I was originally recruited as Credit Control & Accounts Assistant and I reported to Kim. This was my first proper job after leaving school and I was very happy to be offered the job, considering I didn’t have any experience. I couldn’t wait to get started.”
Your career really took off following the acquisition of Component Force by Sinclair & Rush. How did you feel when you were offered the position of Accounts & Purchasing Manager following Janet’s retirement? That’s a very responsible job for someone who was still relatively young and inexperienced at the time.
“Privileged firstly, and I felt a great sense of empowerment in the sense that people believed that I could do the job, considering that I was so young. It was an uphill challenge and a steep learning curve for me but it was never dull, contrary to what people may think of accounting jobs.”
As you are essentially our “financial” guru within the company, what do you feel are the main priorities and responsibilities that you have to focus on, on a day-to-day basis? What makes you face each day with enthusiasm and positivity?
“From an Accounts perspective, making sure that my team is running smoothly and we’re hitting our deadlines because our job is very deadline focused. From a Purchasing perspective, I’d say making sure that we are chasing our suppliers and raising our purchase orders timeously so that we can remain on good terms with the Customer Service department.” (Louise gave a little giggle after this comment)
“Another one of my main priorities is making sure that my team members are coping with their workload, and not feeling overwhelmed. I keep in touch with them and support them by making myself available to them whenever they need assistance.”
If you were to give our younger employees any career advice, what would that be?
“Always ask questions. Don’t be afraid to speak up in a professional sense and never be afraid to raise your own profile. Make sure that you are always developing and learning – there should never be a time where you feel you have learned everything.”
What do you do to relax when you’re not at work?
“ I like to walk my dogs, go to the gym, and I enjoy yoga. I really want to get back into my knitting too. And I also enjoy watching my husband play rugby when I am not studying.”
Just a few more fun questions before I let you go…
Sunrise or Sunset? Sunrise
Summer or Winter? Winter
Dogs or Cats? Dogs
Rock or Pop? Rock
Favourite food? Anything that starts with a “ch” – chips, chicken, chocolate & cheese
Favourite drink? Sorry I know it’s boring but… Squash
Sharon, HR Manager.