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karen mcinerney
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Group Financial ControllerComputacenter plc
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Trainee Auditor, Audit Assistant Manager, Tax Specialist, Audit Manager (in Singapore), Financial Accountant, Group Accountant, Financial Controller

Manage the department that provides finance services to the Group.

Group Financial Controller
Computacenter plc

I have been with my current employer for 25 years so I would say this is my favorite job - Being Group Financial Controller means no two days are the same

I am a Group Financial Controller of a leading IT services Company in Europe. I work in an industry where leadership teams are predominantly male and I am passionate about helping female colleagues to build confidence so that they are able to compete. I beleive this work starts early and while acting as a guide leader, my mantra was always to help to develop skills for the workplace.
Accounting, banking & finance

My insights are:
Work Hard
Speak up and make sure you are heard
Don't be afraid to take risks - sometimes you will fail but you will always learn
Be authentic - don't try to pretend to be someone else
Treat people how you would hope to be treated yourself

My Education
BA(Hons) Accounting and Financial Analysis
Chemistry, Geography, Mathematics
Oxclose School, Washington, Tyne and Wear

I loved Maths because I found it reasonably easy. I also loved subjects that relied on applying a type of logic rather than simply learning things. That bias to logic heps me in my current role because it means I want to give people policies and structure, so they can understand decisions and make them themselves rather than trying to second guess what the boss might want.

More about me

I lead a team of 200 people who provide finance services across the Group. The key skills, in addition to the technical accounting and financial knowledge required in the role, include communication skills, strategic thinking, managing people, setting out a vision, stakeholder management and project management

After University, I qualified as an accountant in 1990 having been sponsored by a large firm (KPMG) to undertake the professional exams. I then worked in a number of roles in the Accountancy profession - this was a great chance to develop skills and my advice is to grab every opportunity to go on courses or to speak in public - It really helps you to be more confidence.

I always wanted to be an accountant - although I didn't really know what that was. I only knew that my Father was an accountant and I thought that being good at Maths would be useful

Confidence and being clear on the unique skills would mean I was more demanding and less accepting.

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