My Career in Finance
This post was produced by Morag Kent, Head of Marketing, Sodexo Sports and Leisure
Jo started her career in finance after gaining a degree in History, starting out with MyTravel (later taken over by Thomas Cook) and working in a variety of roles in financial reporting mainly for the retail division. After the company was bought by Thomas Cook, she moved to Peterborough for a year to work on the transition of the two companies. Finding that she missed the North, Jo soon returned to Manchester and started her career at Sodexo as the Financial Controller for Corporate Services. After several restructures she then moved into her current role at Sodexo Prestige as Head of Operational Finance, and has now been with the company for just over five years.
A typical day in her role can involve anything from preparing financial models for new business and re-tenders and preparing reporting for month end reviews, to involvement in segment and company-wide projects, budgeting and forecasting.
I love the variety of the role which means I am involved in bids and contract improvement projects,’ she tells us. ‘I also work with a great team who are very dedicated and passionate about the business, so that makes all the difference. Key focus for the coming year for finance will be to support new business tenders and the profitable growth of the segment with real emphasis on improving low performing contracts through initiatives such as the casual labour improvement project, driving technological improvements via SAP and Optimo and improving the reporting and analysis that we can provide to the business.’
Jo also loves to travel, having explored Thailand and Singapore and hopes to visit Australia or Bali in the coming months. ‘I am also on the seemingly never ending journey of keeping fit so have discovered spinning recently and love it,’ she says. ‘I just need to keep up the good work!’.
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