#192: The Positive Impact Of Volunteering On Communities & Our Finance Careers with Ranu Sharma

with Ranu Sharma

Our Guest Mentor:

Ranu Sharma is a high calibre finance professional with over 10 years’ experience and a proven track record of delivering financial initiatives and building key relationships with business stakeholders.; carrying out successful external supplier negotiations, and leading numerous high profile projects whilst supporting multi million pound business divisions on a global scale.  

Ranu is currently the Senior Finance Business Partner – International Operations & Technology of Vocalink, a Mastercard company in LondonShe is also an active volunteer to The Girl’s Network and Working Options in Education. 

Ranu holds a CGMA designation, has a degree in Management Accounting from Brunel University London.  

Key Quotes From the Episode: 

[Building good working relationship with clients] giving the business tools and reports to track the performance of the business is fantastic, but to merely attach it to an email and send it when you could actually go over to the person, talk, build the relationship, discuss the results, discuss the reports and what they’re hinting at is far more value add. [05:13] 

No business owners will be interested in opening your emails if they don’t like you or they don’t have a good relationship with you. [08:52] 

“[Women at the management seat] being surrounded by men at the management seat is not intimidating. It was indeed challenge.” [20:00] 

(Other resources and how to connect with Ranu below). 

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Key Points From the Episode:

  • The value of human connection in building your career in business partnering     
  • 3 skills for fresh graduates who like to join business partnering 
  • Being more a people person 
  • It’s not for those who are still in the process of knowing themselves 
  • Understanding other people’s behaviour  
  • The importance of giving back. 
  • How volunteering has helped Ranu in her professional career. 

Time Stamped Show Notes 

[02:12] – Ranu shares his career journey as she enjoyed doing math early in her days. Pursue accounting and later qualified for the CIMA. Instead of just working behind her desk and with her vibrant personality she prefers to work with people that made way to business partnering.  

[04:43] – The value of human connection in making a career in business partnering     

[08:06] – 3 skills for fresh graduates who like to join business partnering 

  • They should be people person 
  • Not for those who are still in the process of knowing themselves 
  • Understand other people’s behaviour  


[10:13] – Killing it with kindness in dealing with employees including business partners.  

[13:32 Ranu shares her prioritization method on working with business partners especially those impacts with monetary values.   

[17:13] – Always give back and women can be great at what they do, Ranu’s message for The Girls Network including those younger members of finance. 

[22:14] – Ranu gives her insights on being an Ambassador for Working Options and importance of life skills and becoming invest-full individual. 

[25:14] – How volunteering has helped Ranu in her professional career. 

[28:18] – Always remain humble, the best advice Ranu ever received. 

[30:04] – Books that Ranu recommend to our audience to read. 

[31:30] – Best way to connect to Ranu. 

[32:31] – Ranu’s parting thoughts on being happy to whatever you do. 

Resources Mentioned: 

The Girls Network: https://www.thegirlsnetwork.org.uk/ 

Working Options: https://www.workingoptions.co.uk/ 


Good Reads 

The Secret by Rhonda Byrne https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52529.The_Secret 




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