#272: Even Transactional Finance can be Business Partnering

with Simone Collins

Our Guest Mentor:

With 10+ years of industry experience in business partnering, Simone is currently Finance Business Partner in the UK for a well-known entertainment brand. She has been in both regional and corporate FP&A roles in telecoms, technology and insurance industries, supporting her partners in financial planning and analysis and business partnering. Together with other like-minded FP&A professionals around the world, Simone is engaged with Associated of Financial Professional (AFP) in job task analysis and item writing for the FP&A certification exams.

Simone is originally from Macau in SE Asia. She is a Fellow of ACCA, a certified FP&A and has an MBA from Manchester Business School.

Key Quotes From the Episode: 

“We are far from each other yet so near because of technology.” [3:41]

“[Accounting & Finance Professional] half the time we spend on numbers the remaining half is spent dealing with people.” [03:59]

“Even if you’re doing transactional work in finance you are actually a business partner.” [11:13]

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

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Key Points From the Episode:

– Getting more virtual in learning finance to learn and share best practices in the profession

– Key actions to adapt to make the transition easier from technological industry to insurance company;

o Feel what yourself are getting into

o Be brave

o Talk to the underwriters

– Finding business partnering opportunity roles in whatever position you maybe

Time Stamped Show Notes

[02:44] – Simone shares her recent participation to the virtual summit in support to COVID-19 frontline personnel as a way to give back to the community.

[03:36] – Getting more virtual in learning finance to learn and share best practices in the profession.

[04:39] – Simone shares her journey in accounting and finance as an auditor to private companies, working with government, as well as holding finance roles across several industries such as: telecommunications & media, software development, insurance and entertainment.

[08:37] – Key actions to adapt that made the transition easier from technological industry to insurance company:

o Feel what you are getting into

o Be brave

o Talk to the underwriters

[11:47] – Doing transactional work in finance is still a business partnering.

[13:39] – Finding business partnering opportunity roles in whatever position you maybe. What is a partner, you don’t walk the path alone. Dropping finance from the role title finance business partner

[16:53] – Simone’s best advice ever received.

[20:21] – Great books for the audience to read, suggested by Simone.

[24:29] – Finance and accounting professional nowadays came from a variety of experiences not just from the traditional practice.

[26:25] – Best way to connect with Simone.

[27:18] – Simone parting thoughts about that silver lining in the clouds

Resources Mentioned:

Books:

Paperback

A Really Huge Christmas Carol, Believe Me: ( Don’t Mourn, Satirize ) by Alec Pruchnicki https://www.amazon.com/Really-Huge-Christmas-Carol-Believe/dp/1483590135/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Paperback

Working With Americans: How to Build Profitable Business Relationships by Allyson Stewart Allen and Lanie Denslow https://www.amazon.com/Working-Americans-Profitable-Business-Relationships/dp/0273656260

Connect with today’s guest: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/simone-da-silva-collins-16543

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