Senior Manager, Finance
Please introduce your role at KPMG.
I’ve been with KPMG for 19 years and my career has evolved through a number of roles. I’m now a Senior Manager, Finance, Management Accounting, responsible for budgeting and financial reporting to different levels in the firm, i.e. country, cluster (four territories), Central and Eastern Europe and ultimately KPMG’s headquarters. This means that we need to take into account different accounting treatments and local specifics in order to comply with all the requirements.
What is your flexible working arrangement?
I have two young daughters and, since my return from maternity leave four years ago, I have been working at reduced hours, i.e. seven hours a day.
How do you benefit from it?
My working arrangement gives me time to be there for my kids and support them in their growing up and development in diverse areas. For example, they like dancing and are now part of a hip-hop dance crew. And like all children they need to focus on school as well. So it all requires a lot of commitment and time. But, at the end of the day, it feels amazing when you see them winning competitions and having a great time. My flexible work arrangement also allows me to practice my hobby which is props making.
How do you make it work?
It takes good planning, time management and prioritizing tasks. What is also essential is to have a good communication with your team. My colleagues know that they can rely on me just as I rely on them. Sometimes, depending on the workload and the tasks, I do stay at work or complete assignments later in the day when I have already put my daughters to bed. All this gives me the confidence that I can fit everything within a day and I don’t need to choose between family life and a career but I can have both.
How have you achieved success?
The flexible working arrangement has helped me to grow in my roles both as a mother and a professional. I was promoted to Senior Manager while working flexibly and I’m continuing my career development. I’m also happy in my role as a mother to my two girls and it’s the balance between the two that has been the key to success and self-fulfillment for me.
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