We talk to Marta about her role as an Accounts Semi-Senior here at The Accountancy Partnership.
Give an overview of the duties, functions, and responsibilities of your job.
Preparing accounts, tax returns, vat returns and helping clients with their queries.
What is a typical working day like for you?
Every day is different, but it is really important to have a system in place. Emails are the starting point for most of my days, and I’ll have a quick look to see if there is anything urgent. Then I jump into doing a set of accounts, as I like doing them first thing in the morning.
I usually take a break around 1pm and go for a jog with my colleagues. Then after lunch it’s on to accounts submissions, or tax and VAT returns, and any emails received for the rest of the day.
What particular challenges do you regularly encounter?
We work to a 24-hour response time for queries and emails, and it can be challenging to make sure we keep to this during particularly busy times of the month, such as VAT deadline day.
What are some of the biggest challenges faced by your clients?
Our clients are often great at running their business, but need our help in the accounting world. Clients are always very grateful for us helping them manage deadlines, and for taking the time to explain accounting terms in language they can understand. The biggest fear and challenge they usually have is calling HMRC.
How are you able to use your skills to solve problems for them?
I am fully AAT qualified and because I am still in college mode, I always keep up to date on the latest tax rates and any new legislation. We always try to look into as many options as possible, rather than simply telling a client that something cannot be done. When there is a problem, we always seek solutions.
What is your favourite part of the job?
This must be the support that’s provided by managers and colleagues when needed. We are professionals with smiley faces and a happy approach.
What do you like most about working for The Accountancy Partnership?
The office culture is great – it’s a nice place to come to work every day. Also, can’t complain about the catered lunches twice a week or gym availability.
What skills do you find most useful to do your job?
I would say time management. With deadlines, emails, and ongoing workload, you need to be able to balance your day. I find writing my day down on a planner and planning my week really helps. Try to stick to the plan as much as possible!
Where’s your favourite place to visit on days off?
Mountains. I love mountains, and there is nothing better than early morning trekking, afternoon rock climbing, or winter snowboarding, followed by hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows, sitting next to fireplace.
Tell us about your proudest achievement.
I represented Great Britain in Handball.
How would your colleagues describe you?
Spontaneous, animal lover, dedicated athlete, great secret keeper.
What are you reading/binge watching at the moment?
Friends! It’s on our TV 24/7. I can watch it muted and I will still say all the lines correctly.
Who do you admire, and why?
As sport is a huge part of my life, it has to be a great athlete (Handballer), Nora Mork. She showed me that noting is impossible, and that hard work and discipline always pay off. As injuries are part of being an athlete I learnt how to fall and rise over and over again and never give up.
She showed me that the most important thing is to be in competition with yourself, not others, and that your teammates aren’t your enemy – they are family. She partly helped make me the person I am today.
What question would you really like to answer, and what’s the answer?!
Q. If you could only keep one of your senses, which one would it be?