#PeopleStories: Finance Processing Executive
What do you do?
KONE is a multinational elevator company and we currently serve nine units of KONE which are: Australia, Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Philippines. A shared service centre basically handles specific operational tasks, such as accounting, payroll, compliance, purchasing and so on. What do I do at work? Every one of my teammates is given two units to handle and mine are Thailand and Singapore. As a finance processing executive, I mainly handle the incoming and also the outgoing cash flow of both KONE Thailand and KONE Singapore. I'm also tasked with keying our daily collection from customers based on their bank statements into our system and handling monthly payments to vendors. During the end of the month, I'm responsible to close all accounts and prepare a bank reconciliation report to make sure the entire amount tallies.
How did you get here?
I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Computational Mathematics. Yes, I am a math freak but I wasn't born with a mathematical brain so I had to put in a lot of effort to get to where I am now. I’ve always had a thing for math and when I heard this course was offered in Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT), I applied for it as my first choice via the government university application portal.
By God’s grace, I was accepted and ended up liking math even more. I loved the challenges of the course and how tough it gets every semester. Despite the challenges and high levels of difficulty, I managed to survive all of it and passed with flying colors. For six months, I took up a teaching job in a private school called A&O Centre of Excellence.
I taught Science and Mathematics for Year 7 (age 15-17). From that short six months experience, I realised teaching was not for me. I decided to start job hunting.
I am originally from Johor and the job prospects for mathematicians are few and far between, so I tried applying for jobs in KL and Selangor instead. I sent out many copies of my resumes but the results came back void. I chose to persevere! Finally, through Bright Prospect, I attended an interview for a job opening in KONE ASC – I’ve been here as a finance processor for a year now.
Why do you do it?
I like my job because there is something new to learn every day. Besides that, my colleagues are such amazing people. I have a really cool boss too! They are easily approachable and always ready to teach. My workplace is really fun because something random happens every day!
Who should do it?
Anyone with a finance, accounting or mathematics background are suitable for this job. There is so much more to learn besides the things you learn in university. Also, if you love numbers, this would be a fun job for you. You should also be a good team player and work well under pressure as it gets a little hectic during the end of the month.
Where can you work?
Mathematics is a wide field and it is relatively easy to get a job. I can jump into the banking and finance industry or any shared service centre with my experience gained in this company.