Rugby mad Rory shares his experience with us as a Finance Grad

The people behind sky posted on 23 Jul

Rugby mad Rory shares his experience with us as a Finance Grad

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Name:  Rory Woodland

Job title: Assistant Financial Analyst (Finance Graduate)

What area of Sky do you work in?  Finance Delivery - Actuals Reporting Team (ART)

How did you get to where you are now?  Cardiff University. This is my first job since graduating in 2016 with a 2:1 in Accounting and Finance. It turned out to be a wise choice of degree because I’m exempt from 8 CIMA exams!

Describe a typical day…  The nature of the role in ART is that during the financial month-end I have to work at a fast pace to prepare the monthly profit and loss figures, perform accounting adjustments and analyse any variances to forecast. We work to strict deadlines so we can report quickly to our Group and Commercial Finance colleagues. During the mid-month period much of my time will be working on the KPI and Broadband Tech Team Dashboards, improving process and ensuring a smooth invoicing process with our Logistics and Repair providers.

What do you specialise in and work with on a daily basis? I work in the Reporting team supporting Home Serve and Supply. I look after the costs for the Van Fleet, SMobile Logistics, and overheads. During month-end I work closely with commercial finance to explain any variances in actual spend compared to their forecast and look to provide insightful commentary for the P&L and balance sheets which in turn will help drive business decisions.

Describe your work/life balance at Sky? The work life balance is really good, which is especially important to me when balancing work, studying for my CIMA accounting qualification, playing rugby and having a social life!

What’s the most enjoyable thing about your job? Being given responsibility to take ownership over your areas early on, making a positive impact in your area, and when you get the chance the odd game of table tennis in the office!

What would be your advice to someone who’d want to do what you’re doing? Apply! Working here is a great opportunity - fully supported studies with lots of study leave, great networking events at Quarterly Grad Forum, and opportunities to work across Europe. It’s an exciting company to work for with new products, projects and opportunities launching all the time.

An interesting fact/something no one else knows about you?  I was lucky enough to play Scottish Premiership rugby and reach the quarter finals of the Scottish Cup with Boroughmuir RFC.