Name: Jasmine Sue
Job title: Finance Analyst at Topshop/Topman
Time in current role: 6 months
Jasmine works as a Finance Analyst at Topshop/Topman. When she’s not crunching through Microsoft Excel formulas she’s documenting her fashion styling projects, foodie excursions and travels on her blog www.jasminaparade.com. Follow her on Instagram @jasminaparade
How did you land your current job?
I moved to London in August 2015 after working at Ernst & Young for three years in Australia. After a short stint interning in the creative industries, I decided to go back to my accounting skillset and combine this with my interest in retail fashion. I applied for my current role within the Arcadia Group where I’ve worked since December 2015.
What are the key functions of your role?
I work within the Buying & Merchandising Finance team. Essentially the team I work with deals with all the numbers related to retail trade. We are responsible for reporting daily sales, forecasting, overseeing stock management in liaison with buyers and merchandisers, and preparing ad hoc analysis on various marketing campaigns.
Talk us through your typical day at work
My day always starts with coffee (flat white of course). In the morning I’ll report and distribute the previous day’s trade results. Depending on the day of the week or the week of the month I could be preparing sales forecast for the following week, pulling together a weekly executive performance summary, compiling a sales and stock summary for the merchandisers or preparing a sales analysis of a recent marketing campaign.
How would your colleagues describe you in three words?
Loud, crazy, Aussie.
Your favourite part of the job?
Liaising with people from other departments and collaborating with them to combine our skillets and produce quantitative and qualitative analysis.
…and the part you could do without?
Printing! I have a love/hate relationship with photocopiers. And when my Excel formulas return #REF!, #N/A! or #VALUE!
Plans for the future?
Do you have any advice for others aspiring to break into your field?
Whilst we’re not all book nerds, I’d recommend completing a qualification with ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) or CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants). Three years of your life sets you up for better career opportunities, not only in the UK but potentially globally. Short-term pain for long-term gain. LLY