1) Please share with us your background before joining AnyMind Group I was in the accounting line all along since my undergraduate days. I had previously worked in a consultancy firm and an F&B company before joining AnyMind Group!
2) Explain like I’m five: What do you do in your role, and how does it fit into the wider range of AnyMind Group’s business? Simply put, I count money! 🤑
Together with my team (both local and regional), we have to ensure that the company’s financials are accurate and in good health (this is a very important function now that we are listed). We also have to work closely with all the departments as finance will always be involved in some way.
3) How has your time been at AnyMind so far? What are the things that stand out to you about the company? It has been…. Exciting! When I joined the company 6 years ago, we had about 150 staff. Now in May 2023, we have over 1300 staff! There are constantly new ideas to work on, new challenges to face, new things to learn and new people to meet!
One thing that stands out and which I really appreciate the company for is that we get to grow with the company. There are so many opportunities for growth and development.
4) How is it like working as part of your local team and also as part of the wider regional unit? What are the unique quirks or habits of the team? Working in the local team is like making sure that our layer of the cake is done well before it combines with other entities and regional team’s work to make up the entire cake, in this case, the company’s financials.
5) What are some key traits that you feel people in your role should have, and why? I think the AnyMind values already state the key traits:
- “Be Open” to share Finance’s procedures and listen to others’ point of view
- “Be Bold” to take on new challenges and tasks
- “Move Faster” to ensure that we meet the tight deadlines
- “Stay Updated” not only on the company’s products and direction, but also changes in the accounting and local country’s regulations
- “Achieve Together” to work together with the Finance team as well as all other departments
6) What is an often misunderstood aspect of your role? Maybe that we look at numbers all day long? However, we do more than that! Apart from crunching in numbers and calculating amounts, we also do investigation work, planning, analysis, forecasting etc, and we do need communication skills to effectively collaborate with other departments, stakeholders and third parties too.
7) What is that one favourite local food that you would like to introduce to readers? Fried Hokkien Mee (SG version, not the KL one) It’s a mixture of thick rice vermicelli and yellow noodles steeped in prawn and pork bones broth, stir fried with eggs, squid, pork slices, a handful of beansprouts and topped with lime and pork lard. The sambal chilli is not to be missed! Every mouth is shiok (delicious)!
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