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Meet Olivia Yu: Finance Executive, Malaysia

1) Please share with us your background before joining AnyMind Group
Before joining Anymind Group, I started my career as an individual tax consultant for 2 years plus, where I had the opportunity to explore more on Malaysia and international individual income tax matters. However, I changed my mind and dived into the finance industry to enhance my skill sets as it could be useful in the future whether I want to be an entrepreneur or a professional financial planner.

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?
In my role, I have to deal with the company’s financial data and transactions. Managing operational tasks like creating sales orders and invoices, follow up on overdue payment with clients and sales teams, and we work closely with other departments as well as regional teams.

We also handle the company’s accounts, calculate profit that the company is generating every month, cost controlling and managing the company’s cash flow. During the closing period, I will prepare the financial accounts and present it to the regional team on Malaysia market’s monthly financial performance together with my manager which helps the group have a better understanding of the Malaysia market’s performance.

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 great working at AnyMind for a year plus so far. The thing that stands out to me about the company is the people here at AnyMind are friendly and supportive where we work together as a team and support each other to reach the goal. In addition, working at AnyMind means I have the opportunity to work with international colleagues, experience different working cultures as well as to learn about different countries’ cultures.

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?
It is awesome to be part of the team where we grow together. It might be challenging sometimes but difficult roads often leads you to beautiful destinations. Taking on challenges as part of the opportunities to grow in the team so that I could equip myself with the necessary skill sets to go further.

5) What are some key traits that you feel people in your role should have, and why?
The key trait that one should have in a finance role is to be number-sensitive and detail-oriented because to be in a finance role, we have to deal with numbers all the time which requires us to stay focused and attentive to information in order to ensure accuracy.

Besides, it is crucial for one to have good time management as it can be challenging sometimes in juggling between work and personal life matters due to the increasing and challenging workloads which might drain you out in meeting the tight deadlines. However, I am glad that I have a team that is supportive and helpful. We help each other out when we face any difficulties.

6) What is an often misunderstood aspect of your role?
It might seem like an easy job =being in the finance role, where people often think that our job is only about calculation. In fact, we need to follow up on all the latest financial and taxation updates. Managing the company’s financial performance requires paying attention to all the tiny bits of information that seem to be unimportant to the rest, as we have to ensure accuracy before reporting to the group and management.

7) What is that one favourite local food that you would like to introduce to readers?
Talking about favourite food, my choice would forever be Sarawak Kolo Mee. It has been my favourite breakfast must-have food when I am in my hometown, Sarawak, a state of Malaysia. Kolo Mee is a Sarawak Malaysian dish of dry noodles tossed in a savoury pork and shallot mixture, topped off with fragrant fried onions, minced pork and sliced BBQ pork. A classic staple food in Malaysia, it could be for breakfast, lunch, dinner or anytime you feel like it. It is da bomb!

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