This client applied for the role of Management Accounting Coordinator in local government (a council in Victoria), and gained a job interview. A three-page statement was prepared to address five selection criteria. Following are excerpts from two of the criteria.

Demonstrated experience in leading, managing and developing staff.

In my current role as Financial Controller at EEE Ltd, I lead, manage and develop a team of four finance staff. I built the team from one Accounts Payable (AP) staff member to a larger-numbered, highly productive and professional team of finance personnel. In addition to developing and implementing a human resources plan for the finance function, I also drew on the team’s expertise and as such, developed the AP and Accounts Receivable (AR) staff members to enable them to take on additional areas of responsibility and to develop professionally. In combination with skilful recruitment and team dynamics planning, my expertise in developing existing resources, in capturing tacit knowledge of the organisation, and in promoting a culture of continuous improvement have been instrumental in sustaining a highly productive team, and a team that can boast high levels of morale (both at an individual and team level) and job satisfaction.

Substantial and demonstrable experience and skills in Management Accounting.

As Commercial Manager at BBB Pty Ltd, I supported substantial business expansion through the development of dynamic forecasts, strategic plans, success criteria, and business plans. To ensure these targets were feasible in practice, I trained and mentored new managers to facilitate understanding of what was required of them in the performance and reporting areas, and to explain the commercial and accountancy functions. Whilst in this role, the company was realising a phase of aggressive growth. A major part of my role during this period of growth involved developing growth forecasts, applying assumptions and developing models based on these assumptions. As a result, the company was able to support a five year growth strategy to turnover $130M; EBITDA performance improved by 45%; revenue growth was up by 15%; and tighter cost controls were established. Furthermore, this resulted in market expansion and a successful investment to the business.

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