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Jake Hawkes- Accounts Assistant
The latest interview in our Day in the Life series is with Jake Hawkes, Accounts Assistant at ICD Europe.
‘My role is quite diverse. I support the accounts team but I’m also heavily involved in stock management, and I even dabble in updating our website content!
As Accounts Assistant, a typical day might see me sending out invoices, organising supplier payments and reconciling the bank statements. I also deal a lot with our US office.
Each week I do a cash flow statement so the MD can see what’s going out and what's coming in.
On the stock side, I basically manage the movement of stock. I enter materials on to the system when they come in, track any movements within the warehouse and record any variations in weight. For example, once stock is processed, the weight may change.
I also manage our weekly and year-end stock take. We recently migrated to a new system for this, so I’ve been involved in specifying the design of the new system and getting everyone ready for the change.
As you can see, my day job keeps me busy! But I’m also studying for a CIMA accounts qualification, so I make time during the week to study too.
It can be hard at times to juggle everything I’ve got on at the moment. Accounts, stock and studying – it’s a case of balancing all three and putting effort into each one. I know it’ll be worth it in the end though, and I’ll be getting a valuable qualification at the end of it.
ICD is a very inclusive business; the departments aren’t separate like you find in some companies. We all pitch in together, socialise together and get along really well. Everyone is from different backgrounds and ages, so you get to know people you wouldn’t otherwise meet. We make sure we get the work done but it’s fun at the same time. It feels like it’s one team working together. It’s a great place to work.
During my time off, I mainly like to relax with my partner. I’m renovating my house so I do a lot of work on that too.’