Ben Barnes works in the financial services sector as a Compliance Officer at Chaucer Syndicates. "We're the ones who liaise with regulators and other kind of legal bodies, just to make sure that the company is complying with laws and regulations that they have to do to be able to trade." He has a degree in ancient history and had to work hard to find a good job afterwards. At one insurance company he was frustrated to be pipped to the post by an internal candidate. "But you've just got to persevere, and my philosophy has always been that things happen for a reason." He got a much more challenging and expansive job at Chaucer in the end.
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Finance officers oversee book-keeping, general accounting and other financial and related clerical functions mainly within local government and a variety of public sector organisations.
Entrants will normally possess GCSEs/S grades (including maths), a finance-related qualification at an appropriate level and have relevant work experience.
- Oversees the recording and checking of daily financial transactions, the preparation of provisional balances and reconciliation of accounts
- Prepares or arranges the preparation of financial reports for managers
- Plans work schedules and assigns tasks to financial clerks
- Coordinates the activities and resources of finance departments.
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