Spotlight on: Sarah Geary
Sarah Geary, Head of Finance at officebroker.com.
Sarah, who has been with the company since 2007, is responsible for all financial processes at officebroker.com. She manages a team of credit controllers who take care of invoicing and payment, ensuring a healthy cash-flow within the company, but her remit goes far beyond her official title of Financial Controller to incorporate other responsibilities such as building facilities, health and safety and HR.
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What do you do at officebroker.com, and what do you enjoy most about working here?
My role within officebroker.com is Financial Controller; I am responsible for overseeing the finance teams in the UK and the USA, and dealing with all accounting and financial reporting within the business. I like a challenge and some days are more challenging than others but no two days are ever the same.
Describe your corner of the office…
We have two pods of four and paperwork coming out of our ears! We are quite a chatty bunch and thrive on getting the money in.
What are your pet hates?
Spotlight interviews! Not really. Old people on the motorway, seriously they should be stopped. They sit so close to the windscreen holding onto the steering wheel for dear life and then they get overtaken by a caravan! No, they should be kept off the roads or at least until after dark when people in a hurry have finished their journey.
Also fast-scanning at supermarkets – there is nothing fast about them!
Who or what makes you laugh?
I usually laugh when I am not supposed to, which is amusing in itself unless you are at a funeral.
What do you do in your spare time?
With two teenagers and a husband I don’t get an awful lot of spare time but I do like good food accompanied with some nice wine.
What is top of your wish list?
Mmmm… this is a hard one as I change my mind like the weather. I like to travel so I think it would be something along those lines.
Tell us something that we don’t know about you…
Being born in the 70’s and having a creative mother let loose with cr├¬pe paper and papier-m├óch├⌐ I was frequently dressed up and paraded for whatever the current event was. She once dressed me as a petrol pump during the fuel shortage – “no flow petrol for striking performance”. I promptly won the competition but there were no arm-holes in the costume to collect the prize!
In fact some years later I was dressed as the angel Gabriel in the nativity play, my mom made the wings so big I had to walk down the aisle sideways and blocked out most of the cast whenever I turned round. Thanks Mom!
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