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Wetherspoon is a fast-paced, dynamic business – and the finance team is no exception…

We strive constantly to maintain and improve strong financial control throughout the business, from ensuring that we comply with various standards and legislation to supporting and challenging the rest of the business to make sound financial decisions.

Each team in the department plays an important role in the success of the company, for example our accounts payable team which ensures that our thousands of suppliers are paid accurately and on time or our operations finance team which supports the pubs, along with regional teams, in the day-to-day running of the business.

Our stock finance manager’s story

I started working at J D Wetherspoon over 15 years ago as a part-time bar associate, before later moving into a full-time position as a shift manager. During this time, I completed the shift management training programme; this allowed me to develop all of the key skills and competencies required to work effectively as part of a management team, so common goals could be realised in running friendly, successful and profitable pubs. I also worked as a kitchen manager for several years; this was equally invaluable in understanding all facets and challenges of the business required in driving a pub operation forward, day to day.

After 10 years’ work in our pubs, I moved into a head-office role in our IT department, as an EPoS implementer and trainer – a role and opportunity which were unparalleled in respect of business insight and required travelling around the UK, as part of a team whose primary responsibility and goals were to embed new business ways of working, alongside technical systems training and support on the new EPoS system throughout all of our pubs’ management and staff teams.

After the IT project, I continued my head-office career and moved into the finance department, as part of the cash control team, where I eventually went onto managing the team, before later moving into a 12-month role working with the payroll team and P&T department.

Just recently, I moved again within finance and now work as the stock finance manager, where my primary responsibility is to ensure that the correct controls and processes are embedded in the business, alongside reconciling and reporting the company’s stock inventory and holding.

The experience and knowledge I have gained from all of these roles have been invaluable to me on a personal level and, in turn, are testament to the company recognising people’s ambitions to progress in their career, while providing the best training and development platforms to facilitate this.