Meet our finance people

James King
Finance Control

How long have you worked at PayPoint and what is your role?

I’m a Accounts Assistant at PayPoint. I have been working here for six years now. I started as a temp for 3 months and then went on to work in the contact centre, and have moved from UK client settlement to my current role. Currently, I’m undertaking my AAT final stages exams which will expand my skill set and knowledge base as well as constantly learning with on the job training.

What do you like about your role?

I enjoy my role as an accounts assistant as there is a sense of importance in the tasks I am doing, in terms of dealing with auditors and governing bodies for VAT returns and other legally required financial declarations. My role also gives me the opportunity to interact with many departments around the business which helps me develop my skills and attributes on the job as well as inter department relationships.

Carrie Weinert
Group Head of Financial Operations

What is your role and when did your start working at PayPoint?

I started with PayPoint in 1997. PayPoint is a fantastic company for personal development and looks to recruit from within wherever possible. I started my career here as an Accounts Assistant and PayPoint supported me to complete my CIMA qualification whilst working full time, which has allowed me to progress through a number of positions in the finance team and on to my current senior role.

What do you like about working at PayPoint?

PayPoint is a company always looking to the future and for opportunities to grow and diversify. I have seen us bring many new products to the market as well as acquiring and integrating other companies into the PayPoint group.

George Hammond
Management Accountant

How long have you been working at PayPoint and what role do you do?

I started at PayPoint in September 2007 after completing my A levels. Not having a set career path in mind, I applied for a role in the Contact Centre and used this opportunity to learn everything that I could about different areas of the business. Finance was an area that attracted me so I applied internally for a role in Retail Finance and after a few years moved into Financial Operations where my manager at the time encouraged me to start studying towards an official financial qualification.

After gaining experience and studying I progressed up the ladder into Financial Control and to my current role of Management Accountant; now managing a team of two. PayPoint have been and are continuing to be very supportive in my ongoing journey to becoming a Chartered Accountant. It’s great to combine my industry experience and financial theory everyday within my role.

What advice would you give someone who is keen to get into a finance role?

Open yourself up to every opportunity and take on any challenge. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and try to reinforce your knowledge with a formal qualification. Most of all, make yourself an Excel expert.

What are the best bits about working at PayPoint?

The people make this business; we’re really a large group of friends. The business invests in staff progression and welfare providing a variety of areas to work and relax.
One of the best parts of PayPoint is that they give me the opportunity to volunteer on the Charity Committee which is really fulfilling. I also support and mentor local schools giving students practical commercial experience and working with them to improve their interview skills for when they start their own journeys.
I enjoy giving something back to the community and am thankful that the company support me in this.

Jay Parmar
Senior Commercial Analyst

How long have you been working at PayPoint and what role do you do?

I joined PayPoint in May 2018 as a Senior Commercial Analyst working in the Commercial Finance Team. In a nutshell, my role is about telling stories that lie behind the numbers, about where PayPoint is now and where PayPoint is aiming to be. It is a dynamic role about looking at trends (both economic and business), reviewing past performance and anticipating changes all with an eye towards forecasting PayPoint’s future financial results and to inform management action.

In a fast-paced environment understanding the key drivers of business performance is essential. It’s important to connect various parts of the business to get insights on where the performance gaps lie. We are a close-knit team, everyone from commercial finance to product managers to sales and marketing are within a few steps. Everyone is helpful and finance is considered a real partner to the business offering both support and challenge.

What advice would you give someone who is keen to get into a finance role?

I think there is more to finance than what people think.
To be successful in a finance role, curiosity is the key. Always be curious and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Finance is all about understanding the information. The person who understands the information the best and can tell a story about it, wins the day. Curiosity is what drives somebody to expand past boundaries to better understand information, to identify trends, to dissect the trends and to hone in on the underlying cause.
To be curious also implies eagerness to learn, adapt and change. Information is always changing and there are constantly new stories to understand and write. We learn more quickly from asking questions, sharing knowledge and working together.

What are the best bits about working at PayPoint?

The focus on well-being and being able to do a yoga class during your lunch hour or try out meditation has been great. The onsite free to use gym is a bonus too. The location really works for me and I value not having to commute into London. We are also investing in technology to make complex processes more effective and efficient.

Tim Pinner
Commercial Finance Analyst

How long have you been working at PayPoint and what role do you do?

I graduated from college with an IT qualification and knew I wanted to get some work experience.
I started at PayPoint in 2007 as a temp. I had already completed a year at Tesco in an IT role. The team I started in was called Field Development. I got the opportunity to develop new ways of working, implement processes and work with lots of different areas of the business. My Excel skills are strong and I have developed a keen interest in Finance. I am now studying towards my CIMA qualification and am currently in a Commercial Finance Analyst role.

What advice would you give someone who is keen to get into a finance role?

Working and studying is currently what is working for me, but being open minded, having a great work ethic and being prepared to take on as much new work as possible.

What are the best bits about working at PayPoint?

The people. I have made loads of friends over the years and enjoyed being part of a company that is continuously evolving. The open spaces available to get away from your desks are great, the newly equipped gym and the new layout of the canteen all lends itself to a positive work environment. It has never felt difficult to get up in the morning and come to work. I spend time with my colleagues outside of work and we have a lot of common interests. There are lots of activities that are subsidised or free for employees like football at a local sports centre, onsite yoga and we recently trialled kickboxing. I feel that we can make suggestions on ways of working and ways of taking time out and they are listened to and acted upon if there is enough interest.

Harry Edwards
Bank Ledger Assistant

How long have you been working at PayPoint and what role do you do?

I joined PayPoint in February 2016 on a fixed term contract in Retail Operations. Working within this business area gave me a good understanding of how the company works and, as it was my first job within a corporate environment, it taught me how the teams work together and what opportunities might be available to someone with a degree in finance.
I applied for a role in Finance Operations which was great as I could finally get into PayPoint’s Finance team and start to use my skills. I quickly progressed into my current role as Bank Ledger Assistant and started studying for my ACCA qualification. Alongside my day job I work on various projects and input into the team as a whole.

What advice would you give someone who is keen to get into a finance role?

You have to have a genuine love of numbers and analysis as each role within Finance requires a great deal of dedication. Having a degree and then working my way up in a Finance team has worked well for me. All experience is beneficial so definitely gain as much as you can in any commercial situation.

What are the best bits about working at PayPoint?

The variety of roles and opportunities made available to me since joining have really benefited my development. If you prove yourself and are persistent you will be rewarded. The teams and people who work here really are supportive. I enjoy the environment, the gym and changing facilities. I run after work so being able to use the changing rooms and showers is great. I hope to get involved in other activities that are offered within the company as I find it a good way to meet people.

Tracey De Paola
Finance Cost Manager

How long have you been working at PayPoint and what role do you do?

I have been with PayPoint since March 2014, originally employed as Management Accountant but am now Finance Cost Manager overseeing a small team. Alongside my work, I am also studying towards my ACCA qualification. Balancing studies and work deadlines can be challenging, but time management and perseverance is key.

What advice would you give someone who is keen to get into a finance role?

Working in finance requires strong commitment to accuracy, detail and the ability to cope with and meet tight deadlines. Being able to contribute within a team is vital as is effective communication with those within and without the team.

What are the best bits about working at PayPoint?

The people I work and interact with are definitely the highlight of working for PayPoint. In my role I get to change and improve ways of working, systems and processes which I find empowering. I have some flexibility in my role which allows me to be around for my family when needed. The offices and amenities on offer add to the warmth and vibrancy of being one big PayPoint team.
I believe in the company values and seeing them lived out each day keeps me inspired and motivated.

Kerri Marshall
Product Finance Manager

How long have you been working at PayPoint and what role do you do?

I joined PayPoint in July 2014 on a fixed term contract as a Senior Commercial Analyst. On completion of my contract I was promoted to a Financial Planning and Analysis Manager and I held that position for two years. In October 2017 I moved to my current role of Product Finance Manager.
My role is very varied and includes rolling forecasts and annual plans, building models to analyse and evaluate new revenue streams, scenario analysis to help with strategic decisions such as pricing proposals, monthly KPI and financial reporting to the Executive Board, analysis for interim and full year reporting, and I also manage a Senior Commercial Analyst.

What advice would you give someone who is keen to get into a finance role?

Be inquisitive, be approachable and have a desire to problem solve.
As I work in Commercial Finance and partner with the Product Managers keeping up to date with market changes is key as it gives you the ability to challenge, support and add value to plans and forecasts. Also, being able to adapt and challenge the status quo is crucial as often there are more efficient methods of achieving something.

What are the best bits about working at PayPoint?

The variety of the role keeps everyday interesting and due to the dynamic nature of the products there is always something to learn.
Due to the size of PayPoint there is regular exposure to the Senior Leadership team which is great for career development.
There is also a newly refurbished on-site gym with great facilities.

Natalie Clarke
Finance Manager

How long have you been working at PayPoint and what role do you do?

I started at PayPoint in March 2018 as a Finance Manager. The biggest part of my role is to produce the monthly management accounts for our IT and SIMS teams. I get to interact with senior people in both of these areas and discuss forecasts, spend and budgets. The best thing about my role is the ability to make it my own and structure the role to suit my organisational skills. I enjoy getting to the bottom of problems and investigating how things work and the different challenges each business area faces.

What advice would you give someone who is keen to get into a finance role?

Start studying towards a qualification. There are lots of different paths into finance which you can do alongside your day job. You need this for your understanding, the best way to progress and for your overall credibility.

What are the best bits about working at PayPoint?

It is one of the biggest companies I have worked for so it is great to be part of a large finance team. I enjoy not having to commute into London and that I can make use of the nursery which is located in Shire Park. The onsite weekly yoga class makes it easy and convenient to get some exercise in during my lunch break.

Kieran Doe
Group Tax Manager

How long have you been working at PayPoint and what role do you do?

I started as the Group’s Tax Manager in February 2018. My role at PayPoint is very broad which enables me to get involved in all areas of the business. The role is new to PayPoint so it was great to come in and make it my own. There is always something new going on allowing me to get involved in new business ventures and advise on the tax implications.

What advice would you give someone who is keen to get into a finance role?

I completed a general business degree at university and then got a training contract at a Big 4 accountancy firm where I specialised in tax and completed my ACA qualification. I won several prizes for my exam performance and now work with students tutoring them on how to pass their exams. Qualifications are essential, but they need to be combined with commercial awareness and people skills.

What are the best bits about working at PayPoint?

The work is interesting and I enjoy interacting with the different business areas. I have a good work-life balance as my role is part-time and the company encourages healthy living. Despite being listed, the company has a close- knit feel and you get exposure to senior stakeholders, whereas at larger organisations this tends not to happen. Working close to home and not having a long commute saves me time and money which I really value.