Name: David Barrett Course: CIMA professional accounting qualification
David Barrett is a finance analyst within the Spreads division of Kerry Foods which is part of the Kerry Group, a world leader in food ingredients and flavours serving the food and beverage industry, and a leading supplier of added value brands and customer branded foods to the Irish and UK markets. His key responsibilities are to ensure that the product costing is accurate and that the inventory is kept at an optimum level. David holds a Commerce Degree and a Master’s in Economics from University College Cork.
I chose CIMA as I knew that CIMA provides students with the skills not just to report the numbers but to accompany this with value adding analysis. I think the ability to add value to the figures you are reporting is a key advantage of the CIMA qualification. The experience has underpinned that. CIMA has helped me develop my strategic thinking. It encourages you to take a step back from the figures you are reporting and gets to start asking ‘why’; which is important.
What does your role involve?
It is a very interactive role involving liaising with different departments and people within the
organisation to ensure that we are aligned at all times. Another advantage with my job is that
despite the fact that I have been in the company for a relatively short period of time; my input
is always valued and encouraged. I was a SAP super user when we moved from our legacy
systems to SAP across the UK in October 2011. SAP will go live across Ireland this year and
last year’s launch has provided me with some key skills that I will put to good use this year.
How did you find studying CIMA?
Large aspects of the CIMA syllabus relate to my work. You could be studying for your exams one evening and the following day in work applying that knowledge to real life situations. This was particularly true in the case of product costing where I found that by studying the syllabus I was enhancing my knowledge in my own role. As I progress to the strategic and TOPCIMA stages of the qualification, I see CIMA providing me with a platform so that I can think more strategically and that this can only enhance my career prospects within the organisation.
How is Kerry Foods providing support for you to fulfil the CIMA professional development requirements?
Within Kerry Foods, the CIMA qualification is the preferred finance qualification. There are a number of senior directors across Kerry Foods who have finished their CIMA qualification and know first-hand the benefits this brings with it. With the open door policy that exists across the organisation, these directors are keen to pass what they found to be the key advantages of the qualification.
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