01. March 2016

Meet the newest members of the Finance Team

Meet the newest members of the Finance Team

Michael Irving has joined the HARTING team as the new Financial Controller, following the retirement of David Illiffe at the end of January. Alongside Michael, Jennie Clarke also joined the team as the Management Accountant for HARTING Integrated Solutions. We have caught up with them to see how they are getting on since joining the team in October.

What’s your background?

Michael: I am a chartered accountant and started work with a small firm of accountants in Maidenhead.  After I qualified I moved into Industry and have worked in a variety of companies as Finance Controller, most recently Alimak Hek Ltd and Brady Corporation Ltd. 

Jennie: I have over 15 years’ experience in manufacturing, the last 10 of which were in the food industry. I spent a couple of years travelling around Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the USA before settling down in a small Northamptonshire village with my husband, our 2 dogs and 2 parrots.  Outside of work, I can normally be found either tending to my allotment or socialising in our local pub.

What attracted you to HARTING?
Michael: I was attracted to HARTING because of the clear values it works by and the fact that it is a successful company with quality products which is a great environment to work in.

Jennie: Having worked for German family run companies before, I was keen to secure this role when it came up.

What does your job role entail?
Michael: I look after the finance team and am part of the management team for the UK companies.  There is a monthly structure that is fairly constant such as month end reporting, payment runs etc. but that is interspersed with lots of adhoc projects and requests that keeps things interesting.

Jennie: Primarily, I am the Management Accountant for the production company, HARTING Integrated Solutions.  I also provide support to the local UK subsidiary.  Other responsibilities include completing the month end reporting. 

What do you enjoy most about your role?
Michael: The variety it offers, as finance touches pretty much every part of the business, and of course when things add up to the penny!

Jennie: I enjoy providing the management team with information, helping them to make the right decisions and drive the business forward.  

Are you enjoying being part of the HARTING team?
Michael: Yes, it feels like a good company and a good place to work and people have been friendly and welcoming.

Jennie: Everyone has been very welcoming.  I settled in quickly and feel like I have been here for much longer than 3 months.  I’m looking forward to learning SAP and visiting the production facility in Germany.

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