#210: An Outcomes-Based Approach to Stay Relevant in Finance & Accounting with Andrew Parris

with Andrew Parris


Our Guest Mentor:

Andrew Parris is a senior finance professional (Chartered Accountant) with 20 years of experience in the professional services, infrastructure/utilities and telecoms sectors. A proven track record in delivering results against deadlines while satisfying all stakeholders. Proud of being a team player, who leads from the front, using well developed interpersonal skills to motivate teams, bringing diverse groups together and delivering exceptional business performance.   

Andrew is a graduate of Bachelor of Business Science in Finance and Audit at University of Cape Town, South Africa. He also took his Post Graduate Diploma in Accounting and Finance. 

Key Quotes From the Episode: 

[On keeping your big project and deliverables on time] you need to have a good people around you to do their roles and by focusing on being business partner to the business.[5:34] 

The role of finance and accounting is to shine the light on the performance of the organization.[09:40] 

Staying relevant in the future of finance and accounting by moving further up the value chain.[18:33] 

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Key Points From the Episode:

Deliver on time and focusing on being business partner to the business. 

Doing external and internal benchmarking will help the organization being effective and efficient. 

How to stay relevant in the future of Finance and Accounting; 

  • being curious and to prepare to inquire, discuss and challenge 
  • do 3-3’s whenever you go out- meet 3 new people, 3 new conversation and hear 3 new ideas 

Time Stamped Show Notes 

[02:41Andrew shares his career journey during his early days in South Africa where finish all his degree and post graduate course.  

[03:56Andrew work experience to various industries in South Africa and UK especially his fulfilling experience working at National Grid Wireless where taking a huge and long term project as head of finance for building a liquefied natural gas importation terminal. 

[05:32Keeping track of the project and making sure things are delivered on time by focusing on being business partner to the business.   

[6:58Andrew shares his role in his current work in a shared services centre and multi-national companies.  

[09:36Doing external and internal benchmarking will help the organization being effective and efficient. 

[12:09How to stay relevant in the future of Finance and Accounting; 

  • being curious and to prepare to inquire, discuss and challenge 
  • do 3-3’s whenever you go out- meet 3 new people, 3 new conversation and hear 3 new ideas 

[14:34] – Interesting ideas that Andrew got using 3-3’s was using robotics at the workplace. 

[16:13] – Digital managers and robotics will become common things to see at the finance and accounting workplace. 

[18:32] – Other thoughts on the future of finance and accounting profession by moving further up the value chain.  

[20:40– Understanding the business outside of the finance and accounting insights.  

[22:01– The best advice Andrew ever received by finding out; 

  • what your good at 
  • what you enjoy doing 
  • what people prepared to pay you to do  

[24:20– Resources Andrew recommend to our audience to check. 

[27:04– Best way to connect to Andrew. 

[27:35– Andrew cheering for South Africa during the recent Rugby World Cup  

[29:26 Installing compliance and controls, an analogy of Rugby and Finance having a good defense. 

[30:50] – Be positive, Andrew parting thoughts to our audience. 

Resources Mentioned:  

Hardcover 

Connect with today’s guest: 

LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrewjparris/ 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AndrewJParris 


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