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“Moir Group has the ability to provide constructive advice. They have a clear understanding of their subject matter and provide practical alternative solutions, which greatly assist in resolving issues.”

Domenic Chiera, Chief Financial Officer, Lake Maintenance

 

“I can confidently recommend Moir Learning as a great resource to assist someone entering the job market. As a new immigrant, Moir Learning Services took the time to review my CV with me and offer suggestions on how to better align it to the Australian style. They also offered feedback and advice to help me better myself in the marketplace. They were a pleasure to work with.”

Katie Zuzek, Senior Project Accountant (contract), International HR and BPO

 

“After spending time with Moir Learning Services, to go through my resume and LinkedIn account, I have learned techniques in maximising their use and I have gained more confidence in my job search. I’m highly recommending this session to anyone who has just come back into the job market.”

Belinda Beattie, Senior Commercial Finance Manager, Apple

 

“Matthew Talbot Homeless Services are pleased to acknowledge and commend Moir Group for their commitment to the ‘Work it out’ Program. The importance of the program can, and will, make a major difference in assisting our clients to seek employment and help rebuild their confidence and self-esteem.”

Julie McDonald, General Manager, Community & Corporate Relations, St Vincent de Paul Society – NSW

 

“I completed a CV/LinkedIn session with Moir Group and it was absolutely brilliant.  I've come away with the confidence that they are up-to-date and professional.  I would recommend this session as a worthwhile investment for anyone re-entering the job market.”

David Kneeshaw, General Manager, Finance and Business Operations, Intercompany and Stock

 

“It is excellent to work with an organisation that is able to adapt to our needs so willingly and effectively. The facilitators are always professional and committed to ensure that all participants involved are provided with personal attention. Feedback from participants of each workshop is outstanding. Moir Group displays a capacity to reach out to the disadvantaged; they offer compassion to individual needs and provide real practical advice to our service users affected by homelessness, or at risk of homelessness. ”

Caterina Giuliano, Program Manager, St Vincent de Paul Society NSW Support Services Ozanam Learning Centre

 

“The people at Moir Group understand our requirements and consistently provide quality finance and accounting people to our team.  I would recommend Moir Group to those who are looking for professionalism and transparency in a recruitment partner.”

Mark Roberts, Director , Human Resources, amaysim Australia

“We have worked with Moir Group on a number of projects over the last 12 months. I have found them to be helpful and reliable in producing quality candidates for our business.  I would have no problem recommending Moir Group for finance recruitment needs and will definitely work with them again in the future.”

Kim Van Der Poel, People Advisor, Dalkia Energy Solutions

 

“With the understanding and knowledge Moir Group have acquired of our business over the past 2 years, they are capable of meeting our exact requirements and we can always rely on them for high quality candidates. They are not only reliable and efficient, but, very friendly to work with. If asked, I would recommend Moir Group’s services.”

Raheel Irfan, Group AP Manager, Idameneo Pty Ltd

 

“Moir Group have consistently introduced quality candidates to our organisation. Their experienced team and willingness to understand the client ensures the right people are employed and gives me every confidence in returning to Moir Group for recruitment advice and assistance.”

Chris Mamarelis, Chief Financial Officer, The Whiddon Group

 

“Moir Group assisted Steadfast in the recruitment of multiple roles. I enjoyed working with them and they delivered excellent outcomes and displayed a high level of professionalism and integrity at all times”

Rosalie Lau, Group Financial Controller, Steadfast Group

 

“I thoroughly enjoyed working with Moir Group. Their style is professional and thorough and they worked hard to source some excellent talent for our business.”

Sandra Cittadini, Senior HR Manager, SunRice

 

"We needed to build a quality team in a short space of time and Moir Group were key in assisting us. They listened to our needs and presented the right people to help us develop the culture we had begun building. As a result the transition has been an overwhelming success.”

Gary Margetson, Head of Shared Services, News Corporation

 

"We have been working with Moir Group for over 12 months now and have filled a number of senior roles. Their feedback, preparedness to challenge, as well as provide sound advice, has been invaluable to us. They constantly sought to understand our needs, to refine that understanding and to ensure we were able to continue moving forward. Their service throughout the process was exceptional.”

Carol Pegler, Director of Human Resources, Bard

 

“Integrity, professionalism and the desire to find the right fit between candidates and prospective employers - it was a pleasure to experience these attributes with Moir Group. Their commitment to finding the right role with the right cultural fit was second to none and I’m looking forward to maintaining my relationship with the Moir Group well into the future. The Moir Group does indeed stand out from the rest.”

Paul Wiggins, Global Financial Shared Services, Fosters Group Australia

 

"Thank you very much for helping to deliver outstanding candidates for this role. In comparison with other agencies, working with you was pleasant, professional and provided a great outcome." 

Stuart Rennie,Church & Dwight

 

"Moir Group handled this process in an exceptionally professional way." 

Craig Adams, Chief Financial Office, Clarendon Homes

 

"I will definitely stay in touch with Moir Group, I hold your company in very high regard and appreciate that your employees are genuine people who care about others, not just the outcomes."

Michelle Adam, Finance Manager, Woolworths

 

"I have dealt with a number of recruitment agencies, but by far Moir Group stands head and shoulders above all of them. I have found the engagement experience with Moir Group to be ground-breaking, new and so refreshing."

Hamilton, Candidate

 

"It was an absolute pleasure working with the wider Moir Group team and please be advised that I have recommended Moir Group amongst my network from both a candidate and client perspective."

Tim Howells, Software Controller, Microsoft

 

"The feedback, advice and enthusiasm Moir Group exhibits is absolutely refreshing. Hugely impressed with Moir Group."

Chris McFadden, Candidate

 

"A quick note to say thank you so much for your kind words of encouragement. Various conversations with your team and their positive attitude and willingness to explore options with me simply reinforced to me that you understood that its about people's lives and not just the numbers."

Tendai Des Moyo, Chief Financial Officer, Energy & Water Ombudsman NSW

 

"Thanks again for your personable professionalism and delivering on the promise of the Moir Group brand.

Wayne McCusker, Managing Director, Church & Dwight

"Moir Group thank you so much for your superb professional advice and warm encouragement. I'm very grateful"

Cherry Liu, Candidate

 

"Moir Group is great and I thoroughly enjoyed working with you as a company. You are very good at what you do, always have a good understanding of me & our business and are great people to deal with.

Kristian Mertens, Chief Financial Officer, Norman Disney & Young

 

" Moir Group is the best agency in Sydney without a doubt, your professionalism and kindness is rare these days." 

Alessandra Rizzo, Commercial Analyst, Inghams Enterprises Pty Limited 

 

"Moir Group really stand out in comparison to other agencies, you work together as a team and genuinely are passionate about finding people a job. The fact that I felt this when I first met Moir Group and still feel it now means it must be an important part of your culture as a whole, it sets you apart from all other agencies. Moir Group are by far the best!”

Steven Davies, Candidate

 

"Angela has been a valuable resource and support in bouncing ideas off in a competitive job market. She has a depth of knowledge, shown great empathy and I have found her advice to be relatable and grounded. I would highly recommend Angela to someone seeking advice in their job search."

Linda Lukban, Candidate

 

"I'm glad that I have met the right people! Job satisfaction  = fulfilled life - says it all.." 

Annake Dippenaar, Candidate 

 


Quarterly Market Update Q1 2019 Edition

How you can embrace the AI revolution in finance and accounting

There is no question that the finance function is undergoing significant change with the rise of AI (Artificial Intelligence). New technologies are transforming the role of the traditional accountant by streamlining and automating tasks that were previously quite manual in nature. At the same time, there is an increasing demand for data analytical roles that are more commercial in nature. It’s no longer just about presenting the numbers but being able to add value to them.

While we have seen finance functions become a lot smaller as a result of these changes, far from being something to fear, it presents an exciting opportunity for the traditional accountant to add value to the business beyond just ‘number-crunching.’ This trend will only continue to grow and those who embrace the changes that new technologies present will be better positioned for success. 

So, just how far reaching is the impact of AI and what can you do to ensure you are on the front foot in your career journey?

See the key stats here

Change is the norm - embrace it, don't fear it

“The norm now [in business and in the finance team] is to be in an environment of constant evolution and change,” says Stephen Moir.

“We are seeing that already with the finance teams that we work with. Back in the day, you’d have 15-20 people in an average finance team. The automation of processes has now resulted in a significant reduction in the size of these teams,” he explains.

This is reflected in the numbers, as we’ve seen decreases in the number of traditional accounting roles advertised over the past 12 months – particularly in the areas of accounts payable/receivable, supplier on boarding, procurement and expense management roles.  

But as we look to the future, the focus will be less on reducing roles and team sizes, as it will be on upskilling people for the future, says Stephen.

“A lot of the structural change has already happened, so there’s not likely to be a large cull in personnel. The focus will now be to upskill the people who remain in these leaner teams.”

The first step, he believes, is to adopt a growth mindset. Don’t think about whether technology is going to replace your job and your skill set, but how you can use the technology to your advantage.

As Moir Group’s Financial Controller, Kelly Patti explains, there is benefit in doing this: “The faster you can get the numbers, the more time your organisation has to think strategically about those numbers.”


Taking control of your career

This increased focus on accountants and finance professionals to be more strategic, forward-facing and commercial in their approach, also requires an extra set of skills that go beyond just the technical.

“Soft skills are much more important than they ever were,” says Stephen Moir. “Collaboration is a key strength required to get ahead, being visible in the company, helping people to understand the data you are supplying and being able to take them on the journey with you.”

“While there may be many finance professionals who are uncomfortable being more visible and present in the company, it is increasingly becoming a requirement of the role, in order to have a bigger impact,” Stephen adds.

Moir Group’s Manager, Permanent Recruitment, Newton Soares believes the key is knowing how to: “effectively use business intelligence tools, and work with data warehouses to produce meaningful insights that will assist in the strategic decision-making process and boost business performance.”

People who can make the data manageable and meaningful are highly sought-after. According to Craig Saundry, Senior Manager, Business Intelligence and Analytics for CHEP Australia (part of the Brambles Group) the ability for accountants to “read, work with, analyse and argue with the data” will be even more important as AI becomes more pervasive and prevalent. He believes that, “it’s a skill which empowers all levels of workers to ask the right questions of data and machines, build knowledge, make decisions and communicate meaning with others.”

One area he sees taking off is in ‘augmented analytics.’ This is a process whereby AI systems can provide a ‘predictive analysis’ of the numbers (i.e. your customer data) in order to provide key insights on what challenges are ahead (for that week, month, etc), so that you can be more efficient and effective in your work, and reach your commercial/business objectives sooner.  

According to Craig, it “democratises data in a fraction of the time, removes any data bias and promotes quick insights,” so that people can be more proactive in their work (rather than reactive) and tackle issues before they even arise.


Upskilling for the future

So how do you upskill for the future? We have already seen the impact of AI across all levels in accounting from the junior to the more senior roles.

In order to best position yourself for success, there are some key technical, commercial and soft skills that will ensure you are able to effectively capitalise on the opportunities AI presents.

Junior finance and accounting roles

Roles at this level are evolving beyond just processing, data entry and management and will require new skill sets:  

  • Technology and data analysis skills will be particularly favourable for graduates. 
  • Experience with accounting software such as Intuit, OneUp, Sage or Xero will be an advantage; along with knowledge of cloud computing programs like Microsoft Power BI.
  • Effective communication skills are critical, as the traditional finance role will be required to communicate more widely with the business and work with a variety of different stakeholders. 
  • Being able to explain your workings, ask direct questions to extract information, and share information clearly are skills you will need to succeed working at this level.
  • Working in a smaller team may also mean you have more exposure to other areas of your business, for instance sales, purchasing and manufacturing. For this reason it’s essential that you’re able to work collaboratively and well with others.

Mid-level finance manager roles

Roles at this level are the most likely to be affected by these changes. We are already seeing increases in roles that are purely focused on the data, such as: Commercial Accountants, Data Analysts and Management Accountants. Some of the key skills and attributes required at this level now include:

  • Systems knowledge – this is critical as you will be required to interpret and provide your insights to the data to make improvements at this level. This may include, but not limited to: an understanding of ERP such as SAP or Oracle, Hyperion for analysis and financial reporting, and expertise in dashboarding and software systems such as Microsoft Power BI.
  • Translating financial information to insights and an ability to communicate this effectively will be key (a term now being coined as ‘data science’).
  • Managing expectations of stakeholders will also be key as the finance team increasingly plays a larger role within the business. 
  • Understanding the needs of your stakeholders, managing their expectations and being responsive to business needs will mean you will develop good partnering relationships with your colleagues and have more of an impact.
  • An ability to influence is also important as you progress your career.

Senior Executive/CFO roles

Automation is slow to climb the corporate ladder, so the impact is not as significant on these roles directly. However, there is an increased need to demonstrate leadership in the face of change associated with these shifts in function.

  • There is a stronger focus on organisational transformation and creating a culture of positive change.
  • Emotional Intelligence is vital to strengthen relationships with staff and board members.
  • Developing others, teams and contributing to organisational effectiveness are also key requirements of a senior level financial manager.
  • Taking people on a journey with the numbers and the ability to “tell a story.”
  • Being highly visible within the business and having a thorough understanding of all levels of the business to ensure finance supports growth objectives.  
  • Using the data to drive positive change and transform business operations.

Check out our infographic to see the impacts of AI on finance and accounting roles in 2019. 

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