Jess comes from a legal background, where her extensive administration and legislative experience provide an excellent foundation for providing outstanding financial administration support to the Abley Team. Jess’ varied commercial experience has driven a number of transformational business process changes, ensuring efficiency gains for the wider team at Abley. With an Accounting degree also under her belt, Jess is passionate about ensuring Abley’s innovative focus extends to our in-house financial systems. She is constantly considering improvements to both internal and external customer experience, whilst also meeting business compliance requirements. Jess takes pride in ensuring the smooth sailing of Abley’s back office processes.
What made you decide to work in financial administration?
Being part of a business’ support team is a rewarding role - knowing that the tenacious work you do in the background positively impacts every colleague within the company. While the work can be challenging, the finance sphere provides an interesting insight into the inner workings of a business. This combination of tenacity and insight contributes to the success of the company’s business operations. I enjoy knowing my role plays a key part in that success.
What did you do before joining Abley?
The majority of my pre-Abley career involved high level legal administrative support predominately centered around insurance and financial advice dispute litigation. This encompassed a number of years living and working in both Australia and Ireland, prior to returning to settle back in New Zealand.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
Knowing I contribute to the smooth running of the back office functions is satisfying. But it is the culture and team at Abley that really makes this job enjoyable.
What’s the most challenging thing about your job?
Although finance appears from the outside to be quite ‘black and white’, there are always anomalies to decipher and decide best accounting treatment to keep you on your toes.
What’s been your career highlight so far?
Making the move to change my career path and obtaining this great opportunity at Abley is certainly the highlight of my new career.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I enjoy getting outdoors and being active – this includes medium distance running for fitness, social netball, water skiing and horse riding. But I equally relish the opportunity to read a good book when my studies allow a break from textbooks.