Specialised Senior Audit Manager
When Andrew was at school he enjoyed maths and accounting. Now he has a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration degree, is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants and works for New Zealand's largest financial services organisation, ANZ.
As Specialised Senior Audit Manager, Andrew provides financial expertise for a variety of projects.
"My role involves establishing the costs, risks and benefits of projects to the organisation. I also have a voluntary role as Treasurer of the Wellington Chinese Sports and Cultural Centre."
"I have been involved in some big projects with ANZ in Melbourne and these have required a lot of change in finance. This has been challenging but exciting and fun all in the same breath."
"I have two boys and a beautiful young daughter who are all under 10. ANZ is great at giving me time off to go to my kids' sports, drama or art presentations."
"If I take time off during the day I can work later or work from home. I have been working one day at home since my daughter was born."
"I've got a great job but it's the people that make it a fantastic place to work. There is a real culture of openness and sharing here."
"Although I got my job through my qualifications and experience in finance, I can definitely see opportunities for working outside that area. That's the great thing about ANZ - there are endless directions that your career can go in."
Head of Transaction Services
British-born Sue Woodwark started her working life five days after her 16th birthday. More than 30 years later she is the Head of Transaction Services at ANZ, looking after a team of 42 people.
Sue's Maintenance team provides administrative support to ANZ's network of branches: "We do things like changing addresses, looking after solicitors' funds and organising the bank accounts of people that have died."
"I have had one of the branches call me and say their toilet was broken though" laughs Sue.
"I joined ANZ in 1997 and I've worked my way up since. I never dreamt that I would one day have a job like I do now. In a big organisation like ANZ there are lots of opportunities. There's always somewhere else you can take your career."
"ANZ continues to help me develop as a person. There's a real culture of 'the whole self' and I find everything I learn on the job enriches my home life too. Training around communications skills, coaching skills, having difficult conversations and working in a performance culture has developed my thinking and understanding of situations both at work and at home."
"There are so many opportunities at ANZ. However, right now I am comfortable where I am. I enjoy my job and am incredibly energised by working as part of a team. I also love that ANZ commits to its communities. Last year some other managers and I spent a day at Ronald McDonald House cooking and baking. We probably made 250 meals that day, which was really hard work but incredibly rewarding."
"When I first start a job, I always outline to my manager that my husband and two children are my number one priority. On the odd occasion when I've had an emergency call to pick up one of the kids, it's never been a problem to drop everything and go."
"I've also been trying to get to the gym more, and I now start later in the day so I can drop the kids off and go to the gym before work. I do my work then finish later. It's great to have that flexibility around when I work."
"I'm really proud to work at ANZ. They really look after me and I'm very loyal to them."
"I joined ANZ over 20 years ago when my children started kindergarten. I became a casual part-time Teller, working during the school term and having the school holidays off. A couple of years later, I took a permanent part-time position at ANZ, and then when my children started school I took up a full-time position."
"In 1995 I changed roles to become an Information Officer. Being in this role expanded my knowledge to the point where I had the confidence to take on the challenge of being a Sales Officer. From here I took on an even greater challenge as a Personal Manager."
"It's been a fantastic 20 years with a great organisation. ANZ has given as much to me as I have given back. It has been a productive partnership where my personal and professional goals have synchronised in harmony."
"I began my career with ANZ as a teller in 2005 at one of our busy Queen Street (Auckland) branches.
Having been a University student of Arts and Theology I wasn't at all expecting that I'd stay in banking, but low and behold I loved it from day one.
Since that time I've worked in the various branch roles before entering the bank's Graduate Programme in 2007. During that year I relished the opportunity to discover the various businesses that comprise ANZ, spending time in those teams to learn more about what they do.
After the Grad Programme, I returned to retail banking, where I worked as Assistant Manager in two larger branches. This was a good grounding for my present challenge of Branch Manager at Waiheke Island. I love the variety and challenge in my job as no two days are the same. On top of that I have a fantastic team who embrace the personal and professional development focus our organisation has for its people, something which has motivated me from the start."
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