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Real Business : Winter 2008
22 +#8; REAL BUSINESS+#8;ISSUE+#8;2,+#8;2008 dean golja neT GainS Discover why group chairman Stephen Green believes HSBC is a great place to work at www.hsbc.com/1/2/careers “The key thing about working in HSBC is that it emphasises results,” says Wendy Sun, who currently works in the financial control area, leading a team of management accountants. “The people here expect a lot from you but they give a lot back in personal recognition.” Sun completed a masters of accounting at Macquarie University in 1998 after being spon- sored through the course by HSBC. “Working full-time while doing the masters was an effort,” she says. “The support from HSBC was crucial. There is a lot of room for personal development here, and a lot of opportunities for internal training as well. “At the moment, I’m very satisfied in my current role. But I’m aware of the possibilities that HSBC offers for working overseas, or for moving laterally into other areas. The people I know who have done that have all found it rewarding both personally and professionally. “An important advantage of HSBC is that a lot of attention is paid, at the recruitment level, to getting people who fit with the culture. In my own team, for example, there has been a vacancy for a while. There have been plenty of applicants with good technical qualifications but I’m waiting for the person who feels right. “Across the organisation, the emphasis on finding the most suitable person means that there are few conflicts, and a good spirit of shared purpose. It means that you can get on with doing what you really want to do.” WenDy SUn CPA SenIor manager management InformatIon HSbc auStralIa globally, are the most popular, although staff are also being seconded into emerging markets such as China, Vietnam and India.” For those aiming for the most senior positions within HSBC, experience in a number of branches is considered a requirement, in keeping with the bank’s global structure. This sort of experience is often rated more highly than advanced academic qualifications, although the bank’s policy is to support employees if they want to undertake postgraduate study. “We have about 1500 staff in Australia,” Sachin says. “While we offer market-competitive rates of pay, staff retention is also about culture, working environment and career prospects.” Bencsik underlines the importance of the key stewardship role played by financial specialists within the organisation. “In the current environment, the finance department ensures that there is one version of the truth in delivering uncompromising financial control to the market and to our customers, protecting our business and our brand,” he says. “The finance department affects strategy by providing insight and strategic counsel on the future of our businesses to our senior leaders.” So what’s the bottom line when it comes to employment at HSBC? According to Bencsik the global demand for talent has never been more competitive, and for adroit CPA finance professionals, there are many opportunities in the organisation, particularly at a time of such remarkable activity. “At HSBC, we realise that the finance function is only as good as the people working in it, no matter how strong our systems and processes are,” Bencsik says. “In recruiting, we ensure we take the time to really get to know the candidate, their strengths, and their fit with us. It always pays in the long run.” n We look for flexiBiliTy, amBiTion, CommuniCaTionS SkillS, anD BeinG ComforTaBle WiTh ComplexiTy anD a ChanGinG environmenT. noT muCh really! MICHAeL BenCSIK FCPA UK-based senior manager groUp global bUsinesses for HsbC
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