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Real Business : Issue 3 2008
Flightplanner Kelli McCosker ASA Flight Centre, Brisbane It’s not the perks of the travel industry that inspire 27-year-old Kelli McCosker ASA – although a trip to Dublin to join some 1500 fellow high performers for the company’s global gathering and the opportunity to salary sacrifice for travel have appeal. It’s being operationally aligned as part of the leisure online team in the web business at Flight Centre’s Brisbane headquarters that drives her. As financial accountant in a team of seven across the online and marketing side of the business, she’s involved every day helping the division’s general manager develop strategies. “I love working with key decision makers and helping them to understand how the numbers will impact,” she says. “Online takes in industry and technology changes daily.” McCosker’s role is twofold. She’s also “a future team leader”, which means devoting about 25 per cent of her time to supporting others in her team, including REAL BUSINESS ISSUE 3, 2008 a financial controller, analyst, two financial accountants and two assistant accountants. An additional benefit of the leadership role is spending a day every two months on her own professional development. After working her way through uni at small and mid-tier accounting firms, McCosker targeted a commercial role in travel, in part for its footloose appeal. When she signed on in the marketing department she had already seen Europe, Southeast Asia and New Zealand. So where to next for McCosker? In career terms she likes being on the front line, so maybe the sales or retail part of the business, she thinks. And on the travel agenda? Well, the choice is limitless. 15
Issue 1 2009