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Real Business : Issue 3 2008
“Finance and business management delivers professional commercial, financial and corporate services to Boeing Australia and it’s vitally important,” Pearson says. These services include everything from operational accounting to reporting business development bid plans. Don’t for a moment think these functions are performed by a centrally located team, though. Boeing Australia’s 150 finance professionals are spread right throughout Boeing Australia’s locations, from Exmouth in remote Western Australia to Boeing House in Brisbane. All of this means, Pearson says, that graduates joining Boeing Australia are rotated through various departments so that they have a total understanding of the business. “Rotation provides each graduate with exposure to all facets of the finance function and business management function in Boeing Australia,” he says. In addition to working in areas such as human resources and business development, graduates might also be rotated into central finance functions such as financial analysis and planning and management accounting, or have the chance to work in the network and space systems division. “Each graduate program runs over a two-year period,” Pearson explains. “The first year involves training activities and between two and four practical rotations to provide individuals with a valuable exposure to different positions and projects within the organisation. In the second year the focus is on developing graduate skills in a fixed role where individuals will be mentored and supported by both the graduate program and the wider Boeing Australia team.” At the end of the program, graduates are Deborah Teeboon ASA Manager – rates and price estimating As manager – rates and price estimating, Deborah Teeboon ASA has a team of four who look after Boeing Australia rates books, price estimating capability and EAC reporting (project financial reporting). “I work with teams who put bids together, teams who execute and deliver projects, project accounting teams and capability teams who support the project/bid teams, among others,” she explains. A lot of Teeboon’s work revolves around policies and procedures, especially from the parent company in America. Her role involves ensuring that Boeing Australia stays within the Australian standards while still complying with US Boeing company requirements. 26 And this sort of work environment can throw up plenty of challenges, Teeboon says: “At the moment I am trying to find a balance between building a team of specialists who are ready to meet the demands of the company, meeting the current company requirements and wanting to get in there and do the job myself.” According to Teeboon, the CPA Program has helped her succeed at Boeing Australia and rise to her current position: “It’s provided me with an avenue for learning and keeps me informed in my areas of interest, and also provides a network of support.” found permanent placements throughout the business, which might involve a move interstate. Pearson says Boeing is committed to developing and retaining the most highly skilled talent through a comprehensive career development strategy. You’ll have the chance to make the most of your potential. “Boeing Australia offers a wide range of finance career opportunities within a unique and exciting business environment,” he says. “A career with Boeing means you’re part of a global company that is a leader in the aerospace industry. With us, the sky is not the limit.” ¦ NET GAINS To find out about joining Boeing Australia’s graduate program, log onto www.boeingaustralia.com.au REAL BUSINESS ISSUE 3, 2008 RICHARD WHITFIELD >
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