Job Title: Assistant Treasurer
Type of Company: My company sells and services air compressors.
Education: BS, Business, Westfield State College (Westfield, MA) Certificate of Human Resources, Stonehill College (Easton, MA)
Previous Experience: I started as a retail manager, some bookkeeping, right out of college. I then worked for Marriott Corporation in the Human Resources department doing payroll, interviewing and keeping employee records. I subsequently became an accounting specialist for a frame company and after four years with them, I became the accounting specialist for a small compressor company. I have since been promoted to Assistant Treasurer.
Job Tasks: My responsibilities as Assistant Treasurer include accounts payable, accounts receivable, billing, receiving and day-to-day accounting duties. One of the main things I do is accounts payable which includes receiving into stock the items our company has purchased, getting the paperwork ready to send to the shipping and/or service department, then billing any items that have been shipped. I also have to verify pricing and making sure any and all freight charges are included. I take incoming accounts payable calls (our vendors looking for a payment schedule). I cut the checks when the invoices are ready to be paid (after aging them based on terms of the invoice).
I am also responsible for the day-to-day running of the company, making sure each department has coverage. If there is no coverage, I usually cover in that department until someone can come and fill in. I enjoy this part of my job most, because it gives me an overview of how the whole company runs. Part of the day-to-day running is making sure there are plenty of supplies available to the employees (paper, toner for printers, office supplies, etc.) and that the phone and computer systems are always up and running.
Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my job is being able to jump into any position in the company and help out a department that is short-handed. I like being able to do this, because it gives me much flexibility and I get to work with so many different people.
The worst part of the job is that I have to make decisions that some people do not like. Most of the time, once the reasoning is explained to them, they understand at least. They may still not like it, but they know where I am coming from.
Job Tips: No matter what job you are going for, learn as many of the jobs in that company as you can (easier done with small companies, which I have almost always worked for). This way you can help out whenever and wherever needed and make yourself a more valuable employee. Besides showcasing you abilities, you display your flexibility.
Continued education is never a bad thing. I have always taken evening courses while I work. Education is something that can never be taken away from you. I usually ask my boss if there are any classes that would benefit me in my job, and those are the ones I take.
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