Victoria Lee

After graduating with a degree in Classics and Archaeology I began a career in the civil service, initially in the Home Office working in intelligence analysis before moving down to London, and then into the fast-paced environment of Private Office. I worked for two Ministers which included press briefing and media appearances, as well as late nights in the House of Commons supporting the Minister with legislation and parliamentary questions.

I began studying AAT in my spare time, realising I enjoyed working with numbers more than policy. I spotted the APATS course during this time but didn’t yet have accounting experience.

My first accountancy role was for a robotics start up. As a growing company I covered most finance functions - accounts payables, expenses, VAT returns, month-end reporting and payroll accounting, plus anything that no one else had spotted. I analysed and categorised expenditure which fed into the R&D tax credit and government grants and developed new processes, such as a PO, expense and inventory systems. I was promoted to Management Accountant and supervised a finance assistant, while passing seven ACCA exams.

I kept checking the Production Guild website over time and finally saw the opportunity to apply. What really appeals about the role is the fast-pace, having to think on my feet, learn new things and being part of a team to deliver the finished product. It’s the ideal blend of numbers and logic with the artistic and creative output.

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