A Day in the Life: Commercial Finance

As a family-run business, our people are at the heart of our business. To celebrate our employees and showcase what the construction and M&E industries have to offer, we will be sharing our ‘A Day in the Life’ campaign. This time we have Wendy Lawrence, one of our Commercial Finance Assistants.

To kick off, we have asked Wendy a series of questions to get to know her a little better, her day-to-day tasks as a Commercial Finance Assistant and the value she brings to Watkins.

Q – Could you tell us a little about your role at Watkins?

A – My role at Watkins is quite varied in the Commercial Finance department, ranging from invoicing customers for small works and preparing valuations for larger projects. Credit control across the sales ledger along with reconciliations and many other tasks.

Q – What about your background and how you entered the industry?

A – I have worked in accounts throughout my career, initially in the building trade and then in manufacturing before joining Watkins.

Q – What does your typical day look like as a Commercial Finance Assistant?

A – A typical day, if there is such a thing, is keeping an eye on current projects and invoicing, from callouts to Planned Preventative Maintenance. Dates play a large part in ensuring that valuations are received from the Project Engineers and are with the client on time.

Q – What has been one of your favourite projects you have worked on during your time at Watkins?

A – That’s a difficult one, I guess the implementation of the new accounts package when I joined Watkins, learning the package, writing processes and putting those into practice which included teaching other colleagues.

Q – Would you encourage others to enter the construction industry, specifically other females?

A – Most definitely, Watkins have many females across the company who range from reception all the way up to Project Engineers.

Q – And to finish it up, can you tell me a fun or interesting fact about yourself?

A – I never give up and love a challenge.


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