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The installer, Zicam Integrated Security, has a new Financial Director. Clare Ralph, pictured, has joined the Dudley, West Midlands company after working in a similar role for 14 years with a decorating company.

She joins with qualifications in administration as well as NVQ Levels 2, 3 and 4 in Accounts and AAT completed to technician level. Her role will include overseeing payroll and invoicing, financial and statistical reporting, and monthly management accounts, as well as working with external partners. She will also manage the accounts team, assess risk, and oversee the financial performance of the business.

Clare said: “As well as managing the accounts department and overseeing the team, I will have overall responsibility for the financial health of the company. It’s an exciting time to step into the role of Financial Director as the company is aspiring for massive growth.

“Staff welfare is a huge priority, not just on paper but in practice, which is really motivating. Being part of a likeminded team and working together to achieve great things gives me a huge amount of satisfaction and is why I love the job.”

Asked what advice she would give to someone new in the industry, Clare said: “Details matter, so take the time to get the small things right. It will not go unnoticed and will ensure that your work is as accurate as possible which is vital, particularly in finance. Soft skills might not seem important for someone working in a finance role but being able to empathise with people and understand their point of view is fundamental. Especially in an organisation like Zicam where client relationship management is so important.”



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