Amie Tyers (Financial Controller)
Saint-Gobain offers a wealth of different opportunities across the world.
Amie Tyers has explored a variety of roles across the group and now, settled into her position as Financial Controller at British Gypsum, she tells us more about her experiences.
What are the benefits of working for Saint-Gobain?
The biggest benefit is the fact that there are so many companies within the network, which presents a unique opportunity to work in different functions and locations around the world. I have been with Saint-Gobain for more than 14 years and during this time I’ve been lucky enough to work in several businesses within the group, which has given me a broad range of experience. Saint-Gobain supports its employees’ career paths and gives them the opportunity to explore their strengths and interests.
How has Saint-Gobain supported you?
Over the years I have had a lot of encouragement and training opportunities, most notably gaining my AAT Accounting qualification during my very first role and then my CIMA professional accountancy qualification after that. I have been involved in IBM training, first aid courses, systems training and project leadership courses to name just a few. The most recent course I’ve completed in my current role as Financial Controller, was an Essentials of Management five-day residential programme in France.
There is a real focus on helping employees to develop and this is extremely valuable to us as professionals. One of the most useful aspects of this is the opportunity to learn from our peers throughout the group and share ideas and knowledge with one another.
Can you give us an overview of your career so far with Saint-Gobain?
I began at BPB (British Plaster Board), as it was then known, as a Purchase Ledger Clerk, where I was primarily processing expense claims and taking supplier queries. During my time at BPB, I worked in three different roles within the Finance Shared Service Centre, learning the basics of finance before moving into the Business Controls department where I got my first real exposure to the wider business including British Gypsum.
I first came to British Gypsum in 2010 in the role of Cost Controller, where I was the day-to-day finance contact for the East Leake plant. I then went on to fellow Saint-Gobain business, Artex, becoming a Financial Controller in 2013. This was an exciting opportunity to take on more responsibility but also a steep learning curve. At British Gypsum I was required to understand the depth of the costs and workings of the plant, whereas Artex is a smaller organisation, it gave me the opportunity to work across the whole breadth of the business giving me a much wider understanding of the whole company.
Taking the experience I gained in this position, I joined Minster in 2016 as Financial Controller. This was a brand new role so I was able to put my own stamp on it. Minster focuses on building materials distribution, so the nature and complexity of the business was different to the Construction Products Sector of Saint-Gobain I had worked at before. Here I managed a team, presented at regional meetings to senior executives and travelled up and down the country to visit different branches. This role really took me out of my comfort zone and it was a great learning opportunity.
And what do you do now?
In January 2018, I re-joined British Gypsum as a Financial Controller. I took everything that I have learned and all of the skills that I have developed in my previous roles with me. My role mainly covers financial forecasting, business modelling, financial appraisals for new product development, budgeting and long range planning.
I am challenging myself every day and I feel as though there is always room to grow, which is one of the things that makes British Gypsum such a great place to work. The passion and pride my colleagues have towards their work is obvious; we all come in every day and strive to do our best.