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Finance & Accounting – A Bi-Monthly Update

This month with flexible working changes coming into force in the UK, we’re looking at flexible working policies. Used interchangeably, and often incorrectly, we also highlight the difference between hybrid, flexible and agile working. Gaps in a CV always bring about questions from potential employers. As always you can also take a look at the latest vacancies we’re working on.

The Finance and Accounting Desk is run by David Tubb, who has been with Spinnaker for almost 14 years! Recently joining David is Delivery Consultant Eleanor Jarvis, who has been in recruitment for over 6 years. Together, they bring a wealth of knowledge to ensure they deliver the best service possible for candidates and clients.

Our emails and phones are always open. Whether you are tentatively looking for a role or actively looking to progress their career, we always have the time.

We can assist with your career search, providing advice on your CV, discussing opportunities, provide interview advice and having in depth career discussions; what are you trying to achieve, where do you want to go, what environment are you looking for?

Contact David Tubb via email or LinkedIn
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Latest Finance & Accounting Roles

Financial Controller – Hong Kong
Working with the executive leadership team you’ll head the finance team based in Hong Kong for this dry bulk shipping company.
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Financial Commercial Analyst – Geneva
Be the link between the finance and commercial team, diving into financial data, uncovering insights and provide actionable recommendations to drive this company’s growth.
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Financial Controller – Nigeria
You will have oversight for all finance matters for the Nigerian operations of an international shipping line, reporting to the Head of Finance for the African region.
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Shipping Accountant – London
Use your bi-lingual abilities with Mandarin and English to strengthen the accounting team for a maritime shipping company based in London.
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There are a number of positions we work on that are not advertised, so always pick up that phone to discuss with us. You never know, we could be working on your dream role now!

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Thought Leadership

What is the flexible working policy?

This is often the first, question we’re asked about the company. While there is no right or wrong answer, being clear on where you, and your company stand on this is the first step in getting the right individual to match the company culture.

Companies offering such hybrid, flexible, or agile working arrangements can access a much broader talent pool, enabling companies to attract top-tier professionals regardless of geographical constraints.

This is often the number one deciding, and competing factor for talent choosing to join one company over another rivaling salary and career development opportunities.

Positive consequences for finance and accounting professionals as a result of hybrid, flexible, or agile working arrangements include increased work-life balance, allowing for greater flexibility in managing personal and professional commitments.

Job seekers top motivators in seeking a company offering this environment is to find a sustainable solution to the extra hours worked, the removal of late office finishes, and the additional commute from the equation.

These benefits can lead to higher job satisfaction, improved mental well-being, and reduced stress levels. Reported benefits include increased productivity and creativity in financial decision-making and accuracy of accounting data.

For those working with companies that do not offer these flexible working options professionals may experience burnout due to inflexible schedules, leading to decreased morale and higher turnover rates.

However, there is a risk without the right communications systems and processes in place, business objectives can be hindered by a delay in communication that would be all the easier in office, in person.

Without the ability to adapt quickly to changing circumstances, companies risk falling behind competitors who leverage innovative working practices to drive efficiency and innovation in finance and accounting processes.

While pros and cons on both sides, embracing hybrid, flexible, or agile working can yield numerous benefits for finance and accounting professionals and their employers.

Tip/Thought of the Month

LinkedIn recently surveyed 23,000 people and found that 62% worldwide had taken a career break at some point.

Whether by choice, redundancy, or personal reasons, I’d always advise being open and honest on your CV with length and reason.

You can’t change the past, but you can influence the future.

Points for Reflection

Hybrid, Flexible and Agile – What is the difference?

Hybrid Working: This approach combines remote work with on-site presence, offering a blend of flexibility and structure. Finance and accounting professionals in the maritime sector can leverage this model to divide their time between remote analysis and in-person collaboration, ensuring both autonomy and teamwork.

Flexible Working: Flexible working goes beyond hybridity, granting individuals greater freedom to customize their work schedules and locations. In the maritime industry, this might involve adjusting work hours to accommodate different time zones or working remotely from various international ports of call.

Agile Working: Agile working prioritizes adaptability and collaboration, allowing finance and accounting teams to respond rapidly to changing industry dynamics. By embracing agile methodologies, maritime professionals can embrace technologies and skills to streamline financial processes, enhance decision-making, and drive innovation in an ever-evolving global marketplace.

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