A Day in the life of a Financial Controller

Blue Latitude Health|7th April 2015

Financial Controller Manoj Blue LatitudeHave you ever wondered what it is like to work at Blue Latitude Health?

We sat down with our Financial Controller, Manoj Jain, to find out more about what a typical day is like for the man in charge of the money at Blue Latitude Health:  

What time do you wake up usually?

On a normal day I wake up at 6.30am.

What’s your morning routine? 

If I’m not up by 6.30am then I have a backup plan i.e. my kids. They wake me up even if I don’t want to.

How do you get to work?

I catch a bus then 10 mins of walk before I catch a train and another 10 mins walk before I reach office. During my commute on the train (not tube) I get the chance to read/reply to my emails.

What time do you usually arrive in the office?

My target is to reach the office 30 mins before it starts i.e. 9am and most days I do achieve that only if my bus or train is not delayed.

What’s the first thing you usually do when you sit at your desk?

I plan for the day, as I have already picked up my emails on route and if there is anything urgent that needs to be done. So the first thing is to make a priority list for the day.

What’s a typical morning for you? 

My day varies depending on various things. It depends on, if I have a board meeting, monthly accounts, payroll, quarter ends, year-end accounts to be prepared in that week. Sometimes it is based on the urgent queries by the employees/Directors on any given day.

What music do you listen to whilst working?

It's rare that I listen to any music at work but as and when I do it probably is U2 or Bollywood.

Do you work through lunch or go out?

I never have any specific lunch time so I go out as well as eat in the office depending on the work load.

Do you buy lunch daily or bring something in?

Would love to bring lunch from home but I buy at the moment.

What’s the first thing you do after lunch?

Check the list of priority and tick off what had been done. It make me happy if I can tick off most of my list which is rare.

What’s a typical afternoon for you?

The best part of the job is that nothing is typical. Depending on the type of work or colleague /Director queries I might have or get in the day can vary.

What are the common challenges you face each day?

Getting Interrupted by colleagues or clients over matters that can most probably wait but they may want it sorted there and then.

What time do you typically finish work?


How do you unwind from a day at work?

With family (incl two kids) and going to the gym.

What are your must-read websites that you visit daily?

City AM, LinkedIn, FD/FC Q&A, AccountancyAge, etc.  


Manoj Jain - Financial Controller

Manoj has over 12 years accounting experience and is ACCA certified. In the last two years he has been involved in management information reporting to the Board of Directors, as well as an internal project, involving a large scale audit. Outside of work, Manoj is a keen sports fan, and you may find him at the gym or getting involved in one of his many beloved sports.  

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