Interview - SBF Employee (Paula Rose)

Every month we literally put one of our employees under the spotlight and ask them a series of professional, and personal, questions. This month, it's Paula Rose.

How old are you?I’m 29.

What's your professional background?I have a degree in Accounting & Information Systems and studied at Sheffield Hallam University.

I worked in an accounts department of a retail company for 1 year as part of my degree. After graduating from university my first role was as a Team Leader in Financial Control at HML (another company in the Skipton Building Society Group). After two years I left to become a graduate trainee at SBF. This involved working in various areas of the business including credit control, processing, reconciliation, audit and client management.

I have worked at SBF for 5 years and have undertaken a number of studies obtaining a distinction in the Foundation, Certificate & Diploma course which are run by the Asset Based Finance Association (ABFA).

What do you do at SBF?Relationship Manger.

What are your primary responsibilities? Managing a portfolio of 70 clients whom we provide a range of invoice finance products including Factoring, Invoice Discounting & CHOCS. The total funds that SBF have invested in my portfolio is around £8 million.

My key responsibilities are to minimise the risk to SBF keeping the funds secure whilst providing working capital and strong customer service to all clients. I monitor sales ledger performance including collections, levels of credit notes and the financial strength of the businesses.

My clients are based at various locations from Scotland to Exeter, which involves a lot of driving!

What’s the best thing about your job?Meeting new people on a regular basis and being involved with businesses from a variety of industries.

What was your childhood ambition?To work with horses!

What are your hobbies?I really enjoy walking and have a very energetic Collie that keeps me busy. My weekends are spent DIYing as I’m doing up my house. I seem to be constantly filling skips, sanding and painting at the moment but I know it will be worth it in the end!

Favourite film?Sliding Doors.

Favourite ice cream?It's got to be the all time classic vanilla.

Favourite band/artist? Ian Brown.

Favourite food?Italian.

Favourite colour?Purple.

Favourite cartoon?Dangermouse.

Favourite sitcom?Not a sitcom but great entertainment, it's got to be Come Dine With Me.

You wouldn’t know it by looking at me but…I’m getting married next year!