I’m Katharina, 24 years old and Junior Controller. I am currently working at PACCOR’s HQ in Dusseldorf and started nearly a year ago. From HQ perspective I am responsible for several items. Mainly I do what controllers do – develop, maintain, and analyze budgets, preparing periodic reports that compare budgeted costs to actual costs. I prepare several analyses of daily/weekly/monthly KPIs and budget/forecast/year-on-year analyses. I create financial management reports/ costings/ decision making templates. I also review and analyze costing comparisons. On top of this items I do a lot of project work. I am in a Group function and responsible to define inefficiencies and develop further improvements together with my colleagues and our management team, e.g. set up new Group standards to harmonize our reporting and our interdisciplinary work between all functions. So, you see, it’s a lot and I can’t say that one day is like the next.
Before I started at PACCOR, I have been working for 1.5 years as an assistant at a major audit firm. I also did my bachelor’s degree in Accounting & Controlling in cooperation with the audit company. After 4.5 years and a lot of clients and accounting insights, I wanted to find new challenges and switched to Controlling at PACCOR.
The best part is the work with my colleagues all over Europe and North America. On a daily basis we work together (even it is remotely we always talk to each other via video call) and do further improvement on several items. Between analyzing the numbers, it’s fantastic to work so closely together with all functions and learn day by day how several things work in our company and, of course, feel the spirit everyone wants to solve things easily. Therefore, I am very happy when I can create added value on HQ level and when projects work out.
Being a controller means you are responsible to assist the management with your analyses of the data because the management decisions are based on them. In times of digitalization it is a big challenge to deal with all the data. First you need data from several functional areas. This is a challenge because you know that we all have a lot on our desk. Here it is very important to communicate clearly to my colleagues and give deadlines. If you get the data, you have to analyze it carefully. Often you get much more data then you need. Then you have to decide how you can translate all the data into clear recommendations for your company. Sometimes it is quite challenging because you must not forget the big picture – creating stability to move forward with our mission as a sustainable packaging company.
As child I wanted to work in a job where you can assist or help people such like a doctor or nurse. I am an openminded person and like to interact with other people. This aspiration helps me in my work today because as a sparring partner communication is key to get information. As a Controller on HQ level, you need to stay in touch with several departments and sites.
I received great support. It doesn’t matter if you need information from the management team or other colleagues, they are all really interested to make things happen. Communication on short way between all the levels is really appreciated and lived by all colleagues because working together and sharing knowledge is a key factor to become successful.