Leader Limelight - Andrew Maggs

Talent News interviewed Andrew Maggs, Director of Finance Business Partnering formerly of RMS.

Finance Business Partners (FBP) work closely with the Divisions in which they’re embedded to create an active partnership in both operations and management. They provide sound advice on financial and accounting matters to assist the business groups to meet their objectives.

1. How did you get to where you are today?

I started out in a Finance and Accounting Graduate Training Program with a large multi-national company many years ago. I’ve been very fortunate in my career in that I’ve worked for good organisations that have always provided opportunities for development and progression.

Having a good boss who gives you honest feedback is always a plus, and I’ve kept up with professional development undertaking relevant post graduate studies.

In today’s world you cannot stop learning because it changes so rapidly. As an accountant I don’t want to be considered as “fully depreciated”! I’ve been adaptable and persistent, and most importantly made sure that I enjoy what I do.


2. What has been a memorable experience during your time Director of Finance Business Partnering?

A particularly memorable experience was being involved in the transition of the RMS Motor Registries to Service NSW, partly because I was new to the government sector and it was an interesting and challenging experience working across different government agencies. From a customer perspective these changes have been relatively seamless and well received.


3. What advice would you give to anyone starting out in an entry level role within the Transport cluster?

Work hard and make the most of every opportunity available to you. Seek out opportunities that push you and give you a different perspective. Never stop asking “why?” if something doesn’t make sense to you.

Find a good mentor to bounce ideas off, provide career guidance and to help put things in perspective.

Lastly, develop your soft skills with the same level of effort that you develop your technical skills – this will determine how far you go in the long run.


4. Are you currently working on any exciting projects within the division?

Right now we’re focused on the Evolving Transport transition and making sure that Finance and Investment teams are able to support the business by providing relevant and timely financial management information and insights to enable good decision making.

Outside of this I’ve been leading the development of a “Minimum Data Set (MDS)” in Transport Equip to improve the capability of the Portfolio and Program Management / Project Systems (PPMPS) reporting across the organisation.

This will provide Customer divisions, Delivery Partners and Finance and Investment with clear accountabilities, and lead to improved outcomes for our customers because we’ll have improved visibility of where our funding is being allocated and spent.


5. What are you currently watching on Netflix?

I have to admit that I don’t have Netflix as I’m not a big TV watcher. When we do watch TV at home, we stream quite a few of the foreign language TV drama series available on SBS On Demand.


6. What is your favourite type of music?

Anything from the Eighties!

Talent News interviewed Andrew Maggs, Director of Finance Business Partnering formerly of RMS.

Finance Business Partners (FBP) work closely with the Divisions in which they’re embedded to create an active partnership in both operations and management. They provide sound advice on financial and accounting matters to assist the business groups to meet their objectives.

1. How did you get to where you are today?

I started out in a Finance and Accounting Graduate Training Program with a large multi-national company many years ago. I’ve been very fortunate in my career in that I’ve worked for good organisations that have always provided opportunities for development and progression.

Having a good boss who gives you honest feedback is always a plus, and I’ve kept up with professional development undertaking relevant post graduate studies.

In today’s world you cannot stop learning because it changes so rapidly. As an accountant I don’t want to be considered as “fully depreciated”! I’ve been adaptable and persistent, and most importantly made sure that I enjoy what I do.


2. What has been a memorable experience during your time Director of Finance Business Partnering?

A particularly memorable experience was being involved in the transition of the RMS Motor Registries to Service NSW, partly because I was new to the government sector and it was an interesting and challenging experience working across different government agencies. From a customer perspective these changes have been relatively seamless and well received.


3. What advice would you give to anyone starting out in an entry level role within the Transport cluster?

Work hard and make the most of every opportunity available to you. Seek out opportunities that push you and give you a different perspective. Never stop asking “why?” if something doesn’t make sense to you.

Find a good mentor to bounce ideas off, provide career guidance and to help put things in perspective.

Lastly, develop your soft skills with the same level of effort that you develop your technical skills – this will determine how far you go in the long run.


4. Are you currently working on any exciting projects within the division?

Right now we’re focused on the Evolving Transport transition and making sure that Finance and Investment teams are able to support the business by providing relevant and timely financial management information and insights to enable good decision making.

Outside of this I’ve been leading the development of a “Minimum Data Set (MDS)” in Transport Equip to improve the capability of the Portfolio and Program Management / Project Systems (PPMPS) reporting across the organisation.

This will provide Customer divisions, Delivery Partners and Finance and Investment with clear accountabilities, and lead to improved outcomes for our customers because we’ll have improved visibility of where our funding is being allocated and spent.


5. What are you currently watching on Netflix?

I have to admit that I don’t have Netflix as I’m not a big TV watcher. When we do watch TV at home, we stream quite a few of the foreign language TV drama series available on SBS On Demand.


6. What is your favourite type of music?

Anything from the Eighties!

Page published: 27 September 2019, 16:15