Today, we focus on the career path of Andreia Gonzaga, Senior Financial Controller for the Cloud Communications division of NTT Ltd. With more than 10 years of experience in accounting and financial areas, she is always thinking about new ideas to create and improve procedures to make her job more efficient.
As Senior Financial Controller, her main purpose is to oversee the finances and provide accurate information for clients as well as colleagues. With that in mind, she always needs to be aware of relevant factors across the various different departments within the company, so that they can be addressed and resolved before there are any repercussions. She reports that she is never bored due to the day-to-day variety in her work.
We met with her to find out more about her financially-focused career and how she feels working for the Cloud Communications division of NTT Ltd.
Q. We saw on your LinkedIn that you studied at the Saint Paul Escola de Negócios – one of the best financial schools in Brazil – whilst you’ve been working for the Cloud Communications division of NTT Ltd. How did you manage to excel in both areas?
I started the post-graduate program at Saint Paul after I was promoted to Junior Financial Controller in 2016. At that time, I was wondering if I would be able to deliver what the company expected from me. My manager Anne Chone gave me confidence by saying: “Andréia, when you receive a promotion, you have to believe your manager knows that you are able to do your new job correctly. The promotion came because you already proved you deserved it”. After that, I was determined to continue to improve and officially certify my skills, to ensure I was worthy of the trust my manager had put in me. I took night classes, put a lot of effort into my studies and was able to successfully complete the “Financial Controller Certificate” course at Saint Paul Escola de Negócios.
Q. In your video, you say: “I work for the company as if it’s mine, so I believe the promotion happens naturally”. Can you expand a little more on what you mean?
I’m very happy to say that I have had several promotions during my seven years with the Cloud Communications division of NTT Ltd. They happened naturally, in line with changes within the company, and in each case I have always tried to do my best, adapt to the new position and improve myself. Most importantly, I have never felt deadlines or stress from my manager, and thanks to that I have been able to be creative, and to learn from others, and to deliver what was needed. I’ve learned a lot, and delivered in my own way, and over time the company has consistently recognized this effort.
Q. Your career is focused on accounting. Have you always loved numbers? When did you realize it was what you wanted to do?
When I was in High School, I realized that one of my favourite courses was mathematics. The logic of numbers seemed to me much simpler than other subjects. I like to solve issues, and when there are numbers involved, the answer will always be yes or no. I liked this idea and have worked with numbers ever since! I should also note that I consider myself very organized, and like to have control of what I am saying. Anyway, accounting seemed to be a career I would be good at, and I began studying this at university. And now, here I am!
Q. What do you like the most about your work and the company?
What I like the most is the way our values are regarded right across the business. There can be bad periods doing your role, but the company’s values, the respect people have for each other, the collective energy to work together to solve issues faster, and the brilliant minds to give new ideas is what the company needs to be healthy. And what makes us strong. This is the way we personally grow and, with this kind of good energy, the company grows too.
Q. What has helped you the most on your career journey?
What helped me the most was having a good guidance from my managers. If the company is great but the manager blocks you, it is hard to feel good in a work environment. I am lucky I had, and still have, a good manager.
Q. What advice would you give to someone who wants to start a career in accounting?
Always choose what you want with your heart. Be positive and do your very best to complete the tasks in front of you. If you aren’t sure whether you have made the right decision, or feel a little afraid, do it anyway, because later ou’ll feel good that you’ve begun your career and you’ll love it! Really, if accounting is the career you want, then go for it!