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To do the job well, a keen interest in financial figures and correlations is of particular importance In addition, you have to work reliably and conscientiously. The ideal situation is actually, when customers and suppliers hear as little as possible from financial accounting."
Swantje has had an exciting few weeks: "We have just completed the annual financial report for the first time in my new job at Liebherr. The auditors were extremely satisfied with our work and the data quality", she reports. As a young team leader in financial accounting in Ettlingen, this has been the biggest challenge in Swantje’s job so far. When annual financial reports are not on the agenda, Swantje deals with "classical" financial accounting topics in addition to the organisation and management of her team. Her daily business includes the coordination and execution of monthly financial statements, liquidity planning, intercompany balance reconciliations, compilation of transfer price documentation, or the organisation and implementation of internal control systems inside the company. "To do the job well, a keen interest in financial figures and correlations is of particular importance”, explains Swantje. “In addition, you have to work reliably and conscientiously. The ideal situation is actually, when customers and suppliers hear as little as possible from financial accounting," she adds with a smile.
Swantje does not see any significant difference in financial accounting for the Reman business as compared to other industrial companies: "As everywhere, good conclusions about the strengths and weaknesses of a company can be drawn from the balance sheet and income statement. Recommendations for action can be made, if you know how to interpret the figures well. The transactions themselves are almost 95% identical”, says Swantje. “However, liquidity planning is different, because sales are generated on shorter notice than in series production. This also applies to requirements on the procurement side." Plannability is the big challenge in remanufacturing business. Flexibility is therefore necessary in every area: "The positive effect of this is that even young experts get the chance to excel in responsible positions with us", she sets forth.
Swantje did not specifically look for a job in the remanufacturing industry. For her, however, it is a very positive side effect that material and energy can be saved by remanufacturing of used parts: "We are gradually running out natural resources, and every private person and every company should make a contribution. Remanufacturing and circular economy are important tools that help us change our throwaway habits. And we are taking a big step in this direction with our Reman programme", concludes Swantje.