Fran Ballester has been our financial controller since February 2016. He studied Business Administration and has over 10 years of experience in various financial departments. In his spare time, Fran likes to travel the world and take walks with his wife and his Shih Tzu dog named Hada.
In this post we interview Fran to learn exactly what a Financial Controller in Signaturit does.
This post is also available in Spanish.
Get to know our Financial Controller, Fran Ballester
1. How did you find out about Signaturit?
Some time before starting working at Signaturit, I became interested in SaaS businesses; so when I had the opportunity to join Signaturit's team it was very easy : I saw an offer on their website and I didn't hesitate to send my curriculum. Signaturit is a recognized SaaS company, a leading provider of the advanced electronic signature.
2. How would you describe your job?
I try to help my business in different areas: billing, cash management, quality management, preparation, budget control and reporting aimed at decision making. In addition, I always try to locate key management indicators of the company to optimize them. I like the versatility of my job and I am a jack-of-all-trades, always willing to work together with my colleagues on what they need from me every day.
3. What is the overall purpose of your position?
Data is very important for any company and I move like a fish in water between numbers and numerical information. My main purpose in Signaturit is to provide detailed reports, analyzing and interpreting financial and economic information. I like knowing that my work can help to make effective decisions in terms of strategy, organization and business management.
|Fran at work.|
4. What do you like most about working in the finance department?
It is a highly stimulating department, in which a strong analytical skills are required and you need to be very resolute. The best part of working in the finance department is that my job very directly impacts the company’s strategy. In addition, in the financial area you never stop learning and can always go a step further to achieve greater profitability and better optimize resources. In fact, to develop my job I try to keep up on methodologies, techniques and tools for keeping everything updated and controlled, both at a financial and accounting level.
5. How is a typical day for you in Signaturit?
To start the day I make a list of all the tasks I have to do, and then I establish priorities according to the importance and urgency of each one of them. I always start with the most important tasks and focus on those that are due that same day.
6. What do you value most about working at Signaturit?
The opportunity to work with amazing colleagues. The people at Signaturit are our most important asset and we form a very cohesive, professional and balanced team. For me, humor and confidence are key to being comfortable at work. In our offices, there is an unbeatable atmosphere.
7. What are your biggest challenges in Signaturit?
To prepare clear and concise reports with all the information necessary to make decisions that will affect the whole organization is one of my daily challenges. In addition: the budget to serve the strategic and tactical business decisions planning, treasury management to ensure liquidity, calculating turnover within deadlines, etc. I have many challenges and I love it! I am also responsible for ensuring that processes are well implemented and maintained to ensure quality in Signaturit.
8. What do you like most about working in such an innovative sector?
Precisely the fact of having challenges every day. The job of a financial controller at a company like Signaturit is perfect for those who want to be continuously challenged at work. This is a good thing in my opinion, because it pushes you to keep learning and to keep up on the latest methodologies, techniques and tools.
9. What are the characteristics of a Signabuddy for you?
Signabuddies are decisive, communicative and customer-focused people. We like to grow and are energized by constantly facing new challenges, without any fears.
10. What would you recommend to future Signabuddies?
In Signaturit you will find a job that offers you the opportunity to learn and advance professionally with incredible colleagues. There is a great atmosphere and everyone in the team really enjoys what they are doing; we all love to see that our work has a direct impact on the company’s growth.
This post is also available in Spanish.
"Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don't wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future."
Fran Ballester, Financial Controller at Signaturit