At Red Carpet IT Services we think it is important that you get to know our team. This is why we created a new series of blogposts called ‘Meet the team on Monday’. In the coming weeks we’ll introduce you to one of our valued team members. This Monday we’ll introduce you to Gert Jan Smit, our Financial Controller. He is crucial to our team for everything finance related.
Grab some coffee, relax and get to know Gert Jan!
1. Financial Controller… What exactly is your role?
I have a financial role within the Red Carpet Team. This goes down all the way from involvement in our financial strategy until the in- and outgoing payments.
2. What is your background?
Not surprisingly I have a financial education and background, worked for a certified accountant’s office, and since about 25 years as financial manager or executive. I worked in different companies, all with about 50 to 100 people employed. This is what I like, since I can get to know all my co-workers in person.
3. What activities give you the most energy?
Making plans for the future of the company together with the team, then all working together to get in the right direction, that’s what gives me a lot of energy. Everybody wants to move forward as a person, and the company has also aspirations for the future. Combining this makes everybody smile.
4. Where do you see opportunities and challenges in this role?
Challenges and opportunities are two sides of the same coin. There is a variety of aspects, from developments on the labour market to compliance and from international hiring to taxation. In my opinion it’s decisive to stay focused on all stakeholder’s interests and find the right balance, while being agile to survive in modern society.
5. What do you like to do in your spare time?
I think the same as most other people, spending time with family and friends, and find time for outdoor sport and leisure activities. You won’t find me hanging upside down a parachute so to say.