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Kevan Moroney - Your Job feature in NZ Herald

Name: Kevan Moroney
Role: Business Analyst
Years in industry: 15
Qualifications: Chartered Accountant

Describe your job.

I solve problems for business. This involves solutions for both long term problems and new issues as a result of a change in business.

What is your history?

I became a chartered accountant with a great firm called Prince and Partners 10 years ago and after becoming qualified started my first contract roll with Tranzlink, a freighting company, in 2003. Since then I have contracted for many companies in a variety of industries including, FMCG's, Telco, Retail, Manufacturing and Contraction

What skills and qualities are important in your role?

Good communication is the number one skill to have as there are many personalities and characters that you meet while contracting. In addition, problem solving is very important as many people in business require fresh thinking and can do attitudes to getting things done. Following that, the skills for an analyst such as good computer skills, number analysis and interpretation go without saying.

What advice do you have for someone wanting to contract?

New contractors should always be flexible in what they are prepared to do. Usually you start with a task required to be completed and you can end up finding yourself solving a variety of different problems. Also, you should never feel bad when your contract has come to an end as plans change, budgets can decrease and you may have even worked yourself out of the job when handing over solutions to permanent staff. As long as you give your best to the company employing you then you can hold your head up high.

How has the finance industry changed over your career?

The finance industry has become much more automated over the years that I have been involved, including better programmes, online applications and external login capabilities which allows much more work flexibility and efficiency for many corporate jobs including finance.

What has been your biggest challenge?

My biggest challenge has been to continually develop my communication skills. The number of different personalities in business requires a contractor to make quick adjustments in how we present ourselves and information. This is a challenge that I never anticipated when I originally started my contracting career but is the most demanding of them all.

What is the best part of your job?

Meeting people is the best part of contracting. I have met some very clever people in many different industries and everyone have something to offer a business.

You're also a home handyman. What's your most ambitious project so far?

I have renovated a number of properties over the years. My latest project is the most ambitious not because or the amount of work to complete the renovation but it takes much longer to complete tasks when your kids (9 and 12) are wanting to be involved. You've got to love them!

What's your idea of relaxing

I am married with two kids and so all my spare time centres around family. Coaching sports teams, exercising, movies, kid's homework and learning the finer points of barbequing are all a relaxing parts of my week at this time of my life.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?

A jockey, however at 16 I was six foot four and so instead of looking like a hobbit I was more like Gandolf the wizard. I re-adjusted my thinking and was always keen on owning a successful business. Contracting is my own business and so I feel that I have almost met that re-adjusted goal.

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