Employee Spotlight – Tom Sadeghi

Tom joined FOD Mobility Group back in October 2019 as a Credit Controller and has since progressed into a new role as Senior Billings & Transactions Coordinator.

His role was created to help manage the increased workload of billing due to significant company growth, which came at a great time when Tom was looking to progress further.

Tom is a keen traveller and is getting back into it since COVID put a halt to plans; he has also bungee jumped a total of four times.

This interview looks into Tom’s role within the Finance team and the objectives he is working towards over the coming year.

Describe your current role and how long you’ve worked at FOD.
I’ve worked at FOD Mobility Group since October 2019, so I’m onto my fourth year now. Since joining FOD, I’ve worked in two roles, beginning as Credit Controller, and progressing into my current role as Senior Billing & Transactions Coordinator.

Tell us more about your current role and responsibilities.
My role was created to help manage the workload of billing which has increased with the growth of the business. I am still involved with the credit control function, working with the damages team and managing all external invoice submissions for customers who require this.

Which projects are you currently working on?
I’m currently learning the billing process and working with the damages team to assist in managing their open claims.

What made you want to pursue your current career path?
I began with an apprenticeship in business and finance and initially worked in payroll. Since finishing my apprenticeship, I have dabbled in accounts payable but found credit control more fulfilling. My progression to billing has allowed me to gain a better understanding of the whole finance function.

What do you find most rewarding about your role?
The most rewarding aspect is effectively managing cash flow expectations and keeping open invoice figures to a minimum. For me personally, I find my role helps to educate me and appreciate my own finances better.

What have been your proudest moments at work to date?
My proudest moment at work to date was playing a key role in managing cash flow at the start of the 2020 pandemic alongside my colleague Michelle Manogue to ensure swift payment for customers during a very challenging time.

What’s one professional skill you’re working on?
I’m currently working on gaining a better knowledge of the purchase side of our finance function.

Describe a challenge you’ve faced this year and how you overcame it?
Reaching a ceiling in my old role, but this allowed me to discuss other options that would help me to progress. I briefly explored options in a completely different role within the development team but there was a requirement for my new role which ultimately was better suited to me and let me progress within my original career path.

What do you hope to achieve over the next 12 months?
My aim for the next 12 months is to gain a better understanding of our billing process.

How would your friends describe you?
Energetic and indecisive.

Can you describe the top 3 items on your bucket list?
I don’t have a bucket list – I’m proud of my personal achievements to date and generally manage to complete anything I want to do, such as traveling to multiple countries and buying a house.

If you could meet anyone famous past or present, who would it be and why?
Comedian Mark Normand, he’s hilarious.

Share a random fact about yourself.
I’ve bungee jumped 4 different times, each more terrifying than the last.

What are your top three favourite songs of all time?

Found a Place – Tony Lionni

Skandalouz – 2Pac

Empire of the Sun – We Are the People

What did you want to be when you grew up and why?
To be happy.