Magazine article Strategic Finance

Continuous Improvement

Magazine article Strategic Finance

Continuous Improvement

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Management accounting has always been my passion. It was even my favorite subject in college. For me, it's the most concrete and practical accounting subject. My favorite management accounting concept is Continuous Improvement, and it has been my mantra in my professional career.

After graduating from University of the Philippines Diliman, I took and passed the Philippines CPA Licensure exam in 2006. Then I joined Procter & Gamble (P&G) as a plant finance analyst. It was in that role that I really honed my management accounting skills. I was also part of the team that managed our cost savings program.

After two years, I was assigned to our Asia headquarters in Singapore as a senior analyst. It was a very interesting stint for me. Aside from the significantly larger scope, it was challenging to deal with a very diverse set of colleagues from different backgrounds. In this role, I was also heavily involved in Continuous Improvement initiatives and product supply finance.

At this point I realized that I really wanted to focus on management accounting. I recognized how valuable the finance professional can be in terms of influencing management in making the right decisions. I felt that having a CMA[R] designation would definitely help me in my chosen career path. I also thought it could be my way of continuously improving toward my goal of a full-fledged finance manager. So I studied for the CMA exam while working full-time, passed the tests, and earned my CMA in 2010.

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In 2011, my wife and I decided to leave our budding careers in the Philippines and move to New Zealand (N. …

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