My name is Francisco Sola Antonanzas and I love accounting! I’m 43 years old and at the moment I’m working in the cost accounting department at Bayer PLC in Reading, UK. In my spare time I love to go running as sport gives me the opportunity to relax and to get a different perspective. Many problems solve themselves when you’re training. Pushing my own boundaries by looking at things from a different angle – this is one of my strongpoints.
As I’m a very curious and open-minded person, I decided to do a short-term assignment (STA) at Bayer in the UK. I wanted to experience living abroad, improve my English and get to know another cost accounting department from the inside in another country. So a 12 month STA in the UK seemed just the right choice for me.
Consistency and development
I graduated in economics and have worked in the Accounting department at Bayer Hispania S.L. for the last 10 years. Previously, I held a position in Internal Accounting at Euroservices Bayer S.L for four years. And although I love my current job, I wanted to embark on a new step in my career. Bayer is highly dynamic, and systems and processes are updated and improved continuously – so there is always something new to learn. So during a Development Dialogue between me and my supervisor, I discussed the possibility of moving to other Accounting departments for a set period of time.
I think Bayer is a very good company to work for. In a multinational, the opportunities to develop your career in another country are varied and the possibilities for applying your interests to the job you want to do are considerable. Bayer is a multicultural company so it’s easy to find out about other ways of working and cultural differences.
Manage your own path
Bayer is also a very good company to work for because it allows you to manage your own professional path. Really, my career has been anything but boring. My most exciting time at Bayer was when I worked on the Bayer Antwerp project. I lived in Antwerp for a couple of months with some other colleagues. We worked hard, but we also had great fun. But if you get the impression that Bayer is the most important thing in life, you are wrong. The three most important things in my life are my family, my friends and happiness!
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