Have You Met Andrew Philp?

Have You Met Andrew Philp?

Get to know the our Aberdeen-based Financial Controller.

What is your name?

Andrew Philp

What is your job title?

Financial Controller

What do you do?

Alongside the brilliant finance team, I manage activpayroll’s financial issues to ensure we capture all transactions, comply with global financial regulatory requirements and support the business with financial data for operational decision making.

What key skills do you bring to activpayroll?

I bring with me a strong knowledge of financial compliance, business process improvement and a passion to deliver quality work.

What gives you the most satisfaction about your job?

I like working on complex global issues that require collaboratively working with multiple stakeholders to ensure the best form of action is taken.

How did you get into the payroll/tax industry and why?

I spent 10 years in professional services where I trained as a Chartered Accountant. I enjoyed the multidisciplinary aspect of helping clients navigate through different and challenging accounting/tax landscapes. I jumped at the opportunity to come and join activpayroll as part of the in-house finance team to help as we go through this exciting period of growth.

What has been the most challenging project you’ve worked on at activpayroll? Why?

I am currently working on a number of internal projects with the end goal of establishing robust financial processes to support the business in the following ways:

  1. Global financial compliance
  2. Financial transparency across the business so that efficient and effective decision making can be made by the relevant stakeholders
  3. Establishing a working model that will allow for the continued success of activpayroll long into the future

This has required a lot of cross-function communication in order to understand what the short-term and long-term business needs are and developing a strategy to help meet all these requirements. The scale at which activpayroll is growing is exciting, however this creates challenges as we currently migrate to a more holistic and connected operating model.

What do you consider to be your greatest achievement outside of activpayroll?

Whilst at University studying Accounting and Finance, I decided to join the Royal Marine Reserves. The training to become a fully-fledged Commando required me to push myself physically and mentally more than I had ever done over a course of 12 -14 months. This culminated with a 30-mile run over Dartmoor, and at the end being awarded the coveted Green Beret. I can still see myself, a young 21-year-old, speed marching, with the rest of section over an Old Stone Bridge.

Being part of the Royal Marines for over five years still fills me with immense pride as I was very privileged to work and operate beside such an outstanding group of men.

What company value means the most to you and why?

Passionate - I am a deeply passionate person. Whether it’s my family, sports or professional work, if I commit to something, I want to do so 100%.

Do you have any hobbies/ what do you like to do in your free time?

I like any physical activity really, some I am completely hopeless at. I really enjoy hiking and orienteering my way up mountains. I have gone on hiking holidays to Norway, Canada, France, Italy and Austria.

Who is your professional role model and why?

I have been fortunate to work with a number of aspiring people, but I would say the one thing they all had in common which I really admired was their passion to their chosen craft. I always find it hugely motivating seeing people speak/work with genuine enthusiasm for whatever they may do.

If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be and why?

Other than my wife you mean?! It would have to be a former Royal Marine Commando, Mark Ormrod. Mark was a Royal Marine who unfortunately become a triple amputee after stepping on an IED in Afghanistan in 2007.

However, this never stopped Mark and he has gone on to achieve amazing feats such as becoming an author of award-winning book “Man Down”, a motivational speaker where he inspires others to not only overcome setbacks but to thrive from them, an Invictus Games winner and awarded an MBE for his continued charitable work to support other UK military veterans.