Jacob Ching - Financial Accountant

Role description

Jacob is part of our accounting and finance team. His primary responsibilities are for ensuring accurate and timely accounts for St Georges Hospital Incorporated and group.

How long have you been with St George’s?

Since April 2013.                                                                   

What is your professional background?

Jacob studied at University of Canterbury where he graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce (First Class Hons) in 2009 before taking a graduate role as an Auditor. After three years as an auditor it was time for a change in role to doing the work rather than reviewing work, and the Financial Accountant role at St Georges seemed like just the challenge for him. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2013.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

One of the great things is that I am in control of what I do day to day and can plan my own schedule around our internal and external reporting deadlines. When the month end reporting has been completed there are opportunities to get involved in projects to look at improving the way we operate and looking for efficiencies. The biggest challenge but also a great learning experience has been the Systems Administrator part of the role. This involves maintaining and updating our accounting software, and not coming from an IT background has been great to learn. This part of the role fits in well with projects and process improvement. The role is also varied with a mix of IT related tasks, and both financial and management accounting aspects.

What role do you believe St George’s plays in the local community?

I think this can be best summed up by our mission statement: “To provide surgical and associated hospital services of the highest quality within a culture of caring”. St Georges provides services to private and insured patients and also philanthropic work to boost the physical and mental wellbeing of the community.

What’s special about the working environment at St George’s?

You get to work with people with different training and skill sets in an interesting industry that is constantly improving and modernising treatment. There is also the big hospital rebuild which is really ramping up now which will be great to see happen both from an operational and accounting perspective. Accounting standards are continually changing and there is going to be a change for periods beginning 1 April 2015 which will be interesting to be involved with.