Business Wisdom from June Jolley of An Post

Business wisdom from the desk of …  JUNE JOLLEYHead of Banking and Treasury Services, An Post

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Having graduated with a BComm (Acc) from UCD, June Jolley completed a Masters in Finance at the UCD Smurfit Graduate School of Business. She then took up a research position within their treasury department where she gained further insights into the fields of risk analysis and financial engineering. Later, she took up a senior treasury position within the Housing Finance Agency and from there she moved to her current role as Head of Banking and Treasury Services at An Post.

DESCRIBE YOUR ROLE: Supported by the Chief Financial Officer, I am responsible for all banking and treasury services required to support a broad spectrum of products and services offered by An Post. A vital element of the role is the management and motivation of my excellent team within Banking and Treasury Services. It can be demanding and challenging at times but it’s also very fulfilling.

THE COMPANY’S PRIORITY FOR 2016? While we continue to expand and grow our traditional services, like our parcels business, we are continuously adding new and innovative services and products ranging from online initiatives to FX and payment facilities.

HOW DO YOU HANDLE A DIFFICULT SITUATION? I am a big believer in staying calm, gathering and interpreting all the relevant facts and focusing on solving the issue at hand. I’m very lucky in An Post to have a committed team around me that can always be relied upon to help find a solution.

AN ACCOMPLISHMENT YOU ARE MOST PROUD OF? It sounds corny but it has to be my two beautiful daughters who make me so proud every day in everything they do. I think it is important to get the balance right between work and home life and like all working mums I have to be well organised to facilitate both.

WHAT KEEPS YOU AWAKE AT NIGHT? Not much really. Leading such an active home life helps me to switch off at night and get a good rest to be ready for the challenges of the following day.

WHAT IS THE MOST USEFUL WAY TO ENGAGE CLIENTS? I prefer a snappy business breakfast to a lunch, as I can give it my full attention before getting caught up with any of the regular day to day issues that may arise.

DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE FROM WORK. I would say my style is business casual. I tend to wear trousers and tops, or a smart dress and tights, in the office on a daily basis and a more formal skirt suit for meetings. I do enjoy dressing up for evening events.

PASTIMES OUTSIDE OF THE OFFICE? My husband and I love basketball and we’ve definitely passed our enthusiasm for it on to the kids. We love going out and socialising with our family and friends with visits to our favourite restaurants every week or so. It’s also nice to just sit down, relax and watch a good movie with the family.

FIT FOR WORK? A lot of our spare time centres around the girls and we like to play basketball, go for long walks and go swimming together as a family. I also enjoy cycling and try to get out three or four times a week.

MY WORKING LIFE:

1. LOOKING THE BUSINESS I think it’s important to look professional in the workplace so for external meetings I like to wear a fitted skirt suit as it gives me a confidence boost. I feel most comfortable in flat shoes; I save my heels for the weekend.

2. STAYING CONNECTED I prefer regular face to face meetings but as it can sometimes be difficult to get the right people into the room at the right time, I find a good conference call with a very clear agenda can often be the most effective way of resolving issues quickly and can be the most efficient use of my time.

3. PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE I plan to keep focused on making sure I stay fulfilled in my challenging career and continue to help An Post achieve its goals. I want to maintain a good work life balance into the future and try to enjoy all that life has to offer.

This article appeared in our October issue, for more features like this, don’t miss our November issue, out Thursday November 5.

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