An interview with Tarik Ballouz, Chief Operating Officer at WIS, who explains how he started out in 2015 and grew with the company.
Could you introduce yourself and tell us about your role?
I am Fernando, and I am Maltese.
I am the Accountant at WIS. And it is my job to take care and run the accounting part of the company including debtor collecting, improving our relationship with banks and – of course! – the most important part: taking care of payroll 😊
What was the moment you knew you’d made the right decision to work here?
Since I am the first accountant that was employed by the company, I was responsible for introducing various accounting and HR-related processes. I released that I made the right decision to work here when these all started leaving very positive results!
What was your best day at work?
I have had many a ‘best day’ at WIS but, of course, the most satisfying days happen when we manage to collect from very difficult debtors.
Share something that happened that could only happen at WIS.
At WIS I feel that I am respected as an employee. And I am not treated just like a number, which is how I felt in many of my previous jobs.
An achievement you’re most proud of at work?
The introduction of the various Accounting software systems that helped all employees to track and better understand their leave entitlements.
Which team member is the most helpful for you and why?
This is a very difficult question, but I work closely with the affiliate team – shout out to Oksana and Katrin, who are always wonderful and ready to help. Of course, due to the nature of my work I also have a very strong work relationship with Evelyn from our HR department, where we help and share our knowledge about the different aspects of the business on a day-to-day basis.
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