Jovan Professional profile
To close out our three-part ‘Meet The Team’ series, we are looking at two Curtin alumni in the finance department, Jovan Tan and Liam Rajanayagam. Both Jovan and Liam joined the Vertech team in late 2019 but made an instant positive impact in both an operations and a cultural aspect. Extremely passionate participants in the office AFL tipping competition, they will always assist anyone with their weekly picks.
Tell me about yourself and your role within the finance team at Vertech Group
I graduated from Curtin University in mid-2017 and joined Vertech Group as a Finance Graduate in November 2019. My primary role is to provide support to the Finance Manager and team with month end processing, assist with reconciliation, AP/AR duties and other ad hoc tasks.
What is the most interesting or most satisfying thing you have worked on at Vertech?
Being able to work on various tenders with senior management. As a graduate to be involved in projects involving people from across the business and to be exposed to the different professions and stories is a really rewarding experience. No two days are the same!
You went to Curtin University, what is one skill you learnt during your studies that has been vital as a young professional?
To be able to take constructive criticism and build upon mistakes. As a student receiving rejection or criticism for your work or input is not uncommon at all. Rejected proposals and criticism can be difficult to stomach especially when you’ve dedicated so much time and effort into your work but I always approach these situations with an understanding and open mind because it’s important to remember that everyone is working towards the same goal and most of the criticism you receive from a peer or teacher can help you discover a more effective approach to a problem.
In a world where Vertech Group never existed, what is your dream company/organisation to work for?
A company that works with the servant leadership philosophy and people first perspective, similar to Vertech.
What who are you listening to on Spotify right now?
Tell us a little bit yourself and what you do at Vertech Group
I’m 22 years old and graduated Curtin University in 2019. I like to play footy in my spare time and/or generally keep fit in the offseason. My role at Vertech Group is a Project Costings Officer. This involves invoicing and keeping on top of the finances for various projects that Vertech perform.
Is there one project you have worked on that you a particularly proud of?
The most interesting thing I have worked on is that we had to streamline our invoicing process with a major client, having to build that from scratch with others in finance was a good learning experience. It was good to understand better the industry and how clients prefer their finances to be presented.
I’m not 100% sure on a company, but maybe working for a sporting organisation in some sort of role would be fun.
Your tipping name is Best Coast, are you tipping the West Coast Eagles to be the 2020 AFL premiers?
Yes 100%. West Coast Eagles all the way.
What are television show are you binge watching right now?
Last Chance U – Netflix
What would your autobiography be called?
“The youngest in the office” ~ an autobiography by Liam Raja.