60 Seconds with…David Bevis

Our ‘60 Seconds with…’ blogs are designed to provide a quick run down of what our staff do here at Itad. Here is what David had to say…

What’s your job here at Itad?

After various different job roles, I am now Itad’s Commercial Manager.

What does that involve?

This is a fairly new role to Itad, that is centred around the externally facing elements of finance. By this I mean revenue generated rather than costs incurred. It covers the whole breadth of the Itad project cycle; looking at proposal budgets before submission to ensure they are commercially viable, forecasting monitoring and invoicing during the contracted stage and reviewing on completion.

How did you get into the field?

When studying at university I always found both finance and marketing the most interesting, and so after leaving I had a choice to make between the two, and happened to get a job for a furniture retailer working in the accounts office in the week, and salesman on the weekend! The most beneficial thing I have found about working in accounts is the transferable skills, so that you can move from a furniture retailer to a food manufacturer to a development consultancy.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

The variation presented from numerous different projects/proposals, and clients meaning that you have to adapt/change the way you operate. It keeps you on your toes!

What new innovations/methods have you noticed in your sector?

I guess my current role is a result of a major change in the way accountants are now being used in the workplace, so that skills can be used elsewhere in areas such as Business Development, and Sales & Marketing – although we don’t have sales/marketing department here!

Recent highlight?

Recently completing my CIMA studies is a personal highlight, and within work the DFID CHAI workplan that I formatted recently was a thing of beauty!

Most interesting question you have been asked recently?

I certainly don’t get asked any interesting questions by the auditors, but I (often) get asked excel questions and its always satisfying resolving a tricky formula or two, you could say I find it excel-lent…

David Bevis, February 2015