Meet Our Team – Karen Hewett
Tell us a bit about yourself and your role at Immense?
I’m the company’s Financial Controller so look after supplier invoices, sales invoices, expenses and for the staff most importantly payroll! I also do the preparation of monthly and annual accounts, so everyone knows where we stand financially.
What is a typical day like for you at Immense?
I would say, varied! I get involved in all sorts of things, as much as being part of the Operations side of the business, I also have lots of interaction with the technical, product & commercial teams.
How did you find out about Immense and become involved in the company?
The vacancy was posted on LinkedIn, it looked interesting & I had been involved in transport in my last role. There were some similarities as I had also been working with product research and development. After a telephone interview with Tommy Talent, Immense’s Head of Talent, and a long interview with the bosses, I got the job and started two weeks later!
What’s the best part about working at Immense?
Definitely the people! Teamwork is essential, but Immensers have been so welcoming & supportive.
What would you say is the most challenging part of the job?
Prioritisation, flexibility and knowing what people want
What has been your biggest career achievement?
Qualifying with first time passes! And the relief of never having to re-take! Working, and taking exams was tough!
What did you want to be when you were younger?
It’s a bit sad but I always wanted to be an accountant since I was 15 years old!
What do you think the future of mobility looks like?
I think seamlessness, for whichever mode of transport you choose. For all parts of a journey to be cohesive and work together and for technology to help and enable that to happen.
What do you think are the biggest challenges facing the industry in the current climate?
Knowing which opportunities to take and which ones best fit with Immense. Being agile enough to know when we can flex easily to exploit potential to the full
When you’re not working, what are your hobbies and interests?
Baking! The office (before lockdown) has devoured several of my bakes! Also cooking, I like to try new things, with a varied degree of success! I love music, especially live music and a favourite pastime is seeing bands live.
If you were stuck on a desert island and could take three things with you what would they be?
A kitchen aid mixer, a set of Bluetooth speakers, and Spotify – we’ll deal with the challenges of electricity, wi-Fi and ingredients when we get there!