PODCAST: From Accountant to CFO and Beyond - Practical Advice on Climbing the Career Ladder

This recording is part of a three-part podcast series with AccountingWEB and SAP Concur, where we look at a range of issues facing the modern finance leader: from the challenges of career progression to the world of artificial intelligence. You can get to the podcast series hub here.  

Podcast Series with AccountingWeb

The Forward-Thinking Finance Leader: An AccountingWeb podcast series in association with SAP Concur. Hear discussions on hot topics like career development and AI.


How does career progression happen? In the first episode of a three-part podcast series, an experienced panel of financial professionals look back at their own career paths and what they’ve learned along the way.

There’ve been enough frustrated ambitions and plateaued careers in accountancy to prove that progression doesn’t just happen naturally. More than ever before, the leaps from FC to FD to CFO (and perhaps even CEO) are a feat of social engineering.


In the first episode of our special three-part podcast series with AccountingWeb, we analysed career progression in the finance function and tried to place a finger on how to plot a trajectory upward.


The podcast featured:


  • Neena Vivash: She’s held finance roles at South East Water and Christian Dior, and eventually climbed the ladder to CEO. She now works as an executive coach, with a specific focus on helping CFOs become business leaders.
  • Angus Milledge: A former FD who crossed the floor to commercial, and is currently a sales director at SAP Concur.
  • Andrew Bullock: Finance director at SAP Concur. He has two decades of experience in the finance function and has worked in his current role for six years.


In the pod, the guests discussed their own career trajectories, how demands change, what they’ve learned in the process and what they wish they knew while making the long march up the job ladder.


You can listen to the podcast directly on the AccountingWeb site, or on Soundcloud, iTunes and Spotify.

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